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Packing checklist

Published on February 12, 2024 at 8:00 / Updated on February 24, 2024 at 8:00

Carry-on bag

Check with your airline to find out which items you can bring onboard the plane, as certain items may be prohibited (e.g., liquids must not exceed a certain volume).

  • Airplane tickets/boarding passes
  • Passport
  • Credit cards
  • Driver's license
  • Medic-Alert bracelet/card
  • Health insurance certificate
  • Certificate of vaccination (if applicable)
  • Medical history summary (including your blood type and list of medications)
  • Cell phone + charger
  • Laptop/tablet + charger
  • Earphones
  • Plug adapters
  • Spare glasses/contact lenses
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel pillow + blanket
  • Travel guide
  • Books and games
  • Pen
  • Change of clothes
  • Gum
  • Reusable bottle
  • Tissues

Checked baggage

  • Clothing
  • Sweaters/shirts
  • Shorts/pants/skirts
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Sportswear
  • Walking/running shoes
  • Hat/cap
  • Raincoat/windbreaker
  • Formal wear
  • Lint remover
  • Jewellery/watch
  • Belt
  • Sandals
  • Rain boots
  • Bathing suit
  • Miscellaneous items
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Umbrella
  • Beach bag
  • Beach blanket & towel
  • Beach toys
  • Snorkeling or diving gear
  • Laundry detergent
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Lock
  • Books, magazines
  • Drawing/colouring supplies
  • Deck of cards/board games

First aid kit

  • Elastic bandage
  • Dressings, adhesive tape and safety pins
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Butterfly closures
  • Gauze pads
  • Instant cold packs
  • Antibiotic ointment (e.g., Polysporin)
  • Zinc oxide ointment
  • Tweezers
  • Pocket knife/scissors
  • Thermometer

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Dental floss
  • Denture supplies
  • Hair brush and hair accessories
  • Mousse/gel/hairspray
  • Hair dryer
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap
  • Deodorant or antiperspirant
  • Moisturizer
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sunscreen (body/lips)
  • DEET or icaridin insect repellent
  • Eyeglass cleaner
  • Contact lens solution
  • Make-up
  • Make-up remover
  • Nail file/nail clipper
  • Razor & shaving cream
  • Condoms
  • Sanitary pads/tampons/menstrual cup
  • Bug net
  • Batteries for hearing aids

Medication

  • Prescription medication
Over-the-counter products
Indication
Analgesics/anti-inflammatories (e.g., Tylenol, Advil)
Fever or pain
Antacids (e.g., Tums, Pepcid)
Heartburn
Antidiarrheals (e.g., Imodium)
Diarrhea
Topical antifungal (e.g., Canesten)
Fungal (yeast) infections
Antihistamines (e.g., Benadryl, Reactine)
Allergy, rash
Antinausea medication (e.g., Gravol)
Nausea
Decongestants
Congestion, cold
Mild laxatives
Constipation
Cold sore ointment (e.g., Abreva)
Treatment of cold sores
Rehydration salts (e.g., Pedialyte, Hydralyte)
Diarrhea
Adrenalin (e.g., Epipen)
Severe allergies

Pack all medications in your carry-on baggage in their original, labelled containers. Visit a travel health clinic for your vaccinations if you are going to a destination where certain vaccines are recommended or required. If you wish to bring certain medications with you, such as drugs that protect against malaria, diarrhea or altitude sickness, speak to your health care provider.

In preparation for your trip

  • Buy a cell phone plan for travel abroad
  • Obtain your travel visa (if required)
  • Purchase travel insurance
  • Obtain an international driver's license (if required)
  • Make a copy of your passport
  • Buy foreign currency (e.g., Euros, US dollars) for use in your destination country

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