MBA International Travel Checklist

by Matthew Kuo on March 30, 2013

in MBA Tips

To learn more about Excel, go to the organized listing of all my Excel tutorial posts or review the Travel Checklist

Below is the checklist I use for international travel.  I leave the majority of the liquid, medicinal, and hygiene items in my suitcase, so I don’t have to repack them unless I need to replenish them.  (ie toothpaste or mouthwash)  All of these items fit into a carry-on and laptop backpack, with room to spare.  By far, bringing an additional pair of workout or dress shoes takes up the most space in your suitcase, so make sure you need it before you bring it.

Critical Items

  • Passport
  • Wallet / ID
  • Cash
  • Laptop
  • Phone
  • Keys

Tasks Before Leaving

  • Check for immunization requirements
  • Check
  • Check / complete visa requirements
  • Check conversion rate / need for conversion
  • Check 
  • Call credit card company to provide notice
  • PDF travel docs and put on phone
  • Remove non-use wallet items
  • Backup all important files from laptop / tablet on
  • Scan wallet items bringing abroad
  • Scan Passport
  • Buy Snacks for Airplane

Tasks Right Before Leaving

  • Check-In to flight online
  • Charge Extra Laptop Battery
  • Recharge Sonicare Handle
  • Unplug electronics
  • Turn off Alarm Clock
  • Setup email auto response

Tech Tasks Before Leaving

  • Load up iPod with Music
  • Download Movies, Music. and Podcasts
  • Charge Laptop Battery
  • Charge Camera Battery
  • Charge Phone Battery
  • Download Apps from destination country
  • Download language Apps
  • Add timezone to phone
  • Remove SIM card to prevent roaming charges


  • iPod
  • iPod charger
  • Phone charger
  • Laptop charger
  • Camera
  • Camera Battery Charger
  • Extra Laptop Battery
  • Extra Camera Battery
  • Extra Memory Cards
  • Portable Speaker
  • Laptop Lock
  • Earphones

Liquids Ziploc

  • Facewash
  • Lip Balm
  • Mouthwash
  • Hydrocortizone / Anti-itch Cream
  • Skin Lotion
  • Neosporin
  • Hair Gel
  • Toothpaste


  • Floss
  • Earplugs
  • Sleeping Mask
  • Comb
  • Band-Aids
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Q-tips
  • Nailclipper

Medicinal Ziploc

  • Dayquil
  • Sleeping Pills
  • Imodium
  • Tylenol
  • Benedryl
  • Pepto Bismol Tablets
  • Thermacare Heat Wraps

Backpack on Airplane

  • Coughdrops
  • Prescription Medication
  • Chewing Gum
  • Surge Protector (for the Samsung airport charging stations)
  • Sketchpad
  • Pens / Pencils
  • Playing Cards
  • Snacks
  • Backup Earphones
  • Wireless Mouse
  • Energy Bar
  • Umbrella


  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • T-shirts
  • Sleeping Clothes
  • Pants
  • Workout Clothes
  • Workout Shoes


  • Suit
  • Dress Shirts
  • Ties
  • Belt
  • Dress Shoes
  • Dress Socks
  • Shoe Shiner
  • Lint Roller
  • Padfolio
  • Breath Mints
  • Business Cards
  • Resume

Warm location

  • Frisbee
  • Swimsuit
  • Swim Goggles
  • Drawstring Bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Flip Flops
  • Waterproof Camera
  • Shorts

High Risk Country

  • Hidden Waist Pouch
  • Secondary Wallet / Money Clip
  • TSA Luggage Lock

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