Ultimate Guide To Packing For International Travel

Ultimate Guide To Packing For International Travel

When it comes to international travel, it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned globetrotter or a first-time traveler, having a detailed international travel packing list can make all the difference in preparing for your trip. 

I hate saying this word, as I hear it all the time at sales conferences, but its time to go back to the basics when it comes to smart packing for international travel.

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The Guide To Packing For International Travel! Or Any Journey!

Smart packing for international travel starts with a bag that will be the perfect fit for you. 

After that what toiletries and first aid items you will need, the tech gadgets for any travel and a wardrobe guide to ensure you are prepared for the elements.

This packing guide for international travel will eliminate the mammoth task of packing.

Regardless of if you are packing for international travel or just a 48-hour weekend getaway, the essentials listed below will ensure you are prepared for any journey.


If you are leaving in a month, or tomorrow, packing a suitcase for international travel requires versatile luggage that is sturdy, lightweight, and big enough to hold your essentials.

With the enormous amount of options available for all luggage today in the market, making the decision for the right bag for you can be tough.

What luggage will work for you when packing for international travel?

Here is my top recommendations for any type of travel:

Rolling Luggage – When it comes to international travel expect long journeys, terminal switches, and late night arrivals, and the rolling luggage can be a saviour.

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Sure, if you are in foreign lands that don’t have the greatest paving in the world, a rolling suitcase can be a pain.

But, if you are traveling in countries with well-paved sidewalks and elevators in hotels, a wheeled bag is perfect for your journey.

Just avoid from buying a large wheeled bag, as more space tend to get filled up in packing, and you end up regretting those extra pairs of boots you packed.

4-Wheeled Check-in – If you are thinking about checking in a suitcase, your bag can get heavy without you even knowing it.

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I prefer a 4-wheeled check-in suitcase because it causes less strain on the wrist, and dragging the suitcase from point A to B will be a breeze. 

Duffel Bag – Reliable, Lightweight and Durable. It will look like you are going to the gym without stepping on any cardio equipment.

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Duffel Bags are great to have when you are thinking about the possibility of bringing gifts and souvenirs back from your international travel journey.

Wheeled Backpack – If you’ll be going through unique types of terrain, or switching from airports to cobblestones, having a bag with the option to roll it or carry it like a knapsack / duffel is really handy.

Travel Backpack – You know you’re a traveler once you have bought a backpack for international travel. I have always been a carry-on wheelie person, but now my travel backpack is with me where ever I go.

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It’s perfect for the traveler that has many stops on his/her itinerary and doesn’t want the hassle of lugging luggage around.

Carry-On – This one requires incredible discipline and prevents the risk of over-packing.

But if you could get away with traveling with only a carry-on you will save time at airports, save on checked baggage fees, never run the risk of the airline losing your bag, and you won’t do too much damage to your back from carrying a heavy bag during a long haul journey!

The International Travel Guide To Packing: CHOOSING THE RIGHT TECH

Packing Tech Gadgets for international travel will be dependent on how long your trip is and the destinations you are visiting. 

But when you are traveling you want to capture those memories you create. So why not use the top gadgets for international travel that we have at our fingertips.

Smart Phone: Remember when you could leave on holidays, and when you returned that is when you touched base with people? Unfortunately, smartphone’s are here to stay, and now we use them for everything.

They are perfect for keeping up with your friends and relatives back home via social media, using maps to navigate around your destination, and taking quick photos. Don’t get me wrong on Cellphones, mine never leaves my hand, I just miss the old days.

Our recommendationIphone7Google Pixel 2 (which has the unsurpassed camera on a get on to you have ever seen and comes with unlimited cloud storage for photos) or if you’re Samsung Devotee, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is the newest and greatest.

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The Perfect Camera + Spare Memory Card

The Perfect camera is entirely subjective and will depend on your technical skill level. 

Our recommendation:

If you’re after a cheap point and shoot you can’t go wrong with a Canon Powershot.

Its fantastically versatile 40x optical zoom means you can capture close-up portraits of your family, landmarks in the the distance and virtually everything in between.

While youre away, keep those at home updated on your travels by sharing your shots with the PowerShot SX720 HSs built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

And don’t forget a trusty GoPro for all those action sports and scuba diving you’ll be doing!

Freakishly smooth footage. Smart-capture superpowers. Battle-tested and waterproof without a housing. This is HERO7 Black, the most advanced GoPro ever.

With HyperSmooth stabilization, you’ll get gimbal like video— without the gimbal. A new intelligent photo mode delivers the best, most brilliant images automatically.

Things that we forget to pack along with our cameras is memory cards. I would suggest having two 128 gb cards with you in case you want to document your travels with pictures and video.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

Noise Cancelling Headphones are the best gadgets for international travel when you require rocking out to your feel-good tracks and don’t want to annoy any of your fellow passengers.

When space is at a premium, in-ear headphones are a must, but for those that love that over ear feeling, you can’t go wrong with the Bose QuietComfort 35.


This really isn’t a must-have gadget for a traveler on short trips. However, you are planning to be away for more than a month, a laptop is great for watching movies or some needed internet surfing. 

For example, I much prefer to look at flights and compose important emails on a big screen. Plus, Netflix just looks better on a laptop vs a smartphone.

Adapter Plug: Different countries use different power voltage. Grab a Multi-Adapter and make sure you’ve got all bases covered. There’s nothing worse than having a tech gadget you can’t charge!

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Power Bank: Power banks are the best gadgets for international travel, as you can keep your electronics charged while you are out and about.

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Cable Organizer: Traveling with your tech gadgets comes lots of cables. With the number of cables we have on a given trip is exhausting in terms of organization. Keep them organized with inexpensive cable organizers. 

Travel Speakers: Whether you are hanging out on the beach, or relaxing in your hotel room, having a great travel speaker with you can break the silence.

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The Guide To Packing: TRAVEL COMFORT

If you’re going to be on the road – awfully for an extended period of time – you’re going to require to be comfortable on those long travel days. The following travel accessories will keep you comfortable in each potential mode of transport and will help you grab the nap you’ve been craving.

These items are things you always forget to pack for a trip.

Travel Pillow: If you haven’t heard of the TRTL Travel Pillow, you are firmly missing out. Soft and strong it is scientifically proven to provide incredible neck support and possibly be the greatest thing to ever happen to naps! greater still, it folds down to nothing and will take up less space in your bag than the traditional neck wrap.

Eye Mask & Ear Plugs: Slap on your eye mask. Put in your earplugs. Block out the light, block out the sound and drift of to sleep.

Foldable Water Bottle: A foldable water bottle is perfect for filling up from the water fountains after airport security, or folding down and packing into your bag after you’ve fulfilled a hike.

Travel Moisturizer & Lip Balm: Sometimes your body simply needs a little help when traveling through different climates, altitudes and time zones!

A pen: for filling in forms or jotting down notes. You must always have a pen in your bag whether you are traveling or not!

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Packing travel outfits for any trip can be a nightmare.

From trying to find pieces that match and can be worn with multiple outfits, to limiting jackets and accessories to save space, and finding a procedure to organize everything so it is easily accessible.

This list below is just a suggestion, and may give you ideas on what you should or shouldn’t pack on your next journey.

  • Lightweight clothing that should be layered
  • 1x Longsleeved shirt(s)
  • 1x Sweaters or fleece jacket
  • 4x T-shirts and tank tops take a couple that has sleeves to be respectful of the culture you are visitingg)
  • 2x Travel Pants and/or shorts
  • 1 x pair of jeans (good for travel days/airports and planes)
  • 1x Rain jacket, windbreaker and/or a mini umbrella
  • 1x Pajamas/sleepwear
  • 1x Belt
  • Underwear, Bras & Socks – wool socks are greatest for hiking, pop socks for day to day wear.
  • 3x Pairs of Travel Shoes: 1x Comfortable walking shoes/athletic shoes, 1x flip flops (for shared shower facilities) and 1x pair of dress/going out shoes.
  • Sunglasses and glasses case
  • Hat or sun visor
  • 2 swimsuit

And don’t forget a packing cube or two to keep everything organized!

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Additional Suggestions For Women

  • 2x Dresses and/or skirts
  • 1x Sports Bra
  • 1x Yoga Pants & Sports Top
  • 1x Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Jewelry – pack your favorite pieces in this Travel Jewellery Organizer
  • 2x Scarf or bandana – can be worn in the hair/over the head/as a wrap and as a scarf
  • 2-3 Swimsuit/Bikini 
  • 1x Packable Fedora Hat (Click here for some great suggestions)


This is a toiletries shopping list for international travel and is the same for each and every vacation you take!

  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Toothbrush Cover & Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen & Aftersun
  • Shampoo & Conditioner (if you’re not likely to be staying in fancy hotels where this is provided)
  • Wet Wipes/Make Up Remover Wipes/Face wash
  • Tweezers + Mini Mirror
  • Travel Towel
  • Hair ties

PLUS: Any supplementary hair products required to keep your hair looking wonderful (mouse/gel/hairspray/anti-humidity spray etc).

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Any prescription medications – with any important information from the box or bottle noted down in a journal or cellphone.

Travel First Aid Kit: A travel first aid kit will usually contain band-aids, antiseptic wipes,  bandages, gauze, tiny scissors and tape/pins. An invaluable addition to a travel packing list.

Imodium ( for any tummy upsets from new foods)

Pain Relief(for muscle & fever relief)

Anti-inflammatory Medication (for when your muscles hurt after that hike or had days trekking)

Bug Spray

Cold and Flu Tablets/Lozenges

Antihistamines/Allergy medication

Motion sickness Tablets

Sleeping Pills (if required)

Antibacterial Ointment

Region-specific medication

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You’re not going to get far without these essential travel documents:

Passport/visa(s) – Not sure if you need a travel visa? Click Here

Cash and credit card(s) – call your credit card companies before you travel to inform them of your travel and try to carry 1 debit card and 2 credit cards in separate bags/pockets/travel wallet in case one gets stolen/damaged.

Frequent flyer card(s) – Having the numbers handy is invaluable. I use Apple Wallet to store all of my frequent flyer numbers, so much easier to pull up when needed.

Travel insurance information – In an event of an emergency, this is a life line.

Reservations, itineraries or pre-printed boarding pass – try and keep an electronic copy of all documents too.

Hotel and/or tour get in touch with information

Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)

Emergency contacts and important addresses

The Guide To Packing: TRAVEL SECURITY

I always trust the places I go to are safe, and sometimes neglect that anything can happen anywhere. But, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

When it comes to booking accommodation, make sure that the room has an in-room safe or lock box for hostels.

You can also look at the following travel safekeeping products and decide if they are something you would utilize:

Money Belt: A money belt is perfect for overnight travel or long travel days where you are carrying all your items with you.

RFID Blocking Travel Wallet: With the range of travel scams out there these days, just walking past the wrong person could see your cards skimmed. Keep your passport and 1 credit card inside this RFID Blocking Travel wallet at all times.

Cable Travel Lock: Cable Travel locks are perfect for locking up your bag before checking it inside, and having on you where your accommodation provides a locker but no place to lock it.

Headlamp: A headlamp takes up extremely little space in your luggage and could save you from a multitude of pitch black encounters!

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I hope this Ultimate Guide To Packing For International Travel will help in getting ready for your next vacation. There are so many decisions to make even before leaving on your journey, but with this guideline on packing for travel, everything should be smooth sailing from here.

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