I have at least six different packing lists saved as notes on my iPhone: some for long weekends, others for emergencies, and one specifically meant for long flights.
While I’m probably overdoing it, here’s a quick tip: If you’re planning several trips in the near future, do yourself a favor now and create two separate packing lists at the very least: one in which you’re headed overseas and one for domestic travel, as u/delicious_tomato suggested over on Reddit.
By nature, traveling overseas requires basic necessities you wouldn’t ordinarily need when staying local, especially in places where you may not have immediate access to medication, adapters, or an English dictionary. When I’m overseas, I have to account for things like prescription medicines—which, in an emergency, I might not be able to acquire at an international pharmacy if I run out or lose them.
Write up two lists now to save yourself the time and mistake of forgetting a passport when you’re rushing to the airport in a cold sweat. Better yet, if you’re someone who travels often for work, have lists ready for a vacation versus any job-related travel; you’ll probably need more formal attire for the latter.
And if you’re wondering what to add to your international travel list, check out our guide in case you might need a SIM card or travel visa, depending on your destination.