My precious travel checklist

Every time I talk about my travels I end up talking about how happy it made me to be well prepared. This good organisation has a lot to do with a “few” bullet points I laid on my phone notes.

A year ago I traveled to Vietnam with my girlfriend and we forgot so many little things that would have made our life easier during the trip without impacting our mobility that I started to list all those necessary little things to make sure to never forget any.

The list grew. It helped us a lot. People around showed interest in it. So here you have it, find below how I never forget anything for a trip (and adapt to you):


Your destination choice and anything to anticipate:

Trip planning

  • First, decide where to go, for a big trip, 6 months ahead is usually better to anticipate and prepare everything
  • Check any special local events you would want to participate to
  • Or holidays in order to avoid going to crowded touristic places
  • Draw a rough trip on a map
  • Cost forecast (plane, local transportation, sleeping places, food, activities, etc.)
  • Book your plane tickets

A few weeks before departure

  • Check necessary vaccin (1 month ahead)
  • Visa (1 month ahead)
  • Book key local transportation
  • Book some key sleeping places
  • Download offline maps and mark key places

On departure

  • Ask for family/friends to care for your house, plan to give them the keys
  • Empty/Clean the house (mainly bed sheets, refrigerator, trash)
  • Care for your plants (somewhere close to sunlight)
  • Shut down gas and electricity

Below the list of things to bring with you:

Bags and clothes

  • Travel backpack
  • Extra-light backpack
  • Light walking shoes
  • Sports shoes
  • T-shirt, pants, socks, boxers/calcinhas, shorts, sweater
  • Bag tags: name, number and email

Admin and convenience

  • Id/passport
  • Copy id/passport
  • Driving licence
  • Credit cards
  • Helerman
  • Ziplock
  • Plastic bags
  • Notebook
  • Home transportation card (Navigo in Paris)
  • Water resistant zip bag
  • Thermos bottle
  • Padlock
  • Knife
  • Fork/spoon
  • Pens
  • Clothes soap/cleaner
  • Bumbag
  • Playing Cards

Health/Body

  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Easy dry towel
  • Deodorant
  • Lenses
  • Lenses liquid
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Nose tissue
  • Bandages
  • Hand bacteria washer
  • Probiotic lactibiane
  • Compression socks
  • Other necessary medication (like for canker sore, or any of your needs)

Electronic

  • GoPro
  • Phone (and charger)
  • Earphone
  • External battery
  • Electric world adaptor
  • USB Key (for saving pictures)
  • Power strip
  • Multi-plug jack (to share music)
  • Sim card pin switcher
  • Computer (and charger)
  • Selfie stick

Long distance transportation

  • Sleeping pillow
  • Ear plugs (to block sound)
  • Eye cover
  • Neck pillows

Sunny

  • Sun-screen
  • Hydration cream
  • Sun glasses
  • Cap/Hat
  • Flip flops
  • Mosquito repellent

Sea/Diving

  • Swimsuits
  • Water shoes
  • Swim glasses
  • Snorkeling Mask

Cold

  • Winter hat
  • Scarf
  • Lip stick

Rain

  • Kway or light water protection
  • Backpack water protection
  • Small umbrella

Motorcycle

  • Helmet ⛑
  • Glasses 🕶
  • Gloves to drive
  • Light scarf
  • Heavy scarf
  • Helmet screen
  • Necessary toolkit
  • Gloves to fix
  • Saddle bags
  • Bike water and cold protections
  • Bike phone charger
  • Butt cushion

That’s it! A simple and huge checklist, but god it helps!