Packing list

by miasmisadventures

It’s not long now until we head off to Panama (hurrah!) and so I’m now starting to think about packing. I know I still have five weeks left, which you’d think is plenty of time, but there’s lots of bits and bobs to gather such as medications and so I find it’s best to start thinking of it in advance so as not to be left in a manic rush around the shops last minute. So I thought I’d share my packing list with you in case it’s of any use to any novice travellers among you, or for anyone who finds themselves in a last minute packing hell. Obviously everything won’t be relevant for you but hopefully you find most of it helpful.


  • Passport
  • Tickets
  • Insurance documents
  • Accommodation details
  • Wallet
  • Bank card
  • Money / travellers’ cheques.
  • Mobile phone
  • Phone charger
  • Vaccine certificates


  • Malaria tablets
  • Diorolyte
  • Ibuprofen
  • Paracetamol
  • Antihistamin
  • Bite cream
  • Burnaid
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Immodium
  • Any prescribed meds you take
  • Sanitary products
  • First aid kit
  • Suncream
  • Deet
  • Lip balm


  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Walking boots
  • Sandles
  • Espadrilles
  • Bikini
  • Cotton trousers
  • Shorts
  • Dress
  • Cotton tshirts
  • Sarong (This is my number 1 travelling item to have with you. Sarongs can be used as clothing, a beach towel, a bath towel, a sling if needed and a bed sheet).
  • Hoodie
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Facewipes
  • Shampoo
  • Soap / shower gel
  • Nail clippers
  • Hair brush
  • Flannel


  • Camara
  • Snorkel kit
  • Mosquito net
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Waterproof bag cover
  • Small daily bag
  • Money belt
  • Plug adapter
  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses / contact lenses
  • Guide books
  • Reading book
  • Addresses of family and friends for postcards