Documents, Papers

  • Airline tickets, confirmations
  • Hotel confirmations
  • Rental car confirmations
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Driver's License or photo ID
  • Student ID
  • Itinerary
  • Vouchers
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Cash
  • Small currency for tips
  • Foreign currency
  • Credit card
  • ATM debit card
  • Phone calling card
  • Business cards
  • Frequent flyer cards
  • Eyeglasses and contacts prescription
  • Extra passport photos
  • Prescriptions for medications
  • Extra photocopy of documents (front and back sides)
    • Passport
    • Credit cards
    • Debit cards
    • Driver's license
    • Eyeglasses prescription
    • Contacts prescription
  • Address list for postcards
  • Emergency phone numbers, addresses, emails
  • Luggage ID tags
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Pack In Carry-On Bag

  • Medicines
  • Passport, visa
  • Itinerary
  • Airline tickets
  • Ziplock bag, quart size
  • One change of clothes
  • Jewelry
  • Expensive electronics
  • Cell phone charger
  • Pen
  • Book, magazine
  • Ear plugs
  • Snacks
  • Inflatable neck pillow
  • Travel blanket 
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Electronics

  • Cell phone
    • charging cord
  • Camera
    • camera charger
    • USB cord
    • spare memory cards, high capacity
    • spare batteries
    • small storage case
    • tripod
  • MP3 player
    • headphones
    • charger
    • USB cable
  • Video camera
    • charger
    • extra batteries
    • extra tapes
  • Notebook computer
    • computer charger cord
    • USB drive/memory stick
  • Tablet (iPad, Kindle, etc)
    • Charging cord
  • GPS navigation system
  • Airplane headphones; plug adapter
  • Electricity converter, adapters
  • Spare alkaline batteries
  • Travel clock
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Clothing, Men

  • Underpants
  • Undershirts
  • Socks
  • Slacks
  • Jeans
  • Dress shirts
  • Casual shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Belts
  • Shoes
    • dress shoes
    • casual shoes
    • comfortable walking shoes
    • athletic shoes
    • boots
    • sandals, flip flops
  • Sports coat/suit jacket
  • Necktie
  • Shorts
  • Swimsuit
  • Exercise clothing
  • Pajamas
  • Coat, jacket
  • Windbreaker with hood
  • Gloves
  • Hat, cap
  • Sun hat
  • Bandana
  • Handkerchief
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Clothing, Women

  • Underpants
  • Bras
  • Socks
  • Panty hose
  • Slacks
  • Jeans
  • Blouses
  • Tank tops
  • T-shirts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sweaters
  • Belts
  • Shoes
    • dress shoes
    • casual shoes
    • comfortable walking shoes
    • athletic shoes
    • boots
    • sandals, flip flop
  • Scarf
  • Shorts
  • Swimsuit
  • Robe, sarong or cover-up
  • Exercise clothing
  • Pajamas, nightgown
  • Coat, jacket
  • Windbreaker with hood
  • Travel purse
  • Dress handbag
  • Gloves
  • Hat, cap
  • Sun hat
  • Bandana
  • Jewelry
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Toiletries

  • Medications, in original container, with enough for entire trip
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothbrush case
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Dental retainers, nightguards, splints
  • Hairbrush
  • Comb
  • Hair mousse
  • Hair spray
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair dryer, dual voltage
  • Curling iron, dual voltage
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Barrettes/bobby pins
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Cotton swabs
  • Razor
  • Shave cream
  • Aftershave
  • Cosmetics, Make-up
  • Sunscreen
  • Talcum powder
  • Tampons, pads
  • Condoms
  • Contraceptive pills
  • Mirror
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Hand sanitizer, liquid or individual wipes
  • Contact lenses
  • Contact cleaning solutions
  • Shower cap
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Medicine and First Aid Items

  • Prescription medications
  • Pain pills (Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve)
  • Diarrhea medicine (Imodium)
  • Decongestant (Sudafed)
  • Antihistamine (Claritin)
  • Sleep aid
  • Motion sickness pills (Dramamine, Bonine, Meclizine)
  • Antibiotics
  • Triple antibiotic ointment (Neosporin)
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Benadryl/Claritin
  • Malaria medication
  • Vitamins
  • Antacid (Pepto Bismol; Tums)
  • Band-Aids
  • Insect repellant
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Sunscreen
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Miscellaneous Items

  • Travel alarm clock
  • Watch
  • Suitcase keys
  • Luggage locks, TSA-approved
  • Small locks, combination or keyed
  • Electrical ties
  • Daypack
    • backpack
    • shoulder bag
    • fanny pack
  • Extra duffel bag for day trips or souvenirs
  • Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
  • Binoculars
  • Collapsible umbrella
  • Rain poncho
  • Eyewear
    • Sunglasses
    • Reading glasses
    • Spare pair of prescription glasses
    • Hard glasses storage case
  • Money belt
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Night light
  • Bedroom pillow
  • Eye mask
  • Fabric softener sheet
  • Lint roller, small
  • Suction cups with hooks
  • Portable fan
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Miscellaneous Items

  • Entertainment
    • books
    • magazines
    • playing cards
    • electronic games
    • travel games
    • toys
  • Snacks
    • bottled water
    • energy bars
    • crackers
    • candy
    • gum
  • Pen
  • Notebook
  • Journal
  • Postage stamps
  • Guidebooks
  • Maps, Gazetteer, atlas
  • Phrase book
  • Translation dictionary
  • Gifts for locals or staff
  • Laundry supplies
    • Liquid detergent
    • Travel clothes line
    • Clothes pins
    • Sink stopper
    • Thin wash cloth
  • Extra ziplock bags of various sizes
  • Garbage bags, for wet items
  • Toilet paper
  • Kleenex
  • Sewing kit
  • Travel iron
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Things To Do Before Leaving

  • Make sure passport is valid for travel dates plus 6 additional months
  • Check visa requirements of countries on your itinerary
  • Check Department of State for travel warnings, alerts, and visa entry/exit requirements
  • Get any recommended vaccinations, malaria medication; check CDC website
  • Get refills on prescription medications
  • Get cash or foreign currency
  • Leave copy of itinerary, passports with relatives
  • Arrange mail collection, forwarding, or mail hold
  • Arrange newspaper collection or hold
  • Arrange neighbor to watch front door for flyers, packages
  • Confirm reservations
  • Arrange care for pets
    • wet and dry food out
    • fresh litter in litter box
  • Arrange yard and lawn care
  • Program automatic sprinkler system settings
  • Arrange for trash cans on garbage day
  • Prepay bills that will be due while gone
  • Call credit card company; inform them of travel dates and places
  • Check credit card expiration dates
  • Register with airline, to receive email or text message about flight delays
  • House key, instructions, itinerary, emergency contact info to caretaker
  • Put lamps, radio on timers
  • Water houseplants
  • Adjust pool and hot tub chemicals
  • Charge batteries in cell phone, cameras, computer
  • Set camera clocks to destination time zone
  • Airport parking discount coupons
  • Put rings, jewelry, computer back-up drives in safe; lock safe
  • Program DVR to record favorite TV programs
  • Weigh packed luggage
  • Unplug appliances
  • Empty ice cubes out of freezer
  • Turn off automatic ice maker
  • Empty garbage
  • Run dishwasher
  • Adjust furnace/cooling thermostat
  • Adjust water heater thermostat
  • Turn off water main; or at least washing machine, toilets, sinks, ice maker
  • Shut down computers
  • Set alarm clock
  • Set back-up alarm clock
  • Lock windows
  • Set garage door opener to vacation setting
  • Lock doors
  • Arm security system
  • Take luggage, passport/license, and go!
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Scuba Diving Vacations

  • Certification card
  • Wetsuit
  • BCD
  • Fins
  • Mask
  • Mask defog
  • Regulator
  • Dive Computer
    • Extra batteries
  • Wetsuit
  • Booties
  • Snorkel
  • Hood
  • Gloves
  • Mask anti-fog
  • Dive log book
  • Cyalume sticks
  • Underwater flashlight
  • Dive Alert or whistle
  • Safety sausage
  • Reef hook
  • Mesh gear bag
  • Underwater camera
    • Camera housing
    • Silicone lubricant
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Ski Vacations

  • Skis
  • Snowboard
  • Boots
  • Poles
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Earmuffs
  • Headband
  • Goggles
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermal underwear
  • Ski jacket
  • Ski pants
  • Turtlenecks
  • Winter boots
  • Ski lock
  • Ski tote
  • Ski ties
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Camping Vacations

  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Stuff bag
  • Tent
  • Tent stakes
  • Tarps
  • Rope
  • String or twine
  • Flashlights
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Spoon, fork, knife
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Cooking pots and pans
  • Utensils
  • Can opener
  • Dish soap
  • Paper towels
  • Citronella candles
  • Camp stove
  • Lantern
  • Fuel
  • Matches
  • Ice chest
  • Water jug
  • Hatchet
  • Small shovel
  • Camp chairs
  • Portable table
  • Garbage bags
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Babies or Toddlers

  • Baby food jars
  • Baby formula
  • Baby bottles
  • Dish soap
  • Diaper bag
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Pacifiers
  • Blanket
  • Collapsible stroller
  • Car seat
  • Toys
  • Clothes
    • tops
    • pants
    • socks
    • booties or shoes
    • hat
  • Washable bib
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What NOT to bring

  • Valuable or expensive-looking jewelry
  • Expensive watch
  • Unnecessary credit cards
  • Personally-identifiable items you will not need on vacation
    • social security card
    • library card
    • membership cards
  • Irreplaceable objects
  • Too many guide books
  • Unnecessary gadgets
  • Anything flammable
  • Anything corrosive
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