Travel Essentials: A Complete Travel Checklist


After months of hard work, traveling reboots life, allows people to enjoy the fresh air and gives new memories to cherish. Life is full of work,ย  busy schedules, deadlines, meetings, business hence traveling has become one of the basic necessity to refresh ourselves.

Traveling is magical when everything goes smoothly otherwise the whole trip would turn pathetic. From toothpaste to lip balm, sunscreen to beach towel, water bottles to protein bars, city maps to camera everything is required to have a fabulous trip.

First thing you need to do is;

list out the locations, search the internet to see people reviews about places, book well in advance for any shows & entry tickets, make an excel sheet with all the details, check on the parking facility..

Based on my experience I have listed basic travel essentials for all kinds of trip. Be its a road trip or a camping or a long flight journey, this checklist be your perfect travel guide.

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1. Basic Travel Essentials



We know that travel checklist depends on summer, winter and the rainy season but few things are mandatory for any trip. Irrespective of any season we need to keep these in our bag without fail.

Before going into different types of travel essentials let’s see the basic essentials list;


  • Charger/ USB Chord – Never ever forget your charger.
  • Powerbanks – these are life saviors!
  • Bluetooth device – Having a Bluetooth device is a must.
  • One or two books – Not only during flight journeys books can be a good companion on every trip.
  • A book & pen – In the mobile era very few people carry a pen and book. Trust me, keeping a book and pen during the trip is a smart tip.
  • Camera – How that will be called a trip if there are no photos right? The camera is the most essential.
  • Reusable water bottle – We can fill this in the airport instead of spending money on costly water bottles or fill on the go during road trips.
  • Hand sanitizer: An essential!
  • Medication – Anything might happen during trips. Changed weather or food can create unhealthy situations. Having basic medicines like fever, cold, loose motion tablets, band-aids, painkiller, and the inhaler can save you.
  • Lip balm – Required!
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste – Must & should
  • Hair ties, clutches, Sunglasses, caps
  • Shampoo sachets, moisturizer, hair oil, shaving set, Body soap/gel
  • Shaving kit
  • Selfie stick


2. Summer Travel Essentials



For travellers, summer is the perfect time to roam around. The things you need to carry during summer vacation is less compared to monsoon travel essentials. And family trips are more fun during summer.

Beaches, State parks, camping, waterfalls etc are the best locations for a summer trip. Most of the people wait for the summer to go on a long vacation. Sunburn, tanning, dehydration should be taken care to avoid major problems.

If planned well summer trips can be a great vacation for the whole family. Booking hotels, flights well in advance can save a lot of money which can be spent on enjoying other travel perks.

Here is the checklist for a summer trip;


  • Sunshades, sunscreen with good SPF, moisturizer, lip balm
  • Beach towels
  • Foldable chairs, Mount umbrellas, Beach blanket (If you are going by drive)
  • Water bottles, Energy drinks, Protein bars, Chips, and popcorn
  • Flip flops and an extra pair of shoes
  • Footballs, Basketball net, and any other play games.
  • Travel crib, lightweight strollers, carrier, diapers, bathtub, throws, and food for the babies.
  • Extra covers to keep wet clothes.
  • Hairdryer


3. Camping Essentials



Campings are fun-filled occasions to spend time with family and friends. Generally, camping sites are located far from the city. If you forget anything then it will be difficult even if you want to buy from the shops.

Hence before going for camping have a checklist. Especially people with kids should be taken extra care to avoid major hiccups at the camping sites. Check for the in and out timings, water facility, restrooms, ambiance, reviews before going to any campsite.

Check out whether you have taken;


  • Tent and hammer to set up the tent
  • Torches
  • Bedspreads, pillows, Shawls, and comforter
  • Jackets, Nightdress
  • Grill, Grill set such as brush, utensils, mat, forks etc.
  • Fire setup – Woods, Coals, Propane or any gas
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper plates, glasses, cups, napkins, tissue rolls, Dustbin covers, Hand sanitizer
  • Water bottles, Energy drinks, Protein bars, sandwiches, packed food, tea/coffee in a thermo-glass
  • Bluetooth device, charger, Power-bank, and laptop
  • Mosquito spray
  • Knives and scissors
  • Medical kit


4. Road Trip Essentials



You can stop anywhere you want, take a stay if you are tired, eat where you like, watch what you want.. Advantages of going on a road trip are nobody can stop you, no flights to catch, adjustable itinerary and exploring more.

Road trips are comfortable for everyone. You can mix up with friends families to share the drive, expenses and also the fun. During road trips,ย you can keep any food, no restriction on luggage, flexibility, and it is budget-friendly.

Let’s look at the essentials that are required to have a luxurious road trip;


  • City maps, travel guides, detailed what-to-see, when-to-see planners.
  • Don’t drive until your fuel tank cries out. Fill the tank well before warning to avoid further problems.
  • Helmet, Sunglasses, Scarf to avoid dust on the face (If you are traveling by bike)
  • Napkins and tissue rolls
  • Reusable water bottles, travel mug, energy drinks, Gums and Protein bars
  • Throws/Comforters and travel pillow
  • Jackets
  • Window shades
  • Hand Sanitizer


5. Flight Travel Essentials



Sometimes I prefer flight journey over the road trip. It is a kind of luxurious travel experience. You don’t need to worry about fuel or GPS or driving or travel time. Everything will be taken care which gives more energy and time to spend on travel destinations.

You need to be very smart to save money from costly food/water/drinks inside an airport. Being on time is very very important. Before booking a flight check on the hotel locations and the travel distance from the hotel to the airport to avoid last-minute hurry.

Let’s see what are the must-carry things for a flight trip;


  • Travel pillow
  • Throws/Comforters
  • Charger/USB, earphones, headphones, and Powerbanks
  • Lip balm and moisturizer
  • Download one or two movies (Depends on travel time)
  • A Good Playlist
  • Books to read
  • Reusable water bottles.
  • Wet wipes
  • Socks, jacket, cap, and scarf
  • Eye mask


That’s it! Hope that covers all travel essentials and help you to have a memorable trip. Safety is very important. Be safe, keep traveling and keep extending your horizons!

114 thoughts on “Travel Essentials: A Complete Travel Checklist

  1. Oh my. I just expected you to list down few basic essentials. But you’ve given a detailed list for each kind of travel. Most of the things I do carry but since I travel in a small pack, we split the items which need to be kept along during the trip.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank You! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. It is really a nice and helpful piece of info.
    Iโ€™m happy that you just shared this useful info with us. Great . !!!!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks Bhavna ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Nice post. Very organised. But with so many checklists, the fun of travelling will be another chore.

    1. Hackytips says:

      If you make sure keeping all the required items in bag I’m sure travelling will be fun without any hiccups ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Quite a comprehensive checklist and it is like the ready reckoner for every traveler depending on the type of holiday one is planning and you have it for everyone. Nothing cab beat the rejuvenation one gets after a good travel, it sets the agenda in place and once back we are escalator in our work place and also things at personal front under goes a change for betterment.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you! Good days of travel should be there throughout the year. But yeah we need money to travel and have to work for that ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. I agree, we can work our way if we are passionately driven.

        1. Hackytips says:

          Yes Yes ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. We used to travel a lot but of late, it has become very planned since a toddler is also in the scene. And your post comes at the right time when I need to organize a trip. I have bookmarked this page for future reference also.

    1. Hackytips says:

      That’s sweet! Thank you Sonia ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Very nice and helpful for those planning a vacation trip.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you Sir!

  7. Latha says:

    How thorough, you managed to tackle all kinds of travel necessities.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Have traveled a lot and faced difficulties when I missed one or the other. I wanted this list for myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I am saving this post! You’ve covered it ALL! A really useful post for travelers, first timers or otherwise!

    1. Hackytips says:

      That’s very sweet of you Mayuri!

  9. vidhya29 says:

    Loved this post! amazing #viddhreads #MyfriendAlexa

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you!

  10. Itโ€™s easy to book a flight and reserve a hostel stay, but the most daunting part of it all is hands-down packing for the trip. Thereโ€™s nothing worse than constantly feeling like youโ€™ve forgotten something, but canโ€™t put a finger on!

    I am a planned traveller so I could relate to many things you’ve mentioned in this post.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yes dear! Instant trips are fun but planned trips are awesome! Glad that you liked this post.

  11. That’s and exhaustive list. Thank you for taking out time and putting it up.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you..

  12. Oh yes, this check list sweetly takes care of all travel needs. Lovely sharing the last minutes check points here. #MyFriendAlexa #gleefulreads

    1. Hackytips says:


  13. Nice exhaustive list

    1. Hackytips says:


  14. Great collection of travel essentials and tips. I also write travel checklists to make all our travels memorable and hassle free.

    1. Hackytips says:

      That’s very good practice Vasantha. Otherwise travel becomes miserable.

  15. Anks says:

    Oh man. this was such a comprehensive list. Am bookmarking this to use as a checklist later!

    1. Hackytips says:

      How sweet! Thank you..

  16. Very nice list.. on a lighter note! Look where is our priority… usb charger and power bank tops the list. But the toothpaste and shampoo in the end ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hackytips says:

      I guess my basic essentials list starts with USB charger.. Yeah priorities do matter Mahesh ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Ila Varma says:

    Detailed list…useful for newbies as well as experienced.

    #MyFriendAlexa #ilaenjoys #Blogchatter

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you…

  18. roysashwata says:

    Very useful tips. One thing I never leave without when I am traveling, where ever and whenever it may be, is travel insurance

    1. Hackytips says:

      Ooh! Is that the one which covers accidental damages & lost things?

      1. roysashwata says:

        Yes. Correct

        1. Hackytips says:


  19. First your site look so good. second, this is such an informative post. Like all in one! Great job. #mannreads from

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks for reading and appreciating ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. What an exhaustive thorough list. Very handy and useful. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks !

  21. A very comprehensive list indeed. On our trip to Europe we also carried umbrella, to cope with their unpredictable weather.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Umbrella! Thanks for mentioning it..

  22. Geethica says:

    This post is so helpful. Actually we pack according to the climate and mode of transport. And your post has it all. Bookmarked

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yeah true.. Thank you very much..

  23. Neha Jain says:

    Wow that’s such a helpful share..all points are really good while traveling

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks for sweet words Neha…

  24. That’s a pretty useful and exhaustive list. Shall definitely take some cues…

    1. Hackytips says:

      I’m glad…

  25. Sonam Jain says:

    This is such a detailed checklist focusing on Each category of travellers. Thanks for sharing a complete checklist I can use anytime

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you Sonam ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. arv! says:

    That’s an excellent list. I always make it double sure that I don’t miss anything which might spoil my experience!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yeah, that’s a good practice. Thank you..

  27. Disha says:

    This is one exhaustive list which is very useful for travellers. Bookmarked it.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks Disha…

  28. msarora says:

    All together in one post ! This is great and helpful

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks for reading and appreciating..

  29. Kudos to you! That’s a complete list.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. That’s an exhaustive list! I like the idea of carrying empty water bottles. It’s good for the environment and one’s pocket too!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yeah, that’s true! A small step towards environment-friendly life.

  31. this is a very meticulously thought compilation!! loved it!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Now eagerly waiting for summer to come. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hackytips says:

      Haha.. Have a great time!

  33. What a fantastic list. I agree to all you listed and for all journeys ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks Parul ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Gautam Raj says:

    Where do I need to look for more?
    Everything is here only…

    1. Hackytips says:

      How sweet! Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. You nailed it. I came expecting a quick checklist and you me a whole bunch of essentials for all kinds of vacation this summer

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Vartika Mehrotra Gakhar says:

    Excellent post I must say, you have covered every single essential here.

  37. vivirewellness says:

    Great list, we are world travelers and your list actually includes everything we always make sure to pack!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Time to pat my back ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Great advice for every avenue of travel! Thanks for sharing and breaking each down!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. I just got back from a trip to Iceland and wish I came across this blog post sooner! Great list and really covers everything you’d need!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Glad it helps wanderlusts like you ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. CavanลŸir Gadimov says:

    Very informing. Travel can be mass at times. Nice blog. Saw your post in BLOG COMMENT EXCHANGE. My blog is Bookimov

    1. Hackytips says:

      Great! Thanks for stopping by. I will visit and share my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Abu zaid says:

    Your tips is great. I have experience that I have forgot to bring usb charger on my trip to another town and that’s me crazy especially when my smartphone is lower battery.

    1. Hackytips says:

      The charger is the very first thing we should keep in the bag.

  42. Marjie Mare says:

    I already have my travel essential list for my upcoming vacation trip. Most of your items are on my list.

    1. Hackytips says:

      That’s great!

  43. The Conflict Expert says:

    Great lists ! I never bring a hairdryer as it takes too much space up but I canโ€™t do without y charger !

    1. Hackytips says:

      Travel size hairdryers are quite useful.

  44. Great lists, very useful information! I pinned it to be able to consult it in the future

    1. Hackytips says:


  45. Elizabeth O says:

    When I travel I also do a checklist. The last thing I want would be to forget important things necessary for my travel.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yes! If you forget something you have to regret until the end of the trip.

  46. I always overpack!!! Thanks for all the good tips.

    1. Hackytips says:

      That’s a good habit ๐Ÿ˜€

  47. goldenpineappleblog says:

    Great list, itโ€™s very helpful!

    1. Hackytips says:


  48. Janay says:

    These list are so good! Every time and I mean every time I travel I forget to pack something! However you always need tissues, reusable water bottles and hand sanitizer!

    1. Hackytips says:

      & charger ๐Ÿ˜‰

  49. Great post, definitely a must-have for all travellers! I also tend to forget a few things every now and then even though I’ve been travelling for a few years now. Without a checklist, I’d be totally lost! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hackytips says:

      I know.. I belong to the same kind.

  50. Danielle says:

    So many good things that are essential for traveling! We have a few trips coming up soon, I am going to have to save this for them.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Have a safe trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. aisasami says:

    Thanks for this useful checklist. I am traveling for the weekend today and I used this checklist to help me to pack.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Glad my post helped you ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Puja says:

    This is such an exhaustive list and a helpful one for frequent travellers. I have a post of travel essentials while travelling with kids. Do check it out if you can ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hackytips says:

      Surely I will visit. Thank you.

  53. This is wonderful. I like how you have broken it down for different trips

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you.

  54. I think a reusable water bottle is such a good idea. Do you find it easy to find places to refill them when you’re out and about?

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yup, I never faced any difficulties.

  55. Definitely going to save this on my phone, maybe for once I wouldn’t have to forget anything haha ๐Ÿ˜‚ Great post โ™ก

    โ€”Athena Christy

    1. Hackytips says:

      lol, we all are on the same boat ๐Ÿ˜€

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