Packing list - what to pack when travelling abroad?



  • I would make only one recommendation, and that's if a country you are traveling to requires a VISA.  Some countries provide VISA's at the port of entry, and costs much less than processing them in the US.  

    Most VISA's are time-limited, so make sure the type of VISA you apply for meets your needs.
  • Hi there!
    one thing that might add some weight but is needed in countries where there is a lot of power outage for long periods of time (like India and Pakistan):
    ->a heavy-duty flash-light! like CAT or something just as powerful (with spare batteries).. u'll find that the flash-lights in some places are horrible..
    ->also, Muslim countries usually dont stock toilet paper in public bathrooms.. so a toilet roll or a couple of extra tissues in ur carry-on would be helpful
    vice-versa, if u r Muslim, everywhere outside Muslim countries, there is no water access within the toilet, so a collapsible cup comes in handy, & fill it BEFORE u enter the stall! wet toilet paper just doesn't work..
    ->my own must-needed (though i mostly forget it) is gum/ breath freshener.. even if i so much as nep, i get horribly bad breath & there isnt always a bathroom/shop handy, so i just pop one in.. there's no worse confidence-buster than bad breath..
    ->my favourite thing to do while travelling is writing, though I do get motion sickness (for which i have meds at hand).. so i keep my notebook & pen handy
    ->lastly: a small bag/purse with many pockets.. i can be very disorganized & it takes me ages to find stuff in huge, one pocket bags, so now i've got a small bag with many smaller packets, in which i keep the important stuff & small personal items (visa, money, wallet, lip balm etc).. i sling it over my head&shoulder & keep it at the fron coz even though nothing bad has happened to me yet, i remain very paranoid..
    Have fun on you next trip!
    ps. i'm going to study in london for an year & i will be short on money & don't have family there.. any suggestions on how i can travel light without leaving behind important stuff.. also i adhd so i tend to overpack..
    i would also need to take my stuffed rabbit, without which i can't sleep for more than 2-3 days.. but it's kinda big, do u suggest i should keep it as an 'extra-item' for carry-on?
  • Not trying to be biased, but water purifiers! They come in all shapes and sizes - you can get water purifying bottles and straws that all do pretty much the same thing.

    Also if you're going to a hot place, you will most likely need anti-Malaria tablets. And don't forget to bring any medication you'll need, and if you DO take medication be aware of what types of medication you can take into your chosen destination and also the quantity allowed for medication.

  • Water purifiers can be handy if you're camping or roughing it in truly remote areas, but in most destinations they're fairly unnecessary, as bottled water if available in most places. 
  • edited July 2013

    Little but essentials! Here are few things which are
    important and must have when you pack your bag for abroad. Either go for travel
    agents, ask for holiday package and they will guide you about all the things to
    remember before you leave your home for foreign tour.

    Umbrella and Raingear

    Mosquito Repellant

    Bring Water Proof and Ultra Zoom cameras

    Sun block lotions

    Bring a Universal Adaptor

    Shorts and cotton shirts

  • edited July 2013

    hi don't forget lock for case that you can lock and use as a safe as we do.:)

    sun cream

    charger wires fone /camera /pads/

    passports /travel insurance/ carpark print off / EU cards E tickets

    driving licence if renting car



    swimming stuff

    sun glasses

    witch hazel for bites



  • for girls - always bring your most comfortable feminine products even if you think Mother Nature isnt supposed to visit you during your travels. :P
  • Hey

    These are some of the things I would suggest: 

    • Diarrhoea tablets (grim, I know, but it happens)
    • Clothes that are appropriate to the culture you are going to (If you are going to a Muslim country or a very conservative country for example, make sure you wear clothes that cover your shoulders, don't show cleavage, and are below knee length )
    • A hat/sunnies
    • Loose fit clothing
    • Malaria tablets/mosquito net/mosquito spray (for your body) 
    • Adaptor

    Hope that helps a bit. Obviously there are far more but that's a few :) 

  • ...Oh and HAND SANITISER!! 

    Soooo so useful !! 
  • Very useful Information. My suggestion in case somebody is traveling International first time and is nervous. They can watch Video series (total 6 short videos) at which provides step by step educational information on first International flight. I guess video are also available at I thought this will be helpful info.
  • Hi,
    I thought I'd share with you the Top 10 Things I Pack First Before Going Abroad.

    1.A book/magazine/or any other type of riveting reading material.
    2.A universal plug adapter
    4.Camera and related accessories
    6.Guidebooks/phrase books/maps
    7.Travel documents, and photocopies of travel documents
    8.Cell phone
    9.Small travel bag

    Hope this information is being helpful for you.

    Have a nice day!
  • hi, 
    I'm an Indian. And I'm planning to do my higher studies in canada. I got admission in one college at london, onatario, Canada. Since I'm not very sure about the culture and lifestyle of people of over there, can you please help me with some suggestions...... 
    like the pattern of dressing.  what does students generally wear at college if there is no uniform? jeans?
    Boots or shoes, should I buy a pair boots from India, 
    type of moisturizers etc. 

  • Jeans are a good place to start, as students in North America tend to dress very casually. Just keep in mind that it gets VERY cold in the winter (December to February), so you will most definitely need boots, a warm coat, gloves, and a hat.
  • Thank u Anya
  • Hi Nikitha,
    The thing to remember about Canada is that the seasons are so dramatically different! Winters are freezing and summers are hot, so you need to pack clothes for the full spectrum of weather. I was surprised in Canada both by the heat and the cold, so go prepared. Good luck!
  • I have family in Ontario and I have bought boots and winter coats in Canada even though I live in the UK winter in Canada is bitter cold and the Canadian clothing in my opinion is far more suited to the climate.
  • Very useful post. Sometimes we need suggestion from others to have a happy travel. 
  • Hey guyz 
    which things should be packed while travelling to Canada for highr education 
    Im done with all basic things which were mentioned above, for instance My documents,Clothes,Medicines,Thermals.
    should i carry Sleeping Bag along me.?
    But still I think im missing out few things..!!
  • If you're going to be attending a university I'm assuming you have a place to stay, so I can't imagine you would need a sleeping bag.
  • hey all , 
    thank you so much for all of your informative and helpful comments ,
    i belongs to pakistan , after 3 days ( 6 august ) i will leave for   3 countries ,i.e., Malaysia , Thailand & Singapore.
    i have make cheaklist from all of your comments on which items are mentioned .
    thanks once again 
  • thnkiew Anya 
    But I'll have to search for Apartment Cuz ive no body staying there from my family.
    As i Checked Many sites providing Rental Apartment Details Where Beds weren't Given ..
    so I asked whrtr its good to carry a Sleeping Bag orh not..!!
  • There is loads of student accommodation available throughout Canada with beds! 
  • thankiew Alethia for ua assistance :)
    anything that anybody would like to Advice or Add up that i may have forgotten which is of utmost importance .?
    Guyz its my First Experience ever From India To Canada _ Feeling Excited :)
  • Hi Anish21, 
    Canada is an incredible country - I found it very easy to adjust to living there. Perhaps this Canada Travel Guide, and this Expat Guide to Canada will be of some use to you.
  • hey Ella Johnson,
    thanks for Ua Suggestions. It means A lot..
  • edited September 2014

  • Packing list when traveling abroad:
    1.     Address list and list of important contacts or numbers
    2.     Backpack, suitcase, sports bag
    3.     Paper or Notebook
    4.     Passport (check validity!)
    5.     Tickets and itinerary (airline, train, bus, accommodation bookings etc.)
    6.     Visa
    7.     Travel Insurance
    8.     ATM card
    9.     Cash in the local currency of your arrival destination
    10.     Credit card
    11.     Clothes
  • edited September 2014
    Nice Post..!!

    Thanks to sharing your useful views.
  • I already put my list on couple of years ago, but now I have found a solar charger, very small that I can use to charge my tablet, mobile phone. It comes in really really handy!! Especially when there is no electricity. The other thing I always have with me is a small solar torch. It lasts for a few days and all I need to do is pop it in the sun for a couple of hours and it's ready to use again.
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