7 Vacation Essentials to Carry | Backpack Checklist

Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned traveler, having a backpack checklist of all the vacation essentials always helps. You need to prepare a comprehensive and well-planned travel checklist in order to have a great vacation ahead.

Chalking out your backpack checklist is challenging. As your trip gets closer, you need to think out so many aspects of your vacation. Also, the choice of luggage becomes an equally significant factor.

Traveling with a backpack certainly makes you feel more agile. What with hands-free mobility while moving from one location to another, and all of your essential stuff being within an arm’s reach.

Here are some useful tips for selecting the right backpack for your vacation:

  1. Wherever you’re planning to go, select a backpack that is versatile, lightweight, water-resistant, and sufficiently big to hold all your vacation essentials.
  2. The most important aspect concerning luggage is an excellent warranty that promises durability into it. The reason is that traveling with a backpack with a broken handle or zipper is sure to land you in deep trouble. The durability of a backpack plays an even greater role if you’re spending your vacation dirt biking. A rugged backpack with several pockets is as essential for a dirt bike trip as a B&B bash plate.
  3. Also, backpacks with excellent security features are advantageous. For instance, backpacks having zippers that are lockable with TSA approved locks provide enhanced security.
  4. If you are travelling by air, you need to be well aware of the weight and size restrictions imposed by various airlines worldwide.
  5. Choose a space-efficient backpack with a larger, rectangular compartment over an unusual, trapezoid-shaped backpack. 

Here is your backpack checklist of 7 vacation essentials to carry:

1. Packing Organizers

Keeping everything organized inside your backpack is certainly a challenge. One of the best ways to pack for any trip is to use packing organizers or packing cubes.

Packing cubes are small, zippered bags designed to compartmentalize your vacation essentials, particularly to roll or fold clothes, in order to ensure optimum space utilization. Packing cubes are an excellent inclusion in your backpack regardless of its design, i.e. either one massive compartment or two smaller pockets inside the backpack. They also let you know exactly where every travel essential is inside your backpack.

While unpacking in your hotel room, you can quickly keep your organizers inside the hotel drawers. Also, these organizers help you pack soon and move smoothly from location to another without the need of rearranging your backpack every time.

Packing cubes help you organize clothing and footwear by type, purpose, and condition (e.g. clean or dirty). They effectively reduce the volume of your clothes by almost 80 percent. This is especially advantageous for bulky clothes like sweaters and jackets.

2. Clothing and Footwear

Go for layered, lightweight and breathable clothes. Use packing organizers of different sizes to compartmentalize your clothing and footwear.

Here is a checklist of clothes you need to carry to your vacation destination:

  • For the basics, pack cotton T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, pants and shorts.
  • Pack sufficient underwear made of quick-drying fabric.
  • Keeping in mind the cultural sentiments of your vacation destination, consider whether or not to pack casual outerwear like tank tops.
  • For stylish and comfortable evening wear, women should pack long maxi dresses in floral prints. These will instantly make you a style diva! Also, don’t forget to carry a swimsuit, especially if you are traveling to a beach destination.
  • Don’t forget to pack a pair of pajamas which you can pair with one of your T-shirts for comfortable sleepwear.
  • Based on the climatic conditions of your vacation destination, for extra warmth, pack a sweater or a fleece jacket. Also, keep a rain jacket handy.
  • For the protection of the head, carry a wide-brimmed hat or scarf.

Here is a checklist of footwear you need to carry to your vacation destination:

  • Comfortable, soft-soled walking shoes should be an ideal choice.
  • If you are planning to go hiking, pack a pair of sturdy hiking boots.
  • Carry 2-3 pairs of socks made of non-itchy and breathable merino wool.
  • If you’re traveling to a beach destination, pack a pair of good quality beach shoes or flip-flops.
3. Toiletries

Here is a checklist of toiletries for your toiletry bag:

The Basics:

  • Travel dental kit containing your toothbrush, tongue cleaner, toothpaste, floss, and freshmint mouthwash
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF), i.e. 30 and above
  • Face Wash
  • Shower gel or soap
  • Moisturizer
  • Lip balm
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Basic makeup essentials for women – lipstick, foundation, eyeliner, etc.

The Extras:

  • Perfume
  • Pocket-sized mirror
  • Hair gel 
  • Shaving kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Stain Remover
  • Scented facial tissues
  • Travel Towel

4. Health Items

Here are essential health items you need to carry for a comfortable vacation:

  • First aid kit (bandages, gauze, antiseptic cream, cotton)
  • Personal prescription medicines
  • Pain and fever relievers
  • Thermometer
  • Throat lozenges
  • Diarrhea medicines
  • Allergy medicines
  • Multivitamins
  • Insect repellent
  • Motion and altitude sickness pills
  • Eye drops
  • Medicines specific to the region
  • Sleeping medicines
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Prescription glasses and case

5. Personal Items to keep handy – Prepare your personal items bag to make sure you have items like technological devices, a couple of outfits and a few essential toiletries handy while you are on any train, bus or boat rides. This way you don’t need to carry the backpack everywhere you go. For instance, if you need to wear your eye mask, you don’t have to get into your backpack each time on your trip.

Consider using a small day pack or ruck sack as your personal items bag.

Here are some useful things you should include in your rucksack:

  • Two outfits
  • Two pairs of underwear
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Laptop and charger
  • Noise-reducing headphones
  • Camera and charger
  • Electrical adapter
  • Travel pillow and blanket
  • Eye mask
  • Travel diary and pen
  • Books and magazines
  • Deck of cards
  • Body lotion
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses with the case
  • Organize jewellery in a mini packing cube

6. Travel-related Documents, Cash and Credit Cards

Collect your essential travel documents, pen, cash and credit cards in a travel document organizer. Here is a detailed list of such essential items that should go in your organizer:

  • A valid passport, if required
  • Personal Identification Document and copies of the same
  • In case you are a frequent flyer, carry your Frequent Flyer card(s) and other loyalty program cards (e.g.hotel chains)
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Health insurance documents and their copies
  • Travel insurance documents and their copies
  • Printouts of travel reservations and itineraries
  • A pen-and-paper list of emergency contacts and important addresses, just in case technology fails
  • Travel guidebooks and maps
7. Security-related Items

While traveling in most large cities, you should always watch for pickpockets. The most convenient way to safeguard your belongings is to hide them underneath your clothing. Consider packing these security-related essentials:

  • Money belt or hidden pocket – This is a small, zippered pouch that you can wear over your stomach by fastening its elastic strap around your waist. You can tuck it under your pants or skirt and hide it completely from sight.
  • Neck wallet – You can wear this anti-theft device around your neck, under your clothing to carry your passport, credit cards and cash.
  • Undercover Bra Stash to keep credit cards and cash – Women travelers need to simply snap this discrete under-clothing device over their bra straps in order to keep cash and cards out of sight.
  • Leg wallet – Travel comfortably with this cool invention! It’s an undercover wallet that provides you with a sense of security by wrapping around your leg, underneath your pants.
  • Luggage Travel Lock – Go for TSA-approved locks
  • Reflective clothing
  • A headlamp or mini flashlight

Wherever you are headed, make sure you’ll have a great time!

In order to make your vacation travel smooth and comfortable, think through your itinerary in advance. This way you’d be able to bring everything you need for your vacation stay.

On reading the backpack checklist and tips for selecting an appropriate backpack, get started with packing the right things in the right manner. Pack light, give priority to versatile items, particularly with regard to clothing, and don’t forget to use the packing cubes. Life will be much easier with these organizers.

Health and security are of the utmost importance in every aspect of life. So, your vacation travel is no exception and make sure to pack all the essentials.

Last but not least carry your travel reservations, identification documents, health insurance, travel insurance information, cash and credit cards properly.

6 thoughts on “7 Vacation Essentials to Carry | Backpack Checklist

  • April 26, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    It’s very important to have the right type of backpack with adequate security features as well. Pinning this list, as I’m planning for my next vacay.

  • April 27, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    That’s a really helpful checklist. We all need to make sure we carry all essentials. Such checklists make life easier when packing for a trip.

  • April 27, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    That’s a very informative and helpful post for people who travel. Will remember this for my next travel

  • April 27, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    That’s very helpful guide most of the time things like medicine I usually Miss. This list will come handy while traveling.

  • April 28, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Wow.. a detailed post i am gonna keep this bookmarked as a checklist for my next trips… u have detailed everything its so awesome

  • July 9, 2020 at 5:07 am

    Great post about our vacation backpack. I like it. Thanks for sharing these information with us.


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