August 26, 2018

Use my printable travel packing list

This is my ultimate travel packing list and it covers 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 open in a new window for you to print off and tick the boxes and write in quantities as required.

I pretty much pack the same amount of things whether I’m travelling for two weeks or six weeks as I know I’ll do laundry about every five or six days and I also pack a little laundry powder if I’m on the go so I can easily wash smalls in the hotel basin.

Tips for packing a suitcase

And here’s a washing tip: wring your clothes out in the bathtub or basin, then grab one of the towels (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.

AND my best tip for packing is to take less than you think you need to. 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 check list (below) 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.


Scroll down for the packing list…


How to choose the best luggage for your trip

If you’re looking to buy new luggage, here are my thoughts. I’m a hard-shell rolling suitcase kinda gal. I like four spinning wheels as that is the easiest to zoom through airports and hotels, or when on carpet (at said hotels) you can tip it onto two wheels and drag it.

I also like a cabin bag that has an outside pocket for my laptop and travel documents for easy access when checking in at the airport and then once on board to get to my computer if I plan to do some work.

If you’re going on a cruise or if you’ll be out and about all day on things like walking tours, a day pack is also handy.

For my New Zealand readers, jump into my Travel Store and browse my favourite pieces of luggage which you can buy online and they’ll shipped to you in 2-5 days.

Antler luggage review

My Antler Juno in vibrant teal!

Here is your free packing check list:

Double click/right click on this list to open it in a new window if you’d like to print it out. (And 10 points for spotting the typo!)

Print out packing list for travelMy picks of best travel accessories to make life simple*

Packing cells to keep everything organised and easy to find.

Neck pillow to be able to sleep on the plane – even in economy class. Check out the Cabeau pillow, New Zealand’s best selling travel pillow.

Travel adapter and I also pack a multiboard to charge all my devices from one plug.

Make up removal cloths are also in my travel essentials and I use them every night. They are soft micro fibre cloths that require no cleansers, just warm water to take off all my makeup. I use cleanser in the shower in the mornings and these at night. They’re also great for the environment as they are machine washable.

*All the above travel accessories (and a whole lot more) are available in my Travel Store, so click through and shop now before your next trip!

Online travel store NZ

If you’re reading this and you’re outside NZ, I have collated similar products on Amazon for international delivery. Click here to see my list >>

About Megan Singleton


Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio every week and a few newspapers and mags from time to time. I set off on this travel writing journey 18 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 monthly newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!

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  1. Lyn on

    What is your advice on what to put your toiletries and make up in. I usually have 2 bags one for makeup and one for other toiletries such as deodorant, shampoo, perfume etc. I have tried a zip bag that opens both ways and has a hook to hang but not always space to lie it down or hang it up. Quite bulky also. Any suggestions?

  2. Chris on

    Love your travel trips, perfect timing with a trip planned next month. Now to go off topic- where is your lovely blue top from?

    • Megan on

      Hi Chris, so glad that list help. The blue top is from Repertoire. A NZ brand. I love it because it scoops down in the back and has a little hood too! 🙂

  3. Kerree Vianello on

    Saw you on Tv and have used these types of bags for ages (bought on line) but still manage to over pack so going to print it off. My problem is always skincare, makeup and toiletries. You go for a month/2 and shampoo etc you need a large container not one of those you refill yourself. Dont want to spend my money having to purchase while am away on everyday things or something you do nt like!!!! HELP WITH ANY IDEAS????? mY SUITCASE IS A MEDIUM SIZE BUT MY PARTNER WILL BE HAPPY IF ITS NOT AS that I have down graded from a big one!!!!!!


    • Megan on

      Hi Kerree, yes toiletries are heavy and bulky! I’m with you on the shampoo but I’m more fussy about conditioner so I tend to rely on hotel shampoos to last me at least 3 washes per bottle (a week) and I take my own good conditioner from home. You’ll also be surprised how much cheaper toiletries are overseas too so don’t be afraid to buy, you’ll save in the long run 🙂

  4. Richard Gillespie on

    Enjoyed your tv segment this morning. Your advice on packing cells is so true. Bought these on advice of travel agent last year. And on your blog I’ve just learnt a lot more about pix on the iPhone. Thanks very much.

  5. Jeanette Paki Paki on

    Saw you on TV1 this morning. Your list is already printed out
    thanks. I have always wanted to do my own and never got around to it. Ha Ha I love the look of the pillow also.

  6. Ann Batten on

    Wonderful site. Saw you on TV this morning. Would like to buy the travel cells. Where are they available?
    Best wishes, Ann


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