List of things to bring on a trip
Here is a complete checklist of things to remember when going on a trip, to adapt according to the country you are going to and the climate! Very useful to be sure not to forget anything before your departure.
In this article, I have put links to some articles that I use on my travels and recommend to you.
Don’t forget to bring
- Passport with Visa if necessary. Also remember to always have a photocopy of your passport with you, stored in a place other than the passport itself. I also advise you to take a photo of your passport with your smartphone, it can always be used!
- Plane tickets (otherwise you won’t get very far!).
- Travel insurance (certificate).
- Make sure you have taken all the necessary vaccines
- All your reservations: hotels, trains, excursions, etc… I always take the printed version + PDFs/screenshots with me on my phone and my tablet. You never know, and it’s handy to look at them quickly! I also always have with me a text file summarizing my itinerary, with the addresses in the language of the country I am visiting. It’s also not bad to have a photo of the hotel front (retrieved from the reservation site) on your phone, it can save you a lot of trouble!
- Wallet with:
- Credit card
- Student card (many tourist sites offer student discounts)
- International driving license
- Boat license
- Diving card
Mickey Club membership card
- Applications that might be useful to you: map, languages , etc.
- Take all your luggage when you leave, otherwise, you will look really smart once at the airport.
- Long-sleeve t-shirts and/or thermal t-shirt
- Shirt if you plan to go to the evening or to a restaurant in classy places
- Daily pants / Jeans
- Jogging pants
- Thermal underwear: I know, it’s not really classy, but what are we in it!
- Shorts (if the weather is nice, but beware of sunburn!)
- Socks and underwear
- Shoes (hiking shoes/sneakers, something comfortable, ideally for my trips I bring 2 pairs). Try to do the pass everywhere to avoid having to bring 10 pairs. 1 pair of flip flops can also be practical, see bathing slippers for sissies at the beach.
- Cap, hat, bob. Not to be taken lightly, especially if you are going at altitude
- Gloves, hats, scarf if you go to a cold country!
- Relax jacket
- Coat: Try to have at least one waterproof jacket or coat, or you may quickly regret it!
- A flexible filtering water bottle, very useful if you are going on treks or in countries where tap water is not drinkable. Here is the one I use, it is very light and does not take up space.
- Tablets for decontaminating water (if you do not have the bottle).
- Some medicines: Doliprane or equivalent, anti-diarrhea, medicine against motion sickness, and lozenges against sore throat.
- Sleeping pills if necessary
- Hand sanitizer (small bottle, you will not always be able to wash your hands before eating)
- Plasters and plasters anti blisters
- Antivenom if you go to a remote place
- Sunscreen with a high protection factor in case you have applied it incorrectly!
- Powerful mosquito repellent
- Soap, shampoo, cotton swabs, toothpicks, razor, pair of scissors, and nail clippers
- Toilet paper roll. Biodegradable is better!
- Packs of tissues
- Towel: On the advice of another traveler, I now prefer those in microfibers, which are light and dry quickly. Tested and approved!
- Baking soda to serve as a natural deo. Convenient for you and for others.
- Talc against perspiration for countries where it is really hot
- Tweezers: Useful even for guys, it’s handy to remove a sea urchin thorn if you don’t use the sissy beach sandals I talked about above.
- Universal socket adapter
- Mini multi-socket to avoid having to recharge your batteries one by one
- Portable battery , also called a portable charger or power bank, essential to recharge your phone or camera if you are far from civilization! I put you a link to the best one.
- Solar charger, if you are going on a trek in the pampas for several days, it is very practical!
- Headphones with active noise reduction. Perfect for the plane!
- Mini Bluetooth speaker perfect for watching a movie in the hotel.
- Camera and equipment that goes with it: Sun visor, which also serves to protect the lens from blows, so useful, even indoors! Charger, memory cards, extra batteries, lenspen (the best tool for cleaning a lens). Tripod and ND filters if you want to take long exposures.
- Flashlight or headlamp. There are now some really powerful LED lights that you can buy for a pittance. I put in link the ones I use. In my opinion, this is one of the most important things to bring on a trip!
- Rechargeable batteries for the lamp and charger
- Watch: preferably cheap
- Laptop not too heavy
- Action cam and accessories.
- Portable drone, because drone videos are really classy!
Other / Practice
- Sleeping mask: Favor quality so that it is very comfortable.
- Construction noise-canceling headphones (in addition to airplane earplugs, if you don’t have active noise-canceling headphones and are a real noise psychopath)
- Umbrella, it can be very practical, not only for you but for example to be able to take pictures without (too much) soaking your device! it requires a little technique with a reflex, but it is done!
- Notebook and pen to take notes on your adventures.
- Tactile gloves allowing the use of the smartphone without removing them
- A book, or even better, an e-reader (I was reluctant to use e-readers, but since I have one, I find it super practical when traveling!)
- Quality Swiss Army Knife (There is only that true!) To imperatively put in your checked baggage
- Medium-sized backpack. In addition to your main luggage, I recommend that you have a small bag that you will use for your excursions leaving the big one (or the suitcase) at the hotel. For my part, I use a camera bag, which has the advantage of opening from the back, so you can’t be stolen by pickpockets. Very practical to have peace of mind when traveling!
- Laundry (or otherwise you can use your soap, it works great too and it’s always that less in your luggage!)
- Mask/snorkel etc … if you go by the sea
- Belt with a pocket to stash money
- Code lock for your suitcase
- Mini compass
- Plastic bags to put your dirty laundry / Shoes etc.
- Anti-pollution mask: for big cities, and in addition you will look Badass
And you, what do you put in your luggage to go on a trip?