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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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A Packing Checklist for Gift Ideas

Besides the typical uses for a packing checklist…Packing Checklist Gifts

  • DON’T forget critical items
  • DON’T pack unnecessary items
  • DO ease the fears of forgetting items or packing so much that baggage fees drain the bank account

many folks are finding that destination or activity-specific packing checklists are GREAT for brainstorming gift ideas.

Use the List to Make a List

Let’s say you need to buy a gift for a golfer, or a SCUBA diver, but you don’t know anything about either sport.  Take a look at the packing checklists on the Downloads Page specifically designed for those trips and events.

Budget

Depending on the hobby or sport, those packing checklists usually include consumable items (like golf balls, golf tees, mask defogger, etc.) that are usually under the $10 or $20 range.

The Sky’s the Limit

If you’re looking for a really memorable (i.e. expensive) gift, you’re sure to find loads ideas and options on their packing checklist.  If they’re enthusiastic enough to plan and pay for trips specific to a hobby or sport, they’re bound to pack some serious gear.

Personalize

Once you’ve brainstormed a few gift possibilities, also consider which of those could be monogrammed, engraved, or otherwise personalized.  That little touch, plus the thought you’ve put into their favorite activity will make a lasting impression.

Find a Packing Checklist for Your Hobby, Sport, or Event on the Downloads Page.

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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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Hiking First Aid Kit Packing Checklist

First Aid Kit For HikersFirst Aid Packing Checklist for Hikers

Hiking is all about light weight, judicious packing.  Whatever you carry on your hike, you’re going to carry the whole time, so you don’t want to carry a whole lot of items that take up a lot of space or weigh more than necessary.

For hiking, or any other activity where size and weight are factors, your first aid kit packing checklist should be concise.  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.

(The downloadable and printable version of the Hiker’s First Aid Kit Packing Checklist can be downloaded here.)

First Aid Kit, Hiking

  • Light weight container (box, bag, etc.)
  • Absorbent Compress dressing/gauze
  • Moleskin for blister treatment and prevention
  • Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 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

pack medication in dry bagsHikers might also consider putting first aid items in dry-bags or tiny zip-lock baggies to protect them from the weather or environment.  (Download the printable PDF version of the First Aid Kit, Waterproof Packing Checklist here.)

You 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.

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

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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 PackingChecklist.net Downloads page.

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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.

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Comprehensive First Aid Kit Packing Checklist

Comprehensive First Aid Kit Packing ChecklistA packing checklist is always useful to create, pack, and refresh your first aid kit, whether you’re a parent, a team mom, a coach, a teacher, an office dweller, or a solo/small group sports buff.  The recommended packing checklist will vary based on the location and purpose.  (Download the printable PDF version of the First Aid Kit, Comprehensive Packing Checklist here.)

For a relatively static location, such as a ball field, a camp ground, or an office, the packing checklist can and should be extensive.  Items to pack in a comprehensive first aid kit may include the following.

First Aid Kit, Comprehensive

  • Sufficiently large container (box, bag, etc.)
  • Absorbent Compress dressing/gauze
  • Moleskin for blister treatment and prevention
  • 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)
  • Blanket (space blanket)
  • 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
  • Anti diarrhea medication
  • Epinephrine auto injector (Epipen)
  • Seasickness medication
  • Antiseptic/Antibiotic Ointment
  • Hydrocortisone Ointment
  • Burn cream packets
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Alcohol pads
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Saline
  • Lighter
  • Penlight
  • Activated charcoal
  • Emetics
  • Cotton balls/swabs
  • Duct tape
  • Plastic baggies
  • Document listing relevant medical information

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

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.