Essential Travel Items: Useful List of 50 Things for Your Trip!

by Snezhana Besarabova

Traveling sounds like an exciting daydream, but what can you say about packing? Packing for your trip can be the most exhausting task. And you are sure in advance that you will forget some of the most important items. Do you know that many people give up on traveling, because of the “boring” packing? Thinking about how to ease and make your packing much more pleasant, we’ve prepared for you a list of essential travel items of 50 must-have things. This packing list should be checked before every trip. This way, you’ll be sure not to forget anything you could really need!

Some advice for preparing essential travel items

essential travel items a comfortable backpack and suitcase

When it comes to packing your luggage, the best way is to take care of how to save space. It’s useful to wear a comfortable backpack, and a small suitcase, if needed. Roll your clothes up rather than fold them, as it takes up less room. Minimize the items and take, if possible, mini, dry and folding variants of the things you’ll need.

Keep an essential travel items list for your trips!

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Most of the things you are in need of, are the same for each of your trips. So, before every departure, think for a while: “What items do I need for traveling?” And keep an essential travel items list to check if you have gathered the right things. These are the items we suggest including in your list of 50 must-have things.

Documents and Money

essential travel items list passport the most important thing

These are the most necessary things! We can’t do anything and go anywhere without them.

  • Passport: everywhere you go, there is a need for it.
  • Money: it’s good to have 2 debit or credit cards with you.

Electronic devices

essential travel items list electronic devices mobile phone

These are one of the most essential travel items to carry with you. Especially in a foreign country, where their help is priceless!

  • Mobile phone, with GPS App and Phone charger
  • Camera and Camera charger


essential travel items list cap against sun

You probably think: “Oh, all these clothes!” And prepare to take one third of your wardrobe content. But the truth is that you really need just a little number of clothes to take with you.

  • Waterproof mac, going out outfit (with an Extra top), swimming costume (if you plan to go to the beach).
  • Gloves, hat, scarf, cap (to keep you protected from the sun, you can attach the cap to the outside of your backpack).
  • Underwear and socks.


essential travel items list trainers for walking

Two pairs of comfortable shoes will be enough for the trip. Do not take new ones, if you don’t want your feet to hurt after walking the whole day.

  • Going out shoes.
  • Trainers or flat biker boots (they may be your savior for walking around the places of interest).
  • Flip-flops or sandals (for summer travels).

Medical care items

essential travel items list first aid kit medecines

You never know when you’ll need it. Bring any medicines you may need on your trip.

  • First aid kid
  • Medicines (sometimes pain relievers are priceless for unexpected headache or stomach aches, for instance.)

Toiletry and cosmetics

essential travel items list dry deodorant

Take a dry alternative to some cosmetics. They’re not only space-saving in your backpack, but supporting the zero waste movement!

  • Dry shampoo and dry conditioner bars, as well as dry deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Bar of soap, towel and hairbrush
  • Moisturizer (for your skin not to get dry when you are outside for long hours)
  • Sun cream (wear it every day to protect you from ultraviolet sun rays)
  • Lip balm (for your lips not to be dried out by the sun)
  • Shaver and nail clippers

Essential travel items for hiking and sightseeing

essential travel items for hiking travelling and sleeping

  • Sunglasses (to protect you against sun rays, as you are outside throughout the day)
  • Sleeping bag (in case you go hiking)
  • Trekking poles (if you are going to climb a mountain)
  • Water bottle and cup, or collapsible coffee cup
  • Backpack rain cover (for the rainy days of your trip)
  • Goggles or snorkel mask (if you are going to the seaside), underwater camera (in case, you’re going to explore the amazing sea life)

Other important items for the trip

essential items for traveling a book for the train

  • Glasses and contact lenses (in case you wear them every day)
  • Padlock (once your baggage is packed, lock it with a padlock to ensure everything will be safe when you travel with night trains, or store your bag)
  • Eye mask (when you want to get some sleep during the bus or train journey)
  • Earplugs (in case the hostel group next door makes noise at night)
  • Torch (to avoid turning the lights on in your room at night, and waking everyone up)
  • Emergency whistle (if you’re in the toilet and the door doesn’t open)
  • Book (you may need a good book for the hours spent on planes and trains during your travels)
  • Travel guide and phrasebook (you should have them when travelling abroad)
  • Snacks (pack a few small snacks that will remind you of your home, as well as a couple of packets of biscuits, and a chocolate bar)

essential items for traveling trekking poles in mountain

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