Prepare A Travel List and Leave Home Prepared
If you and your family are heading away on vacation, why not create a family travel list so you can leave home without forgetting anything. Are you the type of person like me, that worries about what to take and prior to travel always say …
“Gee, I hope we have everything?”
Well, with a little preparation beforehand and putting together a simple list of the items to pack, can save you that worry. First, check out this short video on preparing a simple list for your holidays.
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What our family normally likes to do prior to going away, is simply putting out a sheet of paper in the open for everyone to see and use.
Each person can start marking the important items they wish to take along with them. These are usually the things that are easily forgotten and most likely are to forget. Our family has done this for years and it has worked out great! 🙂
Create Your Own Travel Checklist
If you are traveling by air and today with the most airlines now charging huge amounts for baggage, it is even more important these days to take along only what you really need!
Why do my wife and daughter always insist on taking their entire clothes closet with them on a 2 week vacation, only to use 2 or 3 items of the 15 that they packed? Is it a girl thing? 😕
I read a great article from the host of my favorite television program “Amazing Race” recently. He even mentioned …
” Take Only What You Absolutely Need & Be 100 % Sure You Will Use It! “
I have become extremely proud of myself in being able to pack pretty much everything into carry on luggage for a typical 2 week vacation. I also keep in mind that I can carry an extra bag home for any souvenirs and such that I have gathered while away. It’s so nice to walk off the plane and not have to wait with the hundreds of others at the luggage carousel.
A carry on bag for each of us has worked great on our last holiday adventures.
My recommendation for vacation travel is to pack light and remember it is a holiday, not a 2 week business trip where you may need a new outfit every day!
Pack Only What You Need and Not What You Want
I think my wife is beginning to get the message when preparing and packing for travel. She is beginning to see the light when it comes to packing only what she needs and not what she may need. My daughter still has a lot to learn in that regard and cannot quite understand that she doesn’t need 5 pairs of shoes for a tropical vacation! 😕
A Few Tips To Help When Preparing A List
Here are a couple of things to consider when preparing your list for travel. Things that we always consider when packing for a specific type of vacation.
How long will you be away?
Where exactly are you traveling to?
What type of luggage is needed for this trip?
Are you taking electronic accessories?
Just a couple of things to think about when preparing your list. For example, if you are packing a laptop, then you would want to make sure you pack chargers and/or even proper the travel adaptors should you be visiting a foreign country.
If you happen to be heading out on one of those fabulous tropical all-inclusive resort vacations, then perhaps you have masks and snorkels to pack, or some light floatation devices for the kids. I’m sure you get the idea! 🙂
“Choose the Right Luggage for Your Holiday”
Next, choose your clothes carefully and just how many of them to bring and that you really need. Find out what the weather and temperature is going to be like at the destination and pack accordingly. I often travel with my laptop and I am able to fit my camera plus some other gadgets in with my laptop bag. If they are going in your backpack or suitcase, put them inside of a plastic Ziploc bag first.
It will protect them from any unintentional water damage and you may utilize the ziploc bags later for storing dirty or wet clothing.
Carry On Items for Your Travel List
If you are traveling and not checking any luggage, then be sure to be aware of the latest carry on luggage rules and regulations. Making a list of packing the proper size for liquids such as; shampoo, conditioner, lotions and so forth, as well as not forgetting items such as; shaving cream, toothpaste and other toiletries and items that are always easily forgotten.
A Holiday List Really is Easy to Prepare
Preparing a list is simple and very effective. I have included a helpful Canadian travel check list (pdf file) for you that you can easily download and print at your convenience. It also includes a handy list of items to help get you started. A few more important items that we always be sure to check off on our list …
Photocopy important travel documents and pack separately.
Travel Itinerary and appropriate tickets.
Reservations and confirmation numbers and papers.
Travel insurance documents.
Long Distance calling card arrangements and numbers.
ATM and credit cards
So there you have it! If you haven’t used a travel list before, why not give it try. For us aging baby boomers, for me anyway, creating a list or note for most anything these days, is almost a necessity! 🙂
Do you prepare a packing list when you get ready to travel? If so, what are you sure to put on that list?
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