Travel Made Simple: A Packing List Guide

Travel Made Simple: A Packing List Guide

You’ve managed to meet your final deadline, in the nick of time. As you scramble to get the last of your documents and belongings from your office desk into your briefcase, you think through the remaining tasks you need to complete before your flight. It seems like an overwhelming haze, but you manage to calm your nerves for a moment as you prioritise mentally: A few more urgent emails can be sent off in your Uber ride to the airport – great; your team can be briefed via Skype at the airport – check; you’ll need to get your dogs to the boarding kennel by six o’clock – ok, no problem; on your way back home, you can pick up your dry-cleaning and grab a bite for dinner – that’s doable; and then all that separates you from the blissful holiday you’ve been dreaming of for weeks is…packing. With that it hits you: The preceding days were so full, you hadn’t even set aside time to begin the process.

Fortunately, we’ve come up with a solution or two. Firstly, we’ve compiled a basic, categorised holiday packing list that you can refer to for your convenience:

Clothing Items

  • Underwear

  • Pyjamas

  • Socks, stockings

  • T-shirts, casual shirts, dress shirts

  • Jerseys, jackets, rainwear

  • Shorts, skirts, jeans, pants

  • Dresses

  • Swimwear

  • Sportswear

  • Sandals, leisure shoes, dress shoes, athletic shoes


  • Hats

  • Ties

  • Belts

  • Jewellery, watches

  • Handbags, backpack


  • Brush, comb

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss

  • Deodorant, colognes, perfumes

  • Face cleanser, face creams

  • Sunblock

  • Contact lenses, contact lens solution

  • Make-up, make-up remover

  • Shaving supplies

  • Nail file, clippers

  • Tweezers

Health Items

  • Hand sanitiser, antibacterial wipes

  • Prescription medications (Keep a photocopy of the doctor’s script)

  • Pain killers

  • Plasters, bandages

  • First-aid creams

  • Insect repellent

  • Vitamins


  • Phone

  • Laptop

  • iPad, tablet

  • Kindle

  • Headphones

  • Device chargers, portable charger

  • Memory card, external storage device

  • Camera

  • Binoculars (Reserve visits)

Carry-on Items

  • Passport, visa, ID

  • Cash, credit cards, ATM cards, insurance cards

  • Itinerary, hotel address, directions

  • In-flight medication

  • Valuables (jewellery, gadgets, etc.)

  • Glasses, sunglasses

  • Reading material

  • Earplugs, eye mask

  • Travel pillow

  • Tissues

  • Lip balm

  • Snacks, gum

  • Change of clothes

  • House keys, car keys


  • Travel insurance policy

  • Emergency contacts

  • Copies of passport, hotel booking, travel documents, etc.

  • Bag lock

You could also try out an app that will help you manage your packing list. We quite like Packr – it’s free but can be upgraded to “premium” for a small amount. It’s detailed enough to make you feel like you have a comprehensive plan in place but remains simple to use and easy to navigate.

We’re further pleased to say that at Newmark’s hotels, reserves and lodges, the essentials are taken care of. We pay close attention to what guests require most during their visits and do our best to make sure these needs are met. Top-end bath and shower products, shampoos, conditioners and creams, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryers, international plugs, umbrellas and other amenities are the norm at most of our establishments. You’ll find that the attention to detail we practise at each of our properties will make your visit that much more pleasant, the days leading up to your trip far less stressful and your luggage noticeably lighter. For details on the room amenities that are available at each of our South African properties, or for other helpful information, click on the respective hotel, reserve or lodge name below. Alternatively, feel free to contact Newmark Hotels, Reserves & Lodges directly.




The collection includes a number of neighbouring properties in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, in addition to other trendy properties spread out in Cape Town. It also includes private game reserve offerings in Mpumalanga, Timbavati and Serengeti; a historic hotel in Graaff-Reinet, located in the Eastern Cape; a chic property in the bustling Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg as well as a beach-side lodge in Zanzibar. Newmark further continues to keep a look-out for new, suitable opportunities and developments.

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