Travel Tips

The checklist to make your travel bag

Once the question of bag choice is settled, you will have to tackle the content. The idea here is to travel light. You can't take everything, you're going to have to make choices. Not always easy, especially for a girl!

The checklist of essentials

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  • passport/visas
  • credit cards
  • cash in foreign currency
  • passport photocopy
  • contact numbers in case of emergency (credit card opposition / banker/assistance contact details)
  • international -national driver's license
  • student card
  • identity photos (for visas)
  • vaccination certificate (for some countries) / blood type card
  • European health insurance card
  • important addresses (embassy/hotels/inns)[/showhide]
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Choose fast-drying materials.

  • 3 or 4 tops (t-shirts / tank tops)
  • 2 light long pants (possibly convertable into shorts, in which case, zap the bottom line)
  • 3 shorts
  • 2 light dresses
  • 1 polar
  • 1 technical undergarment in merino wool
  • 1 rain jacket
  • A warm, compact down jacket
  • 4 panties / 2 bras / 3 pairs of socks
  • 2 swimsuits
  • 1 pyjamas
  • 1 cap/hat
  • 1 scarf that also serves me as a pareo, beach towel, blanket, headgear…
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  • 1 pair of light flip flops
  • 1 pair of city shoes (open if hot country)
  • 1 pair of walking shoes (if hiking / treks in anticipation)
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  • Paracetamol / aspirin
  • Skin antiseptic
  • Anti-diarrheal (the turista is taboo, we will all overcome it!)
  • Anti-vomit
  • Antispasmodic (SPASFON type®)
  • Mosquito repellent / soothing cream or antihistamine in case of bite
  • Sunscreen
  • Biafine
  • "Anti-blows" pommade
  • Bandage in case of strains
  • Dressings
  • Anti-malarial treatment
  • Vitamins
  • Eventually, lozenges against the sickness of the transport
  • Possibly, lozenges to make the water drinkable (don't abuse it though)
  • Biodegradable toilet paper (thank you!)

And also: condoms, tweezers, scissors, survival blanket.

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  • Soap (for body and laundry)
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Micellar water
  • Cotton discs / cotton swabs
  • Face and body moisturizers
  • Stick moisturizing lips
  • Make-up: I'm content with mascara and tinted cream
  • Makeup remover
  • Micro-fibre towel
  • I also bring jojoba oil and tea tree essential oil for recalcitrant buttons. The tea tree can also serve as an antiseptic and nourishing oil for hair.
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of eyeglasses (current and old, just in case)
  • Razors
  • Foldable hairbrush
  • Antibacterial gel

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  • Jewelry: I take very little, I settle for a pair of earrings, a bracelet or a ring, nothing of value.
  • My moon cup (joyfully replaces tons of tampons and towels)
  • Small mirror
  • Hairpins/ elastics
  • City shoulder bag
  • Possibly a "piss-standing" (See article here)

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  • Dynamo flashlight – headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Swiss knife
  • Lighter
  • A filtered gourd
  • Wire and a needle for holed clothes
  • Earplugs/Mask
  • Banana belt (preferably flat and hidden under clothing) for valuables: passport, credit card, money.
  • Code Cadenas
  • Compass
  • Pair of binoculars
  • Wake-up watch
  • Screen
  • Silk sheet / possibly down
  • Elastics/short rope to attach things to your bag
  • 2/3 clothespins – rope to extend the linen
  • Thick Scotch
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Backpack for small trips
  • Ziplock-type plastic bags to compartmentalize bag and/or store dirty belongings
  • Guide /maps
  • Books
  • Travel diary
  • A few pens (I have the unfortunate habit of losing them)
  • Possibly neck lap cushion
  • Possibly mask/ snorkel / fins but this takes up space

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  • Phone/tablet
  • Camera / GoPro – accessories (tripod, waterproof shell, pole…)
  • Netbook/Ultrabook
  • External hard drive / USB sticks / SD cards
  • Electronic reader
  • Chargers
  • Adapter

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    • Photos of your family
    • Small map of the world to show your country, your journey…
    • Business card with your contacts
  • Gifts to offer: colored pencils, clothes, school supplies, books… Especially no candy, you would do more harm than good (caries and company).


N.B. : This list is a oriented base for countries where you will not fear the cold. Of course, it will have to be adapted according to your background and the activities you intend to do. The technical equipment for hiking, for example, is not listed here. I have put you the links of the products that I use personally.

Related: How to store your bag?

Maybe I've forgotten things? What are your essentials? Do you make a checklist before you leave?

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