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Travel Essentials: Your Packing Checklist

Travel Essentials: Your Packing Checklist

  • Monday 04 December 2023

Embarking on a holiday adventure? Prepare for stress-free packing with our ultimate checklist!

Whether you're jetting off to a tropical paradise or exploring historic cities, our comprehensive guide and top tips ensure you won't overlook any essential items. Streamline your packing process and make every trip a breeze. Let the adventure begin!

We've also created a handy PDF checklist for you to download, print, and check off as you go. Click here to see it.

Travel Essentials

Make copies and take screenshots of all your documentation. Email them to yourself, upload them to the cloud and carry physical copies. Sure, you might rarely need them- but if something does go wrong (like a temperamental phone or dead battery), trust us- you'll thank yourself for thinking ahead. 

  • Passport and/ or visa
  • Debit and credit cards/cash
  • Travel Insurance: To avoid forgetting, you should buy your travel insurance immediately once your trip is booked. Click here to buy online with our partner, Blue Insurance.
  • EHIC: European Health Insurance Card. We highly recommend getting this card. You'll receive free or reduced healthcare when travelling in Europe with it.
  • Driver's Licence (If required)
  • Medication: Make sure to check if your medication is allowed in certain countries, and that you have all required documentation.
  • Booking Confirmation and Boarding Passes. Make sure you're checked in, everything's loaded onto your apps, screengrabbed, saved and printed.
  • Travel pillow, ear plugs and eye mask.
  • Make sure to note the address of your hotel or accommodation. It's a good idea to have this written down too, in case of technology failure.
  • Emergency contact details- again, always a good idea to have multiple copies/ versions on you.

Packing checklist- packing gadgets

Travel Gadgets

Gadget insurance is great for peace of mind while travelling. Get yours through our website with Blue Insurance

  • Mobile phone
  • Power bank
  • Headphones
  • Laptop/ tablet/ Kindle
  • Camera/drone (Make sure to check local requirements for drone use.)
  • Chargers for all devices
  • Travel adapters
  • Hair dryer, straighteners, shaver/ trimmer

Travel checklist- packing clothes


Our top tip: set aside your travelling clothes too, to make departure day a breeze. Make sure to double-check your baggage allowance so you're not caught for extra charges at the airport. 

  • Underwear and socks
  • Casualwear
  • Footwear (Runners, flip flops, sandals, dressy shoes)
  • Beachwear
  • Sarong or scarf for sun protection at the beach
  • Eveningwear
  • Sweatshirt, jacket or cardigan-  in case it gets cool in the evenings.
  • Sleepwear

Travel checklist- beach bag

Pool & Beach Accessories

  • Beach bag for holding:
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Cleansing wipes, hand sanitiser, tissue
  • Something to read and music to listen to... don't forget your headphones!

Travel checklist- toiletries


It should go without saying at this stage, but we'll say it anyway! Make sure you adhere to the security rules with all your toiletries and beauty accessories. Ensuring you're prepared to go through security will make your (and other passengers') journey even better. Taking a connecting flight? Make sure to check the requirements at all stages of your route. 

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Razor & shave gel
  • Shampoo, conditioner & shower gel- if your accommodation doesn't provide them or you prefer your familiar products
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Perfume/aftershave
  • Moisturiser
  • Sunscreen
  • Aftersun
  • Tweezers, nail clippers and nail file

Travel Checklist- woman packing


  • Painkillers
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Diarrhoea tablets
  • Indigestion tablets
  • Insect repellent
  • Afterbite cream
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Any prescription medication- make sure to check local regulations and to bring any required medical documentation.

As you embark on your upcoming holiday, armed with this comprehensive packing checklist, rest assured that every essential is at your fingertips. A stress-free adventure awaits, allowing you to focus on making memories and savouring every moment of your well-prepared journey. Safe travels, and may your vacation be filled with joy and discovery!

Still deciding on your next destination? Click to browse our family holidays, cruises, sun holidays and solo adventures.

Looking for something else? Click here to return to our homepage and start your search, or contact us to plan your tailor-made holiday:  call 021 4277094 or 01 6965135, or email info@shandontravel.ie.


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