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Checklist For Traveling – The Ultimate Guide

This is what you freak out over just before you leave on the big holiday. Did you bring enough stuff? What happens if there is an emergency? The best thing to do is write your self a travel checklist a month or two in advance and keep it on hand all the time. Ask people who have been where you are going what you might need. If you are traveling with others, split the shareable items to lighten the load. Here is a travel checklist that you might find handy.

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If you want to build your own, try using the following categories. My own list is farther down.

  • Before You Leave
    Make sure everything is going to be okay at home while you are gone. Will Fido be taken care of?
  • Documentation Essentials
    These can take the longest to be ready, so start early. You cannot even get on a plane nowadays if you do not have your passport on you.
  • Clothing and Shoes
    You will not enjoy your trip if you don’t have the proper outfit. Remember, some places you can buy what you need for less money than at home, if you have the time to do so.
  • Toiletries
    Another biggie. If you need anything special and you are going somewhere it cannot be purchased, it can really ruin a trip.
  • Medical Supplies
    Some people would lump this in with toiletries, but I like it in its own section. Typically things that would go in a red emergency kit.
  • Essentials
    These are must haves that don’t really fit into the other categories. I always take flat duct tape for fixing stuff. Sunglasses fit in here as well.
  • Extras
    Same as Essentials except not as big a priority. Throw things in here that would be nice to pick up for the right price or a friend will let you borrow.
  • Food
    That is right. It is good to take along some snacks, vitamins, and protein bars to help you through some days where you do not have the time to eat or what there is to eat is not very appealing.
  • Photography Equipment
    This will appeal more to the photography crowd, but everyone will still take a camera. Make sure you do not have any down time with your camera because pictures is the biggest “souvenir” from your trip.

Keep in mind that this is never complete. If you have any suggestions, email them post a comment on this article. If I like them, I will add your suggestion and your url to the article. My checklist is for a lot of situations and you can scratch off anything you know you don’t need.

Travel Checklist

Before You Go

Cancel subscriptions
Redirect mail or arrange for someone to get it
Leave copies of documents and itinerary with someone
Arrangements for house/yard care
Thermostat settings
Lock windows, doors, garage
Turn off water to toilet tanks and washer/dryers

Documentation Essentials

travel visa’s for destination countries
copy of passport
drivers license
copy of drivers license
health card
copy of tickets

insurance phone numbers
emergency phone numbers
money belt
American cash
Mastercard, Visa, American Express
copy of cards and phone numbers
bank card
copy of bank card
small purse
diving certification
diving log book
travel rewards cards (Aeroplan, Airmiles, etc)


Pants, zip-off
Sleeping pants/shorts
long sleeve sweat shirt
long sleeve t-shirt
short sleeve t-shirts
tank tops
black socks
tall socks
rain/windbreaker jacket, rollup/stuffable
bathing suit
knitted hat/tuque
hair bandana
brimmed hat
fake wedding rigs (if theft is a concern)

Women Specific
skirt thin material
bras (1 sports, 1 regular)


sandals, sport sandals/birkenstock style)
flip-flops, thin


toothbrush, travel size/childrens
toothpaste, travel size
brush ups (optional)
brush/comb combination
mini deodorant/anti-perspirant (1)
birth control/condoms
cream (face/body)
nail clippers
malaria pills
dental floss, travel size
shampoo-conditioner, travel size
bath gel/soap, travel size
cloth detergent/dry soap packets
plastic grocery bags
contact lenses
contact lens solution, travel size
visine/eye drops
mini mirror
hand sanitizer
sani wipes

Women Specific
tampons (?)
feminine cleaning wipes
panty liners (?)
hair elastics ( )
bobby pins
nail file


sleeping bag, appropriate rating
pillow, mini/stuffable


band aids
butterfly strips
polysporin or equivalent
Tylenol 3
diarrhea pills
pepto bismol
Gravol or equivalent
Throat lozenges
Dimetapp or equivalent
motion sickness wrist bands


flat duck tape
alarm clock/watch
ear plugs
safety pins
lip balm (with spf)
sun glasses
flashlight/LED headlamp
extra batteries
bug spray (deep wood brand?)
power plug adapters
power converter (if 110V and 220V discrepancies)
toilet paper in a ziplock bag
microfiber towel (pack towel)
cinch cords
elastic clothes line
sink plug
mesh travel bag or just big ziplock bag for all clothing
blue and red pens, mechanical pencil


mini photo album (10 pictures)
clothes pegs
deck of cards
tea light candle
lice comb
reading matierials
handheld electronics and chargers (iPod, video games, etc)

Photo Equipment

backup camera (an old film canon elph works great)
memory cards/film
spare batteries
battery charger
USB or connection cords
film bag (for airport x-ray machines)
digital backup device


vitamins, daily packs
granola bars
fruit bars
protein bars/Vector bars (don’t have to be the expensive ones)
sesame seed bars
fruit snacks
tea bags
juice crystals (individual size for bottled water)
nescafe (individual size)

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