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Free downloadable travel packing list!

Are you packing for a trip and don’t know where to begin? No worries, I’ve got you.

In this post you can download my free, ultimate travel packing list covering pretty much everything you’ll need for a vacation that ranges from a few days to several weeks!

Better still, it’s printable. You can just click on it and it will (should!) open in a new window for you to print off and check the boxes as you get your items together, or use the little boxes to write in quantities as required and cross out the things you don’t need.

Tips for packing a suitcase

How to pack light!

I pretty much pack the same amount of things whether I’m travelling for two weeks or six weeks.

I figure I’ll do laundry about every five or six days – I also pack a little laundry powder if I’m on the go so I can easily wash smalls in the hotel basin.

And here’s a washing tip: wring your clothes out in the bathtub or basin, then grab a towel (or the bathmat so you can use a dry towel later for your own body!), lay it on the floor and place your clothes on it, roll the sides in a little and then roll the whole thing up into a tight roll and finally, stand on it to wring the last little bit of moisture out of it before unravelling it all.

Then simply hang them in your room and leave the air conditioning on (if you can!) and they’ll be dry within the day – or certainly over night.

My best tip for packing is to take less than you think you need!

From years of over packing I have learned that I usually return with a few items unworn as I will wear everything at least twice and I also forget that I usually buy a couple of new things too!

So I’ve written this travel items list for you to print off and add the quantities of what you’ll take in the little boxes, cross off the things you don’t need, then when it comes to actually packing your bag you can run down the list and simply tick them off.

You might like my post with 9 excellent tips for how to pack light!

This list below covers all types of vacations, but I also have a specific Cruise Packing List as there are some things you’ll want to have with you on the ship, what type of luggage works best, tips for what to take for formal nights and so on.

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Here is your free packing check list:

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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!

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