In your carry-on you should pack everything that you can't afford to lose, or buy more of while away.

  • Important travel docs: passport, drivers license, International Driving Permit (IDP) or equivalent, travel insurance and emergency contact details. Be sure to leave a copy of your important travel docs with friends and family, that way they know exactly where you are and how to reach you in case of an emergency (for secret trips we will forward a copy of your e-itinerary to your trusted person)
  • Money: credit cards and local currency 
  • Irreplaceable items: worldwide travel adaptors, camera, phone, chargers and headphones (some flights no longer provide headphones and require you to download the airlines app for in-flight entertainment)
  • Prescription medications with original label, glasses and contact lenses, mini medical kit: pain killers, band aids etc., feminine hygiene products that can be tricky to find overseas
  • One spare destination specific outfit in case your checked luggage doesn't make it
  • Lightweight flashlight
  • Book, honeymoon journal, reusable water bottle (save money and the environment by not having to purchase plastic bottles everywhere you go)
  • On your return flight: anything fragile you bought as a memento while away


  • For her: Long pants, tank top, long-sleeve top/cardigan, socks, scarf (the all important multi-purpose scarf, ideal for cooler evenings and cultural sensitivity in some countries).
  • For him: long pants, long sleeve top, socks


Your checked luggage is home to everything else, which depending on your destination can amount to quite a lot. 

For her:

  • Everyday: shorts, tank tops, t-shirts, sundresses
  • Footwear: day sandals/shoes, evening sandals/shoes, beach flip-flops, active close-toed shoes: trainer or hiking shoes
  • Evening: dresses, cardigan, scarf (remember that multi-purpose one)
  • Underwear: panties, tights, socks, bras (including strapless)
  • Swimwear: bikini/one-piece, cover-up, beach bag, beach towel
  • Bags: cross body/backpack day bag, beach bag, evening bag
  • Rain jacket: lightweight or heavy based on the season in your destination
  • Accessories: jewellery to glam up your day or evening look
  • Cosmetics

For him:

  • Everyday: shorts, t-shirts
  • Footwear: day sandals/shoes, evening shoes, beach flip-flops, active close-toed shoes: trainer or hiking shoes
  • Evening: smart slacks, polo shirt or button-down shirt, pullover
  • Underwear: boxers, socks
  • Swimwear: swimsuit, beach towel
  • Bags: cross body/backpack day bag 
  • Rain jacket: lightweight or heavy based on the season in your destination

For both:

  • Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, comb/brush, shave cream, razor, body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, nail file/clippers, body lotion, hair essentials and accessories, make-up remover
  • Medicinal: sunscreen, after-sun, lip balm, aspirin, band-aids, motion sickness meds, diarrhoea meds, insect repellent, wet wipes
  • For fun: books, deck of cards, travel games
  • Umbrella, because you never know