Packing Checklists

Some of my friends take several days to pack for travel. Not me — I can pack for any length trip, any type of trip, inside of an hour. Do you know why? It’s not because I have super-powers (I save my those for other things.) It’s because I have fantastic packing lists!

Adult Packing List

Checkmark-Iconaddress book

Xmark-Iconbooks and magazines

Checkmark-Iconcamera, film, batteries, video camera, tapes

Xmark-Iconclothes (shirts, pants, skirts, etc.)

Checkmark-Iconcosmetics (makeup, remover, cotton balls, q-tips, etc.)

Xmark-Icondental care (toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, etc.)

Checkmark-Iconhair care (hair dryer, curling iron, brush, etc.)

Xmark-Iconhygiene (deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.)

Checkmark-Iconitinerary, passport, tickets, reservation confirmations, directions

Xmark-Iconjewelry and watch

Checkmark-Iconmoney, credit cards, travelers checks

Xmark-Iconouterwear (jacket, hat, scarf, gloves, etc.)

Checkmark-Iconpajamas or nightgown

Xmark-Iconplastic bags for wet clothes, etc.

Checkmark-Iconsocks and shoes

Xmark-Icontravel alarm, travel iron, AC/DC adaptor (when traveling overseas)

Checkmark-Iconundergarments (underwear, bras, slips, etc.)

Child-Sized Packing List

Xmark-Iconbaby food, formula, bottles, spoons, etc.

Checkmark-Iconbathing suit and sunscreen


Checkmark-Iconblankets and sheets

Xmark-Iconcarrier, play pen

Checkmark-Iconclothing (pants, shirts, dresses, jumpers, etc.)

Xmark-Icondiapers, wipes, ointment

Checkmark-Iconfavorite toy, books, crayons, travel games, etc.

Xmark-Iconouterwear (jacket, hat, scarf, gloves, etc.)

Checkmark-Iconpajamas or nightgown

Xmark-Iconplastic bags for wet clothes, etc.

Checkmark-Iconshoes and socks

Xmark-Icontowels and washcloths


For Business Travel

Xmark-Iconaddress book or contact manager

Checkmark-Iconclear guidelines for when you are (and aren’t) to be disturbed

Xmark-Iconenvelope for collecting travel expense receipts

Checkmark-Iconinformation about recreational activities for any breaks

Xmark-Iconinstructions for contacting you and itinerary (left at office)

Checkmark-Iconlaptop computer with charged battery and travel cords

Xmark-Iconnames of networking contacts in the area

Checkmark-Iconpaperwork or materials for any meetings or projects

Xmark-Icontravel pouch of office supplies (paper, pens, calculator, etc.)

Going Camping


Xmark-Iconcompass, whistle, knife, camp tool, etc.

Checkmark-Icondried foods, trail mix, snacks, etc.

Xmark-Iconflashlight, citronella candles, batteries, etc.

Checkmark-Iconkitchenware (pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, etc.)

Xmark-Iconmatches, fire starter, flint and tinder, camp stove, etc.

Checkmark-Iconplastic bags for wet clothes, trash, etc.

Xmark-Iconponchos or rain suit

Checkmark-Iconsleeping bag, mats, pillows, etc.

Xmark-Iconsunscreen and bug repellant

Checkmark-Icontent, tarp, poles, rain fly

Xmark-Iconwalking sticks

Checkmark-Iconwater bottles or hydration system

Heading To The Beach

Xmark-Iconbeach bag

Checkmark-Iconbeach chairs and mats

Xmark-Iconcoolers and ice chests

Checkmark-Icondive mask, fins, snorkel, etc.

Xmark-Iconfishing equipment (poles, lures, line, etc.)

Checkmark-Iconplastic bags for wet clothes, etc.

Xmark-Iconpool toys (beach ball, noodles, rafts, etc.)

Checkmark-Iconsun umbrella

Xmark-Iconsunscreen, aloe vera, lotion, bug repellant, etc.

Checkmark-Iconswimwear (swimsuit, flip flops, etc.)


Checkmark-Iconwater wings, and flotation devices

Overseas Travel

Xmark-IconAC/DC adapter for electrical items

Checkmark-Iconimmunization and vaccination records

Xmark-Iconinternational driver’s license

Checkmark-Iconlanguage dictionary

Xmark-Iconlocation and phone number for US embassy in city you are visiting

Checkmark-Iconpassport, visa, and photo identification

Xmark-Iconprepaid calling card and international dialing instructions

Checkmark-Icontraveler’s checks, credit cards, and foreign currency

Taking A Winter Trip

Xmark-Icongloves, hat, scarf, etc.

Checkmark-Iconheavy coats, sweaters, snowsuit, etc.

Xmark-Iconlong underwear

Checkmark-Iconskis, poles, boots, snowboard, etc.

Xmark-Iconthermal or wool socks

Ways To Save Space In Your Suitcase

Checkmark-Iconchoose mix-and-match outfits

Xmark-Iconplan to wear items multiple times or do laundry

Checkmark-Iconroll items to avoid wrinkles and conserve space

Xmark-Iconstore socks and underwear inside of shoes

Checkmark-Icontake one multi-use pair of shoes

Xmark-Iconuse vacuum storage bags to flatten bulky items

Your Carry-On

Checkmark-Iconbottled water and snacks

Xmark-Iconcredit cards, traveler’s checks, and money

Checkmark-Iconcrossword puzzles, Gameboy, book, or other diversions

Xmark-Iconpassport, visa, and photo identification

Checkmark-Iconprescriptions and toiletry items you can’t go without

Xmark-Icontravel itinerary, confirmations, directions, tickets, etc.

Checkmark-Iconvaluables that are expensive or hard to replace

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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and

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