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Packing list for the trip - check this off when packing

Here's a packing list for the trip! During our last trip we forgot several important things in our packing, so we decided to make a packing list. Here's a list to go through before your next trip!


Packing list for the trip

Having a packing list for your trip might not be a bad idea. We are certainly used to travelling, but we still tend to forget things.

Several times we have forgotten the charger for the electric toothbrush. When we went to Cyprus recently we forgot all of Peter's shirts (they were left on a hanger in the houseboat!), our powerbanks (which we need to charge our mobile phones) and our adapter (which would have been good to have as Cyprus has British sockets).

To help you prepare for your next trip, we made a packing list, which we are now sharing with you. Of course, you don't need everything on the list - use it to check off what you might need for your trip!

Are you travelling with a motorhome? Then you can add to this list: Motorhome packing list - checklist for departure.

Packlista för resan - Peter packar
Packing on a previous occasion (when Peter was very short-haired!)

Money and important documents

If you forget your toothbrush or bikini, you can buy a new one. However, some things are difficult to replace. So this first list may be the most important one to go through!

  • Passport (and a visa if needed at the destination). Don't forget to check the validity period!
  • Tickets (Digital tickets usually work, but sometimes it is convenient to print them as well.)
  • Account card (preferably several, packed in different places)
  • Cash in the correct currency (if you want to carry a small amount to start with - otherwise you can withdraw at local ATMs).
  • Copy of passport and tickets (Can be useful if something gets lost - a tip is to email the documents to yourself).
  • Driving licence if you plan to drive, and possibly an international driving licence if needed in the country you are visiting.
  • Key telephone numbers, on your mobile phone or in a phone book
  • Declaration of insurance
  • The EU card for medical treatment, if you are travelling within the EU (You can order the card via the social security office)
Packlista för resan - pass

Technology and entertainment

You may want to bring some technology with you on your trip. Entertainment can also be a good idea, for example for the flight or for lazy days in the sun. Here's a list to go through of things you might want to pack.

  • Mobile phones and chargers
  • Computer or tablet and charger
  • Headphones
  • Camera equipment (system camera, underwater camera, drone, etc.) and chargers
  • Adapters (if you are travelling to a country with different electrical outlets)
  • power bank
  • USB memory stick
  • Pad and pencil
  • Books or tablets
  • Other activities (e.g. newspapers, music, films, games, crosswords, handicrafts, work or studies).
  • Toys, cuddly toys and crafts (if children are travelling with you).
Packlista för resan - hörlurar

Clothing and accessories

Clothes are of course needed when travelling. Exactly bet of course depends on where you are travelling, what you are doing and how long you will be away. Here is a packing list for the trip to go through.

  • trousers/skirts
  • Shorts/short skirts
  • Dresses
  • T-shirts/linen/tops
  • Shirts/blouses
  • Sweaters/cardigans
  • Outerwear (jackets/coats and possibly hat, scarf/scarf, gloves)
  • Rainwear/umbrella
  • Shoes (preferably comfortable ones)
  • Socks/tights
  • Underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Belts/shackles
  • Jewellery
  • Hair accessories (hair cords, hair bands or barrettes)
  • Glasses or contact lenses and sunglasses
  • Face masks (if required or desired)
  • Sewing kit with needle and thread
  • Handbag/shoulder strap bag/small backpack
  • Workout clothes, outdoor clothes or swimwear (depending on the activities you plan to do on the trip).
Packlista för resan - kläder


A toiletry bag needs to be packed, of course. Exactly what should be packed in the toiletry bag can vary, of course. Go through the list to make sure you don't miss anything.

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, toothpick and floss (Don't forget the charger if you use an electric toothbrush!).
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap and shower cream
  • Skin cream and face cream
  • Comb and brush
  • Shaving equipment
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume
  • Make-up and cleansing lotion
  • Menswear
Minimera necessären

Travel pharmacy

In addition to a toiletry kit, you may want to pack a small travel pharmacy. Exactly what you need will of course depend on your health, where you are travelling, whether there are children on the trip and so on. Here is a list to check off:

  • Plasters and possibly also blister plasters, compresses, wound tape and elastic bandages.
  • Nail scissors and tweezers
  • Fluid replacement
  • Painkillers / antipyretics
  • Fever thermometer
  • Nasal spray
  • Remedy for tourist diarrhoea and constipation
  • Allergy tablets
  • Medicine for motion sickness (if someone in the family is prone to sickness when travelling by car or train).
  • Your prescription medicine (if you are taking any)
  • Contraceptives
  • Mosquito repellent and possibly also mosquito nets (depending on where you are travelling and how you plan to stay during your trip).
  • Cooling balm and hydrocortisone cream (can relieve minor sunburn and insect bites).
  • Hand sanitiser

For the flight

Going on a flight? We've already listed many of the good things to pack in your hand luggage (such as books, headphones and any medication), but here are a few more things you might want to consider packing:

  • Sleep mask
  • Earplugs
  • Naked cushion
  • Bottle to fill with water (You cannot bring liquids over 100ml through security, but you can bring an empty bottle to fill at the airport).
  • Snacks (e.g. fruit, dried fruit, a sandwich or sweets. Please note that nuts may not be suitable as there may be allergy sufferers on board).
  • Support socks (if you tend to have problems with swollen legs or feet and are going on a long flight).
packlista för resan - för flyget

Extra packing list for travel - sun holidays

Are you planning a sun holiday? Then you might want to consider adding the following to your pack.

  • Swimwear
  • Flip-flops/sandals
  • Swimming shoes (if you are travelling to a country with rocky beaches)
  • towel
  • Cap/sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sarong
  • Beach bag
  • Sunscreen and After Sun
  • Snorkel and cyclops
  • Waterproof bag and/or waterproof case for your mobile phone

Extra packing list for travelling - Winter holidays

Travelling to a wintry landscape? Are you planning to spend time in the snow, perhaps skiing? Then it's a good idea to check off this list as well:

  • Underwear
  • Warm socks/skiing socks
  • Thicker sweater (for example a fleece sweater)
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Scarf
  • Cap
  • Warm jacket/skiing jacket
  • Ski trousers
  • Winter boots
  • Skiing equipment (skis, poles, snowboard, boots, helmet, goggles)
  • Sun cream
  • Small backpack

Extra packing list for the trip - Hiking trip

Travelling for hiking? Much of what you need to pack can be found in the lists above. Here are a few more things to consider:

  • Hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Comfortable outdoor style trousers or shorts
  • Wind and rainproof jacket
  • Practical backpack for hiking
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos
  • Map, compass and GPS
  • First aid kit
  • Seat pads
  • Binoculars
  • Pocket knife and matches (if you want to make a fire).
  • Flashlight or headlamp (if you go out in the dark season)
  • Kåsa (for drinking water directly from fresh mountain streams)
  • Water filters/water purifiers (to purify and drink water from lakes and rivers).
  • Rain cover for your rucksack

More items needed in a packing list for travelling?

Do you have any other suggestions for a packing list for travelling? Have you ever forgotten something that you missed?

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