What to take with you on holiday

The traveler’s checklist: how to pack a suitcase and not to forget anything

As a rule, preparations are stressful: you need to finish work, do not forget to print out reservations, download maps and applications, recharge gadgets. At the same time don’t forget to put the essentials in your suitcase.

We have compiled a universal list of everything you need to check before your trip. Of course, the checklist may vary depending on whether you’re going to the sea or the mountains, winter or summer, for two days or two months, for two people or with children and a dog. Nevertheless, we have tried to give general advice. The list is divided into categories, so that the preparation for the trip ceases to be tedious and stressful.

The most important

Passport – without it you can neither leave nor go anywhere. Do not forget your passport if you’re going abroad. However, you should always take your Russian passport with you. If you suddenly lose your passport, you must present your internal passport, documents confirming the loss of the passport, and a certificate of permission to leave the country in order to return home.

Tickets – print or save itinerary receipts on your phone in advance. You must show your passport to board the train and the boarding pass to board the plane. Ticket is issued at the check-in counter at the airport, in self-check-in machine or during check-in online.

As a rule, you do not need to print tickets. However, it may be useful in case of technical difficulties.

Book a hotel or apartment – so you can check in without hassle. Be sure to print out the booking information and keep it with you. This way you can compare the list of services with what the hotel provides. If there are any problems and discrepancies, contact the support team of the site where you booked your room.

Printed reservations may be useful when passing through customs. At the border crossing you may be asked where you are staying.

MHI policy – if you need help while traveling in Russia. With compulsory medical insurance you can receive medical care in any region of the country, regardless of where you permanently reside. Check in advance that the policy is valid. If it is not valid, contact any insurance company and obtain a temporary certificate.

Medical insurance – if you need help outside Russia. If you want to travel abroad, you will need to have travel insurance. You need it to get high quality medical, legal, and administrative assistance outside of Russia, without spending a large sum of money.

Wallet – with cash and bank cards. Always keep some cash with you in case you have problems with the bank. If you’re traveling abroad, check beforehand what currency is used in the country and whether your cards work in your destination.

Phone and charger – you can’t go anywhere without them. On any vacation we often take routes and photos, so you can’t go out without a charged smartphone. If you go abroad, check what kind of outlets in the country. In the case of non-standard, it is better to buy an adapter. If you’re traveling with a large group – bring an extension cord. Sometimes hotels have few outlets, and you need to charge several gadgets at once.

Headphones – so that the road does not seem eternal. Surely you’ll want to pass the time on the road by watching a movie, listening to music, and listening to podcasts. While traveling, headphones will also come in handy – in case you download audio guides to your destination city and its main sights.

A portable battery so your phone won’t run out at the wrong moment. When traveling, you need to be in touch: call your loved ones, post photos and videos, see the way to the hotel, check reservations or show documents.

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Driver’s license – if you prefer to be behind the wheel even on vacation. When you are traveling in Russia, your driver’s license will help verify your identity just like a passport. If you intend to drive abroad, take two driving licenses at once: a national one and an international one.

If you are traveling by airplane, include the essentials in your carry-on luggage. Even if your luggage gets lost, you won’t be left with nothing. Photo: unsplash.com


Camera and memory cards – for high quality pictures. In addition to basic equipment, photographers can benefit from interchangeable lenses and filters. Note that some airlines don’t allow tripods in carry-on luggage.

Adapter – in case of non-standard outlets at the destination. An extra adapter can come in handy if you have many gadgets on the trip and need more than just a cord to charge each one.

An extension cord – when there are too many gadgets. If you’re traveling with a group and know that everyone needs to charge their phones at the same time in the evening, an extension cord will save you from having to wait in line for the outlet. In addition, hotels often do not have multiple outlets, and you need to charge your smartphone, headphones, batteries, and laptop at the same time.

E-book – to have something to do on the road. If you don’t want to carry an extra load in the form of books, but you want to entertain yourself, install on your smartphone application-reader and download books. Or take a tablet.

Plug adapters for outlets – so there are no surprises. Find out which outlets are available in the country you want, and get the right one. It is convenient to take a universal gadget on a trip to several countries.

Chargers are for all gadgets without exception. Check if you took the charger not only for the phone, but also for a camera, e-book, wireless headphones, portable charger.

A hair dryer is in case it’s not in your room. Look out for travel formats – they are more compact and will last more than one trip.

Before the trip don’t forget to charge all gadgets, free up memory on your smartphone or camera. Photo: unsplash.com

Cosmetic bag for the road

Wet wipes – for cleanliness in any condition. A thing that definitely comes in handy. Especially when traveling with a child. If you’re flying, don’t forget to put wipes in your carry-on luggage: they’re convenient to keep with you.

Disposable tissues for face and hand care and cleaning surfaces. Indispensable if you suddenly have a runny nose. Handkerchiefs are convenient to take with you even in a small bag – as a rule, they are compact and lightweight.

Hand sanitizer – for quick disinfection. Use antiseptics that contain at least 60% alcohol. These can be gels or sprays sold at any drugstore. Please note that you can take only small packs of antiseptic up to 100 ml in the cabin. Larger containers may be placed in your luggage.

Moisturizing cream – if the skin peels quickly. When we travel, we often use antibacterial wipes and antiseptics with alcohol. These products are very drying. Only mini-formulae can be carried on board the plane.

Eye drops – will save you if there is a long flight or you plan to visit a water park or pool on the trip. Moisturizing drops are also necessary for those who wear contact lenses (also remember to put spare ones in your carry-on luggage).

Seasickness medication – to prevent the trip from becoming an ordeal. To prevent motion sickness, it is best to drink a lot and eat something light a couple of hours before the trip: vegetables or fruit.

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Hygienic lipstick – for flaky lips. If you’re going to the sea or traveling in the hot season, take lip balm in a tube. Otherwise, a regular lipstick can melt in the strong sun.

A pocket mirror in case you need to put on makeup.

In hand luggage are allowed all cosmetics, except for explosive and flammable. One strict rule: no products larger than 100ml are allowed. Photo: unsplash.com

Personal care products in a suitcase

Toothpaste and toothbrush . Put them in your suitcase if you’re traveling by plane. For those facing an overnight train ride, it’s best to put the supplies out at once so you don’t have to search through your bags for them.

Shampoo and hair conditioner . Shampoo and shower gel are already available in most hotel rooms, but they are usually of poor quality. If your hair is picky about new products, it is better to get your own from home or buy them locally.

Moisturizer for the face and body . If you’re willing to endure a couple of weeks without your usual products, you can take a universal cream or balm for the whole family. If your skin requires special care, get the usual one from home.

Razor and shaving products if you really need them. Shaving products can be bought locally in any city or country. In a pinch, you can use soap or shower gel.

A cleanser and facial toner are for gentle cleansing. As a rule, when traveling, facial skin is stressed: a long road, a sudden change in temperature and climate, long walks on the street. Don’t forget cleansers to get rid of all impurities at once.

Deodorant . If you are flying with hand luggage only, take solid or liquid deodorant in a can under 100 ml. Aerosol goes in the suitcase.

A set for manicure – scissors and file. It is better to buy a travel kit in a handy case. Don’t forget that you can’t carry sharp-slashing items in your hand luggage, and it’s safer to put them in your luggage.

Eyeglasses and things for lenses – solution and container. If you wear lenses, it is advisable to bring several pairs to make sure you have enough for your lenses.

Sunscreen – when it comes to the summer vacations. It, as well as other large bottles, is better to choose a container with a screw cap. This way the product will not squeeze out in a filled suitcase, and you will not have to engage in unwanted laundering of things during the vacation.

Perfume . In order not to take large bottles, buy a small road-format.

Decorative cosmetics. And along with it – gel or milk to remove makeup.

Other little things – comb and elastic bands for hair, cotton swabs and disks, hygiene products.

When choosing cosmetic products, it is better to forget something and then buy it on vacation than to take too much and add weight to your luggage. Photo: unsplash.com

First aid kit

A properly assembled travel kit can save your vacation. The list includes only basic emergency remedies and treatments for common ailments. Most will help with minor ailments and do not negate the need to see a doctor.

  • Painkillers – Nurofen, No-Spa.
  • An antipyretic – “Nurofen”, “Paracetamol”.
  • For colds – plates, syrup, cough spray.
  • For allergies – “Cetrine”, “Zodak”.
  • For bruises and pain – “Diclofenac”, “Voltaren”, iodine.
  • From motion sickness – “Vertigohel”, “Dramina.
  • For poisoning – “Polysorb”, “Mezim”, “Cerucal.
  • Band-aids for blisters.
  • Antibiotics.
  • Individual medications.
  • Means from mosquito bites and insects.

Clothes and Shoes

Before you pack your suitcase, estimate how many things you really need and check the weather. A basic set of the essentials is below.


  • Underwear by number of days.
  • Underwear and warm socks if you are going in the winter.
  • T-shirts.
  • Shirts.
  • Dresses and skirts.
  • Jeans or pants – make sure you have the right belt.
  • A sweatshirt or sweater – in case of chilly evenings.
  • Shorts – if you are traveling in the summer.
  • A windbreaker if the weather is not pleasant.
  • Clothes for home and sleep – to feel at home in any hotel.
  • Swimsuit and beachwear – if going on a resort vacation.
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  • Sneakers – choose familiar worn shoes so as not to rub your feet.
  • Exchangeable pair of shoes.
  • Flip-flops – for the beach, the pool, and sometimes to take a shower in the room.
  • Go-away shoes-if you’re going out for a cultural night out.


  • Bag for walking around town – so that it doesn’t get in the way, but can hold your passport, money, phone and a bottle of water.
  • Hat, scarf and gloves – if you travel in cold weather.
  • Belt.
  • Umbrella.
  • Sunglasses and a small microfiber.
  • Sun hat if you’re going to a resort.
  • A shopping bag.

It’s best to choose comfortable items that don’t crease, dry quickly, and match well. Add comfortable shoes and a few accessories, and you have a versatile set. Photo: unsplash.com

What you need to remember to do before your trip

Once your bags are packed, run through your list of important things to do. Getting ready will make your vacation easier, mentally at least.

What not to forget to take on a trip: List of necessary things, documents, travel tips

Instructional reminder for those who are going on vacation

You have made sure that your favorite resort is definitely open, figured out the rules for checking into the hotel and booked it, bought plane tickets, signed an application for a vacation. The goal is close – the sea, the sun, the beach, or the mountains, cathedrals, museums, stores – everyone has his own ideas about rest. It’s just a small thing: to get ready.

Let’s say at once: there is no universal list of documents and things, suitable for absolutely every traveler. Because it’s one thing to fly with young children to Anapa for three weeks, and another thing – to go to the brutal camping in Karelia, and the third – to finally swing at Kamchatka, and carry three lenses, tripod and GoPro, to capture the beauty at its best.

So our guide is more of a reminder algorithm: what exactly you need to take with you on the trip, what moments to pay attention to, where most often there is a hitch, when you take unnecessary things or do not think about the really useful.

What you’ll need while traveling

Vaccination or other documents related to pandemic coronavirus

Over the past year, we have learned to live and travel according to new rules dictated by the epidemiological situation. And these rules include a set of documents that have become the most important for any tourist. Most likely, in the near term, we will have to keep an eye on them and, if necessary, get new documents related to safety from the coronavirus.

To date, the first and most desirable document for travel is the certificate of vaccination. More and more Russian regions are letting guests into their hotels only with it. In the second place is the result of PCR-test, which must be fresh (usually received not more than 72 hours before the trip). The third document – a certificate that you had coronavirus no more than six months ago, and finally, a certificate of exemption from vaccination for medical reasons.

The situation today is such that the rules change almost daily. So before you travel it is necessary to carefully study what documents are necessary for the region where you are going to go, and what you will be asked for at the airport and during check-in at the hotel. It is best to have a full set of documents that will guarantee you a good rest and no problems.

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The insurance

1. If you want to travel abroad, you need insurance coverage not less than 30 thousand dollars or euros, but better – 50 thousand. They simply will not give you a Schengen visa without it, and you will be allowed to visit visa-free countries without it. But if something happens, it will be more expensive to get medical treatment abroad.

Even for travels in Russia is not superfluous to have health insurance, especially if you prefer an active holiday. Photo: lori.ru

2. It is not superfluous to take medical insurance when traveling in Russia. Especially for those who are going to the mountains and prefer active recreation.

You can also take out a regular MHI policy on the entire territory of the country. So take it on vacation, too (and again, upload a scan to your phone and the cloud).

4. Download a telemedicine app on your phone. You can use it to get an online appointment with a Russian doctor at any time and from anywhere in the world.

Through the telemedicine app you can get in touch with the therapist or pediatrician on duty in a few minutes. Photo: pixabay.com

The telemedicine app and travel health insurance do not replace each other, but complement each other. It’s a good idea to have both. Especially since the app itself is free, let it be in your phone.

How is it convenient compared to insurance and even if you have it? You can get in touch with a doctor within a few minutes, and sometimes it’s extremely important. In the case of the policy, you have to call the insurance company so that it sends a doctor or refers you to a local clinic – it takes time. After an in-person visit, especially abroad, where you may not have understood everything or the doctor may have prescribed unfamiliar drugs, you can contact a Moscow doctor and ask his opinion.

5. Besides the medical insurance there are others, also designed for travelers: luggage insurance, insurance in case of flight cancellation or delay, the so-called insurance against non-departure (it works, for example, when a visa is denied), a policy which includes legal assistance abroad. And then there’s the insurance of an apartment for the duration of the trip. Of course, it is unlikely they are needed all at once. But you should read the terms and conditions and figure out what can be useful for you. For example, if you have a complicated flight with three connections – there is a risk of losing or damaging your suitcase.


1. Passport . The internal one is for travelling within Russia, and the foreign one – for foreign trips (as trivial as it may sound). By the way, you can also travel in Russia with a foreign passport, if for some reason it is more convenient. Trains, planes, and hotels will also accept it – it is a full-fledged identity document. But then one would also have to buy tickets, indicating the number of foreign passport. On the contrary, it is more difficult: one can enter only Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Armenia with Russian domestic passport.

Almost all documents can be in electronic form. Photo: pixabay.com

Pay attention to the validity of the document. In the case of a passport, this is important because many countries will not let you through the border if it expires in 3 or even 6 months.

With an internal document, it is important not to forget that the passport must be exchanged when you turn 20 and 45. It takes two to three weeks to change your passport, even with the help of the State Service portal. If you do not change it in time (you must apply for it within 30 days after your birthday), the passport becomes invalid and you simply will not be allowed on the plane. Here’s a tip: the passport can be very helpful.

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2. Birth certificates for children . In the case of foreign travel – permission for the children to travel abroad.

3. A copy of your passport. Take a paper copy just in case.

4. Have a scan of your passport on your smartphone as well as in the cloud. As well as scans of other important documents (insurance, vaccination certificate, PCR test results, plane tickets with a reservation number). Exactly like that: both in the memory of your device (so that you have them handy, even if there is no Internet) and in the cloud (so that you can access them from another device, even if you lose your phone or bathe it).

5. 5. You can keep almost all documents in electronic format instead of printing them out: plane tickets, hotel reservation confirmation, a ticket for the Aeroexpress train, etc. The original must have a passport and a confirmation of the hotel reservation. In the original must be a passport, birth certificate and permission for the child to travel abroad.

Technology and gadgets

Minimalism – to make do with one smartphone. It will work as a camera, player, navigator, video camera, compass, and more. And the maximum program in terms of gadgets is endless: camera with lenses and tripod, speakers, player, headphones, tablet, laptop…

Some people take their favorite book on a trip, while others can’t think of traveling without a large set of photographic equipment. Photo: pixabay.com

1. It is useful to free up the memory of the device and upload everything important from it to an external drive or to the cloud. First, to have room for new photos and videos. Secondly, in order not to lose old photos and other data, if you lose or break your cell phone during the trip.

2. Download to your smartphone useful applications for travelers. Offline maps are very useful (e.g. Maps.me). For peace of mind – a telemedicine app, in case of health problems. App for booking tickets and hotels will come in handy. Even if you probably already have tickets, things can happen with flights, just like with hotels.

The phone is an indispensable assistant of a traveler. Download all useful apps in advance. Photo: pixabay.com

3. Chargers – don’t forget to take them and don’t put them in your luggage. They can come in handy at the airport, on the plane (many modern airliners have outlets in the seats), and immediately after arrival at the resort. Not to mention that the airline might lose the suitcase and bring it back a couple of days later.

4. Powerbank (external charger). Don’t forget to charge it and see if it and your phone “see” each other.

5. It is worth taking on a trip protective waterproof case for your phone or tablet – a necessary thing, especially if you plan active recreation: walks on a yacht, rafting, etc.

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