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Packing List

- Don't-Leave-Home-Without-It-All

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Hopefully, the packing list below will help you remember all the things you need to stuff into your luggage: Money and Documents; Toiletries and Health Items; Beach Gear; Theme Park Gear; Baby Gear; and more.

--to print out sections of this packing list: block what you want; right-click; select Print; click Selection.

Money and Documents

  • cash
  • credit cards
  • debit/ATM cards (make sure these work in the country you're visiting)
  • travelers' checks if needed
  • picture id - passport, picture id and other id if needed. (If kids are leaving the country with only one birth parent, a document authorizing their travel might be needed-- read more.)
  • a photocopy of your picture ID, packed separately, just in case your ID is lost or stolen. (And leave a copy with someone not traveling, too.)
  • membership cards: AAA; Disney Club; etc.
  • calling card or special phone number for long distance phone calls (-some phone services have such products for out-of-country travel)
  • health insurance documents
  • travel insurance documents
  • drivers' license if you'll be driving on the trip; international driver's license if required
  • vaccination documents if needed for foreign countries
  • address/phone book

Trip Documents:

  • itinerary
  • airplane tickets, or confirmation number for e-ticket
  • car reservation number
  • any coupons for hotels, car rental, etc.
  • directions to hotel(s)

Toiletries & Personal Care

  • tooth paste, toothbrushes, dental floss (packed together, in a ziplock bag)
  • shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, etc.
  • shaving gear
  • contact lenses paraphernalia
  • glasses
  • reading glasses
  • sunglasses
  • skin cream, makeup
  • nail clippers
  • tweezers
  • foot powder
  • lip balm
  • ear plugs
  • sleep aids

Plane travelers: remember, you're restricted in the amount of liquids, gels, etc. they can bring on planes; however there are exceptions for baby formula, baby food, medications -- see What Can I Bring On the Plane? and pack the rest of your toiletries in your checked luggage.

Health Items

  • bandaids
  • children's fever medicine, cold medicine, etc.
  • allergy kit, if needed
  • blister kit: moleskin for blisters, elastic tape to go over the moleskin, scissors, bandaids
  • feminine hygiene products
  • prescription medicines
  • birth control
  • vitamins
  • health boosters such as Airborne
Technology Stuff to Bring
-cell phone
iPod(s) or other music players
-digital camera and memory card
-video recorder
-laptop, netbook, iPad, Kindle...
-GPS
-for all the above: batteries, chargers, cords!

"Miscellaneous" Extras:

  • notebook/journal
  • guidebooks--buy the best! It's a small investment, compared to the cost of your vacation.
  • ziploc bags (that actually zip.) Use for toiletries, wet swimsuits, crayons, etc.
  • maps
  • binoculars
  • flashlight & batteries
  • needle and thread
  • handy to have: nightlight if this will help your child
  • alarm clock (if your cell phone isn't your alarm clock)
  • plastic food containers: fill with snacks such as raisins to eat on the plane; later, bring one to restaurants in case your kids won't eat their food (though they' be hungry ten minutes later...)
  • -cereal! Save money and time by eating cereal in your room for breakfast. Buy fresh milk, or use powdered; don't forget the plastic spoons.
  • wet wipes, for cleaning hands, faces, etc. There's even a special brand for removing stains from clothes.

Extras for On the Plane

--check rules for carry-on luggage limiting liquids, gels, etc., and exemptions for meds and baby needs--

To keep kids happy on plane trips, bring along:

  • stuff to amuse the kids
  • iPods or iPads
  • magazines or books
  • snacks and drinks
  • any medication that might be needed, (e.g., for ear pain on planes)
  • lip balm, skin lotion-- planes are dry habitats!
Also, just in case your luggage gets lost, try to bring a change of clothes in your carry-on luggage. If you're flying to a tropical resort, pack a set of hot-weather clothes, sandals, and a bathing suit so you can change immediately and enjoy the pool or beach. Even if you get fast transportation to your resort, often guests must leave luggage at the front desk and then wait until staff deliver that luggage to the guestroom. This wait can take hours, sometimes!

Extras, For Car Trips:

  • stuff to amuse the kids
  • snacks and drinks
  • motion sickness preventatives
  • handy to have: a cooler for drinks; plastic cups
Beach Gear Extras
  • swimsuits (two, per person)
  • sandals
  • aqua shoes
  • swim goggles
  • face masks, snorkels
  • beach toys
  • waterproof disposable camera
  • sunhats
  • sunglasses
  • lip balm with sunscreen
  • ear plugs if your child needs them when swimming

Rain Gear

  • umbrellas or ponchos (especially handy for theme parks)
  • raincoat, rain-pants for outdoors vacations
  • appropriate footwear
  • extra socks

Outdoors Gear

  • insect repellant
  • Afterbite, for insect bites
  • allergy medicine if needed
  • good shoes for hiking
  • layers of clothes, especially fleece
  • socks that will "wick" (draw moisture away from the skin)
  • blister kit (below)
  • wool hat and gloves for chilly weather

continue to Packing Lists, page 2: Theme Park Gear, Baby Gear, Clothes--

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