Travel Check List

Old Jul 8th, 2005, 02:46 PM
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Travel Check List

Hi everyone! I'm in the fun process of packing right now and I figured it might be helpful for everyone to start a check list, and then people can add items to the list. Let me start...
socks
shoes
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Old Jul 8th, 2005, 02:53 PM
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You only have socks and shoes, lol! You'd better get busy packing

Don't forget...

Passport
Identification
Cash
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Old Jul 8th, 2005, 02:57 PM
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ummm...lol!! shirts, pants, shorts, undies, swimwear...
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Old Jul 8th, 2005, 03:03 PM
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My bare minimum is tickets, money, passport, the clothes on my back and a change of underwear.

Unless you're going to the boonies, anything else can bought onsite.
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Old Jul 8th, 2005, 03:13 PM
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ATM card
Credit card with pin number(as a back up money source)
We take a Cosco calling card for calls home from overseas. Note the additional number on the packaging when calling from certain countries.
About $50 worth of currency of the country to which I am traveling in case an ATM machine is not handy right away.
Confirming paperwork of hotels, flights, tours, etc. Toll free phone numbers of the airlines I am using in case of some snafu.
Dental floss
A few pens for the backpack with little note pad for notes.
I always pack a new nightgown

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Old Jul 8th, 2005, 03:20 PM
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Number to call if CC is stolen or lost.
Copy of Passport info page
Stop newspaper
Copy of itinerary to neighbor/friends with hotel phone numbers
sunglasses
medication
band-aides
zip-lock bags
duct tape (mends everything)
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Old Jul 8th, 2005, 04:23 PM
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passport
money/ATM/credit card
plane ticket or confirmation no.
prescription meds
prescriptions glasses and sunglasses

everything else you could manage without or buy after you arrive
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Old Jul 8th, 2005, 04:32 PM
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Never leave home without:

A sense of humour

A spirit of adventure

Willingness to go to Plan B (or C...)

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Old Jul 8th, 2005, 04:40 PM
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corkscrew - not in your carry-on bag though!
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Old Jul 8th, 2005, 05:31 PM
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Paper back for the plane.
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Old Jul 9th, 2005, 06:05 AM
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Actually, you can carry a corkscrew in your carryon; I've done so for at least 2 trips now. (it can't have the knife/blade on it, just the screw part).

I offer my detailed pre-trip and packing list at the risk of exposing the depth of my AR:

PREPARATION LIST
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Make airline reservations (freq.fly #'s)
Make hotel reservations
Purchase travel / med evacuation insurance
Complete trip planning / itinerary details
Purchase train tickets or passes
Notify credit card cust. svc. of upcoming foreign use
Arrange for pet care
Reconfirm flight and hotel reservations
HOLD mail and newspaper delivery
Buy film and disposable cameras, spare compact-flash card(s)
Change camera batteries
Extra batteries: cell phone, cameras
For pet-sitter:
Prepare "Important Information" before traveling:
Passport documents (birth cert., passprt applic.)
Copy passport pages; extra passport photos, leave uncut
Itinerary - Hotel names, ph#, dates
Copy of airline tickets, train tickets, car rental
List of credit cards & hotline #
Phone number list (family, emergency, etc)
International calling tips
Consular Info Sheet (ph. #s)
Overseas Citizens Services (OCS) of State Dept.
- call in event of crisis (202) 647-5225

PACKING LIST
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<>Travel items:
Passports
Airline tickets / train tickets
Hotel confirmation
Cash/Euro / Credit / ATM cards (know PIN #s)
AARP / AAA member cards / US Drivers Lic.
Journal, maps, brochures, guidebooks
Important information (see list above)
Health insurance cards, blank medical claim forms
Cameras
Cell phone

<>For the plane trip:
No-Jet-Lag, Tylenol PM or Simply Sleep
Eye shades, earplugs, travel pillow
Put film in baggie, then lead bag
Book, magazines

<>Miscellaneous items:
Day-bag, tote or backpack
Disinfectant hand wipes
Water bottle, gum, snacks
Sunglasses, reading glasses
Swiss knife / baggies
Rain poncho (also to sit on)
Mini-binoculars, flashlight
Wine kit (corkscrew, pump/stopper, glasses)
Tip envelopes
Laundry kit / pack towel
Adaptor plugs (converter?)
Alarm clock
Extra tote for souvenirs

<>Clothing items:
Clothes (plan for layering)
One nicer outfit each, for dinners
Walking shoes, 1 pr. nice shoes
Small handbag, scarves
Pajamas / slippers
Folding umbrella/ rain coat or poncho
Light jacket or coat (50's - 69's)
Cuddleduds, thermals, gloves, scarf , hats
Travel vest

<>Bath kit:
bath / hygiene products / razor
nail clipper, file
dental floss
Q-tips
cosmetics
sewing kit
safety pins
eyeglass repair kit
clothespins

<>Medicine kit:
SPORTS TAPE
Cold remedy
Headache
Sore throat
Allergy
Immodium
Tums
Vitamins
Bandaids
Antibiotic ointment

<>LABELS on outside & inside of bags:
Outgoing - use trip itinerary w/ hotel name, address, phone, dates
Return - use office address or private mailbox service (NOT home address)
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Old Jul 9th, 2005, 06:20 AM
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I always pack a little emergency kit with things like pen, paper, tape, padlocks, paperclips, string etc as you never know when you are going to need these sort of things.
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Old Jul 9th, 2005, 06:55 AM
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Travelnut -

I think you are my long lost twin!

I will definitely have to compare your list to mine that I have saved. I actually have "Summer Packing Lists" and "Winter Packing Lists" in addition to Packing Lists for specific activities.

One of my "favorite ideas" of things to pack is address labels written out for those who are to receive post cards. I buy them at the grocery store on the school supplies aisle before leaving. That way, I don't have to fish for my address book at the post office and I don't leave off anyone that "should" receive a greeting.
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Old Jul 9th, 2005, 07:01 AM
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Nire mentioned a good one. Take a couple retractable ballpoint pens in your carry-on. It's amazing when it comes time to fill out forms how many people don't have a thing to write with. I am always loaning mine out.

Funny story- recently watching a seeming hyper organzied couple settle themselves in the airport waiting to board, they pull out the newspaper to do a crossword puzzle... you got it, no pen or pencil between them!
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Old Jul 9th, 2005, 07:04 AM
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A small 3x4" spiral notepad. One per trip. I jot down shopping lists, restaurant names, hotels, street names, words or phrases i've learned up in french or spanish. Once I'm home I label them and keep for future reference (or posting here on Fodors).
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If staying at a self-catering accommodation, we like to pack some kitchen essentials so we don't have to spend time and money (especially with poor exchange rate) buying them at our destination.

Things like:

plastic wrap
ziplock bags
paper napkins
handi-wipes
coffee/tea
coffee filters
sugar/sweeteners
salt/pepper
favorite cooking spices (in small ziploc bags)
laundry detergent
cooking spray
plastic cups
paring knife (in checked luggage - there is never a decent knife in rental properties.)

We try to take just enough to last for the vacation and if there is anything left, we leave if behind. It also leaves room in your luggage for more souviners.

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Hey, "moldyhotels...gross" - you need a list for your lists!
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Old Jul 9th, 2005, 07:53 AM
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American flags

Care Packages for needy European kids:
Pork rinds,bacon grease, grits,collard greens, cornbread, and catfish.

Vicks vapor rub

Dolly Parton fan

NASCAR and Dixie belt buckles

Mustard plasters

Books: Why the French Lose Wars, How to Find a Decent Meal in Europe, 100 Ways to Torment French Waiters, and Why English Food is so Bad.



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Old Jul 9th, 2005, 08:38 AM
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I'm not OCD or anything-- here's my list.

Closing the House:
• Stop mail
• Stop paper
• Stop milk
• Order cab to airport
• Turn off water main and sprinkler control
• Check outside light bulbs; take in outside key
• Turn heat down/AC off
• Empty trash
• Run disposal
• Clean out refrigerator, freeze breads, toss produce, fruit, etc.
• Move outside flower pots to sprinklers
• Call a neighbor
• Check computers off, unplug laptop
• Check voice mail on
• Check bills due
• Turn water heaters down, unplug hot water circulator
• Check microwave, oven, stove-top
• Check windows open/closed
• Check lights off inside
• Close blinds and lock inside doors
• Take in newspaper
• Set alarm system

Do Not Forget:
• Plane tickets; get boarding pass on-line
• Conference documents, reservation confirmations
• Get cash; check balances in accounts for ATM use
• Passports and copies; notify Visa and credit union if out of country
• Purse, wallet, neck pouches
• Jackets, sweaters, hats
• Two-way radios, if needed
• House keys
• Contacts, case and solution; eyeglasses and case
• Prescription medications
• Kids’ and adults’ toiletries, deodorants
• Hairbrush, comb
• PJs, unders, socks
• Photo IDs
• Camera, film
• Cell phones and chargers
• Books
• Electric toothbrushes and re-chargers; battery toothbrushes and batteries
• Hair dryers/ setters, hair gel
• Batteries for camera
• Laundry detergent and/or spot remover
• iPod and charger
• Phone numbers
• Cable ties for luggage, with scissors in an outside unlocked pocket
• Two umbrellas
• Electricity converters, extension cord
• Backpack and/or extra small duffel bag

Summer Packing List:
• Sandals, slides
• Sunscreen, sunglasses
• Swimsuits & cover-ups
• Tennis shoes, rackets

Winter Packing List:
• Snow boots
• Gloves
 

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