Travellers ToDo List

Travellers ToDo List

As a list making fan, I’m including this ToDo list here as an easy access checkpoint for those who might be feeling wobbly about what to take. It’s easy to stray a long way from optimal, so it’s always worth thinking the peripheral stuff carefully especially where the airport is concerned. It all starts quite a while beforehand.


ToDo Months Ahead

  • Ensure passport is up to date for the duration
  • Check for required VISAs
  • Check for necessary vaccinations
  • Investigate ‘must-do’ holiday plans
  • Plan for pets, plants and home to be cared for
  • Buy guidebooks, maps or apps

ToDo Weeks Ahead

  • Get travel insurance
  • Get EHIC pass for American trips
  • Note useful translations
  • Get some local cash
  • Arrange car parking for airport
  • Organise transfers at both ends
  • Pay off credit cards
  • Buy missing holiday items
  • Complete vaccinations
  • Acquire VISAs
  • Consider using an alternate phone or sim
  • Check baggage size and weight restrictions
  • Take accommodation address and transport schedule
  • Confirm hotel details
  • Check mobile phone data roaming plan

ToDo Days Ahead

  • Empty fridge of perishables
  • Check baggage allowance
  • Pack bags
  • Get an idea of the exchange ratio for quick calculations
  • Tell bank you are using your credit cards abroad (log a travel plan)
  • Confirm flights
  • Let others know of trip dates and confirm contact details
  • Clear fridge of perishable foods
  • Charge electronic devices
  • Prep luggage and add unique marks for easy identification
  • Trim hair and nails
  • Book taxi
  • Confirm animal carers understand when they are expected
  • Print out tickets and make a photo a backup on your phone

ToDo Hours Ahead

  • Put milk into freezer
  • Set alarm clock
  • Set heating controls
  • Turn off unnecessary electrical items
  • Activate security alarms
  • Put cleaning products into drains
  • Set up lighting, curtains, blinds
  • Take a soft divider between you and other passengers (eg: a towel or jumper etc).

Items to Consider


  • Passport
  • Airline tickets/boarding passes
  • Local cash
  • Credit cards
  • Phone (charged)
  • Driving license
  • Transfer arrangements
  • Spare pair of glasses is required for driving in some countries
  • Contact numbers and email addresses

Fallback Copies

  • Family, friends and financial phone numbers
  • Passport number
  • Credit card numbers & emergency telephone, 0800 won’t work abroad
  • Insurance policy number and contact details
  • Plane tickets

Generally Useful

  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Charger and cables
  • Torch (phone)
  • Alarm clock (phone)
  • Maps and Apps (phone)
  • Camera (phone)
  • Driving licence
  • Travel adapter (electrical socket adapter)
  • First aid kit
  • Toothbrush & paste
  • Sunglasses + case
  • Something to read (ebook?)
  • Plastic bag for used clothes
  • Small backpack for daily use
  • Compass

Camping Extras

  • Swiss Knife
  • Beer and wine bottle openers
  • Can opener
  • Self-sealing bags
  • Shoulder bag or back-pack
  • Tea or coffee with powdered milk
  • Washing lines, powder, and pegs


  • Medicines
  • Plasters
  • Insect repellant
  • Toothbrush + paste
  • Deodorant
  • Razor blades instead of shavers
  • Sunscreen
  • Earplugs

Clothes for Hot Climates

  • Short sleeve shirts for the day
  • Long sleeve shirts for the night to avoid mosquito bites
  • Shorts
  • Light trousers
  • Light Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear

Clothes for Cold Climates

  • Gloves
  • Layers
  • Waterproof shoes, trousers, and jacket
  • Neck warmer
  • Sunglasses in snowscapes