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The ultimate travel list

To save you the pain of writing a packing list before you travel, we’ve done the thinking for you. Just follow this list to prepare for a brilliant break.

1. Travel documents

  • Passport for every member of the travelling party
  • Travel documents, tickets or travelcards
  • Booking or reservation letters
  • Itinerary and directions
  • Visa(s)
  • Vaccination documents (check country requirements beforehand)
  • Driving licence – plus any hire car driving documents
  • Travel insurance documents (including European health insurance card if applicable)
  • Top tip: scan or take photos of all of the above and email them to yourself

2. Essential items

  • Electronic plug converter
  • Keys
  • Wallet (including foreign currency)
  • Credit/debit cards (take a copy of each card and email to yourself)
  • Camera and charger
  • Phone and charger
  • Sunglasses

3. Medical

  • Regular prescription medicine plus a copy of your prescription
  • Travel medication (as necessary – malaria tablets, antihistamines, paracetamol etc.)
  • Sun cream and/or sunblock
  • Insect repellent/bite cream
  • Contraception
  • Small first aid kit (thermometer, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, plasters)
  • Contact lens cleaner and equipment

4. Toiletries

  • Toothpaste/brush
  • Tissues or wet wipes
  • Sanitary products
  • Hand cream
  • Face wash
  • Body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Antibacterial hand gel

 5. And the rest…(volume dependent on travel method and destination)

  • Day clothes
  • Evening wear (including warmer layers)
  • Underwear
  • Socks/tights
  • Shoes
  • Rainwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Towels (microfibre towels for light packing)
  • Bedding (if required)
  • Entertainment – books, music, cards, games, puzzle books

To make things even easier for you we've created a downloadable version of the checklist that you can print out and tick off at home. Happy holidays! 

Don’t forget, members can enjoy up to 10% off Benenden Travel Insurance, using code MEMBER10.