List of things to carry when you go on trip

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There are so many of us who likes traveling to the core of our souls and keep on visiting new, beautiful places every now and then. Sometimes the plan arises out of no where and you have no time to think about contents of the luggage for the trip. Most of the time in these cases, we forget one or more essential things to carry while going on a trip. You can imagine a situation where you need to rush and search desperately for a small thing such as soap where even a tissue paper would have come handy ;).

Since luggage is most common among any kind of traveler, it would be great to always have a list of things to carry on a trip, in store for yourself. It would certainly be extremely handy when the plans are abrupt and come out of nowhere, leaving no time for packing the luggage. I have tried to compile a comprehensive list of thing to carry while I go on a trip and feel could be helpful for each one of us traveling to various places.

Basic Travel Kit
  • Itinerary Printout (at least 2)
  • Travel Guide / Map Print Out (at least 2)
  • At least two Copies of PhotoIDs for all members
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Charger
  • Pen and a small Diary
  • Bag locks (2 or more)
  • Backpack or Carry bag
  • Extra spectacles with cover
  • Spectacles cover
  • TORCHLIGHT
  • Small Scissor
  • Watch
  • Swiss Knife
  • Hand Sanitizer (Dettol, Lifebuoy) – Recommended
  • Sunglasses – Recommended
  • Multi-Plug – Recommended for remote areas
  • Small water bottle, say 500 ml
  • Match Boxes or Flint or Cigarette Lighter
  • Couple of candles
  • Plastic Bags / Plastic Zip Lock Bags
  • Twist-ties, safety pins
  • Novels or two
  • Pens, pencils, colors, crayons, chocolates, toffees for distribution among local children
Are you planning to carry Laptop to Leh – Ladakh or high altitude? If yes, please do read the article to protect and safely use it: Carrying Laptop to Ladakh or High Altitudes
Eateries
  • Chocolates, toffees, chips, chewing gums, mouth freshener, dry fruits etc.
  • Pre-cooked food if possible
Camera Kit
  • Camera with bag
  • Camera Charger and its cable
  • Camera Battery
  • Camera Cleaning Kit including Lenspen
  • Tripod
  • Filters
  • Remote Release
  • Photography Handbook
  • Extra Camera Battery, if possible
  • Extra Remote Release Battery, if possible
  • Extra memory cards, if possible
Toiletries
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Toilet Soap
  • Shampoo Pouches according to the schedule or a small shampoo bottle
  • Tissue Papers
  • Face wash if required but common for girls
  • Hair Oil
  • Deodorants
  • Moisturizing Cream
  • Lip Guard
  • Cologne Talc
  • Comb
  • Small Mirror
  • Feminine Hygiene, if required
Shaving Kit
  • Shaver / Razor / Trimmer
  • Shaving Blades ( If possible keep some extra blades)
  • Shaver Brush
  • Shaving Foam or Cream
Clothing Kit
  • Clothes as per the schedule
  • Towels
  • Socks
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Slippers
  • At least one light jacket
Are you going to Leh – Ladakh and confused in carrying type of clothes? If yes, check the link: Tips for Carrying Clothes for Leh – Ladakh Trip
Air Travel
  • Air-ticket Printout (if flying with e-tickets)
  • Credit/Debit Card photocopy both side from which booking was made — Don’t forget to strike of CVV number
  • Authentication Letter if someone else’s Credit/Debit Card
Mountains Must Haves
  • Digital Thermometer (Optional)
  • Cold Cream
  • Lip Guard
  • Hats / Caps
  • Heavy Woolen Clothing including woolen socks (Severe Cold / Snow)
  • Woolen Hand Gloves (Severe Cold / Snow)
  • At least 2 pairs of thermal.
Trekking Must Haves
  • Mountains Must Haves
  • Hard Wooden Stick (Also handy in snow for the grip)
  • Rain / Snow Protection Gear like Rain Coat / Rain Suit
  • Hats / Caps
  • Gaiters for snow or water
  • Water Bottles (Snow trek needs more water than we think)
  • Trekking Shoes
Beach Must Haves
  • Hats / Caps
  • Sunscreen lotion (SPF 50 or greater) or  Sunblock
  • 2-3 Extra Shorts,
  • An extra slipper and extra towel for back pack
  • Thin single bed sheet – if not interested in beach shack / bed always
  • Lip Guard with sunscreen
  • Long-sleeved over shirt and a thin pair of pants as night gets a bit cold at beaches
Medicine or First-aid Box

Disclaimer– Well medicines listed here are just my suggestion as it suits me and you shall always consult your doctor before taking any of these.

  • ORS or ORS-L Tetra Packs at least 5 in number
  • Pain Relief Spray
  • Pain Relief Cream or Gel
  • Betadine – Antiseptic cream
  • Savlon or Dettol – Antiseptic solution
  • Combiflaim or Flexon – Pain Killers
  • Crocin or Paracetamol – Mild Fever
  • Avomine – Relief from Dizziness, Motion Sickness and Vomiting
  • Digene – Relief from Flatulence, Indigestion, acidity (mild)
  • Zinetac 150mg – Acidity or gastric problems (only if severe)
  • Eno Sachets – Quick Gastric Relief
  • Entroquinol – Relief from Loose motion (mild)
  • Metrogyl – Relief from Loose motion (high)
  • D-Cold Total or Vicks Action 500 for cold
  • Pudin Hara for stomachache
  • Crepe Bandage – 2 (for fractures)
  • J&J Band-Aid Fast Heal Wash proof – Long, Square and circle patches
  • Cotton and Dressing Bandage
  • Becosules for vitamin B-complex and sometimes energy
  • Eye Tone for soothing eyes
  • Nasivion for blocked and dry nose
  • Ongoing Regular Medicines, if any

I feel a cross check of luggage with this list before leaving, would be helpful to many of us in reducing the chances of forgetting some small things while we go on a trip. This way we can enjoy the trip without worrying over the availability of some item in the town or trek :) we check-in. This list may not be perfect for each one of us but at least we can tweak it according to our pickings and save that in our archives for future trip references.

You are most likely invited to keep adding your valuable thoughts suggestions for the list of items things to carry while going on a trip. This way we may end up making it a complete comprehensive list for all of us and others seeking this kind of a list. Do provide your suggestions in the comments section below.

Disclaimer– Again to remind you that medicines listed above are just my suggestion as it suits me and you shall always consult your doctor before taking any of the above medicine.

Article Last Updated on 1st November 2014

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257 Comments

  1. Dear Dheeraj,

    Hats off to you for doing this good job. This is helping a lot of peoples travelling to leh & ladakh.

    I need your advice…I will be travelling alone from mumbai. Can i hire bike from Leh to ladakh?from manali i will be travelling by bus to leh.

  2. Gaurav Singh on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We are goint to Kashmir on 25 April 2015 and we will be covering Vaisnodevi,Srinagar,Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
    We are 11 members and 6 are over 45 year old on an average.

    Please suggest some basic thing must to carry.

  3. Gaurav Agrawal on

    Hi Dheeraj, Greetings of the day…
    I like to ask you that we are planning for trip to Spiti valley thorugh Shimla & Reckong Peo and I have 1 year old baby boy so is it ok to travel with him on this high altitude area.

    Further is this right time to visit Spiti valley or it shall be month of May….

    • Gaurav time is right to travel to Spiti Valley. But, taking such young kid to high altitude area, it is a matter of personal choice. It depends on person to person to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any physical health condition. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D… The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With less than 3 year child, I think he/she will also be NOT able to convey the uneasiness she may feel. You have to be vigilant and if you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

      Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.

  4. Hi DHEERAJ,

    I m planning to go laddakh by may end. I m super excited about it. I have my own bike (fz 16, 7 years old in more than good condition). It’s going to be my first ride and I m planning to ride alone(unfortunately). So i would be glad if you could advice me on following issues:

    1. Do and do not for bike before and during travelling( technical stuffs precisely).

    2. How to tackle breathing problems while crossing passes or higher altitude area.

    3. Staying options and petrol pump availability ahead of Manali.

    Thanks in advance. :)

  5. K K Singh on

    Dheeraj, I am planning a three week trip to Manali, Leh, Kargil and surrounding areas in the month of May / early June. My wife and me would be driving there in our own from Kolkata on our new Scorpio S10. I am about 60 years and my wife a couple of years young. We are fit and have no ailment as such (thank God). Please suggest if we can make this trip to heaven and back comfortably ? Is our age & our car okay for the trip ? Do I need to take along a driver on this trip ?
    All other information has been beautifully complied by you. Thanks.

    • KK ji, if you have the spirit, that you seem to have, you can easily manage it sir. The only suggestion from my side will be that you postpone it beyond mid of June so that the roads get open by that time from both sides and they are stabilized to a fair extent. Also, you must do the trip from Srinagar side and end at Manali side.

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  7. Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all , hats off to you for this amazing compilation of the website…. its like its got everything at one place.

    My question is regarding carrying sleeping bags and tents. I’ll be coming from delhi on bike… do you think i should be carrying sleeping bags and tent from there or should i simply take them on rent from leh.. just in case.

    • Shagun, though you will get everything in Ladakh but many a time people prefer own sleeping bags with respect to cleanliness and hygiene. Hence, if you travel often then better to get one of your own. Else, you can always rent them in Leh.

  8. kekin gala on

    hiii Dheerj…..
    ur information & list of things 2 carry is very useful. v wil b travelling 2 kashmir & leh in mid may. V have 2 children along with us aged 8 & 10 years. I wanted 2 know about d food items v can carry wit us during our visit, as v have learnt der is a bit of problem for food. Could u pls guide me on this aspect. Also wat food items can v carry 2 keep ourselves warm.

    • Hi Kekin,

      There isn’t much of a problem of food. May be you can carry what all is written in above list. You can also carry some packed food and soups. Above all do carry lots of dry fruits.

      Kali Mirch (Black pepper) and Garlic stubs will be very helpful in keep you guys warm.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  9. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are planning to take go leh by hiring RE from Manali. What kind of accesseries would you suggest like (Leg gaurd, hand gaurd, helmet, Tank bag etc.) ? and would you also suggest carrying foldable tents for night stays, yoga mats and sleeping bags ? Can we get all these things on rent in Manali ?

    THanks,
    Pallav

    • Pallav, most things will come fitted in the bike when you take it on rent, so do not worry much about that. Secondly, everything is available on the route and renting such equipment will not help must except in case of getting stuck in the middle of no-where. Rest there are stay options available at almost all the places on the route to Ladakh.

    • Sarir, above list will be handy for you and especially the Beach must haves. See if things listed above makes sense to you and you can pack the required one for your trip.

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