Travel Checklist – Print, Pin, Plan

Packing terrifies me. Meet me a week before I am to travel and you will think I am a toddler on a sugar high, the anticipation of travelling and excitement of exploring a new (or been there) place evident on my face. But two days before D-day, a manic look starts creeping into my eyes. Courtesy the re-realisation that

  1. I need to pack
  2. I need to pack light
  3. I could forget important documents
  4. I need to take money, insurance, etc
  5. I hate packing

My idea of packing has always been to create a huge pile of ‘things to carry’ in one corner of my bed. That pile invariably covers the whole bed leaving me a sliver of space to sleep in. And then, say half a day before I am to leave, I will start frantically dumping things into the bag, much to the exasperation of Maa who loves her things organised.

“Why don’t you just make a list of things you must carry, take a print out and stick it on your cupboard?” was her idea. Bingo!

And so, for my current trip – oh, did I mention I am in Baku? Hellos from Baku!

Anyway, for this trip, I made a detailed list of things to pack when I travel. This list has been made through by much brain racking and a bit of internet exploring – interesting how almost everyone stresses on carrying enough lingerie and sanitary protection. #notetoself

I have attempted to make a comprehensive list that you will need to customise as per you destination and requirements. Let this checklist be your base for this customisation.

Travel tips, from the corner table #fromthecornertable

Some basics that have worked for me

  • Put toiletries in waterproof bags.
  • Divide toiletries into smaller pouches instead of dumping them in the same bag. Smaller bags are easier to pack.
  • Carry skincare products like moisturizer and sunscreen; no point in fretting over ‘poor skin’ while travelling.
  • Basics like shampoo/conditioner/deodorant are available in most towns. So when luggage allowance and carriage is an issue, buy at the destination or duty-free.
  • Carry several plastic bags of different sizes – handy for wrapping up soiled clothes, dirty shoes or just carry things.
  • Put together copies of travel documents in a file and tuck it away in the bottom of luggage; backup.
  • Stash some extra money in luggage; this is the emergency fund.
  • Always pack some snacks – for the road, aeroplane, anywhere.
  • Carry a water bottle, always.
  • Avoid ‘might need’ items.
  • Pack clothes that complement each other; you should be able to team each top with every bottom. So take time to lay out an entire outfit before you pack it.
  • If in doubt about fits, try outfits before packing them. Choose from the same colour palette.
  • Check your clothes for any flaws like rips or holes.
  • Always carry 1 good traditional outfit – a salwar suit in my case – and one LBD or its equivalent.
  • Unless staying with a host, pack wrinkle-free clothing. Don’t carry 2 weeks of clothing just because you are at a homestay or with a host. My logic – if staying for a week, then carry clothes for 4 days. You are travelling; you are not expected to wear a new outfit every day.

P.S This is a printable list. Much more convenient you know! My ‘must haves’ are in bold

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  1. Earrings
  2. Neckpieces
  3. Finger Rings
  4. Scarves (2)


  1. Bra (2 for 3 days and so on)
  2. Underwear (1 for each day+2 extra)
  3. Tops/Tshirts
  4. Trousers/Jeans/shorts
  5. Skirt/Culottes
  6. Dresses
  7. Socks (3 pairs)
  8. Thermal socks
  9. Swimsuit
  10. Raincoat/Windcheater
  11. Fleece Jacket
  12. Cotton Jacket
  13. Hat/Cap
  14. Stoles (2)
  15. Shawl


  1. Passport
  2. Travel Insurance
  3. Tickets
  4. Visa (as required)
  5. Business Cards
  6. Contact Numbers
  7. Credit/Debit Card(s)
  8. Currency
  9. Identity Card
  10. Wallet


  1. Backpack
  2. Sling Bag/Purse
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. Prescription Medicines
  5. Contact lens (2 sets)
  6. Glasses (2 pairs)
  7. Sunglasses (2 pairs)


  1. Fancy Sandal
  2. Flip Flops
  3. Hiking Shoes
  4. Trainers

Makeup (waterproof)

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Blush
  5. Eye shadow
  6. Eyeliner
  7. Mascara
  8. Lipstick
  9. Lip liner
  10. Manicure Set


  1. Battery Backup
  2. Camera
  3. Charging Cable (2)
  4. Earphones (2)
  5. Flashlight (small)
  6. Mobile Phone
  7. Universal plug adapter


  1. Face Moisturiser
  2. Face Wash
  3. Face Cleanser
  4. Face Toner
  5. Face Masks/Packs
  6. Body Soap
  7. Body Moisturiser
  8. Body mist/spray
  9. Sunscreen
  10. Chap stick (with SPF)
  11. Deodorant/Body Spray
  12. Perfume
  13. Shampoo
  14. Conditioner
  15. Argon/Jojoba Oil
  16. Dry Shampoo
  17. Hairbrush/comb
  18. Headbands
  19. Bobby Pins
  20. Hair Dryer-cum-Styler
  21. Toothbrush
  22. Toothpaste
  23. Mouthwash
  24. Dental Floss
  25. Tampons/Pads
  26. Panty Liners
  27. Foot Cream


  1. Umbrella
  2. Water Bottle
  3. Towel (Hand/Body)
  4. Luggage Locks
  5. Reading Material
  6. Sewing Kit
  7. Mosquito Repellent
  8. Notebook
  9. Stationary
  10. Coconut Oil (multipurpose!)
  11. Wet Tissues
  12. Tissues
  13. Intimate Wipes
  14. Tiger Balm
  15. Eye Mask
  16. Carabiner Clip