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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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packingchecklistredpenIn addition to the reviews, travel tips, and community input on PackingChecklist.net, our primary focus is always to provide a packing checklist for all occasions. 

Many of the packing checklists are comprehensive detailing every item imaginable.  Some are destination-specific.  Others are event-specific.  There are packing checklists for light travel, heavy travel, frequent travel, local travel, and international travel.  …and if the specific packing checklist does not yet exist, community input will prompt the creation of a new or modified list.

Online, Downloadable, and Printable

Each packing checklist is provided online for internet/web accessibility at home or on the road.  Descriptions of the list are characterized based on destination, event, duration, or specific need(s).  Reviews are also provided on travel-related products, destinations, and item or service availability.  The online checklists and reviews are also open to the PackingChecklist.net community for comments and suggestions.

Each packing checklist is also provided in a downloadable and printable Adobe PDF format.  With the free Acrobat Reader software, the files can be universally stored and opened on virtually any computer and most mobile devices.

Since they are “packing checklists,” it’s also critically important that the PDF files are cleanly printable, so you can check off items as you pack.  Each PDF is designed to fit neatly, legibly, and cleanly on standard 8.5 x 11 paper.

Real People, Real Lists

Each packing checklist is created based on the real-life experiences and input of people who’ve actually packed THESE items for the specified list(s). 

  • Items on the Soccer Game/Practice Packing Checklist are actual items packed and used by real soccer moms.
  • Items on the Luxury Cruise Packing Checklist are actual items packed and used by couples who frequent luxury cruises.
  • Items on all the packing checklists are updated and modified based on the comments and input of real people in the PackingChecklist.net community.

Ideas

A packing checklist is designed to prompt ideas.  …things you might not have considered packing  …things you might decide to strike from your list.  They can also inspire gift ideas and new adventures.

Since the packing checklist PDFs are specific to the trip’s destination, event, duration, or purpose, you can use them for gift ideas for yourself or others.  Do you need to buy a gift for a golfer?  How about a SCUBA diver?  Check the packing checklist relative to each hobby. 

Many of the items on those lists are consumable and have to be frequently replaced (golf tees, golf balls, mask defogger, gift certificates for air fills, etc.).  Individually, these make great stocking-stuffers or token gifts.  Collectively, you can put several items in a container (duffel bag, tote bag, bucket, basket, etc.) for a more thoughtful gift.

The less consumable/more resilient items can also be very special and meaningful gifts (new club, new golf bag, sport-specific clothing, underwater camera, dive knife, etc.).  They’ll definitely know you put some thought into it.

As you’re scanning through the packing checklists, think about the specific destinations or purpose for each list.  You might just discover a new hobby or your next adventure.

Share

A big advantage to the lists, reviews, and PDFs on PackingChecklist.net is the opportunity to join the community and share your experiences.  Remember, new packing checklists and updates come from real people with real stories to share.  Feel free to comment, add suggestions, and share your stories on PackingChecklist.net.

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Why Use a Packing Checklist?

Packing ChecklistIt’s a fair question.  Why use a packing checklist?  Some frequent travelers are comfortable enough to pack without a checklist.  Others are just not “list people” and want to go with the flow.  That’s totally cool.  There are also people who choose to solve quadratic equations in their heads.  This is also TOTALLY cool, but it’s not the norm.  Most of us really prefer to use a packing checklist for a variety of reasons.

Forget Me Not

The primary reason most people use a packing checklist is to make sure they don’t forget anything.  There are NEEDED items, and there are WANTED items.  For the most part, needed items are those that you can’t reasonably obtain after you arrive at your destination.  Wanted items can cross over into this “need” category if they’re excessively or annoyingly difficult to obtain.  You really need to determine what’s worth packing and what’s not.  If they’re all on the packing checklist, at least you have the option of taking or leaving the items by choice. You’re much less likely to forget something if you use a packing checklist to think ahead and review. 

Too, depending on the specific destination or event, there may be “specialty” items needed that might not be necessary for normal travel.  Passports for international travel, confirmation numbers, receipts, registration documentation are all examples of trip-specific needs.  You don’t want to forget these, so it’s best to include at least some mention of them on your packing checklist.

Weight and Size Restrictions

Baggage fees can be very expensive; oversized and overweight luggage costs even more.  We certainly don’t want to spend any more money than necessary on baggage, and depending on your mode of travel, the number of bags, weight, and size may have a maximum cap.

A packing checklist can help you prioritize the “needed” and “most wanted” items to actually carry on your trip.  Even if cost isn’t a factor, most people don’t really want to bother with heavy, excessive luggage.  Space limitations, cost, and convenience for you, the traveller are all factors.  How much will actually fit in the trunk of your car?  

Travelling Light

This is especially important for frequent travelers, but the general trend is to minimize as much as possible.  Use your packing checklist to identify those items that you absolutely MUST take.  Eliminate those items that you could or would obtain AFTER you arrive at your destination.  You can also use your packing checklist as a shopping list either for the items you want to obtain after you arrive or for items that can be purchased as “travel-sized,” “compact,” or “light-weight.”

Ideas

A destination-specific or comprehensive packing checklist can give you ideas for items you might not have considered.  An idea may be as common as a reminder to take sun-block on a tropical vacation or as unique as “hot hands” disposable warmers on an Alaskan cruise.  Just reviewing the checklist can prompt a lot of “oh, yeah” moments.

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