Packing Checklist - 'Cause Life's a Trip

Welcome to Packing Checklist! Whether you're packing for an overnight trip or a multi-month excursion, we have a packing checklist to help you plan and prepare for your travels.

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Disney Cruise Free Autographed Souvenir of your Dreams

Ok.  For your Disney Cruise Packing Checklist, you need to add a pair of clean, new pillow cases and permanent markers.

Per our chatty porch swingers over at Belly Acres, Alabama, this is a very unique, very cool, totally customizable souvenir you can get ONLY on a Disney cruise.

Disney Cruise Autographed Pillow CaseDid you know that if you take pillow cases and a pen(s) with you on a Disney cruise, that you can leave them with the cast (Guest Services) to collect autographs?  …truly a most AWESOME souvenir. 

In addition to the standard Disney character autograph books, other guests have opted to bring black pillow cases with gold and silver markers for the autographs. 

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B001L7OM2S” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”160″]Some guests request just the autographs of princes on one and just the autographs of princesses on the other. 

You can request the autographs of just a specific cast of characters, too.  If you want a pair of Toy Story Pillow Cases, feel free to ask. 

This service is provided by cast members during down time that may be available during the cruise.  Near the end of your cruise, simply check with guest services regarding the availability of your pillow cases.

These very personal and unique souvenirs deserve a reserved spot in your luggage and on your packing checklist


IPhone Apps for Your Family Road Trips

While you’re making that packing checklist, you may want to add some iPhone apps to download before you go.  Family travel apps can certainly ease your efforts on your journey and entertain parents and kids alike.


One of the best ways to ease your mind during a long road trip is to use the GPS on your iPhone to map out your route, follow along on the screen, and look ahead for amenities at upcoming exits.  Navigon is one of several iPhone and iPad apps for GPS directions, among other extremely useful features for finding your way around during your trip and once you reach your destination.





The Weather Channel App

Whether you’re home, on the road, or at your destination, you’ll want to check the weather.  Current temperature and conditions are just the beginning for The Weather Channel app.


Streaming video of radar images are incredibly useful as you can SEE where the rain, snow, or hooks are relative to your current location.




The Kindle reader app lets you read ebooks purchased from the Amazon store.  Best sellers, how to books, and juvenile works are all available for individual reading on during the trip.  The family can even enjoy the ebooks together if someone wants to read aloud.

As one mother recently stated, “Having your child laugh out loud while they are reading to themselves is just awesome!”  It’s pretty darned cool to listen to them practice reading aloud, too.




If reading on the road isn’t appealing for your family, Audible audiobooks may be a better option.  Audible audiobooks are available for download…no discs or tapes required.


Abridged and Unabridged versions are available for adults, children, or the whole family.  Juvenile fiction read by a talented narrator can pass the time on your trip and keep the whole family entertained for miles.




If the kids really prefer to watch movies in the car, downloads and DVDs are both options.  One of the more interesting options appears with RedBox vending machines, and the iPhone app that leads you directly to them.


Rather than packing dozens of movies that rattle around and get in the way, you can rent one or two movies from a RedBox vending machine at the beginning of your trip.  When you’re done with the movie, just use the RedBox app to locate a nearby RedBox to return the movie and rent another.

Similarly, use the app to find a RedBox once you reach your destination and you won’t have to worry about returning the disc during your trip.


Rather than putting DVDs on your packing checklist, there’s an app for that.


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Motion Sickness Treatment Alternatives for Your Packing Checklist

Whether you’re travelling by car, train, air, or boat/ship, motion sickness can strike at any time. You may want to include motion sickness treatment on your packing checklist.

Motion sickness may pass quickly, or even cease when the motion stops, but what if it’s a long trip, and the motion sickness doesn’t go away?

Symptoms may include nausea, dizziness, or even vomiting or diarrhea.  Luckily, for you and your trip, there are actually several motion sickness treatment alternatives.

Motion Sickness Pressure Bands / Bracelets

Motion sickness wrist bands work by acupressure as a drug-free alternative to treat nausea.  Many prefer motion sickness wrist bands because they are reusable.

As a non-ingestible solution, there are no concerns about drowsiness or other side effects.  As such, the wrist bands are a good alternative for children and pregnant women.


If drugs are an option, the old standby,Dramamine (dimenhydrinate), and other brands of motion sickness medication such as Bonine (meclizine) or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are available over the counter.  Pills (tablets or capsules), chewables, and patches are all conveniently available for your needs.  There are even motion sickness meds for dogs.

Be careful to follow manufacturer’s instructions regarding use and dosage as drowsiness is a common side effect.  Consult your doctor (or vet) for clinical advice.


Various forms of ginger root are commonly used to treat nausea and gastric issues.  If you prefer a natural motion sickness treatment alternative that is ingestible (rather than pressure bands), multiple ginger products are available including gum, candy, tea, or pills/capsules.

Other Motion Sickness Advice

If you know that you or a member of your party is prone to motion sickness, you may take precautions such as eating light before traveling and including saltine crackers on your packing checklist.  If the problem is more serious, you may want to purchase a pressure band, medication, or ginger product.  These products CAN also be used before the onset of symptoms.

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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 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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 Downloads page.

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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 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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Waterproof First Aid Kit Packing Checklist

SCUBAWhy Waterproof?

Why would you want a waterproof first aid kit?  In addition to primitive campers, hikers, backpackers, and extreme outdoor sportsmen who need to keep gear safe from the weather, there are literally hundreds of water sports like kayaking, canoeing, and rafting that often take you on adventures in the middle of nowhere. 

These adventures are an absolute blast, but accidents can happen to beginners and experts alike.  A packing checklist for a waterproof first aid kit can help you stay safe on land and in the water.

Light Weight and CompactKayaking

For most outdoor and water sports, the first aid kit should be relatively light weight and compact.  If you’re in a large touring canoe or kayak, you might have room for a larger kit, but space is still limited.  More importantly, you don’t want to reach for an aspirin to find that it dissolved from all the water hours ago.

Keep your first aid kit packing checklist concise and pack only the items you might need.  Pack only the quantities you might need, and eliminate any items you can while maintaining a safe first aid kit.  …and put each item in dry-bags or tiny zip-lock baggies.  (Download the printable PDF version of the First Aid Kit, Waterproof Packing Checklist here.)

tinybaggiesYou can purchase dry-bags at most hunting, outdoors, or sporting goods stores.  Sealable baggies of multiple sizes are available in the jewelry section of your local hobby store.




First Aid Kit, Waterproof

  • Light weight container (Dry Bag or Dry Box)
  • Absorbent Compress dressing/gauze
  • Moleskin for blister treatment and prevention
  • Waterproof adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • Chamois or compact swimmer’s towel
  • Blanket (super light and compact space blanket)
  • Over the counter medications in minimum quantities (use tiny jewelry baggies to pack single doses and eliminate bulky bottles)
    • Aspirin/Regular Strength Pain Medication/Anti-inflammatory painkillers
    • Antihistamine/Benadryl
    • Anti diarrhea medication
    • Etc.
  • Epinephrine auto injector (Epipen)
  • Antiseptic/Antibiotic Ointment
  • Individually wrapped antiseptic wipes
  • Compact section of duct tape

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