The Ultimate Travel Check List (So You Don’t Forget A Thing!)


If you’re a travel lover you’re familiar with last-minute packing, the mad rush out the door, and that moment of wanderlust as you wave goodbye to your home, in search for the next adventure…

But have you forgotten something? Whatever it is, you’ll only realise when you truly need it. Sigh. Luckily, we’ve put together the ultimate travel check list to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

From packing your suitcase to locking up the house, we’ve got you covered these holidays!

What to pack

Summer suitcase

  • Assorted summer clothes
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shoes (for walking/hiking)
  • Shoes (for going out)
  • Thongs/sandals
  • Cardigan/wrap (in case of adverse weather!)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Beach towel

Winter suitcase

  • Assorted winter clothes
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shoes/boots (for walking)
  • Shoes (for going out)
  • Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Beanie


  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Soap
  • Travel hairdryer (if necessary)
  • Hairbrush
  • Dry shampoo (if necessary)
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant/cologne
  • Shaving razor
  • Make-up/skin care products
  • Travel tissues
  • Medications


  • Handbag/purse/wallet
  • Passport (if necessary)
  • Phone charger
  • Mobile phone
  • Earphones
  • Camera and batteries (if necessary)
  • Book to read
  • Diary/travel journal
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Games (if necessary)
  • Keys (ensure they are accessible or in safe hands if you leave them behind)

Preparing your house

Cleaning up

  • Make beds
  • Tidy bedrooms
  • Tidy lounge room
  • Sweep/vacuum/mop floors
  • Remove food from fridge
  • Clean fridge shelves
  • Clean/tidy pantry
  • Wipe kitchen surfaces
  • Wipe tables
  • Clean bathroom
  • Put rubbish in bins
  • Mow lawns
  • Tidy outdoor area
  • Secure outdoor furniture (in case of adverse weather!)

Things to remember

  • Tell neighbours/friends your travel plans
  • Ask neighbours to put out/bring in street bins
  • Ask neighbours to collect mail
  • Ensure pets are looked after

Before you leave

  • Double-check suitcases
  • Remind neighbours you’ll be away
  • Unplug electrical accessories not in use
  • Close blinds/shutters
  • Lock all windows and doors

Kyra Thomsen is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW. She has experience in copywriting, blogging, journalism, and social media. After completing two degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature in 2013 she began work with the content team at Zanui. Kyra was the winner of the 2012 Questions Writing Prize and her work has been published in print and online for numerous sources, including Writer's Edit, Seizure, and Fairfax Media among others.