The Ultimate Travel Checklist: Travel Bag Essentials

Updated 20 December 2019 | by Nakita Mason

Packing is stressful, everyone who even does a small amount of travelling knows this and that’s why a checklist is your best friend.

Not sure where to start? Not a problem, we’ve done the hard work for you to save you from those ‘I can’t believe I forgot’ moments! We’ve even broken it down into sections, so all you have to do is print it off and tick off each item, easy!

Important Documents

travel documents and passport

These are the main things you need, everything else can be dealt with later so let’s get these packed first!

  • Passport
  • Boarding Pass
  • Travel Money
  • ID
  • Health & travel insurance documents
  • Holiday property reservation documents
  • Transport & travel passes 
  • Contact information for holiday properties, tours etc.

Toiletries (General)

bottles of shampoos and soaps

Not having the right toiletries can be a real pain on holiday, so make sure you have the essentials.

  • A compact mirror
  • Dental items
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Skincare products, moisturiser, cleanser, makeup remover
  • Sun cream
  • After sun
  • Contact lenses & eyedrops
  • Sanitary towels and/or tampons
  • Brushes, bobbles & hair pins


makeup items

You never need as much as you want to take, so just take the essentials and give your skin a well-deserved rest!

  • Foundation with SPF
  • Mascara
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Blusher
  • Eyebrow enhancer
  • Mini perfume

Health Items

pills from a bottle

Be sure to check if there are any rules around what medication can be taken on a flight. 

  • Insect repellent
  • Personal prescriptions
  • Plasters
  • Allergy medicine
  • Paracetamol


phone and charger on clothes

Forgetting a charger can be a real pain so make sure you get those in right after your travel documents! 

  • Phone & phone charger
  • Laptop and/or tablet plus chargers
  • Toothbrush charger
  • Powerpack & charger
  • Earphones and chargers
  • Watch chargers
  • Universal plug adapters

Non-Technical Entertainment

book on the beach

Not having a book with you when you travel should be a crime and don't get us started on pens and paper...

  • Books
  • Pens
  • Diaries and notebooks
  • Travel games



Finally, here's some last minute things you won't want to be without! 

  • Sunglasses
  • Tissues and wet wipes
  • Travel pillow
  • Eye mask & ear plugs
  • Water bottle

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Remember, you can only pack certain things in your hand luggage in certain capacities so be sure to check with your airline. There are also some neat packing tricks you can employ to make the whole experience a lot easier too so be sure to check out our handy blog!