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The Ultimate Post-Pandemic Travel Tips & Packing Checklist

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As Singapore slowly gears up to reopen its borders, it also means that our overseas travel options are coming back. With travel plans on the rise, you might be wondering what documents you need before travelling, as well as what to pack..

Read on as we tell you what you should do before your trip, and what to bring along for a safe and fun holiday!

Before You Go

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As of June 2022, approval for departure from Singapore will not be required. However, travellers will need to look at the requirements needed from your overseas destination and abide by them. 

Some destinations require a combination of the following COVID-19 Medical Proof, with information on how to obtain them on ICA’s page on Departing from Singapore:

  • Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test (PDT): You can book an appointment for testing with these clinics.
  • Vaccination Certificates: Apply for a digital certificate with Notarise.
  • COVID-19 Recovery Certificate: If you had tested positive at a professionally administered or supervised test at a healthcare provider or test centre in Singapore, you will need to apply for a digital recovery certificate via Notarise.

This will also differ for different types of travel.

  • Cross-Border Travel To Johor Bahru: The MFA guide above also covers cross-border travel via bus and taxi to Johor Bahru (JB). For more info on requirements to travel to Malaysia, click here.

Tip: If your destination accepts virtually supervised PDTs, use the MaNaDr app to do your PDT without leaving your house!

Download it from the App Store or Google Play.

Where Can I Go?

For the latest updates and announcements, check out the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA) page on Departing from Singapore. Otherwise, make sure to check major local news sites such as CNA and TODAY Online for more info. 

Important Items To Pack For VTL Travel

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Here’s a list of general items you should pack and have at the ready for your post-pandemic journey:

P.S The checklist below is interactive! You can check the boxes as you pack along.

  • Pack a ‘travel safety kit’ including
    • Spare disposable masks in a portable mask case (adult and kid sizes if you’re travelling as a family)
    • Disinfectant wipes and spray
    • Hand sanitizers
    • Clean towel
    • Disposable seat and pillow covers 
    • Thermometer


  • Pack a ‘first aid kit
    • Include bandages, antiseptic cream, cotton swabs  
    • Keep a pill box with essential medication (eg. painkillers, fever pills, allergy medication) and personal prescriptions.


  • Get a file and card holder for easy access to your vaccination card and other important travel documents.


  • Pack beauty and facial care items in a toiletries pouch.


  • Bring along a cutlery set to use and clean throughout your trip — This is to keep minimal contact with others.
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Winter/Cold Weather Travel Packing Checklist

If you’re visiting a country like the UK and other parts of Europe, it’s important you pack warm for the trip. Consider material like fleece and wool-lined clothing that help to sustain body heat in the cold.

Here are some winter clothes to consider packing:

P.S The checklist below is interactive! You can check the boxes as you pack along.

  • Thermal wear
  • Heavy coats
  • Jackets
  • Sweater
    • Can layer, or wear as a singular piece.
  • Flannel
    • Can layer with a puffy  vest for extra insulation. 
  • Vest
  • Beanies
  • Gloves/Mittens
  • Scarves
  • Socks
  • Winter Boots
    • Unlike regular boots, winter boots are waterproof and are perfect for snowy terrain.
Click above to learn useful folding hacks for winter travel!

Summer/Warm Weather Travel Packing Checklist

Let’s say you’re skipping the colder countries for warmer ones, like Brunei or Malaysia. It’s important to pack light clothing so you won’t sweat throughout your vacay. 

We’ve prepared a list of summer items to consider packing: 

  • Light/breathable shirts
  • Lightweight bottoms (eg. shorts, skirts)
  • Windbreaker/Jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Sandals/Slippers
  • Raincoat
    • For countries with tropical weather. 
  • Beach gear (eg. swimsuit, goggles)
  • Bug spray
    • For countries with humid weather.
  • Tote bag
    • Travel light for all-day activities.

Download our interactive Winter & Summer Packing Lists and pack along with us!

Travel Hassle-Free

The solution to prevent yourself from frantically searching for items – pouches, packing cubes, luggage organizers. They ensure that every item has a home and it keeps you visually reminded of what you have in your luggage at a glance!

Looking for durable ones? Explore our range of useful Travel Organizers here.

Let us know in the comments if you used our packing lists and if they helped. Have a safe and fun holiday with your loved ones!

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