Vacation Packing Checklists

What to pack for vacation.

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Vacation Packing Checklists for her, him and the family. For beach trips, road trips, camping excursions, sailing charters, cruises... If you travel this is the check list for you.

Here you'll find pretty much anything you could need on vacation. I'm sure I don't have to tell you this... but I'll just mention it anyway.

Don't pack everything from our list! It's a guideline list to get you started.

Vacation Packing Lists for personal gear, documents, electronics, and essential extras.

The Lists below, include items that apply to all travelers. Choose his and/or hers lists as needed.

Printable versions can be accessed by clicking on the "print me" links.

Your packing list should be composed of the items that you decide are worthy of the space they'll take in your luggage. Here's some super savvy travel packing advice for making decisions about what goes... and what stays.

The Mother of All Vacation Packing Checklists

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Vacation Packing Checklists ~ Electronics

  • Cellphone or Smart phone/charger
  • Kindle Reader
  • Camera, manual, charger, extra chip/film
  • Lap Top/ iPad/ and charger
  • iPod/Discman/MP3/ CD player charger
  • Foreign-language dictionary/ Phrase book or App
  • Compact DVD player and DVD's

Vacation Packing Checklists ~ Medical

  • Polysporin
  • Immodium
  • Laxative
  • Antacid
  • Band-Aids/ Moleskin
  • Liquid bandage
  • Benadryl/ Antihistamine
  • Contraception/ Protection
  • Insect repellent
  • Contact lens solution/case
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Foot powder
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Gravol or motion sickness remedy
  • Lubricant
  • Analgesic - Ibuprofen, Tylenol etc.
  • ASA
  • Wide spectrum antibiotic (some trips)
  • Prescription medications
  • Vitamins/ Herbal remedies
  • Sunscreen

Vacation Packing Checklists ~ Documents

  • Flight tickets or Confirmation #
  • Passport/ Visa/ Birth certificate
  • Snail mail and e-mail addresses
  • Phone and Skype numbers

  • Travel insurance documents
  • Business cards
  • Cash/ Credit cards/ Bank card/ Traveller's cheques
  • Copy of Vacation Packing List
  • Driver's license/ International driver's license
  • Emergency numbers/ Embassy address
  • Pre-paid phone card
  • Medical information/ Vaccination documents and copies of prescriptions
  • Vouchers/ Coupons/ Tickets
  • Itinerary
  • Travel Guide(s)/ Maps and directions
  • Pocket Journal/ Notebook and pen

Vacation Packing Checklists ~ Miscellaneous

  • Sunglasses
  • Anti-bacterial wipes or gel
  • Small sewing kit/safety pins
  • First Aid kit
  • Crazy Glue
  • Mini duct tape
  • Keys
  • Luggage locks
  • Massage oil
  • Plastic Zip-Loc bags
  • Garbage bags
  • Playing cards/ Crib board/ Dice
  • Q-Tips
  • Scented candle
  • Ear plugs
  • Sports gear
  • Umbrella
  • Reading material
  • Tweezers/ Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Small flashlight
  • Eyeglass repair kit / Lens cloth
  • Speedsew (or some fabric glue)
  • Toothpicks
  • Stain remover pen or wipes
  • Swiss army knife
  • Leatherman all purpose tool

Packing Tip

For each person, include an out-of-season outfit.

If your destination is hot, pack 1 cool weather outfit and if you're heading to a cool climate, pack a hot weather outfit.

His Vacation Packing Checklists

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  • Belts/ Suspenders/ Ties/ Tie pins
  • Underwear/ Socks
  • Casual shirts/ T-shirts/ Dress shirts
  • Dress shoes/ Sandals/ Athletic shoes
  • Hat/ Cap/ Wide brim
  • Pants/ Shorts
  • Pajamas/ Robe/ Slippers
  • Sports jacket
  • Suit
  • Swim suit
  • Workout clothes
  • Comb/ Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Shaving kit/ Shaving Cream
  • Shampoo/ Conditioner/ Styling Products
  • Toothbrush/ Oral hygiene products

Her Vacation Packing Checklists

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  • Bathing suit and coverup
  • Bras/panties/girdle/slip/bodysuit/socks
  • Lingerie/ Sleep shirt/ Robe/ Slippers
  • Jewelry/ Accessories
  • Skirt/ Blouse/ Dress/ Jacket
  • Sarong/ Pareo
  • Sandals/ Flip-flops/ Dress shoes
  • Shorts/ Capris/ Pants
  • Sweater or warm shirt
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Tank/ Halter/ Sleeveless tops
  • Workout clothes/ Tennis shoes
  • Comb/ Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Tampons/ Pads/ Pantyliners
  • Razor or other
  • Makeup/ Makeup remover
  • Moisturizer/ SPF/ Skin care products
  • Toothbrush/ Other oral hygiene
  • Shampoo/ Conditioner/ Styling products
  • Hair styling tools and accessories.

Personalize Your List

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Add your own items that are specific to this trip eg. wedding dress, lucky golf club, etc. and ta da you have a personalized vacation packing list.

Packing light is an art - and one well worth learning if you'd rather enjoy the journey than babysit piles of luggage. Every seasoned traveler will give you this valuable piece of travel packing advice.

~ Travel Light ~

OK, Got Everything? Here's how to get it all into a bag you can carry.

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