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Travel Packing List

packingYou must have found cheap flights to Europe or within the US, booked a wonderful hotel room, rented a car. Now you need to think about what to bring with you. Whether you are headed just for a short trip by car, flying to a different state, or traveling oversees, this packing list will help pack all the essentials you might need and not to forget things.

Here is your travel check list.

Print it out, Pack it in, and Check it off the list!



  • Book a hotel room
  • Reserve a crib or extra bed if traveling with children (usually at no extra cost)
  • Reserve flight and purchase airline tickets; make sure to have seat numbers in advance
  • Make a train or bus reservation
  • Arrange transportation from the airport to the hotel if flying (rent a car or book a transfer)
  • Rent a car or prepare own vehicle for traveling
  • Check for visa and passport requirement if traveling outside the US
  • Research activities, tours, and events; depending on destination, it can cheaper to buy tickets before you go or at your destination
  • Check on electricity, voltage, and outlet/plug types, if traveling outside the US. Pack adapters if needed Find out telephone service and dialing codes to your country
  • Research vaccination requirements, if traveling abroad


  • Pay all the bills that might be due while you are gone
  • DO NOT stop mail or newspaper delivery, but rather ask a trusted person to pick it up every couple days. Intruders are more attracted by vacant houses.
  • Inform family members or friends that you trust about your trip
  • Leave and hide a key outside the house


If you plan to rent a car, do that in advance, not at your destination, you will save lots of money.


  • Reconfirm flights with the airline 24-48 hours before you leave
  • Reconfirm hotel reservation
  • Print out and take with you all reservations you made and have confirmation numbers
  • Exchange currency before you leave or at the airport (the rates are usually better at the local banks, not airport)


  • If you have pets, arrange for a pet sitter or book a pet hotel
  • Secure the home: close and lock windows & doors
  • Shut off water (if not freezing)
  • Adjust the temperature inside the home (turn down or turn off thermostat)
  • Turn off the lights
  • Remove valuables from the yard
  • Take out trash
  • Unplug small kitchen and other appliances
  • Water plants
  • Empty refrigerator



  • Check with airlines on luggage weight limit and measurements for carry on and checked luggage
  • Pack luggage so you can carry it


  • Airline tickets (if paper tickets) & itineraries
  • Hotel reservation confirmation
  • Car rental confirmation
  • Bus or train tickets
  • Tour, entertainment, or other events confirmation or tickets
  • Passport, green card, personal ID (driver’s license)
  • Birth certificate, if necessary
  • Marriage certificate, if necessary
  • Visa
  • Copies of passports and other documents
  • Road map/ directions
  • Destination guide book
  • Travel insurance/ Medical insurance
  • Credit/ check cards
  • Wallet
  • Cash/ travelers checks
  • Student ID


  • Pleasure reading
  • Food/ snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Travel pillow
  • Sleeping mask
  • Ear plugs
  • Chewing gum
  • Plastic bags
  • Safety pins
  • Appropriate luggage
  • Luggage locks / keys
  • Headphones
  • Address book / important contacts
  • Calling card
  • Business cards
  • Journal
  • Day planner
  • Phrasebook / dictionary
  • Playing cards/ games
  • Sewing kit



  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste (3 oz if carry on)
  • Dental floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant (3 oz if carry on)
  • Shampoo (3 oz if carry on)
  • Conditioner (3 oz if carry on)
  • Shower gel (3 oz if carry on)
  • Hair brush or comb
  • Hair gel/mousse (3 oz if carry on)
  • Hair spray (3 oz if carry on)
  • Soap Sunscreen (3 oz if carry on)
  • Body cream/ lotion (3 oz if carry on)
  • Lip balm
  • Shaver/ razor
  • Shaving cream (3 oz if carry on)
  • Aftershave (3 oz if carry on)
  • Washcloth
  • Perfume/ cologne
  • Make up / make up remover (3 oz if carry on)
  • Mirror
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clipper


  • Prescription medication
  • First aid kit
  • Aspirin, Tylenol / pain reliever
  • Cold/ sinus medication
  • Laxative
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Insect repellent
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hand wipes/ tissues
  • Band aids
  • Sleeping aid
  • Vitamins
  • Contact lenses / cleaners
  • Eye care
  • Thermometer
  • Cotton Balls/ swabs
  • Feminine hygiene
  • Birth control


  • Sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Socks/ hosiery
  • Bras
  • Undershirt
  • Robe


  • Pants/ jeans
  • Skirts
  • Shirts
  • Sweaters
  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sportswear
  • Shorts
  • Swimsuits
  • Jackets
  • Coat
  • Raincoat
  • Dress clothes (dresses, suits, slacks, shirts)
  • Tie/ scarf
  • Hat
  • Gloves


  • Sandals
  • Dress shoes
  • Leisure shoes/ flip flops
  • Athletic shoes
  • Slippers


  • Belt
  • Wrist watch
  • Jewelry
  • Hair accessories
  • Glasses (reading, sunglasses)
  • Glass case
  • Umbrella


  • Voltage adapter / converter
  • Hair accessories (dryer, iron, rollers)
  • Laptop computer / charger/ cords
  • Cell phone/ charger
  • Music player/ iPod
  • DVD player / DVDs
  • Camera / batteries / memory card Video recorder / batteries / memory card
  • PDA / charger
  • Alarm clock
  • Batteries
  • Small flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Calculator


  • Office supplies
  • Work documents / reading
  • Work contacts
  • Notepad


  • Check tire pressure (including spare tire)
  • Check oil
  • Check windshield fuel
  • Check fuel
  • Check battery
  • Clean & wash
  • Emergency road kit
  • Extra set of keys



Ensuring Your Safety While Traveling

Traveling to new regions is a good experience and exiting too. Every visitor hopes to have a smooth journey accompanied by a life time adventure. Sometimes, you get unlucky and you become a victim of crime such as robbery, murder or even rape. Personal safety should be your chief priority and you should also take responsibility of your luggage and ensure that it is safe at all times. There are various things a traveler can do to avoid bad incidents. Always dress simply since wearing expensive jewelry can sometimes draw attention to you and make you a target to criminals. If possible, leave all your expensive jewelry at home and only carry your simple pieces during your travels. Pack light things which are easy to carry everywhere you go.

Your valuables such as credit cards, passport and money should be left in a safe in the hotel. If it is not possible to use the hotel safe or if you need to use them then make sure you carry them on a money belt which must worn under your clothes. It is advisable to carry traveler’s checks, one or two credit cards instead of cash. Photocopy your passport photos, passport information page, driving license and credit cards so that you can easily replace them in case of theft. It is important to lock up or cover up your luggage tags to avoid observation of your nationality and identity. Women travelers should avoid drinking with strangers and always keep an eye their drink failure to avoid getting drugged and raped or even robbed.

Carry a small flashlight with you especially on dark streets even if you are accompanied by your tour guide. This will minimize the chances of being attacked or robbed. Avoid walking in crowded places for example bus stations and during street celebrations because thieves and pick-picketers have a tendency of hiding in such places and after all you can hardly recognize them. Avoid changing money while at the airport and keep a good watch on your luggage since thieves could be on the look out for luggage that is left unattended. Avoid sharing taxis with strangers and while driving in the city, always keep the boot, doors and windows of your car locked to reduce your chances of being car jacked.

Avoid staying in a hotel where the rooms are open to the streets since there will be no privacy at all. It is your responsibility to know the hotel security telephone number and make sure the security officers operate throughout the day and night. In case you want to drive at night, make sure you are escorted by the security guard. Avoid bringing strangers into your room and request the room service to always call first before they deliver meals and drinks to you.



The Fashionable Traveler

Passports, documents, laptop computer, cell phone- these are some of the easier things to pack when you travel. Packing suits, shirts and other articles of clothing, and keeping them wrinkle-free, is the hard part. Many a male traveler has faced the quandary of keeping his clothes wrinkle-free while still fitting all of them into a convenient carry-on bag. Here are a few tips to get you started on clothes-friendly flying.

Pack Just What You Need
Most travelers want to bring everything with them on their trip. This is one of the biggest mistakes you could make if you want your suits to survive that red-eye. Nobody cares if that huge floral-print shirt is custom made for you; if you are getting all boardroom and no beach, it’s not worth packing.

A crowded carry-on bag is the worst place to keep your suits. Stuffing your suitcase places constant pressure on all your clothes for the whole duration of the flight. Conditions like those are almost certain to result in creased shirts and wrinkled suits.

Right Clothes in the Right Containers
One of the best ways to get your workwear wardrobe through that flight is to pack it in the right bags. For example, don’t just pile your shirts and trousers into any old duffel. Instead, pack them into garment bags before placing them into your main bag. Garment bags are also a necessity when you’re bringing more delicate items like suits and coats.

Ask around for the right supplies to contain your clothing. Ties, for example, are best kept when they are rolled up into rigid cylinders. Some bags even have special compartments for storing dress shoes. If you are planning on buying a new carry-on bag, look for such features. Storing your dress shoes separately from your clothing will help prevent stains and wrinkles.

Packing – And Unpacking – Wisely
To offer maximum protection to your delicate items, pack them into the topmost layer of your bag. It’s this area that receives the least shock and pressure and its also the first section that gets unpacked. This area of your luggage should contain items such as dress shirts, folded up suits and ties. Fill up the rest of the space with socks and undershirts, which aren’t as finicky.

When packing, don’t bother to have items like shirts and pants dry cleaned just yet, especially if you’re not going to use them immediately upon arrival. If your hotel offers laundry and dry cleaning services, have the not-so-urgent items taken care of there instead.

Once you get to your hotel, start unpacking your stuff as soon as you reach your room; the less time your clothes spend in a bag, the better. Hang up shirts, trousers and suits to minimize wrinkles immediately. Do you want to wear that shirt to your next business meeting? Hang it in the bathroom and then take a hot shower; this has the same effect as steaming the item.

Traveling with clothes is like traveling with children. You have to make lots of preparations beforehand if you don’t want to end up with a migraine upon arrival. It’s the preparations that matter the most when you’re bringing your wardrobe along for the trip. And remember, there’s no better style statement than coming in looking clean, pristine and put together.

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Planning Is the Key to Happy Traveling

Like all other things, planning plays a key role for a successful and happy traveling experience. Here are some important travel tips that could help you plan and enjoy your holidays. Travel tips such as Air travel tips, cheap airfare tips, travel insurance tips, and travel packing tips would save you from hassles of being caught off guard during travel.

The following paragraphs outline various travel planning tips, travel-packing tips, safety travel tips and other useful tips that could help you in planning a memorable holiday and travel plan.

Travel Tips for Planning Destination

Various travel guides list many destinations depending on your taste and purpose. While adventurous people would like to go for hiking, jungle trips or river rafting, couples would like to select romantic destinations. Also, confirm the climatic and weather conditions so that you can have proper clothing to enjoy the holiday. Having right international travel tips and outline of the possible expenses in the destination would help you in managing travel within your budget.

Free Travel Tips

Free travel tips, yeah it is true. Search local magazines or websites to find various free travel tips and free holiday travel offers. You can find many travel offers packaged with the purchase of some consumer electronic items or other household goods. Some good but not-so-popular destinations also offer down to earth packages for a fun filled vacation.

Free Airfare Tips

Some hotels and resorts provide free airfare if you book rooms in their hotels. Budget plays a vital role in your travel. Since traveling expenses usually exceed the budget, so keep some space in your budget for exigencies. In foreign trips, always carry more than enough cash because cash is the only means of survival. With no friends and relatives, cash will take care of all emergencies. There are certain situations wherein your credit card would be of no use and you will need cash to take care of certain expenses.

Travel Tips for Planning Your Baggage and Documents

Travel planning is not just about planning the destination, mode of travel and the best possible resorts. You have to take care of proper documents and packing to enjoy a fun filled holiday and hassle free traveling. Here are some important travel documents tips and packing tips to help you plan a fun filled and hassle free vacation.

Travel documents tips

The most important travel planning and travel documents tips is to keep ready all documents before going on a vacation outside the US or even within the country. For foreign trips, Passport, Visa, Driving License and Insurance coverage are the most important documents that you need to carry along with you. While you may have your passport ready in hand, you will have to apply for a Visa for the destination country. Apply for the visa well in time to avoid last minute jitters.

Travel packing tips

Travel Packing tips is necessary to keep you happy and hassle free during your travel. Keep your luggage handy and well organized according to the requirements. Pack your luggage according to weather conditions of the visiting destination. An extra luggage often becomes a liability. For certain items, it is cheaper to use and throw them in the destination itself rather than carrying an extra baggage for them.

Home safety travel tips

Do not forget to ensure the safety of your home, car, and other properties such as garden while you are traveling. You could seek help from some friend or security services to keep vigil on your home.