May 19 2014

Quick Travel Tip: Keep a Packing List on Your Computer

Ever arrive at your destination and realize you’ve forgotten to pack a crucial item?

To avert the problem, I keep a things-to-pack list on my computer and pull it up each time I pack. Having been tweaked and refined over the years, it’s now a pretty comprehensive list and I haven’t forgotten an item in years (knock on wood).


If you don’t already have one, feel free to use the one below as a starting point in building your own packing list.

  • Bathing suit
  • Bath products
  • Beach bag
  • Belt
  • Boarding pass
  • Business cards
  • Camera (w/ charger, batteries, SD cards)
  • Cash (including foreign currency if applicable)
  • Cell phone (w/ charger & headset)
  • Clothes
  • Comb & hairbrush
  • Contact lenses (w/ solution & case)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Credit & ATM cards
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Driver’s license
  • Earplugs
  • Electricity adapter or converter
  • Eye drops (airplanes can get arid)
  • Facial cleanser
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Gear and sports equipment
  • Gifts
  • Glasses
  • Gloves
  • Guide books (I get e-books to avoid lugging a real book)
  • Hair accessories & styling products
  • Hand lotion
  • Hat
  • Headphones (for in-flight movies)
  • Health insurance card
  • Itinerary & reservations for flights/hotels/trains/etc. (tip: email a copy to yourself & to someone at home; see my tips for keeping important documents electronically accessible)
  • Jacket/sweater (even in hot destinations, I keep something handy for fiercely air-conditioned places)
  • Laptop & charger
  • Lip balm
  • Makeup & applicators
  • Maps
  • Medications (also have copies of the prescriptions, whether on paper or electronically)
  • Moisturizer, eye cream, etc.
  • Money belt
  • Motion sickness remedies (Sea-Band, patches, etc.)
  • Nail clippers
  • Passport & visas (and extra copies & official photos as suggested here)
  • Pen
  • Pajamas
  • Plastic bags (these come in handy in all kinds of unexpected ways)
  • Razor & shaving cream
  • Safety pin (another item that comes in handy in all kinds of unexpected ways)
  • Shoes
  • Sleep mask
  • Snacks (tip: PowerBars pack well)
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Tablet & charger
  • Tickets (buses, trains, attractions, events, etc.)
  • Tissues (in some areas, toilet paper isn’t readily available in public restrooms!)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Travel insurance policy
  • Umbrella
  • Undergarments
  • Wallet
  • Water bottle (tip: wide-mouthed ones are easier to wash)

Leave a comment to let me know if I missed something!

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Posted May 19, 2014 by Admin in category "Tips

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