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Cruise, Cool or Cold Climate Packing Checklist

By the very nature of these self-contained floating cities, your packing checklist is going to include some destination and event-specific items.  For cool or cold climate cruises, you may find yourself making room for winter coats, sweaters, and ear muffs as well as the swim suits you’ll still use in the heated pools.

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Your Cool or Cold Climate Cruise Packing Checklist is broken into categories for you below.  You can also download the printable PDF version by clicking here, or by visiting the PackingChecklist.net Downloads page.

 

Documentation and Currency

  • Driver’s License
  • Auto insurance card
  • Medical insurance card
  • Passport
  • Immunization records/vaccination certificate
  • Hotel and/or transportation tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts, and contact information
  • Parking documentation
  • Cruise tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts
  • Shore excursion tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts, and contact information
  • Dining reservation confirmation information
  • Spa reservation confirmation numbers or receipts
  • Cash
  • Roll of quarters
  • Credit Card
  • Phone card

Personal

Electronics

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 block
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellant
  • Sun tanning lotion
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Prescription medications
  • Glasses, contacts, sunglasses, case, and cleaning supplies
  • Over the counter medications (light first aid kit plus motion sickness medicine)

Clothing

  • Swimsuits and cover-ups/beach and pool wear
  • Hat(s) – caps, visors, warm hat
  • Belts
  • Flip-flops/sandals/water shoes/cold weather shoes
  • Walking shoes
  • Dress shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Tops – shirts, blouses, sweaters, sweatshirts, pullovers
  • Shorts/Capri’s
  • Skirts
  • Trousers
  • Jeans
  • Dress clothing (suit, tuxedo, dress, pant suit, and accessories appropriate for formal dining)
  • Sleep clothes
  • Workout clothes
  • Light jacket
  • Coat

Other

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

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Cruise Packing Checklist

By the very nature of these self-contained floating cities that dock in multiple countries, your packing checklist is going to include some
destination and event-specific items.  In general, you may find yourself making room for snorkeling gear and/or winter coats.

Your Cruise Packing Checklist is broken into categories for you below.  You can also download the printable PDF version by clicking here, or by visiting the PackingChecklist.net Downloads page.

Documentation and Currency

  • Driver’s License
  • Auto insurance cardcruise ship
  • Medical insurance card
  • Passport
  • Immunization records/vaccination certificate
  • Hotel and/or transportation tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts, and contact information
  • Parking documentation
  • Cruise tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts
  • Shore excursion tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts, and contact information
  • Dining reservation confirmation information
  • Spa reservation confirmation numbers or receipts
  • Cash
  • Roll of quarters
  • Credit Card
  • Phone card

 Personal

  • Wallet, purse, fanny pack, beach bag, tote, or backpack
  • Water resistant or waterproof wrist watch
  • Jewelry

 Electronics

  • Electrical plug adapter and converter
  • Power strip/extension cord
  • Travel alarm clock
  • MP3/Media player and headphones
  • Mobile phone and charging cable
  • Laptop and charging cable
  • Camera, batteries, charging cable, extra memory cards or film
  • Underwater camera

 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 block
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellant
  • Sun tanning lotion
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Prescription medications
  • Glasses, contacts, sunglasses, case, and cleaning supplies
  • Over the counter medications (light first aid kit plus motion sickness medicine)suitcase

 Clothing

  • Swimsuits and cover-ups/beach and pool wear
  • Hat(s) – caps, visors, warm hat
  • Belts
  • Flip-flops/sandals/water shoes/cold weather shoes
  • Walking shoes
  • Dress shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Tops – shirts, blouses, sweaters, sweatshirts, pullovers
  • Shorts/Capri’s
  • Skirts
  • Trousers
  • Jeans
  • Dress clothing (suit, tuxedo, dress, pant suit, and accessories appropriate for formal dining)
  • Sleep clothes
  • Workout clothes
  • Light jacket
  • Coat

 Other

  • Sports gear (SCUBA or snorkeling gear, golf clubs, etc.)SCUBA
  • Extra bag to bring home purchases (compact/foldable)
  • Travel guide books, maps, and reading material for lounging
  • List of addresses for postcards
  • Pen/pencil
  • Notebook or journal
  • Business cards
  • Luggage name tags
  • Rain gear
  • Binoculars
  • Wet wipes/antibacterial gel
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Garbage bags
  • Sewing kit
  • Tape
  • Post-it notes
  • Hot hands (hand/foot warmers)

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

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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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Cruise Packing

cruise shipPalm trees, steel drums, and tropical drinks beckon as you plan and pack for your cruise.  You can almost feel that warm breeze as you go through your packing checklist. 

  • Sunblock
  • Tanning lotion
  • Swimsuits
  • Sunglasses

Yeah!  You’re ready to go, right?  Well, not quite yet.  There are still a lot of items to mark off that packing checklist.  The list also alters significantly if you choose to cruise the cooler waters of Alaska.  In general, though, there are some items you’ll want to include regardless of your cruise destination.

Documents

Specifically, for a cruise, there are required documents that you REALLY don’t want to forget.  For example, since most cruises quickly leave U.S. waters and dock in other countries, you REALLY don’t want to forget your passport and driver’s license. 

You’ll also need these for your flight and as you embark/disembark the ship in port.  Make sure you collect and carry all your tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts, and contact information.  

Unique to Cruising

The unique accommodations and self-contained environment on the ship also add some unique items to the packing checklist.  Though many of the ships are like small cities with restaurants, shops, and activities galore, you are still cruising onboard the ship until you dock.  Even when you dock, it’s usually in a pretty awesome tourist location, but it’s not like you can just hop over to Walmart and pick up anything and everything. 

Certainly, prescription medication should be included under the “NEED to pack” category.  Specialty items such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and dietary items also fall under this category.

The cruise ship and ports offer most of the items a person might need, but don’t count on them having exactly what you want, in the brand or size you want, or for the price you’d prefer to pay.  A packing checklist can help you determine which items you really NEED to pack.

Cash and Credit

Cruise ships are unique in terms of paying for items during the cruise.  Like many resorts, a credit card is attached to your room key, which you swipe for purchases.  It’s very convenient onboard, but you’re also going to want a credit card and cash for shore excursions and tips. 

You can pay tips with your room key for ship personnel, but cash is a nice option.  You’ll need to tip cab drivers and excursion staff with cash or your actual credit card, anyway.

Destination or Event Specific Items

If your destination has one specific climate, you’ll obviously want to pack clothing and products specific to a warm or cool climate.  Not many folks will pack a parka for a Caribbean cruise, but sun block’s going to make the packing checklist whether your destination is warm sands or frozen tundra.

Think about the shore excursions and activities as you plan, too.  Will you go horseback riding?  You might want to pack jeans.  Are you a SCUBA diver?  Will you rent equipment, or will you pack your own gear?  Are the kids coming on the cruise, too? You might want to pack floaties and waterproof identification bracelets.

Go to the PackingChecklist.net Downloads page for a variety of packing checklists designed for cruising in general, and specific to destinations and events.

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Cruise, Warm Climate Packing Checklist

packing for a tropical cruiseBy the very nature of these self-contained floating cities that dock in multiple countries, your packing checklist is going to include some destination and event-specific items.  For warm climates and tropical beaches, you may find yourself making room for snorkleing gear in addition to a passport, multiple documents, and an electrical power strip.

Your tropical, or warm climate, Cruise Packing Checklist is broken into categories for you below.  You can also download the printable PDF version by clicking here, or by visiting the PackingChecklist.net Downloads page.

Documentation and Currency

  • Driver’s License
  • Auto insurance card
  • Medical insurance card
  • Passport
  • Immunization records/vaccination certificate
  • Hotel and/or transportation tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts, and contact information
  • Parking documentation
  • Cruise tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts
  • Shore excursion tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts, and contact information
  • Dining reservation confirmation information
  • Spa reservation confirmation numbers or receipts
  • Cash
  • Roll of quarters
  • Credit Card
  • Phone card

 Personal

  • Wallet, purse, fanny pack, beach bag, tote, or backpack
  • Water resistant or waterproof wrist watch
  • Jewelry

 Electronics

  • Electrical plug adapter and converter
  • Power strip/extension cord
  • Travel alarm clock
  • MP3/Media player and headphones
  • Mobile phone and charging cable
  • Laptop and charging cable
  • Camera, batteries, charging cable, extra memory cards or film
  • Underwater camera

 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 block
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellant
  • Sun tanning lotion
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Prescription medications
  • Glasses, contacts, sunglasses, case, and cleaning supplies
  • Over the counter medications (light first aid kit plus motion sickness medicine)

 Clothing

  • Swimsuits and cover-ups/beach and pool wear
  • Hat(s)
  • Belts
  • Flip-flops/sandals/water shoes
  • Walking shoes
  • Dress shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Tops – shirts, blouses, etc.
  • Shorts/Capri’s
  • Skirts
  • Trousers
  • Jeans
  • Dress clothing (suit, tuxedo, dress, pant suit, and accessories appropriate for formal dining)
  • Sleep clothes
  • Workout clothes
  • Light jacket

 Other

  • Sports gear (SCUBA or snorkeling gear, golf clubs, etc.)
  • Extra bag to bring home purchases (compact/foldable)
  • Travel guide books, maps, and reading material for lounging
  • List of addresses for postcards
  • Pen/pencil
  • Notebook or journal
  • Business cards
  • Luggage name tags
  • Rain gear
  • Binoculars
  • Wet wipes/antibacterial gel
  • Collapsible duffel or bag to bring home extra items
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Garbage bags
  • Sewing kit
  • Tape
  • Post-it notes

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