Don’t Leave Home Without It!


Vacation Packing Checklist

icon-theresanapp-tnConfused about what to pack? Don’t get caught without the essential must haves! Or without those little luxuries that make your trip more enjoyable!

General | Toiletries | Clothes | Cosmetics |For Baby | Nice to Have | For Pets

icon-checkmark-tn GENERAL:


  • Wallet and/or purse and cash (sometimes we forget the most obvious things) – make sure wallets have RFID protection
  • Credit/Debit cards and/or traveler’s checks –  (plus list of numbers of both)
  • ID or driver’s license
  • Car and house keys (plus duplicate sets kept in different bags)
  • Cell Phone and charger
  • Eye glasses and/or contact lenses (plus lens cleaner)
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch (or use your phone)
  • Medical insurance cards
  • Prescriptions and other medications
  • Itineraries, tickets and reservation confirmations
  • Maps and directions icon-theresanapp-tn
  • Totebag or backpack for day use
  • Camera and accessories
  • Books and magazines for kids and adults (old school or on an e-reader or audio)
  • Toys, playing cards, small games
  • Flashlight and batteries – or use your cell phone
  • Umbrella and rain jackets
  • Large plastic bags for laundry and wet items
  • Small plastic bags
  • Disposable wipes (or put damp paper towels in zippered plastic bags)
  • Pocketknife with bottle opener
  • Travel alarm (or use cell phone)
  • Sewing kit
  • First-aid kit
  • FOOD! – Snacks/gum
  • Water/juice boxes, no-spill cups
  • Ice (cooler)
  • Paper napkins/towels
  • Disposable knives, forks, and spoons
  • Barbecue utensils
  • Blanket
  • Jumper cables
  • Battery operated weather band radio and batteries
  • Night light

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icon-checkmark-tn TOILETRIES:icon-toothpaste-tn

  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Combs, brushes, hair accessories, blow dryer (if hotel does not provide one)
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreens and lip balm
  • Lotions
  • Insect repellent
  • Shaving gear

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icon-checkmark-tn Cosmetics:icon-scissors-tn

  • Makeup
  • Nail clippers, scissors and emery boards
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton balls and/or swabs
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Toilet paper

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icon-checkmark-tn CLOTHES: icon-shirt-tn

  • Broken-in sneakers or walking shoes
  • Outfits for each day (place kids outfits for each day in zippered plastic bags)
  • Undergarments
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimwear
  • Accessories
  • Light jacket/sweater for evenings or coats for colder weather

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icon-checkmark-tn FOR BABY:  icon-baby-tn

  • Car seat
  • Diaper bag
  • Disposable diapers
  • Changing pad
  • Baby powder and lotion
  • Zippered plastic bags
  • Wet wipes
  • Nursing pads and burp pads
  • Bibs
  • Baby food and spoon
  • Bottles, nipples and caps
  • Formula and/or juice
  • Pacifiers
  • Changes of clothing
  • Jacket or sweater
  • Collapsible stroller with canopy or umbrella
  • Front or back child-carrying pack, or sling style
  • Blankets
  • Waterproof sheets
  • Bathing supplies
  • Large plastic bags for wet clothes (can also be used as a changing pad in a pinch)

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icon-checkmark-tn NICE TO HAVE: icon-headphones-tn

  • Music player, tablet, laptop, headphones,  audio books
  • Frisbee, sports equipment
  • Guidebooks and brochures icon-theresanapp-tn
  • Stain remover stick
  • Portable high chair
  • Portable crib/playpen
  • Pillows
  • Address book and postcard stamps (or just use social media)
  • Extra duffel or tote bag for souvenirs
  • A friend

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