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
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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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  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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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