The Ultimate Packing Checklist!

The temptation when packing for a holiday is to cram your entire wardrobe into a collection of suitcases so that you’re covered for every eventuality, from an afternoon on the beach to an unexpected invitation to a red carpet event!

However, with this handy checklist you’ll soon be packing efficiently – and reducing your excess baggage charges too…

  • Before you put anything in your suitcase, lay out everything you want to take on your bed. Then just halve it. It feels like a bold move, but think of all the times you’ve been away with more than you’ve needed.

  • Pull out a Travel Space Bag. These incredible vacuum storage bags will make the amount of space taken up by your clothes three times smaller. All you have to do is fill and then roll to extract the air. A Space Bag is perfect for any wet bathers and towels on the way home.

  • Be airport ready. Decant all your shampoos, creams and body washes into GoToob containers so that you’re ready to show airport security that you’re not exceeding any liquids limits. For international flights in and out of Australia, that currently stands at 100 millilitres or less (broadly equivalent to 100 grams or less).

  • Be airport ready, part two. Your collection of liquids must be in see through plastic containers that hold 100ml or less and be displayed in a clear plastic bag, so invest in a Borne Naked Travel Organiser, which includes the correct size containers housed in a clear zipped back, that will ensure you are within the airport travel regulations.

  • Weigh everything! Nobody likes being hit with unexpected luggage charges. An Accura Travel Scale will let you know whether you’re scraping under the limits.

Essentials

Passport

Flight tickets

Visas

Currency / Travellers cheques / Credit cards

Holiday insurance documentation

Accommodation address and booking number

Car hire booking number and driving licence

Photocopies of passport/insurance/tickets (in a separate case to the originals)

Personal Essentials

Mobile phone and charger

iPad / Kindle / tablet plus charging cable

Headphones

Plug adaptor

Pen and paper

Reading book

Guide book

Camera and spare memory card

Glasses/case

Contact lenses

Basic first aid kit

Towel

Medication

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Razor and foam

Dental floss

Mouthwash

Cotton balls

Tweezers

Soap

Facewasher

Shampoo and conditioner

Makeup remover

Brush or comb

Hair products

Hairdryer /Straighteners

Moisturiser

Lip balm

Insect repellent

Birth control

Feminine hygiene

Vitamins

Pain reliever /Aspirin

Clothes

Shorts

T-shirts

Shirts/tops

Trousers

Jeans

Skirts

Dresses

Jacket or blazer

Jumpers

Sweatshirts

Bras

Pants

Vests

Socks

Walking socks

Tights

Stockings

Swimwear

Sarong

Wedding clothes

Suit

Nightwear

Dressing gown

Slippers

Shoes

Sandals

Thongs

Trainers

Walking boots

Coat/jacket

Waterproofs

Thermal underwear

Specialist sports clothes/shoes/boots

Accessories

Watch

Sunglasses

Sunhat

Gloves

Scarves

Belt

Handbags

Jewellery

Beach/Sports

Beach towels

Bucket and spade

Beach mats

Lilo

Snorkel

Goggles

Flippers

Face mask

Surf/body board

Picnic blanket

Picnic box

Beach bag

Folding chairs

Cool box

Ice packs

Thermos flask

Before you leave the house!

Check-in online with the airline

Leave itineraries with a trusted friend

Pre-pay bills

Stop the newspaper

Take perishables out of the refrigerator

Unplug appliances

Turn off heater/air conditioner

Turn down water heater

Lock all doors and windows

For a business trip, make use of the relevant parts above (maybe leave the surfboard at home) and add the following:

Hotel loyalty/Frequent Flyer cards

Business cards

Gum or mints

Company brochures / literature

Paper clips

Highlighters

Post-It notes

Envelope for expense receipts

Laptop

Thumb drive

Ties

Suit belt

Dress socks

Shirts

Shoes

Suits

Semi-casual jacket

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