Travel Packing Checklist:
With hundreds of trips under our belts, we've streamlined our packing process with our tried-and-true Travel Packing Checklist to make traveling a joy instead of a hassle!
Regardless of how long we are traveling, I try to initiate the five day rule. Meaning, we usually have a washer and dryer in the hotel where we are staying so I only pack clothing items that I may need for five days (obviously this does not apply to medications and such!).
I will do a load of laundry around the fifth day if necessary. You can bring a packet of laundry detergent or a pod and a dryer sheet if you like in your luggage. This greatly reduces the amount of items that you need to pack. I discovered that I generally wear the same things over and over while on vacation, so this works well for me.
Your Travel Packing Checklist will be subjective to your dressing style, planned events and the type of trip. I pack as light as possible. Most of our trips are outdoor adventures with the need for 2 to 3 casual to dressy evenings. Always pack a thin sweater to cover your arms to satisfy dress codes or as a layer of warmth.
Spring/Summer Items for Your Checked Bag:
Extras and Technology
Fall/Winter Items for Your Checked Bag:
Check with your airline regulations but we generally fly with Delta. I have a shoulder bag that zips and a computer bag as I tend to work a bit in the evenings or on a rainy morning while on the road. I always carry on my electronics and camera/lens. I place my camera in the shoulder bag with a tiny travel purse and sweater.
Lens' can be slipped into socks to protect them if you don't have a small camera bag. All electronics and phone chargers are placed into my computer bag.
Generally I take advantage of long flight times to write my next website post or blog. I also bring my earbuds so I can catch a show or a movie while flying if I'm not in the mood to write!
Be sure to pack on your carry-on any medications, inhaler, spare contacts, etc. that you may need in case your checked bag is misplaced for a short time.
*Deep Woods Off Towelettes: We just discovered these great little packets. I used to avoid using the spray but these towelettes are great. Chris uses it on his head and ears to keep away the pesky mosquitoes. We use them kayaking, biking, hiking and anytime in the woods. We found these in CVS before a night kayaking trip and decided to add them to our Travel Packing Checklist.
**I buy the small bottles in the travel section at Meijer or Walmart. Always place them inside a quart sized zip lock bag in case the cap opens. I place toothpaste, gels, lotions and such inside these bags.
These little packets are lifesavers and a must for your Travel Packing Checklist! I am prone to heartburn with certain beverages and the Antacid works great. Diamode is to combat Traveler's diarrhea. Diotame is for nausea, gas, heartburn, indigestion. Medi-Lyte is for heat fatigue, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and helps to provide rapid rehydration. These little packets can be found on Amazon and are lightweight and tiny to pack.
Please note: We were not paid to list these products, they are simply what we use.