Vacation Packing Checklist

I always thought when I first started traveling how nice it would be to have some sort of universal packing checklist to avoid forgetting anything important.  So, I decided to devote a post to just that.  See below my vacation packing checklist!  Additionally, I have attached a PDF file (Vacation Packing Checklist), so that you can print for your own personal use.  Of note, I did not include clothing items on the list as what you pack in that respect will inevitably depend on your destination and its climate.  Happy travels!

  • Passport (International Travel) & Vaccination Record (if required, depending on place of travel)
  • Copies of Passport to carry with you during the day
  • Driver’s License and/or International Driver’s License (if renting a car and this is required)
  • House keys
  • Flight Confirmation Numbers, Flight Itinerary, and Boarding Passes
  • Confirmations for Hotel(s), Rental Car(s), Tours & Activities booked in advance, Dinners booked in advance
  • International Currency and/or Cash
  • Credit Cards
  • Travel book(s) and maps
  • Any medications such as Advil, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Antacids, etc. and any necessary prescriptions
  • Cell phone & Charger
  • Travel Adapter (International Travel)
  • Camera & Camera Battery Charger
  • Laptop & Charger, if applicable
  • Headphones
  • Eye glasses, reading glasses, and/or contacts (and solution)
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Ear plugs (just in case, think: plane ride)
  • Eye mask (also to help you sleep on the plane)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Bug spray (if applicable)
  • Comb/brush
  • Any hairstyling tools
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Makeup and makeup remover
  • Sunglasses
  • Baseball cap
  • Card games
  • Magazines (for plane ride, if applicable)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Nail file (this one may seem weird, but I can’t tell you how many nails I’ve broken while traveling and have needed this)
  • Snacks
  • Rain Jacket/Poncho/Umbrella

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