The Ultimate Packing List For Travel

The ULTIMATE PACKING LIST FOR SUMMER-3

Being an expat comes with a lot of travel. Every Spring, Summer or Winter break (basically any break that is more than a week), we either travel to spend time with family in Pakistan or in US or go exploring the places we have never been before. Travel is always on the cards for us expats.

I love to travel but absolutely HATE to pack, specially the decision making part of it! What to pack, what to leave behind, what I may need, what I can or can’t live without etc. And trust me, it gets much more complicated when there are kids involved.

Since we travel so often, I have made a check list for my self and the kids, so at least I don’t have to brainstorm that every time. It’s just a matter of deciding ‘which’ clothes and shoes to keep!

The list I have is what I call ‘My Ultimate Packing List’ (You can download the list HERE ). I usually end up omitting a few things off this list, depending on the variables such as the destination, the weather, the duration of stay etc.

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1. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS Kids Me
Passports / RP Cards
Tickets
Travel Insurance/ Health Insurance
Cash/ Credit Cards
Frequent Flyer Cards
Contacts and Address Book
A Pen!

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2. IN THE SUITCASE

THE BASICS Kids Me
Pajamas/ Sleepwear
Under Garments
Socks
Shoes (Dress Shoes, Running /walking Shoes ,Crocs, Flip flops)
T-shirts (half and long sleeves)
Pants (Shorts/Jeans/ Track pants)
Party Wear (Dress Shirts/ Dresses/ Desi wear)
Fleece/Jacket
Sun Hats
Swimsuits
Swim goggles
Makeup Bag

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3. TOILETRIES

TOILETRY BAG Kids  Me
Tooth Brush / Toothpaste
Hair Brush
Shampoo/ Conditioner/ Body wash
Body Lotion
Sunscreen
Face wash
Deodorant
Feminine hygiene products
Perfume(s)
Nail clippers/ Tweezers
Hair dryer /Straightening Iron
Clips and Head bands

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4. CARRY ON LUGGAGE ESSENTIALS

Some of the items mentioned below (laptops, ipads, cameras etc.) are not allowed in the Carry On Luggage on flights from a few destinations to US/ UK anymore, so they either have to go in the suitcase or have to be gate checked.

CARRY ON BAG ESSENTIALS Kids Me
Extra change of clothes
Fleece/ Jacket
Medicines (Pain relief and fever reducer,  cough and cold medicines, presecription meds, hydrocortisone ointment, bandaids, Insect repellent )
Thermometer
Hand Sanitizer and Wipes
Hand lotion and lipbalm
Travel Pillows/ Small blankets
Extra contacts, solution, and contact case
Sunglasses and Prescription glasses
Laptop, Ipad (+ chargers)
Mobile Phone (+ charger)
Headphones
Electrical converters and adapters
Camera, Lenses and Chargers
Toys /Activites for kids
Jewelry
A good book!

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Hope you find this list as useful as it is for me! What else do you need when you travel? Share with me what you think is missing from my list.

Download the complete packing list HERE

Until next time!

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