Our habit is to travel always very light, with our personal bag and hand luggage, so very few things to take with us.

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We gave ourselves two rules:

  • don’t carry any of the things you can rent there (bikes, snorkeling equipment, etc.);
  • if you’ll really need it, you’ll buy it (clothes, shoes, etc.).

The list of the essential items to pack obviously varies according to the person, but our advice is to plan out a checklist and check it before closing the baggage, making sure you took everything.

We show below the carry-on packing list,according to our own experience, to travel light. 

What to wear when travelling by plane, ship, train or car

  • Dark-colored comfortable long pants that are stain-resistant and breathable (if summer choose ones that have a zipper to peel off the underside)
  • Socks (or circulation socks in case of leg problems)
  • Comfortable shoes (sneakers or hiking shoes or sandals if summer)
  • A dark-colored stain-resistant and breathable T-shirt or shirt or polo shirt
  • A dark track-jacket, sweater or pile jumper because of the air conditioning on plane/ship/train
  • A shawl or a scarf because of the air conditioning on plane/ship/train

What to pack in the personal item (small backpack or bag)

For kids

  • An emergency change of clothes for the kids (just in case your hand luggage ends up in the cargo hold, since the airline company has the right to do it if there’s not enough space in the overhead lockers)
  • Some toys to keep kids entertained
  • Bib, baby bottle, dummy (for babies who still use it)
  • Nappies, if needed

For everybody

  • Personal life-saving drugs
  • A dirty laundry bag
  • Toilet paper and/or wet wipes (better if biodegradable)
  • A rain jacket, preferably a hooded one, in case of air conditioning on plane/ship/train
  • Ear plugs and a light blocking eye mask (for those who need it)
  • A snack and some water to buy after the security check
  • Something to read or whatever to pass the time
  • Camera + charger and SD/memory card (the one you use)
  • An underwater camera (if you have it)
  • A tripod for the camera (if you have it)
  • An adapter to download the pictures from the SD/memory card to your tablet/laptop
  • In Go pro or a camcorder (if you have it)
  • Mobile + charger
  • A spare battery charger for your mobile
  • A tablet or laptop
  • A multiple socket (for all the chargers)
  • Any possible adapter for the wall sockets
  • A flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Reading glasses (for those who need them)
  • Notebook/Moleskine + pen
  • Earphones
  • Guidebook
  • Disinfectant
  • A printed copy of all your reservations (hotel, flights, miscellaneous)
  • Documents: passport + driving licence
  • Travel wallet
  • Money

I use this backpack and I feel great. I love it!

If you like it, you can buy it here:

What to pack in the hand luggage (rucksack or trolley)

  • Photocopies of the documents (to keep separate from the documents!)
  • Underwear
  • Socks for gym or hiking shoes
  • Comfortable bras
  • An undershirt
  • Summer T-Shirts and vests
  • Long trousers (besides the ones you have on)
  • A sweater, jumper or pile jumper (besides the one you have on) (as you prefer, I always carry full zip sweaters, so that I can keep them open/closed depending on the weather)
  • Shorts or a skirt for women and baby clothes
  • Flip-flops for the beach (or the public showers at the beach)
  • Swimsuits
  • An evening dress (if needed)
  • Sandals or comfortable shoes for the seaside places and the small towns (as an alternative to the hiking shoes and the flip-flops) (I only carry a pair of flip-flops)
  • A microfibre beach towel to be possibly used as a bathrobe too
  • Pyjamas (if you use it)
  • A dirty laundry bag
  • A make-up bag
  • A first aid kit
  • A canteen for hiking (empty!)
  • Supplements and minerals (for those who use them, they are useful against dehydration, especially for kids)
  • A pocket-sized shopping bag or a beach bag to save space, useful even if you want to buy something from the markets

Make-up bag list

  • 100ml containers with all the liquids you’d like to carry (shampoo, shower gel, aloe, sun cream, after-sun cream, mosquito repellent, etc.) to a maximum of 1 litre.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (max 100ml)
  • Deodorant (max 100ml)
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Tweezers
  • Nail file
  • Tissues
  • Lip balm
  • Cotton swabs
  • Minimal travel make-up (for women)
  • Make-up remover wipes (for women)
  • Razor and shaving cream (max 100ml) (for men)
  • Nappies for babies, if needed
  • Pads (for women)
  • Wet wipes (better if biodegradable)

First aid kit list

  • Personal life-saving drugs
  • Paracetamol, Zerinol, VivinC, antipyretic for children and adults
  • Ibuprofen, Brufen, analgesic based on personal need
  • Muscoril, Voltaren, NSAIDs based on personal need
  • Antihistamines
  • Common antibiotics
  • Disinfectant wipes and plasters
  • Disinfectant
  • Lactic enzymes for potential dysentery
  • Repellent for insects
  • Repellent and benzocaine, fenistil and gentamicine, after-pick stick for insects, jellyfish and spiders’ stings.

If you think I forgot something useful or important, just write me! An exchange of views is always productive and it helps improve. In the meanwhile…

Happy holidays!

Ciao da Cris e Marco del blog in giro in giro

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