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Ultimate Travel Packing List

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


I love to travel and enjoy planning trips, organizing what I will need to take, and sharing what I’ve learned about the process (through beaucoup de trial and error) over the years.

As 2019 draws to a close, I’m beginning to think about possible travel plans for 2020, including a jaunt across the pond to London with L’Husband. I recently wrote about my top two travel tips, and adding a post about my Ultimate Packing List is a nice corollary.

Rue Ste-Catherine in the Gay Village of Montréal, Québec, Canada, May 2016

Every time I travel, I refine the List in some way. After five years of tweaking, it covers what I (almost) always take with me when I travel. It the starting point for packing, not the final destination.

I also know I will continue to adjust and adapt the List to shifting needs and wants. For instance, I have started to take my own lotions and cleansers to accommodate my sensitive skin (to avoid or reduce rosacea flare-ups; le sigh).

Please use, share, and make the List your own! You can also download a printable PDF version here:

Les Essentiels

  • Cash, credit card
  • Passport
  • Travel wallet
  • Suitcase
  • Backpack / tote
  • Purse / clutch

En Route

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Eye mask
  • Headphones
  • Wipes
  • FODMAP-friendly snacks, such as almonds

Les Articles de Toilette

  • 󠆷 Prescription medicine(s)
  • 󠆷 Makeup
  • 󠆷 Shampoo, conditioner
  • 󠆷 Soap, face soap
  • 󠆷 Face, eye creams
  • 󠆷 Lip balm
  • 󠆷 Sunscreen
  • 󠆷 Eye drops, ear drops
  • 󠆷 Cough drops
  • 󠆷 Antacid
  • 󠆷 Band-Aids

Les Vêtements

  • 󠆷Jacket, scarf, hat, gloves (depending on the season)
  • 󠆷Pajamas
  • Camisole / tank top
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Jeans, black pants
  • Comfortable sneakers, flats

Les Accessoires

  • Cell phone, charger
  • Small Bluetooth speaker, charger
  • International adapter
  • Glasses / contacts
  • Small umbrella


  • Business cards
  • Laptop, charger
  • Tea bags

N’oubliez pas! I recently shared my top two travel tips and you can download a printable PDF of the List here:

What do you always take when you travel?

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