Vacation Packing Checklist

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Vacation Packing Checklist

Aside from helping you find the best accommodation – vacation home rentals, we are now going to help you with another critical component of traveling, packing. When we pack, we always consider the functionality of the things we’re going to bring. This list is intended to avoid moments where you’re already in the car, on the way to the airport, or boarding a plane, and you suddenly realize you forgot something. Since packing can be stressful, we’ve put together this checklist to make sure you’ve got everything you may need. There are things you could most likely forgo depending on the destination of your trip.

Documents

Keep all your travel documents together and organized. Make sure you have copies. That includes soft copies you can access from your phone, tablet, etc.

Keep all your travel documents together and organized. Make sure you have copies. That includes soft copies you can access from your phone, tablet, etc.

  • Passport and visa(s) (and extra passport photos)
  • IDs/driver’s license/student ID
  • Transportation tickets (plane, bus, boat)
  • Travel insurance Iiformation
  • Vaccination certificates
  • Health insurance cards/documents
  • Reservations/itineraries
  • Emergency contacts and important addresses
  • Prescriptions (including copies of scripts)

It is a good idea to have all your important documents, IDs, and information together in a travel organizer. Make copies of all these things and place them in your carry-on bag, or luggage – just so you have extras in case you lose a bag, your organizer, or your wallet.

Money

Have your local currency and foreign currency (of your destination) strategically placed in your bags, wallet, money belt, etc.

Have your local currency and foreign currency (of your destination) strategically placed in your bags, wallet, money belt, etc.

  • Debit/credit card
  • Cash and wallet
  • Emergency cash
  • Foreign currency
  • Money belt/neck wallet
  • Prepaid currency card

Just to be sure and safe as well: inform your bank before traveling to avoid having your credit card frozen during your trip. Also consider having soft copies or emailing yourself copies of your passport, IDs, driver’s license, health cards, itineraries, tickets, and bookings so you can also access them online in an emergency.

Clothing

No matter what kind of packing hack you follow, it will surely help save space in your bag or luggage. Bring clothes that you can mix/match with other pieces.

No matter what kind of packing hack you follow, it will surely help save space in your bag or luggage. Bring clothes that you can mix/match with other pieces.

  • Underwear/bras/delicates
  • Shirts (casual and dress shirts)
  • Jeans/pants
  • Shorts/skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sweater/long sleeve shirt
  • Swimsuits & cover-ups
  • Coats/jackets/raincoats
  • Sleepwear/pajamas
  • Socks/stockings
  • Gloves/scarves

Clothes are basic. You can roll your clothes, as well as use packing cubes. You’ll definitely be surprised on how much space you can save!

Shoes & Accessories

Bring shoes and accessories appropriate to your destination and its weather.

Bring shoes and accessories appropriate to your destination and its weather.

  • Dress/smart shoes
  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Snow/rain boots
  • Hiking/athletic shoes
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Glasses/sunglasses/case
  • Watch, belt, scarf, gloves
  • Sun hat/sun visor/beanie hat,
  • Jewelry (which you can pack in a pill organizer)

Footwear can be considered as a basic and an accessory. Even if you want to have options, you should still pack smart. Bring ones that go with the clothes you packed.

Toiletries

Transfer shampoo, conditioner, etc. into smaller clear bottles. If you need to bring makeup, those store samples will come handy!

Transfer shampoo, conditioner, etc. into smaller clear bottles. If you need to bring makeup, those store samples will come handy!

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Hairbrush/comb, hair ties, bobby pins
  • Shampoo & conditioner, soap/feminine wash
  • Shaving kit/make-up
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen/lotion with SPF/moisturizer
  • Petroleum jelly – you can use this for a lot of things: lip balm, blisters, etc.
  • Other personal hygiene items
  • Glasses/prescription glasses/contacts/solution/case
  • Hair styling appliances
  • Wipes (for removing make-up, etc)/Q-tips
  • Nail clipper/nail file

When packing toiletries, make it light and TSA-compliant. If possible, place them in clear containers and clear bag.

Medication

"Better safe than sorry"

“Better safe than sorry”

  • First aid kit (bandages, gauze, etc.)
  • Pain and fever relievers/thermometer
  • Cold medicines/throat lozenges
  • Diarrhea/laxative medicines
  • Allergy medicines
  • Motion/altitude sickness pills
  • Multivitamins
  • Sunburn relief
  • Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever
  • Eye drops
  • Other medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity

Before traveling, check any travel advisories about your destination. Get informed and prepare your body. Get necessary travel vaccines, medicines, and advice.

Travel Comfort & Gadgets

If you decide to bring a specific gadget, make sure to have its charger as well. You wouldn't want to be carrying your phone or tablet without any battery power, right?

If you decide to bring a specific gadget, make sure to have its charger as well. You wouldn’t want to be carrying your phone or tablet without any battery power, right?

  • Mobile device & charger
  • Laptop/tablet/e-reader & their chargers
  • Headphones or earphones (if you’re sensitive to sound, bring noise-reducing ones)
  • Camera, memory card, and chargers
  • Extension, converters, and adapters
  • Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and ear plugs.
  • Books/magazines/travel games
  • Journal/notebook and pen
  • lip balm, lotion, and a water bottle (once you’re through TSA, you can fill it up)
  • Food, energy bars,  snacks, gum

These things should be in your carry-on bag whether you’re traveling alone, with friends, family, or with kids.

Other

These things are certainly useful, especially in emergency cases.

These things are certainly useful, especially in emergency cases.

  • Emergency kit (which could include a basic sewing kit to mend your clothes)
  • Pocket knife/multi-tool
  • Compass & map
  • Duct tape
  • Flashlight/matches (even a small one will do)

Bookmark this vacation packing checklist to refer to on what to pack, and make sure you’ve thought of everything else you might want to bring. We hope you find this checklist helpful whether it’s just for a weekend getaway or a long-term vacation. Have a fun trip!

Is there something you always forget to pack? Do you have anything to add to our list? Let us know!

Vacation Packing Checklist was last modified: March 21st, 2018 by Karina Agustin
/ Travel, Travel Tips

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