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Additional Airport Security Tips and Warnings

In addition to the printable pdf checklist of Airport Security Tips to Minimize Fuss (available on the Packing Checklist Downloads page), the following tips and warnings should also ease the process through airport security.

Baggage Locks

Don’t bother with baggage locks unless you buy specific TSA recognized baggage locks that can be opened by screening personnel with a master key.  If you use a standard lock, they’re going to have to break it to check your bags.

additional airport security tips

If, like me, you are less worried about proper personnel getting into baggage, but more worried about the zippers coming apart and losing items, try using twist ties or re-usable zip ties.  These will keep your luggage secure from inadvertent openings, yet allow airport screeners to do their jobs.

Carry On or Checked Baggage

Carrying-on fewer items can also save you and your fellow passengers a great deal of fuss on the plane.  (Since more people are trying to avoid checked baggage fees, larger – sometimes excessively large items – and multiple items are taking up all the over head storage compartment room before everyone can even board the plane.  If you’re one of the multiple big bag travelers, consider lack of space for yourself and others.  Smaller bags allow more room for your fellow passengers and help you find sufficient space for your own carry-on items if you board the plane late.

Verify ID on Documentation

Before your flight, you may also want to check how your name is shown on your photo ID and that of your traveling companions/family.  This should match the wa

y the name is shown on flight reservations.  The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is enforcing stricter security about photo ID and boarding passes matching.

The TSA

If you have doubts about items on your packing checklist, check the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) web site for the latest rules and regulations.  In the meantime, feel free to use the printable pdf packing checklists provided on the Downloads page.

 

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Multi-day Golf Trip Packing Checklist

For a multi-day golf trip, your packing checklist should factor in the number of days you’ll be on your trip, the number of holes you plan to play, and when or if you plan to have laundry processed during your trip.  If you have laundry done during the trip, you won’t have to pack nearly as much, but if the trip is for 4-5 days or less, you may decide to forego laundry service and just pack everything you’ll need for the trip.

Golfing Items

Casual or confident golfers may prefer to leave expensive equipment at home, rent equipment and avoid personal loss or damage.  Golfers comfortable with their personal equipment, however, will want to pack all the necessities and preferred/favorite items.  See the Multi-day Golf Trip Packing Checklist below or on the Downloads page along with the Golf Bag Packing Checklist for a comprehensive list of golfing items.

Weather-specific Gear

During the week and days leading up to your golf trip, check weather.com or local online weather providers to help with your packing checklist.  Depending on the length of your trip and the geographic span, you may need to pack for multiple weather conditions including rain gear, moisture wicking clothing, or jackets/sweaters.

Personal Items

Your personal items include the necessary travel documents for your trip.  Do NOT forget your wallet/purse, cash, credit card, driver’s license, passport (for international destinations), and all confirmation numbers, tickets, receipts, tee-times, and contact information for courses, resorts, dining, and transportation.

Personal Electronics

The personal electronics on your packing checklist may be as short as a basic wrist watch (to make sure you don’t miss your tee-time), or as extensive as phones, cameras, laptops, and all associated electrical chargers and batteries.  You may even enjoy golfing gadgets such as rangefinders and GPS devices, but check with the courses on your itinerary.  Not all gadgets and devices are allowed on specific courses.

Toiletries

Unless your trip is over 4-5 days, plan to pack travel-sized toiletry items.  Even if your trip doesn’t include air travel, the lighter baggage is always beneficial.  Resorts and hotels provide many basic items such as soap, shampoo, and lotion, but if you have brand preferences, you should pack them for your trip.  Even in highly populated areas, searching for a store that carries your preferred brands of toiletries can take a lot of time and trouble during your vacation.

Clothing

The number of clothing items on your packing checklist will depend on the length of your trip, the number of holes you plan to play, and whether or not you plan to use laundry services.  Certainly, plan daily and nightly clothing for each day of your trip.  Count the rounds you plan to play and pack complete outfits accordingly.  (Remember to factor in sweat, rain, snow, etc.  You may change clothes multiple times during each day.)  Pack clothing appropriate for the course dress codes, and pack special clothing as needed for dining and other evening events.

Multi-day Golf Trip Packing Checklist

A comprehensive Multi-day Golf Trip Packing Checklist is included below as well as a downloadable and printable version on the Downloads Page.  Whether you’re taking a long weekend to one special resort/course, or you’re planning an extensive trek through every single Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail course in the state of Alabama, you need to choose your preferred travelling style and adjust your packing checklist accordingly.  You can pack light and plan to purchase or rent items as needed, or pack extensively trying to remember anything you might need.  Either way, packing checklists are for the beginning and end of your trip.  During your trip, enjoy the game.

Large Golfing Items

  • Golf Bag
  • Golf Clubs
  • Golf Shoes (2 pair)

Small Golfing Items

  • Golf Balls
  • Tees
  • Coins or Markers
  • Golf Glove
  • Extra Spikes
  • Spike Tool
  • Pocket Knife/Divot Tool
  • Towel
  • Water Bottle

Optional Golfing Items

  • Heavy duty golf travel bag/case (for air travel or shipping)
  • Drawstring Bag for personal items/valuables (wallet, keys, cell phone, watch, etc.)
  • A Sharpie Marker or Golf Ball Marker
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Pad of paper
  • Wrenches needed for specific clubs
  • Stroke Counter
  • Compact First Aid Kit
    • Medications
    • Alcohol Wipes
    • Band-aids
    • Lip Balm
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect Repellant
  • Hat, Cap, or Visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Range Finder/Distance Finder
  • Extra Golf Gloves
  • Extra Towels (one dry, one damp/moist)
  • Ball Retriever
  • Energy Drinks/Water
  • Healthy/Energy Snack (Fruit, Nuts, Trail Mix, Energy Bars, etc.)
  • Club Bonnets

Weather Specific Items

  • Club/Bag Rain Bonnet
  • Rain Gear (rain clothes, poncho, umbrella, etc.)
  • Sweater
  • Jacket
  • Extra Socks

Personal Items

  • Wallet/Purse
  • Keys
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Driver’s License/ID
  • Passport (as needed)
  • Immunization Records (as needed)
  • Relevant Membership Cards
  • Auto Insurance Card
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Business Cards
  • Confirmation Numbers, Reservation Numbers, Tickets, Receipts, Tee Times, and Contact Information for all relevant hotel, resort, club, course, dining, and transportation arrangements
  • GPS or Maps to courses/itinerary

Personal Electronics

  • Electrical plug adapter and converter (as needed)
  • Power strip/extension cord
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Wrist watch
  • Mobile phone and charging cable
  • Laptop and charging cable
  • Camera, batteries, charging cable, extra memory cards or film

Toiletries

  • Specific/specialty shampoo
  • Specific/specialty conditioner
  • Specific/specialty soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Q-tips
  • Hair products
  • Curling iron
  • Comb/Brush
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Cologne/Perfume
  • Make-up
  • Travel sized nail care kit
  • Sun tanning lotion
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Prescription medications
  • Glasses, contacts, sunglasses, case, and cleaning supplies

Clothing

  • Swimsuits and cover-ups/beach and pool wear
  • Belts
  • Casual Shoes (Flip-flops/sandals/water shoes/walking shoes)
  • Dress Shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shorts/Capri’s
  • Skirts
  • Trousers
  • Jeans
  • Dress Clothing (and accessories appropriate for formal dining)
  • Sleep Clothes
  • Workout Clothes
  • Golf-Specific Clothes (appropriate for weather and course dress code, at least one set per day or per round)

 

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Airport Security Tips Checklist to Minimize Fuss

“Airport security”…I still see people cringe at the mere mention of the process.  Lines are long; people are impatient, but security personnel must be allowed to do their jobs.

Since 9/11, airport security screening increased and stringent adherence to the rules (old and new) is strictly enforced. …makes you wonder how many lighters and fingernail clippers were lost at airport security those first few years.

Photographer: ghindoAs fear subsides and confidence grows, though, airport security is no longer the half day ordeal it once was.  It is, however, still a time consuming, but necessary process.

There are several steps, if followed reasonably, that should, at least, reduce your time in line.  Now, if everyone else would just use some common sense, follow the rules and exercise patience, we’d all get through airport security with minimal fuss.

1.  Smile and be patient.

The absolute best way to avoid fuss going through airport security is to smile, be patient and be accommodating.  Most of the folks around you will be busy, impatient, unnerved and WAY too far out of their comfort zones to be on their best behavior.  Everyone in line has to deal with these emotional issues, as do the screening employees.

Be determined to maintain patience and not add to the problems.

Smile at both fellow passengers and screening staff.  It can’t hurt, and it usually perks up at least a few in the group.

2.  Check your bags.

I know.  Since the airlines started charging for checked luggage, everyone’s trying to save money using carry-on bags.  It may save money, but it does NOT save fuss…for you or your fellow passengers.

If you want to save fuss, check your primary bag.  This gives you at least one bag in which you can place all those “questionable” items that greatly delay security scans and reduces the number of carry-on items that have to go through security.  Put your fingernail clippers, lighters, non-essential (at least during the flight) toiletries and other items you will not need until you reach your destination in your checked luggage and send it off for loading.  Get it out of the way.

3.  Know the rules.

Know the rules about luggage size, weight and contents for both checked bags and carry-on baggage contents.

Go to the TSA web site and read through the “prohibited” items rules.  Just don’t pack these.  If you do have “Special Items” you need to bring, see the TSA web site and the airline policy regarding procedure with specialty items before you try to bring them through security checkpoints.  Knowing the policy for musical instruments or golf clubs ahead of time can save you a lot of time and fuss.

Use the 3-1-1 policy for liquids in carry-on luggage.  3 ounce containers, 1 quart clear bag, 1 bag per traveler is the norm to avoid fuss.  If you must take larger quantities, exceptions may be made for medications, baby items and such.  Make sure to declare these with security to avoid delays.

4.  Be reasonable with carry-on items.

Most airlines allow one standard-sized roller bag and one additional carry-on item (purse, laptop bag, briefcase, tote bag).  Check with airline policy and make sure your carry on items meet the size and weight requirements.  Remember, the more you carry-on, the more you have to scan through security.  Fewer and smaller carry-on items equal less fuss during airport security checks and later on the plane.

5.  Be prepared for the inspection of shoes, jackets, ball caps/hats and pocket contents.

Just take them off.  The shoes have to come off.  The pocket contents can go into a small container to run through the scanner, but it’s just as convenient to place pocket contents into a side pocket of a carry-on bag and let the whole thing run through at once.  The jackets and ball caps might as well come off and be placed in a screening tub.  It’ll save the time later if you’re asked to remove them, taking more of your time and delaying others in line.

6.  Give some thought ahead of time about your laptop.

Unless it’s in a TSA “Checkpoint Friendly” laptop bag, the laptop must be removed and placed in its own security tub for screening.  Whenever possible, keep your laptop easily accessible in the bag for quick removal and repacking.  This can be a particularly frustrating part of the process if it doesn’t pack well.

Note also that the laptop must be placed in its OWN tub for screening.  Shoes, jackets and other items should not be placed in the same tub with a laptop.

7.  Photo ID and Boarding Pass.

Have your photo ID (usually driver’s license for domestic travel or passport for domestic or international travel) and boarding pass quickly accessible at all times.  You may have to show these multiple times before the security process is complete.

8.  Prepare for the walk-through scan.

Try not to wear excessive metal, and if you have metal medical implants, have your medical card available to confirm your doctor’s information.

9.  Step aside when done.

Once you and your items have been scanned and released, gather your items and step to the side to replace shoes and readjust packing.

A printable pdf checklist of Airport Security Tips to Minimize Fuss is available under the Packing Checklist Downloads page.

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Single Day or Round Golf Packing Checklist

For experienced golfers, packing for a single day or round of golf is pretty simple…grab your golf bag (with prepacked contents) and your golf shoes, and you’re pretty much good to go.

That’s assuming that you have all the daily items already (keys, wallet, driver’s license, etc.)  In addition to the obvious items, you should take a look at the items IN your golf bag, your personal items, and some optional or course-specific items.  Maybe a packing checklist isn’t a bad idea.

Small and Personal Items

For many of the small items, refer to the Golf Bag Packing Checklist.  For personal items, think about your daily needs (keys, wallet, cell phone, etc.).  Also think about items that might be needed at the club or course (credit card, driver’s license, membership cards).

Course and Weather

You should also consider the club’s or course’s dress code.  If you’re only going for the day, or a single round, you just have to pull these items out to wear that day rather than “pack.”

Consider the weather conditions, too.  If the predicted weather seems stable, you can dress appropriately and forget about contingencies.  If humidity, a cold front, or rain are possible, you may want to pack

an appropriate jacket, accessory, or change of clothes.

Additional Items

Additional/Optional items may depend on the golfer, the club/course, or other typical sport-related factors.  See the full Single Day or Round of Golf Packing Checklist pdf or the outlined list below for your outline to pack and prepare for your Day or Round of Golf.

The Single Day or Single Round of Golf is included in the following text and is available as a downloadable and printable pdf under the PackingChecklist.net Downloads Page along with packing checklists for a or a Multi-Day Golf Trip and the Golf Bag Packing Checklist.

Single Day or Round Golf Packing Checklist

Large Items

  • Golf Bag
  • Clubs
  • Golf Shoes

Small Items

  • Golf Balls
  • Tees
  • Coins or Markers
  • Golf Glove
  • Extra Spikes
  • Spike Tool
  • Pocket Knife/Divot Tool
  • Towel
  • Water Bottle

Personal Items

  • Wallet/Purse
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Driver’s License/ID
  • Relevant Membership Cards

Optional Items

  • Drawstring Bag for personal items/valuables (wallet, keys, cell phone, watch, etc.)
  • A Sharpie Marker or Golf Ball Marker
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Business Cards
  • Wrenches needed for specific clubs
  • Stroke Counter
  • Compact First Aid Kit
    • Medications
    • Alcohol Wipes
    • Band-aids
    • Lip Balm
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect Repellant
  • Hat, Cap, or Visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Range Finder/Distance Finder
  • Extra Golf Gloves
  • Extra Towels (one dry, one damp/moist)
  • Ball Retriever
  • Energy Drinks/Water
  • Healthy/Energy Snack (Fruit, Nuts, Trail Mix, Energy Bars, etc.)
  • Club Bonnets

Weather Specific Items

  • Club/Bag Rain Bonnet
  • Rain Gear (rain clothes, poncho, umbrella, etc.)
  • Sweater
  • Jacket
  • Extra Socks

 

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Golf Bag Packing Checklist

golf bag contentsWhether you’re headed for a weekend morning tee time, a quick twilight round during the week, or planning a multi-day golf vacation, the one thing you’re going to pack consistently is your golf bag. Regardless of the course, location, or weather, the general idea is to pack your golf bag and prepare what you’ll need during the round with a golf bag packing checklist.

Golf Bag Variety

Golf bags do come in a variety of sizes and configurations based on purpose and preference, but that will only affect your packing checklist in terms of space and weight. The basic items will always be the same. The golfer who chooses to carry his or her bag from hole to hole, backpack style would be best served by a light weight bag. If you’re always going to use a golf cart, a larger, cart bag or pro-style bag can offer more storage options. There are even golf bags designed specifically for women and children.

Packing Your Golf Clubs

Once you’ve chosen a bag, you can pack it as simply or elaborately as you’d like. Start, of course, with the golf clubs. Again, if you’re walking a short 9 holes that are all par 3, you really only need a handful of clubs based on the holes. If you’re planning a more challenging round, you’ll need and want more options.

There is no definitive rule about packing golf clubs in a bag, but the general practice is to pack them in order of loft, with the putter and specialty clubs in designated areas. A typical golf bag has four sections, but many bags are designed with more sections and designated spots for specialty clubs. For a typical, four section bag, you might pack your clubs in the following order

  • Section 1 – toward the rear of the bag, the section closest to the strap – Woods and Putter
  • Section 2 – group irons by loft – 3, 4, & 5 irons
  • Section 3 – group irons by loft – 6, 7, 8, &9 irons
  • Section 4 – Wedges

Again, there are no “rules” about how your clubs are packed. They should simply feel convenient for you, the golfer.

Covers or Bonnets

Just as club placement in up to you, so are the use of covers or bonnets. Typically, you’ll see brand name covers or socks on woods or even plush cartoon bonnets. Some golfers also choose to use covers on irons. Unless the manufacturer specifies otherwise, covers are also a preferential protective measure for the clubs. Most golf bags also come with a zipper or snap on rain bonnet to cover all the clubs in the bag.

Pockets and Slots

Golf bags have large pockets and various spots to slide or clip large golfing items such as umbrellas, rain gear, clothing, hats, water bottles, towels, and accessories such as a ball retriever. Smaller pockets (and/or your pants pockets while playing) are great for smaller items such as balls, tees, coins/ball markers, a glove, and a divot tool. An optional drawstring bag can be attached if pockets don’t already exist for personal items such as wallets, keys, cell phones, etc. Spaces for sunglasses, a compact first aid kit, a pen or pencil, etc. can all generally fit somewhere in or on the bag.

The Golf Bag Packing Checklist is included in the following text and is available as a downloadable and printable pdf under the PackingChecklist.net Downloads Page along with packing checklists for a Single Day or Single Round of Golf or a Multi-Day Golf Trip.

Golf Bag Packing Checklist

Basic Items

  • Clubs
  • Golf Balls
  • Tees
  • Coins or Markers
  • Golf Glove
  • Extra Spikes
  • Spike Tool
  • Pocket Knife/Divot Tool
  • Towel
  • Water Bottle

Personal Items

  • Wallet/Purse
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Driver’s License/ID
  • Relevant Membership Cards

Optional Items

  • Drawstring Bag for personal items/valuables (wallet, keys, cell phone, watch, etc.)
  • A Sharpie Marker or Golf Ball Marker
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Business Cards
  • Wrenches needed for specific clubs
  • Stroke Counter
  • Compact First Aid Kit
    • Medications
    • Alcohol Wipes
    • Band-aids
    • Lip Balm
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect Repellant
  • Hat, Cap, or Visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Range Finder/Distance Finder
  • Extra Golf Gloves
  • Extra Towels (one dry, one damp/moist)
  • Ball Retriever
  • Energy Drinks/Water
  • Healthy/Energy Snack (Fruit, Nuts, Trail Mix, Energy Bars, etc.)
  • Club Bonnets

Weather Specific Items

  • Club/Bag Rain Bonnet
  • Rain Gear (rain clothes, poncho, umbrella, etc.)
  • Sweater
  • Jacket
  • Extra Socks
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Office First Aid Kit Packing Checklist

Office First Aid Kit Packing ChecklistSooner or later, someone in the office is going to need a band-aid.  Depending on the environment, you could need much more, so in addition to quick access to 9-1-1, every office, department, or work area should maintain a sufficient First Aid Kit.  The Office First Aid Kit Packing Checklist identifies the most common items that should be included.

For a static location, such as an office, the Office First Aid Kit Packing Checklist can simply match the Comprehensive First Aid Kit Packing Checklist.  A few items may differ relative to the location or environment, but the following items are included on the Office First Aid Kit Packing Checklist (downloadable and printable PDF).

First Aid Kit, Office

  • Sufficiently large container (box, bag, etc.)
  • Absorbent Compress dressing/gauze
  • Roller Bandage 3” (individually wrapped)
  • Roller Bandage 4” (individually wrapped)
  • Elastic bandage
  • Triangular Bandage
  • Sterile Gauze Pad 3×3
  • Sterile Gauze Pad 4×4
  • Cloth adhesive tape
  • Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • CPR Breathing Barrier
  • Instant Cold Compress
  • Gloves, disposable, non-latex
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • First Aid Instruction Booklet
  • Aspirin/Regular Strength Pain Medication/Anti-inflammatory painkillers
  • Antihistamine/Benadryl
  • Epinephrine auto injector (Epipen)
  • Antiseptic/Antibiotic Ointment
  • Hydrocortisone Ointment
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Alcohol pads
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Saline
  • Lighter
  • Penlight
  • Cotton balls/swabs
  • Duct tape

For quick access to all the downloadable and printable pdf packing checklists, check out the PackingChecklist.net Downloads page.