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The Ultimate Packing List to Never Forget Anything Ever Again

When I was 15 years old, I’d spend hours reading articles from a Belgian online business magazine. “What is the best month to have a kid that will be a billionaire” were the sort of articles I was reading until I stumbled across “how to pack your suitcase for a business trip”.

I copied the list given on the website and have updated it every time I took a trip somewhere since.

Find it below.

  • Clothes:
    • underwear
    • socks
    • t-shirt/shirt
    • trousers
    • sweater
    • pajama
    • towel
    • shorts
    • swimsuit (if warm destination)
  • Products to place in a transparent plastic bag on top of the suitcase:
    • toothpaste
    • deodorant
    • perfume
    • solar cream
    • soap
    • hand cleaning gel
  • To place in a small pocket of the suitcase:
    • lock
    • a deck of cards
    • 3 reusable bags*
    • nail clipper
    • lunchbox
    • spoon
    • hard-boiled eggs
    • blue-light blocking glasses
    • sleeping mask
    • earplugs
  • Tech gear:
    • phone and computer chargers
    • home bank ID machine
    • kindle
    • external battery
    • computer
    • mouse.
  • To keep in pockets:
    • phone
    • keys
    • wallet**
    • sunglasses
    • chewing gum
    • water bottle
    • pen
    • hat
    • passport/ID
  • Artifact for long-term trips:
    • bed linen
    • gym gloves
    • gym shorts
    • a sleeping bag

If out of the EU: ordering local currency***, downloading “here maps”.

Planning the future:

  • check how to get from the airport to your accommodation
  • check for Couchsurfing and meetup events
  • check interesting places to visit on the “here map”
  • make sure you have enough money on credit cards
  • check what are the local supermarket brands
  • how public transportation works

Finally, look for the cheapest sim card provider.

Personally, I also carry 100 ml bottles with sun cream (which prevents me from buying some) and another one with olive oil.

And voilà!! You got it all. I have used this list for long and short trips, to go skiing and to go to the beach and it never failed me.

I have no doubt it won’t fail you either. No need to pack your entire house, two pairs of pants (wearing one and packing the other) are more than enough.

I count one t-shirt/shirt per day, the same for underwear.

All of these artifacts also fit into a bag you can take with you on the plane, so no more lost luggage!

That’s about it for the ultimate packing list!

Thoughts about any other items that should be part of it?

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*The three reusable plastic bags are for dirty clothes, grocery shopping and the third is for the kitchen of the hostel.

**I always take the minimum I need to travel in my wallet: if I carry my passport, I’ll leave my ID home but will take my driving license. I’ll take with me as well a student card to get discounts, my Revolut card, and my normal bank card.

***Ordering local currency while still in your home country is a way to protect yourself against horribly high prices once in the foreign country. Alternatively, you can use Revolut.

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