To list things would be to read them or say them aloud. This context makes it sound more like "to make a list."
Why do you think that? I'm not inclined to agree with you very wholeheartedly.
you typically write a shopping list before going shopping. less common is the practice of reading/reciting aloud said list before going shopping - after all, the list is there so you do not need to remember it yourself - at least, in my opinion.
so what word would be best to convey the sense of writing something down?
In english listing " things necessary" is the same as "necessary things"