What To Pack For A Trip in 2020 – Your Ultimate Travel Checklist

The Traveling Asian
The Traveling Asian

What are you going to pack for a trip? Do you know?

After all, packing for a trip is something that everybody has to do.

And for nearly every trip I take, I pack almost the exact same things every time which makes my life so much easier. My items include things that are important for everyday use as well as some items that are there for emergencies. So what is on my travel packing list?

Well i’ll show you down below!

Here is a list of items that I always pack whenever I travel. Best of all, all of these things will fit in your usual carry on bag. So no need to worry about carrying too many items.

What You Should Pack For A Trip

Now although what I pack might not necessarily be the same as what you pack because everyone is different, however it does give you a sense of idea of what stuff to pack.

After all, I am a guy, and you might be a girl. Or I usually travel solo where as you might travel as a family. There are so many different factors between us.

This packing list is also not designed for those outdoor type trips such as hiking or camping or skiing etc. Those are different types of trips where you have to prepare differently.

This packing list is suppose to be flexible and able to be adjusted accordingly to your needs. It’s goal is to give you a good solid base on where to start and what items to bring.

How Much Clothing Do I Pack?

Clothing is probably what takes up the majority of the space in peoples bags. In my case, it takes up easily about half the bag or a little more. When traveling, there is a good rule of thumb to live by, and that is to pack a week’s worth of clothing no matter how long you’ll be going on the trip for. Now if you are just going away for the weekend, then that’s a different story, you’ll be able to pack a lot less.

However in most situations during traveling, you can usually wear the same shirt or pants on more than one occasion before you have to wash it.

For example, jeans are able to be worn multiple times before they are washed.

Not only that, it doesn’t make sense to pack so much clothes if your trip is going to be for several weeks to a few months long. After all, you are going to be gone quite a while, there is no possible way to fit that much clothes in your luggage unless you are expecting to take multiple bags with you.

And to be honest, wherever you are going to travel, chances are there is going to be a laundry machine where you can wash or dry your clothes.

In the extreme case, where you really do have to get some more outfits, you can just go to the store and buy them. After all, there are stores everywhere where you can buy more clothes.

So here is what I usually pack for my trip:

  • 6 – 7 Shirts (short sleeve if the weather is going to be warm or hot, long sleeve if the weather is going to be cold)
  • 1 Pair of Jeans
  • 2 Pairs of Shorts
  • 4 – 5 Pairs of Socks (these can be easily washed so no need to bring too many)
  • 6 Pairs of Underwear (these can also be easily washed so no need to bring too many)
  • 1 Bathing Suit (just in case you want to go swimming)
  • 1 Dress Shirt/Dress Pants/Dress Socks/Dress Shoes (in case you are going somewhere fancy)
  • 1 Pair of Light Weight Jacket
  • 1 Pair of Flip-Flops
  • 1 Pair of Sneakers
  • 1 Hat

If you are a female then you want to add on these items or replace some other items

  • 2 – 3 pairs of bras
  • 5 – 7 Simple Tank Tops
  • 2 Long Skirts Or Dresses (for conservative environments or fancy occasions)
  • 1 Pair of Heels (for special occasions)

Now this list can be very weather dependent.

If it is a cold destination, I might add in some warm hats, gloves, maybe a scarf. If it is a hot destination, I might throw in a few more pairs of shorts.

But overall, this list is made to be flexible and adjustable. So depending on where you travel to, and also how the weather is over there, you can adjust accordingly to your needs.

Do note: You can always buy some more clothing if you want as there are always stores available which will carry your needs.

What Toiletries Should I Carry?

Keep in mind, you don’t want to pack too many toiletries as they can take up room in your carry on bag. Also you have to limit the amount of liquids you bring as airlines won’t allow them unless they are very small in size.

Here is usually what I would bring with me on a trip:

Now if you are a female, you might want to add in some of these items:

Now I know depending on where you stay, sometimes they might already have a tooth paste, towels, shampoo, shower gel etc all waiting for you ready to use. However in some situations that might not be the case, so bringing some with you will help prevent any unfortunate mishaps.

One thing I would suggest is to get yourself some refillable travel bottles as they are easy to carry and you can refill with shampoo or shower gel or whatever else you want to fill it with. One in particular that I like and use is this brand from Ammax.

To be honest, you don’t really have to carry a lot of toiletries with you when you travel. This is because in almost any part of the world, you will be able to find what you need over there. So my suggestion is to take what you really need and put it in your carry on, and just buy the rest.

Small Medical Supplies

Whenever you are traveling, being prepared for any type of consequence is important. Things like getting a cut or having a headache can ruin your trip. So you always want to be prepared with having the items to help get you back on your feet.

I bring a small medical kit that consists of:

  • Band-Aids
  • Ibuprofen/Tylenol
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Eye Drops
  • Antibacterial Cream
  • Eye Glass Repair Kit

Useful Items You Might Want To Bring

Besides bringing clothes and toiletries, there are some other items which might be useful for you to bring. I know most hostels or hotels will have a lot of the named items above at their locations, but sometimes they don’t and you have to do things the hard way.

I know for example, there are some parts of the world where washing your clothes can be easily done at the place you are staying at. However for some other parts of the world, it might be expensive or difficult to get your things washed. So it’s better to just do it yourself.

So here is a list of some essential items you might want to bring:

  • Headlamp (mainly used for camping but you can also use it as a flashlight for moving around in the dark)
  • Sleeping Bag Liner (for those rare occasions where you find a hostel or hotel that is not so very clean.)
  • Microfiber Towel (some hotels or hostels might not have towels, so it’s probably better to bring your own.)
  • Travel Line (depending on where you go, you may have to wash your own clothes. In which you can use this line to dry your clothes.)
  • Packing Cube (helps you organize your items)
  • A Lock ( to secure your personal belongings)

Tip: If you are wanting to pack light, then I would suggest maybe for you to buy a small travel backpack. This way it allows you to only pack the necessary items that you need while making sure you won’t over pack.

What Electronics To Bring

Depending on what you are going to be doing during your travels, you might want to bring some electronics.

I know for instance, I have to have my laptop with me as my work relies on me using the computer. I also know I will want to take pictures of places I go to, so a camera will also be necessary.

Think about what you are going to be doing and what things you need to help you a long the way.

The list of electronics I bring are:

Overall, deciding what to pack is not really a hard decision.

You want to pack based on what kind of destination you are going to and also your needs.

To be honest, nowadays in almost any part of the world, you will be able to find a store that’ll carry the items that you want. So don’t focus too hard on what you need to bring or pack. Because if you are missing some items, than simply just go down to the store and buy them.

The point of your trip is to enjoy yourself, and you can’t do that if you worry all the time about what things you need to pack and how you are going to pack it.

However I do hope that this post was able to help some of you all. It was made to be a general base line guide of what essential items you should bring with you on your trip. After all, these are the items I bring and have been bringing them for the past 5 years.

So use this packing guide as a starting point, and just adjust to your needs accordingly.

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Hope you have a safe and fun trip~


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