About a month ago I had to spend £30 replacing the lock on the boat after I forgot the key and we had to kick the door open. That was quite annoying. Even more annoying when I have a simple checklist I (almost) always use when packing to ensure I don't forget common items.

Anyway, since it's evolved over several years of travelling, I thought you might be interested to see it in case it inspires you to make or amend your own.

Note it's just a single list suitable for long holidays, Glastonbury or an overnight stay (with headings so I can skip sections that aren't relevant any given trip) - because even I can't be bothered maintaining lots of separate lists with chunks of repetition. It's also not exhaustive, instead focussing on the slightly unusual stuff that I often forget.


  • Passport
  • Money & tickets (or reference #)
  • (International) driving licence & proof of address
  • Travel insurance docs
  • Guide book(s)
  • Reading book(s)


  • Phone charger
  • Camera (+ charger)
  • Laptop (+ charger)
  • Mini speakers (+ charger)
  • International socket adaptor


  • T shirts / shirts, trousers and underwear
  • Sandals & shorts
  • Waterproof top & cap
  • Long kohns
  • Swimming trunks
  • Hiking boots and socks


  • Washkit: lenses, specs, deo, tbrush, towel, wet wipes
  • Sleeping bag, inner, thermorest, mini pillow
  • Tent
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Travel wash


  • Plasters (inc. blister plasters)
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Paracetomol
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Sudafed


  • Booze
  • Cards and travel games
  • Mini kite
  • Silver wig
  • Folding chair & stool


  • Boat
  • Wales
  • Parent's place

You see? Keys even have their own section... £30! Dammit!

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