The Ultimate Travel Checklist for Switzerland (and free PDF download)

Hey, welcome to! If you’re looking for a travel checklist for Switzerland, then this is the post for you! (I will keep this post updated as well).

Depending on when you travel to Switzerland, your travel checklist for Switzerland may vary.

Because you may be visiting Switzerland in either the summer/spring or winter, you might want a travel checklist for Switzerland that fits the season you’re traveling to! By the way, the autumn/fall season can still be slightly chilly as well, so pack slightly lighter than winter.

And I get it – it’s not easy to remember everything that you may need to bring, especially if you’re traveling to Switzerland for the first time.

The scenario I’ve seen is either you’re overwhelmed and pack way too much or you don’t know what to pack at all (and should buy in Switzerland instead? That would be a bit expensive).

Well, let’s talk about all of that in this post from my first-hand experiences.

And don’t worry, we’ve also got a checklist for your packing needs in this post for you as well.

Sounds good?

Let’s get started. 

The Ultimate Travel Checklist for Switzerland -

The Essentials for Travel Checklist in Switzerland 

#1 Personal Must-Brings

  • Passport
  • Photocopies of Passport (Note: this is optionally handy just in case your passport gets lost)
  • Wallet
  • Cash (Tip: from travel experiences, I’d recommend spreading the cash (e.g. in the wallet and some in your other bags))
  • Credit card and/or Debit card 
  • Photocopies of Credit card / Debit card (Note: this is optionally handy just in case your credit/debit card gets lost)
  • Your house keys
  • Glasses / Sunglasses 
  • Travel Insurance 

#2 The Packing Checklist for Switzerland 

  • Luggage / Suitcase
  • Carry-On
  • Electronics
  • Travel Locks
  • Clothes 
  • Toiletries

Let’s Talk in Details

Below, I will be talking about some of these in details.

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Packing List for Switzerland in Details

Apart from the travel checklist above, let’s talk a little bit about the details of the checklist. 

Having been to Switzerland before, there are a few considerations and recommendations of useful things that I hope you can also take away from this post!

By the way, I broke the details down into 2 main seasons mainly because the stuff you will bring will be very different (and because I wanted to curate ideas to share with you as much as possible): 



Travel Checklist for Switzerland Summer Spring -



#1 Travel bags for adventure, cities and/or small towns?

For summer/spring, your luggage is generally lighter because the clothes are usually smaller & lighter (e.g. t-shirts, shorts, light dresses etc). 

And, before you choose your summer/spring packing list, you should also consider what activities you’ll be engaging in during your summer/spring travels because this will help you think about the types of things you’re going to take with you. 

A Good Starting Point: Are you going to adventurous places, cosmopolitan cities or small towns?

1) Adventure 

If you’re going for a summer adventure trip (e.g. hiking etc.), you might want to take something easy to carry like a sweat-proof, foldable backpack in addition to your luggage. 

Under US$25 Backpack Recommendationthe Venture Pal 40L Lightweight Packable Backpack (comes in 11 Colors).

Here are the 5 things that set this backpack apart (apart from the colors available):

  1. Price point – set at under $25, this is a value backpack for your adventures.
  2. It’s waterproof – waterproof wet pocket in the main compartment
  3. It’s durable – made of very strong nylon fabric.
  4. Easy to Keep – Can be folded into its own storage pocket
  5. Lightweight – only 0.7 Pounds!

2) Cities

For summer/spring sightseeing in different Swiss destinations, I’d recommend either a backpack or a wheeled duffel bag (for easy access to things and maneuverability).

Stylish Backpack recommendations: Best Selling travel backpacks

Some Best Selling backpacks and duffel bags:

Matein Anti-Theft, Water Resistant Backpack with USB charger (over 5000+ reviews) – comes in 7 colors

Wheeled Duffel Bag recommendations: wheeled duffel

Canway Travel Duffel Bag (with Shoe Compartment) – available in 7 colors:

3) Small towns

Wherever you go in the Swiss small towns, you can easily bring your backpack that has a water bottle holder for easy access to fill up the water at the free fountains you see in Switzerland!


#2 Electronics (Affordable and Good Quality)

When you’re in Switzerland, you’re definitely going to be taking some awesome photos and recharge your devices (at some point) as you post on your social media! 

So here is the round-up of some tech recommendations that I believe will help to make your travels and activities memorable, enjoyable and stress-free.

1. Affordable Action Camera

Akaso V50 Action Camera (Special Edition)

(Don’t forget a Sandisk Ultra Micro SD card for your camera as well)

2. Affordable Portable Chargers – Best Sellers!

3. Wireless Earbuds – Best Selling ones! 

Here’s a great pair of wireless earbuds under US$50 with over 8,000+ reviews


#3 Travel Companion Items

Apart from electronics, there are other gadgets that make your travel more comfortable and enjoyable. You certainly don’t want to leave these behind –

1. Travel Mugs and Tumblers – Best Selling

One of the best selling Travel tumblers is the:

Yeti Rambler (Double wall vacuum insulation) with over 2000+reviews.

Why is it one of the best selling travel mugs?

It’s the only drink lid that uses magnets to keep drinks on lock.

5 Reasons why I love Yeti’s Travel Mugs

  • Reason #1: The only mug that designs the lids with the power of magnets (“Magslider”) 
  • Reason #2: Dishwasher safe
  • Reason #3: The mug is made of BPA-free materials
  • Reason #4: Your hands stay dry because of its “No Sweat Design”
  • Reason #5: Your beverages still keep its temperature no matter what because of the Double-wall insulated tumblers with an 18/8 stainless steel body

2. Travel Pillows

One of the best selling is this Memory foam pillow (comes with 3D sleep mask, earplugs and a luxury bag) – available in 2 colors:

Another great option is this Twist memory foam travel pillow (from first-hand experiences, this may be too short for some men): allows you the freedom to twist the pillow in different angles:

3. Sunglasses: Men’s Sunglasses | Women’s Sunglasses

4. Airplane Footrest


#4 Clothing

It’s a no brainer that you don’t need heavy clothes for summer. Here are the best summer clothes that can be worn for any summer vacation.

Men’s clothing

Women’s clothing

  • Summer hat -Travel Foldable Brim Summer UV Hat
  • Low back swimsuit – High Cut Low Back One Piece Bathing Suits Swimsuits
  • Flats – Blivener Women’s Casual Gladiator Sandals
  • Summer dress – ZESICA Women’s Summer Wrap V Neck


#5 Toiletries

Apart from the hotel toiletries available, you might not want to forget these as part of your Switzerland’s travel checklist –

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush and hair accessories
  • Makeup
  • Moisturizer
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Any personal medication

Tips on Summer Airlines and flights

  • Book middle summer flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays for U.S flights.
  • Book on Tuesdays for Singapore flights
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#1 Luggage Types

Because your winter luggage would usually be bulkier than summer luggage, we recommend opting for a durable, spacious, affordable and good quality check-in luggage. 

And since you will most likely need more than one luggage, we would recommend:

3-Piece Suitcase with Lightweight, Durable materials (under $150 with 17 colors to choose from)

Airline-Friendly Canvas + Leather Duffel Bags (Available selections for both men & women in 7 Colors)

Carry-On Luggage (Best Sellers on Amazon)

Mr CA Carry-On Luggage (One of the best-sellers):


#2  Electronics

Here are the best winter electronic gadgets that’ll make your winter holiday more enjoyable and comfortable.

1. Handwarming Mouse

Heated/Acupressure/Handwarmer mouseUSB Optical Heated Mouse, Acupressure, Hand Warmer (heats up to between 99 – 120 degrees Fahrenheit, or 37 – 49 celsius)

2. Cameras

Mirrorless Cameras

Sony Alpha (24.3 MP) – One of the top sellers in this category under USD$600

Digital Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Canon Powershot – one of the best sellers in this category under USD$300

(Don’t forget a Sandisk Ultra Micro SD card for your camera as well)

3. Earmuff Headphones

Bluetooth Earmuffs Headphones – yep, they do exist and they are pretty awesome to use.

Easy to pair with your Bluetooth-enabled devices (e.g. your phone) as well.

Double the functionality:

(1) Stylish to have it as an earmuff in the winter

(2) Serves music to your ears (literally) 


#3 Travel Companion Items

1. Insole Foot Warmers

Air-activated foot warmer that’s odorless, disposable, single-use Item. Pretty awesome stuff when you’re going for snow activities in Switzerland.

2. Travel Mugs & Tumblers

Yeti 30oz Travel Mug (Rambler) with Magnet Lid

5 Reasons why I love Yeti’s Travel Mugs

  • Reason #1: The only mug that uses the power of magnets (“Magslider”) for its lids 
  • Reason #2: BPA-free
  • Reason #3: Dishwasher safe
  • Reason #4: the “No Sweat Design” to make sure your hands stay dry
  • Reason #5: Double-wall insulated tumblers with an 18/8 stainless steel body, which means your beverages still keeps its temperature no matter what

3. Travel Torch Lights

4. Winter Gloves

5. Scarfs

6. Travel Pillows

7. Airplane Footrest


#4  Clothing

If you’re going to be taking up adventures in the cold winter of Switzerland, make sure you have these essential clothes –

  • Heavy coat/ Parka
  • Rain Jacket
  • Pullover
  • Thermal underwear
  • Leggings
  • Sweat pants
  • Black jeans
  • Cozy shirts
  • Thermal layers
  • Waterproof Snowboots
  • Sturdy city boots
  • Beanie

See Women’s Winter Clothes

See Men’s Winter Clothes


#5  Toiletries

  • Travel-sized body oil
  • Facial Moisturizers
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Personal medication

Body oil for Winter

Face Moisturizers


Tips for Winter in Switzerland

  • Book only direct flights and try to avoid stops
  • Check the weather forecast for activities
  • Leave extra early for your flight
  • Have a plan B and research alternate flight paths ahead of time
  • Buy a travel insurance

Here’s more tips in Switzerland and things to do in Switzerland (especially for nonskiers)


First of all, thank you for reading such an extensive travel checklist for Switzerland!

I’ve poured out my heart, my time and my tips here with the hope that you will be able to get the most out of the trip to Switzerland!

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GK is a curiosity-driven traveler who discovers places through its natural beauties, histories and people's stories. A perfect travel plan for GK and his family would be a great coffee to start off the day before taking in the breathtaking views of landscapes and horizons with some hikes in between and toppling it off with some great photos of the places and people. And how can you forget great local & fresh foods to truly be immersed and inspired by what the world has to offer.

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