Travel Packing List

You must have found cheap flights to Europe or within the US, booked a wonderful hotel room, rented a car. Now you need to think about what to bring with you. Whether you are headed just for a short trip by car, flying to a different state, or traveling oversees, this packing list will help pack all the essentials you might need and not to forget things.

Here is your travel check list.

Print it out, Pack it in, and Check it off the list!



  • Book a hotel room
  • Reserve a crib or extra bed if traveling with children (usually at no extra cost)
  • Reserve flight and purchase airline tickets; make sure to have seat numbers in advance
  • Make a train or bus reservation
  • Arrange transportation from the airport to the hotel if flying (rent a car or book a transfer)
  • Rent a car or prepare own vehicle for traveling
  • Check for visa and passport requirement if traveling outside the US
  • Research activities, tours, and events; depending on destination, it can cheaper to buy tickets before you go or at your destination
  • Check on electricity, voltage, and outlet/plug types, if traveling outside the US. Pack adapters if needed Find out telephone service and dialing codes to your country
  • Research vaccination requirements, if traveling abroad


  • Pay all the bills that might be due while you are gone
  • DO NOT stop mail or newspaper delivery, but rather ask a trusted person to pick it up every couple days. Intruders are more attracted by vacant houses.
  • Inform family members or friends that you trust about your trip
  • Leave and hide a key outside the house


If you plan to rent a car, do that in advance, not at your destination, you will save lots of money.


  • Reconfirm flights with the airline 24-48 hours before you leave
  • Reconfirm hotel reservation
  • Print out and take with you all reservations you made and have confirmation numbers
  • Exchange currency before you leave or at the airport (the rates are usually better at the local banks, not airport)


  • If you have pets, arrange for a pet sitter or book a pet hotel
  • Secure the home: close and lock windows & doors
  • Shut off water (if not freezing)
  • Adjust the temperature inside the home (turn down or turn off thermostat)
  • Turn off the lights
  • Remove valuables from the yard
  • Take out trash
  • Unplug small kitchen and other appliances
  • Water plants
  • Empty refrigerator



  • Check with airlines on luggage weight limit and measurements for carry on and checked luggage
  • Pack luggage so you can carry it


  • Airline tickets (if paper tickets) & itineraries
  • Hotel reservation confirmation
  • Car rental confirmation
  • Bus or train tickets
  • Tour, entertainment, or other events confirmation or tickets
  • Passport, green card, personal ID (driver’s license)
  • Birth certificate, if necessary
  • Marriage certificate, if necessary
  • Visa
  • Copies of passports and other documents
  • Road map/ directions
  • Destination guide book
  • Travel insurance/ Medical insurance
  • Credit/ check cards
  • Wallet
  • Cash/ travelers checks
  • Student ID


  • Pleasure reading
  • Food/ snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Travel pillow
  • Sleeping mask
  • Ear plugs
  • Chewing gum
  • Plastic bags
  • Safety pins
  • Appropriate luggage
  • Luggage locks / keys
  • Headphones
  • Address book / important contacts
  • Calling card
  • Business cards
  • Journal
  • Day planner
  • Phrasebook / dictionary
  • Playing cards/ games
  • Sewing kit



  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste (3 oz if carry on)
  • Dental floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant (3 oz if carry on)
  • Shampoo (3 oz if carry on)
  • Conditioner (3 oz if carry on)
  • Shower gel (3 oz if carry on)
  • Hair brush or comb
  • Hair gel/mousse (3 oz if carry on)
  • Hair spray (3 oz if carry on)
  • Soap Sunscreen (3 oz if carry on)
  • Body cream/ lotion (3 oz if carry on)
  • Lip balm
  • Shaver/ razor
  • Shaving cream (3 oz if carry on)
  • Aftershave (3 oz if carry on)
  • Washcloth
  • Perfume/ cologne
  • Make up / make up remover (3 oz if carry on)
  • Mirror
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clipper


  • Prescription medication
  • First aid kit
  • Aspirin, Tylenol / pain reliever
  • Cold/ sinus medication
  • Laxative
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Insect repellent
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hand wipes/ tissues
  • Band aids
  • Sleeping aid
  • Vitamins
  • Contact lenses / cleaners
  • Eye care
  • Thermometer
  • Cotton Balls/ swabs
  • Feminine hygiene
  • Birth control


  • Sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Socks/ hosiery
  • Bras
  • Undershirt
  • Robe


  • Pants/ jeans
  • Skirts
  • Shirts
  • Sweaters
  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sportswear
  • Shorts
  • Swimsuits
  • Jackets
  • Coat
  • Raincoat
  • Dress clothes (dresses, suits, slacks, shirts)
  • Tie/ scarf
  • Hat
  • Gloves


  • Sandals
  • Dress shoes
  • Leisure shoes/ flip flops
  • Athletic shoes
  • Slippers


  • Belt
  • Wrist watch
  • Jewelry
  • Hair accessories
  • Glasses (reading, sunglasses)
  • Glass case
  • Umbrella


  • Voltage adapter / converter
  • Hair accessories (dryer, iron, rollers)
  • Laptop computer / charger/ cords
  • Cell phone/ charger
  • Music player/ iPod
  • DVD player / DVDs
  • Camera / batteries / memory card Video recorder / batteries / memory card
  • PDA / charger
  • Alarm clock
  • Batteries
  • Small flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Calculator


  • Office supplies
  • Work documents / reading
  • Work contacts
  • Notepad


  • Check tire pressure (including spare tire)
  • Check oil
  • Check windshield fuel
  • Check fuel
  • Check battery
  • Clean & wash
  • Emergency road kit
  • Extra set of keys

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