Trip essentials: top objects you must take

When we pack a suitcase and before we even decide our trip essentials, the most important things to keep in mind are the duration of the trip and the weather. In addition to this, it may be necessary to take something unusual and specific for that trip.  

The first step begins by deciding what kind of luggage we are going to take. Hold bag, cabin backpack, 20kg suitcase or travel bag? Depending on the bag, we then decide our trip essentials. Stay with Enterprise's essential checklist on what to take on a trip.

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What to do before creating a list of our trip essentials 

Whether you are organizing your road trip in Portugal or planning a low-cost family trip, lists can be a great help to avoid some possible constraints at the destination, as well as save some money. Before you move on to the list of your trip essentials, nothing like following these steps.

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Check the weather forecast for your destination

Having a sense of what the weather will be like can help you choose the right clothing items. 

Make a note of any event that you can take part in during your trip 

Knowing what you can count on at the destination, is a great way to save some money and even organise your time at that destination. Also, you can organise what to take on a trip according to a possible event. 

Download a travel checklist to your mobile phone or print it out 

There are hundreds of these lists, available for free on the internet. They can be useful for figuring out what you can buy at your destination and what you should really take with you on departure, saving you some room for souvenirs on your return. 

Try to get organized 

Even if organization is not your strong suit daily, it is essential for a smoother holiday. So, try to stick to the list of trip essentials and to help you quickly find what you need without too much headache, you can opt to buy luggage organization bags.

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How to make a trip essentials’ list

Now that you know everything you need to consider before setting off to create your checklist of what to take on the go, we will help you create the lists according to certain tabs. Of course, some of the products listed will not be necessary for all your trips, so you should create your own list according to the demands of what you have planned.


  • Passport, visa 

  • Airline, boat, train, bus tickets (?) 

  • Copies of passport, tickets, etc. 

  • Boarding pass 

  • Driving licence 

  • Health insurance card 

  • List of medicines 

  • Travel Insurance 

  • Student Card 

Travel Aids 

  • Suitcase, backpack 

  • Itinerary 

  • Maps and directions 

  • Language Guide 

  • Travel guide 

  • Travel pillow, sleeping mask, earplugs 

  • Travellers' Locks 

  • Luggage tags 

  • Pens and paper 

  • Snacks, drinks 


  • Country Money 

  • Emergency money 

  • Credit card, debit card 

  • Extra wallet 

Electronic devices 

  • Mobile phone, charger 

  • Camera, memory card, charger 

  • Laptop, iPad or Tablet, E-reader, chargers 

  • Travel adaptor / converter 

  • Travel iron 

  • Torch 

  • Headphones 


  • Underwear 

  • Socks 

  • Pyjamas 

  • Shirts, polos 

  • Jeans, trousers, shorts 

  • Dresses, skirts 

  • Shoes, trainers 

  • Flip-flops 

  • Jackets, mackintoshes 

  • Belts, ties 

  • Scarves, hats, gloves 


  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss 

  • Deodorant 

  • Tweezers 

  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner 

  • Towels 

  • Wipes, toilet roll 

  • Feminine hygiene 

  • Make-up, make-up remover 

  • Shaving equipment 

  • Skin products 

  • Brush, comb, hair products 

  • Glasses, contact lenses, etc 


  • Medicines, painkillers 

  • First-aid kit 

  • Insect repellent 

  • Mosquito net 

  • Vaccinations, health/dental check-ups 

  • Vitamins 

  • Disinfectant 

General activities 

  • Bathing suit and large towel 

  • Hiking shoes 

  • Sunglasses 

  • sun block 

  • Umbrella 

  • Books, e-books, magazines

Enterprise: add a car to what you need to travel 

Trip essentials’ list ready? Great, now all that is left is to add your ideal car rental for your adventure and nothing better than doing it with Enterprise, where it has stations in several points of Portugal, but also internationally.

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