Travel Packing Tips

We travel several times a year and I still use a check list every time.  It makes packing so much simpler.  I have different lists for different trips. I always start with the basics and build from there. Using a list makes sure that even the little things you always have, do not get forgotten in the flurry of packing, good organization is key.

I love excel and use it for my packing lists. That way I can change the list as needed and then print them out. You can have them on your phone, but I still like a printed copy. Now to be honest, I don’t travel super light. So don’t look here for those type of tips. I like to be comfortable and lets face it , I am not backpacking around and suitcases wheel easily.

One of my favorite tips is to take an extension cord. The plugs in the hotels never seem to be where you want; plus you can plug in more than one thing at a time to charge on one converter.  I also like to take ziplock bags  If you think something you bring back might leak.

We mark our cords with decorative masking tape, so when we are traveling with others our cords stand out. If we are traveling by car to a stay with relatives, we might bring our own towels and sheets. That saves our hosts from extra laundry.

Here is a sample of a list if I am traveling out of the country.  Please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to share my list with you!


Notes suitcase Category Description
Carry on clothes one outfit, in case your checked bags are delayed
Carry on documents Flight and travel info/Hotel Confirmations
Carry on documents Important papers and travel documents
Carry on documents passport
Carry on documents photo copy of Passport and other doc
Carry on electronics Camera ( Charge it)
Carry on electronics Camera gear, extra memory cards, batteries
Carry on electronics ear phones for music
Carry on electronics I Pad
Carry on electronics I phones
Carry on electronics lap top, mouse and Charger
Carry on electronics phone chargers- one in checked
Carry on electronics video Camera/ go pro and cables
to buy Carry on food gum or mints
Carry on food snacks
Carry on glasses Eyeglasses, lens cleaners
Carry on glasses Sunglasses
Carry on medicine blood pressure
to buy Carry on medicine Enzymes
Carry on medicine eye drops
Carry on medicine Ibuprofen
Carry on medicine medicines, in their original, labeled containers
checked clothes 7 pants
checked clothes 7 shirts
checked clothes comfortable, casual clothing
checked clothes nightgown
checked clothes shoes, Comfortable walking shoes
to buy checked clothes shoes, Dressier
checked clothes socks
checked clothes undies
checked clothes, Weather gloves
checked clothes, Weather leggings
checked clothes, Weather Lightweight jacket/warm sweater/sweatshirt
checked clothes, Weather lightweight rain gear
checked clothes, Weather scarf
to buy checked clothes, Weather shoes, water-resistant
to buy checked clothes, Weather umbrella
checked clothes, Weather Winter hat
checked comfort bubble wrap- for souvenirs
opt checked comfort heating pad
checked comfort pillows- never leave home without my favorite pillow
checked comfort ziplock bags
checked doc Travel journal/notepad and/or reading material
checked electronics Electric converter/adapter for North American appliances (220V)
checked electronics extension cords
checked electronics Selfie stick
checked food instant coffee
checked medicine Alka Seltzer
checked medicine Allegra
checked medicine bandaids
to buy checked medicine imodium
checked medicine inhaler
checked medicine vitamins
opt checked misc day back pack
checked misc sun hat or visor
checked Toiletries Earplugs
checked Toiletries Gold Bond Powder
checked Toiletries laundry pen
checked Toiletries laundry soap
checked Toiletries nail clippers
checked Toiletries nail file
checked Toiletries Q tips
checked Toiletries scissors
checked Toiletries Small, basic sewing kit/extra buttons; pack scissors in checked bags
checked Toiletries sun screen
checked Toiletries hair curlers
checked Toiletries hair curling iron
opt checked Toiletries hair hair color crayon
checked Toiletries hair Hair dryer
checked Toiletries hair Hairbrush
checked Toiletries hair ponytail holders
checked Toiletries makeup make up
checked Toiletries shower body wash
checked Toiletries shower conditioner
checked Toiletries shower Deodorant
checked Toiletries shower Face soap
checked Toiletries shower razor
checked Toiletries shower shampoo
checked Toiletries teeth Toothbrush
checked Toiletries teeth Toothpaste

Author: Michele

Michele is a avid traveler and loves to share her experiences.

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