What’s in Your Travel Pack?

When choosing items to pack in your bag for a day of sightseeing, there’s no such thing as a “master list” to follow. Some travelers get by not carrying a bag at all, relying instead on strategically placed pockets or a moneybelt to hold bare necessities. Others hit the pavement ready for virtually anything. Below are 51 items that you might find in a traveler’s daypack. It just goes to show that people have varying definitions of what falls under “essential.”

  • cash
  • hotel key
  • credit card
  • photocopies of pertinent guide info
  • a small journal
  • collapsible umbrella
  • tour book
  • bottled water
  • passport
  • corkscrew
  • cell phone
  • toilet seat covers
  • mints or gum
  • extra camera batteries
  • plastic baggies
  • copy of passport
  • Blackberry®
  • pen
  • mini-binoculars
  • bandages
  • tissues
  • handheld GPS system
  • hand sanitizer
  • Ipod®
  • lip balm
  • crushable hat
  • your hotel’s business card
  • small flashlight
  • sun block
  • sanitary wipes
  • Swiss Army Knife®
  • tour tickets
  • medicine
  • sunglasses
  • tissues
  • small digital camera
  • pocket poncho
  • compass
  • fold-up map
  • artificial sweetener
  • comb
  • energy bars
  • travel fan
  • tampons
  • toothpicks
  • prepaid phone card
  • handkerchief
  • phrasebook
  • whistle
  • pashmina
  • receipts
  • Many of the items listed above crop up in posts related to packing on our Talk forums. Here are a few posts about the things we carry:

    Poll: What do you carry in your daypack?
    How do you record your travels?
    Tearing Up Tour Books
    What travel accessories do I NEED before Paris trip?
    What Can’t you get or Live Without in Europe?
    Travel Check List