Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, alone or with friends or family, the whole “pre-travel” process can be hectic and downright stressful. You have to find and reserve a hotel, car, event tickets, etc. If you’re traveling for business you have to carefully document all your expenses in order to guarantee reimbursement. If you’re traveling for pleasure you’re probably on a budget and need to diligently compare the prices on everything. Once all the planning is done you have to pack, which is no picnic. It is just so easy to simply forget one little thing and then have to pay big bucks to replace it while traveling.
However, you can ensure your money is spent on more important things than the hair straightener you forgot on your bathroom counter or the bathing suit your little one left lying on the floor by utilizing this secret weapon: The travel checklist.
This comprehensive printable travel checklist includes all the items you or your travel companions may need while away from home. Use the electronic copy or for added convenience, use the printable travel checklist to make getting packed for your trip a breeze.
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Tip: For added organization, print a travel checklist for each member of your party instead of just using one for everyone.
The Clothing and Accessories Travel Checklist
Before starting the process of packing all your clothes, shoes, and accessories, take a moment or two to plan out all the different situations you may find yourself in while traveling. For example, are you going to have a casual beach day? Maybe you have a fancy dinner planned with your spouse or will have several business meetings. Planning out the different occasions will help you put the travel checklist to good use because you’ll know what types of items you need. Here’s a comprehensive travel checklist of clothes, shoes, and accessories:
Every Day Wear:
Dress Up Duds:
Tip: Remember that accessories can really change the feel of an outfit. Instead of brining extra outfits, try to use accessories (which are typically much more space conservative) to dress an outfit up or down.
The Toiletries Travel Checklist
If you’ve ever had to shell out for toiletries, like shampoo, at the hotel gift shop, you know the price tag of forgetting any of these items is quite high. Use this all-inclusive toiletries travel checklist and save your money!
Tip: If you’re only taking a carry on and can’t fit all of your liquid products in the one allowed quart sized bag, call your hotel and ask what free toiletries they provide. Many hotels will provide you with shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste, soap, and body lotion.
The Miscellaneous Travel Checklist
Those random items scattered all over the house tend to be the hardest to remember and often times, the most important (ex. voltage adapter). Get organized using this miscellaneous travel checklist:
Tip: If your suitcases or car is getting a little full, look for ways to save space. For example, instead of taking an alarm clock, use your cell phone. Furthermore, instead of taking an iron or steamer, call the hotel and ask if their rooms have one.
The Baby Travel Checklist
Forgetting baby items while traveling can not only be expensive but uncomfortable for you and your little one (i.e. a screaming child). Definitely not fun. Put the baby travel checklist to use to ensure your family vacation doesn’t include a stop at the nearest Babies R Us store.
Tip: Since baby supplies are so important, go over your travel checklist twice to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything and that you have enough to last your entire trip.
The Carry On Travel Checklist
As a rule of thumb anything valuable or very important to you or your trip should go in your carry on so that if your luggage is lost you aren’t in a jam. Use this carry on travel checklist to help you think of all the things that should be in your carry on instead of checked bag.
Tip: Nearly all airlines will allow you to have two carry on bags, one that fits in the overhead compartment and one that will fit under the seat in front of you like a laptop bag, diaper bag, or purse. Make the most out of your available space.
De-stress your travels this summer by utilizing this travel checklist. While it can’t make all those reservations and plans for you, the travel checklist can at least free up some mental space and allow you to focus on other aspects of your trip. Happy and save travels!
Can you think of additional items that should be on our printable travel checklist? If so, share them in the comments!