While vacations provide some of the most fun you can have in life, packing for them is anything but. Stuffing clothes into bags of luggage and trying to remember everything you need can actually drive you crazy if you let it. The following vacation packing checklist is all you need to prepare for an amazing, worry-free holiday:
Depending on where you’re going, you should pack at least one casual outfit per day, per person and one formal outfit for every two days you’ll be vacationing. Take extra care of the formal wear when packing, so it’s ready to wear upon arrival. Roll socks, underwear, t-shirts and other small items so you can pack more into your suitcase and bring extras of all these items, as you’ll likely need them.
Don’t forget small things like sunglasses, swimsuits, sandals and pajamas, which are more conveniently packed by item type, such as in a smaller suitcase. Pack as compactly as possible, but with easy access in mind.
Personal Care Items
Make a list of everything you need for you and your traveling companions, then spread the items out on a counter top or bed; check each item off your list and figure out how to pack it, such as in a plastic bag or other container. Keep in mind, too, that many universal things are easier to buy after you reach your destination, such as shampoo and hairspray.
Fun Stuff To Do While Stuck Waiting
Especially if you’re vacationing with children, make sure you pack up something that will keep people occupied while in the security check-point waiting line or before the plane has been cleared for boarding.
Medical And Other Necessities
If anyone in your family or traveling party has allergies, medication or other important needs, like hearing aids or a cane, be sure that they’re all taken care of and that you have a way of accessing replacements should the need arise. Also, pack maps, a travel journal, brochures, coupons and other important paperwork in your carry-on for easy access.
Make copies of all your identification before you start packing, so you have back up in the event they are lost. Keep all IDs secure in an easy to display wallet.
Cash And/Or Credit Cards
Plan this part of your vacation out carefully, to keep your assets safe. You don’t want to be caught with too much cash, but you do want to be free to buy what you want, where you want. Consider all-inclusive packages, to solve the problems cash or credit may pose.
Unless you’re going to take all the pics you desire with your cellphone, don’t forget to bring a good, water-proof camera along with all the accessories.
Bags To Bring Home Souvenirs
If you plan on bringing home souvenirs and collectibles, you’re going to need a way to carry them. Make sure it’s compatible with the security check-points you’ll have to pass through, such as customs.
A Small First-Aid Kit
Although it shouldn’t be necessary to have too many medical supplies with you, it is wise to bring along band-aids, allergy ointments and bug spray. Make it pertinent to your destination.
A List Of Emergency Contacts
Wherever you’re going, you’ll want to be prepared for any emergency, such as someone in your party being robbed or injured; thus, it’s a good idea to prepare a list of the local numbers you might need, including additional hotels, just in case something goes amiss at the one you’re reserved with.
Don’t let the arduous task of packing take away any of the joy from your vacation plans. Use this vacation packing checklist or make up one of your own that will have you packed up and ready in no time, efficiently and expertly.