Pelican Flyer | March 10, 2020
They say the journey is the destination, and that starts with packing. Creating and following a well-considered travel checklist is truly the secret to an enjoyable, worry-free vacation free of any snafus. It ensures that you have everything you need in the right place at all times, eliminating those small stressors from the sometimes-hectic travel experience. Before you head out for any kind of journey — whether it be a week by the sea or a quick trip to the countryside — be sure to reference our ultimate travel checklist to ensure that you’ve thought of everything before you walk out the door.
Well-packed luggage starts with the right vessels. Because even the neatest, tidiest and most organized packers will regret choosing bags and cases that aren’t sensibly designed. Here are the luggage components you need for short- to medium-length trips (anything under two weeks).
The truth is that there’s no one universal travel checklist, everybody’s checklist should look different. Your destination and the activities you’ve planned should be primary considerations in crafting your perfect packing list. However, the following items are a rough guideline to get you thinking about what you may need to pack. Going camping? Make sure to check out our guide to what to pack camping, too!
The following list is great for people heading to many popular destinations, including urban and tropical ones. Of course, more rustic environments — the desert, the beach or the rainforest, for example — will require special technical clothing and protective gear. Be sure to consider all weather and environmental factors before creating your final packing list.
When deciding what toiletries to bring, it’s a good idea to go through your entire daily routine in your head, from getting ready in the morning to getting ready before bed at night. Note any and all products and tools you use throughout the process and pack those items in your toiletry bag. We always recommend stocking up on a few reusable plastic travel bottles to reduce plastic waste and to keep your toiletries clean and tidy. Plus, they let you take your preferred products with you rather than relying on travel-sized ones or the hotel’s free toiletries.
Anyone who’s ever shown up at the airport without their passport or ID knows what a massive pain this can be. If you’re occasionally absent-minded, set a reminder on your phone — or go old-school and put a sticky note on the door so you see it before you leave — that alerts you a half hour or so beforehand to remember to grab any necessary personal documents.
Where would we be without our tech? Travel is one of the most important times to have a well-stocked library of downloaded media, because you never know when you’ll be stuck for long periods of time without Wi-Fi or data. Hardware is vital, too, especially your chargers and adapters. Spend some time stocking your phone with media and apps so you have everything ready to go when you need it.
Before you pack for air travel, make sure you check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the current rules on what you can pack in your carry-on luggage. Some items are barred from carry-ons altogether — firearms, ammo, certain lighters, butane, box cutters, corkscrews, etc. — and some have special restrictions, so always check with the TSA before packing anything questionable in your cabin bag.
Tip: If your checked luggage gets lost, which is actually surprisingly uncommon these days, your carry-on may be all you have for hours or days. Consider packing a backup outfit (including underwear) and a few choice toiletries just in case.
In addition to your complete packing list, it’s a good idea to create a list of things to do before you leave. Whether that means lining up care for your pets, securing your firearm or printing out your travel plans, a few before-you-go tasks will help prevent any unnecessary issues.
Preparing for a getaway of any length can be extremely stressful, especially if your trip will be long or if you have a lot of things to take care of beforehand at home. But creating a thorough travel checklist will help ensure that you leave nothing behind and that you aren’t left in a scenario without the items you need while you’re away. Start with this travel packing checklist so you’re one step ahead of the game!