Challenge: the preparation of the luggage

I always had difficulties in the preparation of my travel bag. Generally I do it in the last moment, but often I forget something: the toothpaste, the sleepers, a pair of shoes and so on. Luckily for some of the things left at home the hotels can help me, in many cases they have toothpaste and sleepers, but for something else I need to visit local shops. Especially when it comes for clothes or shoes it can be hard for me, but in a while I find the right mood.

I like to travel with the essential, but especially travelling for business means to have elegant clothes, to be “perfect” for meetings. That is why when I forgot something at home I need to replace it, maybe because I do not have enough shirts or trousers… Why is it hard? Well Italians are always research for fashion and to be trendy. I have to admit, I am a bit extravagant, so, despite the volunty to be impeccable during my meetings, I not always follow the rules of the color matching and I am quite open to some local clothes and habits.

When I enter in a shop the instinct is to search the Italian style, but in some towns it is not possible, so I start to explore the local fashion and I experiment a new international style. But this is another story, so it is better to go back to the main topic: the preparation of the luggage. So to be sure to make it right, I have my own list. What to bring to my destination?

First of all I need clothes and I have to consider that this season is strange, so it is the moment to be prepared for cold and warm climate. Then I need shoes, it is better also to have sleepers just in case. I have to put toothbrush, toothpaste and razor. This is the list that I generally use to not forget anything:

Clothes and accessoires:

  • Suit and ties
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweaters or fleece jacket
  • T-shirts for free time
  • Pants
  • Belt
  • Socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Elegant shoes
  • Rain jacket (I found great products on Five Seasons 1982 and I can get 40% off using this code that I want to share with you: FSXGXR9R) and umbrella
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch (MVMT offers amazing products and I share with you the 10% discount that I have to buy on the online shop: code MVBBC670YO)

Just for some destinations on my list there is swimsuit.

The toiletry bag: 

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Scissors

It is generally good to add something for health, like:

  • First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.)
  • Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts, I usually don’t have problems, but in case…)
  • Pain and fever relievers
  • Cold medicines and throat lozenges (this is something that often I need)
  • Diarrhea/laxative medicines
  • Hand sanitizer (it is always recommended to be safe in every conditions)

As hand luggage I have a small bag where I have, for short range, the computer and the


  • Mobile device and charger  (Nomad has high level products and you can use my code NOBBY6DURY to get 10% off)
  • Laptop and iPad with chargers
  • Headphones (it helps to reduce the noise during the trip and to not disturb others with the sound)
  • Camera, memory card and charger
  • Electrical converters and adapters

In the luggage I have always a couple of books, I try to read before to sleep or during transfers if I can. This time I will have with me:+

  • Traitor” by Jonathan De Shalit (a spy story)
  • The Italians” by John Hooper (how can I miss the chance to read a portrait of my country or better of myself…)

In the end I have a list also for travel papers, in order to have with me what I need to get the plane and to find my room…

  • Passport (in some cases with visa)
  • Frequent flyer card and the others loyalty program cards to get point and benefits
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Health insurance card
  • Travel insurance information
  • Reservations of the plane tickets and of the hotels, of the transfers and of the rent a car
  • Important local contacts and addresses
  • Copies of personal documents present in the wallet
  • Guides and maps
  • Local currency.

Now I am ready to leave and to share, during my trip, about my explorations…

See you!


11 pensieri su “Challenge: the preparation of the luggage

  1. I travel a lot with my family and we have a packing list that we use all the time. Our children have used it since they were about 6 years old. It’s meant that I never have to worry about what they are bringing along as they simply bring the things on the list. It’s very similar to your list. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks for your contribute. Well I did it to not forget the things, that for me it is quite common, unfortunately. I think it is useful and more or less there are things in common for each of us, but for sure there are some more personal elements. I am a man and I mainly travel alone for business, so the package list concern my needs. It is nice that your children learned to travel and organize themselves.

      "Mi piace"

    1. Thank you! It is useful to have a list, so you can pick all what you need for your travel and do not have bad surprises at your arrival. I will post soon about my trip.

      "Mi piace"

  2. I am a compulsive list maker and my packing lists are awesome!! I have everything on a spreadsheet which is divided into sections (much like the ones you mention) and everything is colour-coded. Every time I go away (mostly to my favourite hotel in Amalfi) I pull up the spreadsheet on my laptop and update it where necessary. It has sections I can check off – things that need to be bought, things that need to be washed/ironed and finally a section where I can tick that it is in my suitcase!!! A bit over the top maybe but – fingers crossed – so far I’ve never got to my destination and realised I’ve left something behind… although of course I can’t resist shopping for more while I’m away…
    PS Thanks for following my blog and liking the latest post xx

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    1. Amalfi is really amazing 🙂 Well, maybe you are more organized than me, I just made up the list after few bad surprises happened to me abroad because I forgot something at home. When I travel for leisure I generally avoid lists, agenda and so on, but I need some script to remind to me what to put in the luggage, in order to not ruin my vacation.
      Thank you very much to you also for your contribute to my post. Cheers

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