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The Ultimate Vacation Packing List


Deciding what to pack for a vacation can be a bit uncertain. Strategic packing may make or ruin your vacation. It's the difference between rushing around for necessities and having everything you need exactly where you need it. Discover the ultimate vacation packing list below with our Tascom travel guide for your upcoming adventure.

How to Avoid Overpacking

Overpacking is the most common packing mistake, regardless of where you go or how long you stay. Here are a few pointers to help you keep your (over)packing under control:

  • Use the 5-4-3-2-1 rule (For further clarification, read the section "Checked Luggage")

  • Lay out what you believe you will require, then modify. Is it really necessary to have two pairs of sandals? likewise.

  • Before you depart, weigh your luggage. Most flights have luggage weight limitations, so be sure your suitcase does not exceed the limit.

  • Pack lightweight, interchangeable clothing. This will allow you to put together more looks with fewer items of clothes.

Carry-On Baggage

When it comes to carry-on luggage, bring everything you can't live without, such as valuables and medications. Most airlines allow a 22" x 14" 9" carry-on bag weighing no more than 25 pounds, plus a personal item (such as a handbag, backpack, or briefcase). This provides you plenty of room for basics as well as just enough space to pack for a vacation. Include your travel ID, as well as any electronic devices and valuables, in case your checked luggage is lost or stolen en route. Laptops, cameras, and passports should always be kept with you.

Here are some items we suggest storing in your carry-on:

  • Any valuables (e.g., jewelry, watch, etc.)

    • House keys

    • Wallet

    • A pen

  • Electronics

    • Mobile phone

    • Laptop

    • Camera

    • Chargers

    • Ear plugs

    • Headphones

  • Documentation

    • Passport/identification

    • A copy of your itinerary and emergency contacts

    • Travel vaccine record, if needed

    • Travel visa, if needed

  • Other essentials

    • Refillable water bottle

    • Snacks

    • Toothbrush and toothpaste

    • Deodorant

    • Neck pillow and sleep mask

What you shouldn't pack in your carry-on:

  • Large quantities of alcohol (more than 3.4 ounces and/or 70% alcohol contact)

  • Sharp objects

  • Sports goods and athletic equipment (e.g., golf clubs, fishing poles, etc.)

  • Gel-type candles

  • Self-defense items (e.g., pepper spray)

Checked Luggage

Checked luggage is limited to 50 pounds, so don't go overboard. Remember, you don't want to bring anything necessary in your checked luggage. There's always the possibility that it will go missing or be stolen, and you don't want to be without crucial documents, medication, jewels, and other items.

Here's what we think you should pack in your checked luggage:

  • Clothing essentials (remember the 5-4-3-2-1 rule)

    • 5 pairs of socks and underwear

    • 4 shirts

    • 3 bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts, etc.)

    • 2 pairs of shoes

    • 1 cap

  • Additional clothing pieces

    • Sleepwear

    • Sandals

    • Heels or dress shoes

    • Dress(es)

    • Suit jacket or blazer

    • Swimsuit

    • Lightweight jacket (ideally waterproof)

  • Toiletries

    • Sunscreen

    • Shampoo and conditioner

    • Face and body cleanser

    • Shaving supplies, if needed

    • Tweezers

    • Contact lenses and solution, if needed

    • Makeup and makeup remover, if needed

  • Other items that should be included

    • Sewing kit

    • First aid kit (include bandages, disinfectant, insect repellent, etc.)

    • Hairbrush and styling tools

    • Plug adaptor(s)

    • Laundry bag

What you shouldn't pack in your Checked Luggage:

  • Alcoholic beverages over 140 proof

  • Explosive materials

  • Outdoor and wildlife safety products (e.g., bear spray)

  • Flammable items (excluding aerosol cans that are 3.4 ounces or less)

  • Chemicals (e.g., chlorine or bleach)

Checklist for Before Departure

You've got everything packed and ready to leave! Check the following items off your list before departing for the airport,

  • Double-check that you have your travel documents.

  • Leave a spare set of house and car keys with a friend.

  • Install an eSIM to stay connected during your trip.

  • Pack a portable charger or power bank (especially for long transit times).

Keep in Touch: Don't Forget Tascom eSIM

Getting an eSIM to stay connected throughout your vacation is one of our top packing suggestions. An eSIM is a SIM card that is incorporated into your smartphone during the manufacturing process. Rather than buying a SIM card when you arrive, you may install an eSIM before you leave and quickly connect to a mobile network.

Here are a few advantages of traveling with an eSIM from Tascom

  • Stay connected in over 150 countries across the world.

  • Choose from a variety of low-cost local, regional, and worldwide eSIMs.

  • When traveling, avoid paying roaming costs.

  • You may top up your eSIM on the move with the Tascom app.

  • Keep multiple eSIM cards on your smartphone.

If you require assistance, please contact our support team at any time.


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