Holiday packing list is as important as taking your passport and tickers with you. It’s one thing to go for a long trip and completely another to go for a 2 weeks holiday. The packing list is these two cases are different. Check out our 2-weeks holiday packing list.
Whether you are an experienced traveler or you’re just on one of your first trips, compiling a list of things to pack is very helpful.
Organizing your luggage (and your trip itself, to an extent) will save you from unnecessary hassle, from last-minute stress or awkward moment.
Paraphrasing a well-known proverb, organization is the mother of a pleasant holiday.
Holiday packing list 1) Travel documents
International law and other regulations stipulate that in order to travel abroad, you must have a valid passport, as well as a permit to enter your country of destination (a visa), in case it is required – there are certain countries which do not require visas or have peculiarities in their visa regime.
For example, there is no visa regime between the countries of the EU, or Armenia does not require a visa for EU citizens whose stay is less than 180 days.
Azerbaijan will not grant you a visa if you have previously visited the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh and will look at you suspiciously if you have an Armenian surname, all the more if you are a citizen of the RA.
Holiday packing list 2) Booking confirmation – flight tickets, accommodation/hotel
Before you leave home, you should have your ticket reservation printed out, for presenting it at the airport or bus station, in case you are not flying.
The same goes for proof of your accommodation reservations. There are countries which request both plane ticket and accommodation reservation for visa application, mainly Schengen countries.
Holiday packing list 3) Foreign currency
You cannot be sure that in your destination country you will be able to change your domestic currency.
That’s why it’s better to change your money into the currency of the destination country, if possible. If not, have your budget converted into USD or EUR.
Holiday packing list 4) First aid kit
Just like life itself, travel is like a rollercoaster – fairly unpredictable. For those cases when you slip and hurt your knee while hiking, when your kid is naughty and has a small accident when you get a fever – take a first aid kit with you.
Stomach upsets (both minor and serious) often affect travelers at some point, so you should have some medication to deal with this.
Holiday packing list 5) Travel insurance
While traveling, one can have some interesting experiences – some can be pleasant, some can be less pleasant. Your luggage can be lost, you can get seriously ill, you could get robbed, you could need medical evacuation or your trip could even be canceled for a number of reasons.
Travel insurance is the best way to have protection against several unexpected events. If you don’t have it, and something happens, you are bound to pay huge amounts of money from your own pocket, therefore messing up your budget.
Before signing an insurance agreement make sure it best fits your need and carefully read it – know exactly what is covered and what is not.
Holiday packing list 6) Personal hygiene items and medication
There are different opinions about whether it’s worth taking basic personal items with you in your luggage or is it better to just buy them after arriving, in a local shop. Some travelers prefer to save space in their luggage and buy a comb, a toothbrush and pase, shampoo etc. on the spot.
Unless your accommodation is a 4-star hotel which provides all of it, it’s better to bring them with you. It’s a matter of organizing your luggage. You can put your toothbrush, the paste and a small bottle of shampoo in a resealable plastic bag and stuff it inside your shoes.
Sun protection cream is also a must in case you travel to a sunny country.
Seeing a travel doctor before you go overseas is also useful. They can advise you on any special medications or vaccinations you might need and give useful advice on things like insect protection, food and water safety and specific health hazards in the countries you’re visiting.
If you have personal health issues, such as diabetes, or high blood pressure that requires special medication, it’s best to take the exact amount of medication needed for the period of your travel.
In case you travel to an area where you might not have permanent access to the old-fashioned soap-and-water, take a small bottle of hand-sanitizer with you.
Holiday packing list 7) Clothes
We are bound to take more clothes with us in our luggage than we actually need. Especially if we are girls.
For a 2 weeks’ trip, it is wise to follow the golden rule of “3-of-everything” – from socks and underwear, to long-sleeve shirts, to trousers and shoes.
Checking the climate conditions and weather in the destination area for the time of your stay is also a wise thing to do. If you are traveling to a sunny area, light fibre clothing is a must. For cool evenings at the beach, long sleeve shirts should usually be enough.
If you’re heading to a tropical beach destination, a sarong can be incredibly useful – it’s lightweight, cheap, versatile and a cinch to wash. Sarongs are ideal for adding the necessary level of modesty when you’re heading from your hotel to the beach for a swim – and they can even double as a towel.
For most holidays, two or three pairs of shoes are more than enough. Take a ‘going out’ pair, some sensible and supportive walking shoes and perhaps a pair of comfortable sandals. If you have concerns about the cleanliness of hotel shower stalls, pack flip-flops/thongs too. Shoes are hard to pack and take up a lot of room, so go minimalist with your holiday footwear.
If you travel to a mountain area, and plan to spend more time in nature, doing hiking, robust hiking shoes will do the best job. As opposed to beach areas, here you will most definitely need warmer clothing, as well as a rainjacket.
Organizing your clothing items in different plastic bags will help you locate your stuff easier and know when you are about to run out of clean clothes and need to do some washing.
Holiday packing list 8) Research documentation – travel guide, map, conversation guide/phrasebook
Taking a travel guide with you is a smart way to organize your trip and get to know information about your destination – what historical and architectural monuments there are, what tourist attraction you can see, where to have a good dinner, information about local transport.
A map is a must for getting around, unless you can afford a local guide.
A phrase-book is useful for learning a couple of essential words and short sentences in the local language. You are sure to experience funny moments when trying to spell out some words. Try “Shnorhakalutyun” in Armenian… ☺
Holiday packing list 9) Electronic devices
For tech-savvy travelers, a smartphone is a fairly better idea than a digital camera. If you wish you can also buy a local SIM card, in order to make communicating slightly cheaper.
Holiday moments are saved better through pictures, which you can reminisce on with friends when your holiday is over, after a long day of work.
If you want to avoid one of those pesky moments when you just realise you have run out of battery – don’t forget your device’s charger. And in case you travel overseas, make sure you have a corresponding plug adapter.
Holiday packing list 10) Reading material – books, magazines for long flights or for a calm evening at the hotel
Traveling is not always a blink of an eye. For those moments when you just want to have a relaxing moment in your hotel room, without the noise of a TV show or a concert, or if your flight is several hours long, don’t forget to take a couple of magazines or a couple of your favorite books with you.
Again, for tech-savvies, a lighter and space-saving option is an e-reader or Kindle.
Last but not least, do not forget to take with you your patience and sense of humour. These are the two most vital things to bring along on any holiday: as long as you’ve got these, what’s in your luggage doesn’t matter so much.
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