The definitive Worker Bee Tours packing list for international travelers. Whether this is your first trip abroad or simply the latest in a long line of happy experiences, it is always useful to keep a packing list handy to make sure you don’t leave any important items behind.

Important Documents to Bring with You

Passport and/or National ID Card
Medical Insurance Card
Credit and/or Debit Cards
Frequent Flyer Card and other Affinity Cards
Travel Itinerary and Transportation Tickets
Travel Insurance Information
Emergency Contact List
Important Addresses
Xerox Copy of Passport and/or National ID Card

Saving a soft copy of these documents to the cloud or on your personal electronic device is also recommended to make recovery easier in case of loss.


Be sure to bring enough cash to meet your needs while traveling and for the first day at your destination. US Dollars, Euros, and British Pounds are all good options if the local currency of your destination country is not easily available. We recommend you carry cash equivalent to at least $100 US on your person, which can be exchanged when necessary.

Items to Pack in your Carry-On Bag

Choose a bag that is comfortable to carry and fits within the size and weight restrictions imposed by the airline(s) you will fly. Be sure to have a shoulder strap and, if possible, wheels for ease of movement.

The following is a comprehensive list of items to include in your carry-on bag. You may not want to bring all of them, since you actually do have to carry the bag around. Consider your personal situation and choose the things you will want while traveling or do not want to risk losing if your baggage should be lost or delayed.

Important Documents: (see list above)
Essential Toiletries: (small sizes in keeping with international travel restrictions)
Shampoo / Shower Gel / Soap
Comb or Brush
Others by personal preference

Please remember that your carry-on toiletries need to meet the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule: Liquids, gels, pastes, creams, aerosols are limited to containers of 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less, all packed together in a single clear quart sized zip lock bag.

Mobile device and charger
Headphones (consider noise reducing headphones if sensitive to sound)
Camera and charger
Electrical converters and adapters (check standards for your destination country)
Travel Comfort, Entertainment and Information:
Travel pillow
Eye mask
Ear plugs
Books and magazines
Guidebooks, travel guides, maps, phrase book
Travel journal and pen
Health and Beauty Items:
Glasses and case
Contact lenses and supplies
Prescription drugs (in original packaging)
Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
Make-up as needed

Main Baggage

Most of your belongings will be packed in your main bag. Be sure to choose something that is lightweight, versatile, and big enough for everything you need. Generally speaking airline checked baggage is limited to 50 lbs (23 kg) per piece, so you do not need to think about luggage bigger than that for your trip.

Lightweight, soft sided luggage that can be either rolled or carried is ideal for action oriented travel. There are many backpack and duffel bag style options available which fit this bill nicely.

Organize your belongings:

Try to keep your belongings organized for easy access and use. Especially for trips that involve different kinds of activities, it is useful to keep the different clothing and equipment separate in smaller parcels that can be pulled out of your bag individually as needed. You might consider investing in lightweight packing organizers or compression sacks for this purpose.

Clothing Basics For Every Trip:

Lightweight clothing that can be layered is the way to go for maximum utility and convenience. Include clothes that can be worn during the day and perhaps dressed up for evenings by mix and match or with accessories.

Pants and/or shorts
Sweater or Fleece
Rain jacket
Skirts and/or Dresses
A swimsuit or swim trunks
Comfortable walking shoes
Athletic Shoes (essential for sports camps)
Work Boots or other sturdy shoes (essential for service projects)

Pack your Toiletry Bag

When it comes to toiletries, everyone is unique. At Worker Bee Tours we make sure that basic toiletries (soap and shampoo) are provided, but you may want to carry your favorite brands with you. There are retail pharmacies in all of our project locations, though product assortments do differ country to country.

Toiletry Bag Basics:

Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
Hair brush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins
Shampoo and conditioner
Make up
Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes
Skin Lotion
Lip balm
Personal hygiene items
Feminine hygiene products
Extra contacts, solution, and case

Toiletry Bag Extras:

Hair products
Clothesline and detergent
Shaving kit and extra razors
Sewing kit/clothing care kit
Facial tissues
Scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers (must be in checked luggage)

Travel Health

Depending on your personal needs, you may want to include some of the items on this list for personal use. If you are traveling in a group, it is sufficient for the group leader to organize one shared first aid kit that would include most of these items.

First Aid Kit Contents:

First aid dressings (bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.)
Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts)
Pain and fever relievers (also children’s strength if you are traveling with kids)
Cold medicines and throat lozenges
Diarrhea/laxative medicines
Allergy medicines
Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment
Sunburn relief
Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever
Motion sickness pills or bands
Eye drops
Medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity

Pack a Day Bag

A lightweight, versatile day bag can be used in a variety of ways and help you stay comfortable and prepared. Most people simply use their carry-on bag, but you may want something a little bit more specialized, like a messenger bag, bum bag (fanny pack) or small backpack for carrying just your daily essentials.

Have Questions About This Packing List for International Travelers?

If you have any questions about this packing list for international travelers, please contact us before you leave so we can help you sort them out. It is always better to be safe than sorry, so do contact us with whatever questions you may have. It is our pleasure to serve you.

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