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The Ultimate Travel Checklist–What to pack when you go away

Bulging Suitcase on Bed

It’s halfway through the summer and many of us are still gearing up for that vacation.  You’ve looked forward to it all summer and now it’s time to pack.  Nothing can frustrate you more than getting to the beach and seeing you forgot something critical like a swimsuit…or deodorant.  Two weeks ago, on the way home from the Middle East, one of our college students (Kyle!) lost his passport on the way home.  He was detained in Moscow for a couple of hours but they somehow let him board the flight to DC.  #1 on the previous post of ways to prepare for international travel was to put a copy of your passport in your carry on bag.  So this stuff is actually useful.  I thought I would give you my checklist for what to pack.  Every time I have a trip, I pull this memo out on my phone and run down the list.  Here it is:

ESSENTIALS:

  1. Passport/ID/license/credit cards
  2. Electronic devices AND chargers
    1. Ipad charger, car phone charger
    2. I have one of those little mophies that will charge my cell phone 2 whole charges. Just in case I am stranded somewhere and the phone is dead.
  3. marpac noise machine (I like white noise, especially when rooming with someone—more often than not you will get someone who snores like a banshee)
  4. Toiletries – check or carry-on (I have 2 different pre-prepared toiletry kits—one for check and one for carry-on)
    1. My parents are so responsible they put all liquids in zip lock bags in case of spillage
  5. Medication
  6. House key
  7. Trash bag for dirty clothes
  8. Water bottle
  9. Travel Alarm clock (I don’t like to sleep next to my phone because I will surf aimlessly instead of going to bed or getting up
  10. iPod

CLOTHES:

  1. Boxers
  2. Undershirts
  3. Socks-athletic and dress
  4. Pijamas
  5. Jeans
  6. Shirts
  7. Pants
  8. Shorts
  9. Sweater
  10. Dressy outfit? Church or meeting?
  11. Belt(s)
  12. Running or workout gear/bball shoes
  13. Sweatshirt
  14. Swimsuit?
  15. Jacket?/Rain coat?
  16. Dress shoes/running shoes/Flip flops

For Flights:

  1. Eyemask
  2. Ambien (or Jack Daniels)
  3. Earplugs
  4. Travel pillow

Maybe?/Other miscellaneous stuff

  1. Aux cord
  2. Retainer (don’t laugh, it’s a mouth guard for grinding)
  3. Tickets (airline, concert, sporting event, etc.)
  4. Contacts/solution
  5. Extra pair of glasses
  6. Night light or small flash light
  7. Cigars
  8. Snacks/Protein bars
  9. sunglasses
  10. Sunscreen
  11. Kan Jam or other lawn games
  12. Aerobed/air mattress
  13. towel
  14. golf clubs
  15. Ravens/Orioles stuff

Check out this list from another site.  It’s even got detailed toiletries.

What did I miss?  Please share in the comments.

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The Ultimate Travel Checklist–What to Pack

Bulging Suitcase on Bed

It’s halfway through the summer and many of us are still gearing up for that vacation.  You’ve looked forward to it all summer and now it’s time to pack.  Nothing can frustrate you more than getting to the beach and seeing you forgot something critical like a swimsuit…or deodorant.  Two weeks ago, on the way home from the Middle East, one of our college students (Kyle!) lost his passport on the way home.  He was detained in Moscow for a couple of hours but they somehow let him board the flight to DC.  #1 on the previous post of ways to prepare for international travel was to put a copy of your passport in your carry on bag.  So this stuff is actually useful.  I thought I would give you my checklist for what to pack.  Every time I have a trip, I pull this memo out on my phone and run down the list.  Here it is:

ESSENTIALS:

  1. Passport/ID/license/credit cards
  2. Electronic devices AND chargers
    1. Ipad charger, car phone charger
    2. I have one of those little mophies that will charge my cell phone 2 whole charges. Just in case I am stranded somewhere and the phone is dead.
  3. marpac noise machine (I like white noise, especially when rooming with someone—more often than not you will get someone who snores like a banshee)
  4. Toiletries – check or carry-on (I have 2 different pre-prepared toiletry kits—one for check and one for carry-on)
    1. My parents are so responsible they put all liquids in zip lock bags in case of spillage
  5. Medication
  6. House key
  7. Trash bag for dirty clothes
  8. Water bottle
  9. Travel Alarm clock (I don’t like to sleep next to my phone because I will surf aimlessly instead of going to bed or getting up
  10. iPod

CLOTHES:

  1. Boxers
  2. Undershirts
  3. Socks-athletic and dress
  4. Pijamas
  5. Jeans
  6. Shirts
  7. Pants
  8. Shorts
  9. Sweater
  10. Dressy outfit? Church or meeting?
  11. Belt(s)
  12. Running or workout gear/bball shoes
  13. Sweatshirt
  14. Swimsuit?
  15. Jacket?/Rain coat?
  16. Dress shoes/running shoes/Flip flops

For Flights:

  1. Eyemask
  2. Ambien (or Jack Daniels)
  3. Earplugs
  4. Travel pillow

Maybe?/Other miscellaneous stuff

  1. Aux cord
  2. Retainer (don’t laugh, it’s a mouth guard for grinding)
  3. Tickets (airline, concert, sporting event, etc.)
  4. Contacts/solution
  5. Extra pair of glasses
  6. Night light or small flash light
  7. Cigars
  8. Snacks/Protein bars
  9. sunglasses
  10. Sunscreen
  11. Kan Jam or other lawn games
  12. Aerobed/air mattress
  13. towel
  14. golf clubs
  15. Ravens/Orioles stuff

Check out this list from another site.  It’s even got detailed toiletries.

What did I miss?  Please share in the comments.

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10 Things to do the day you leave for vacation

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I leave in a day for the Middle East (don’t worry mom and dad, someone is living at my house while I’m gone-they said never to post that you will be gone on social media, and they are probably right!) so there will be some posts about our travels and adventures while we are there.  I am going with 31 college students and several other adults.  We will tour the holy sites and help run a Young Life camp in the West Bank for Palestinian kids.  Bon Voyage!

10 THINGS TO DO THE DAY OF (RIGHT BEFORE YOU LEAVE)

  1. Adjust the thermostat
  2. Unplug heavy electronics
  3. Empty fridge of perishables and remove trash from your house
  4. Start automatic timers for your lights if you have them
  5. Set your security system if you have one
  6. Lock all windows and doors
  7. Check the weather forecast and pack accordingly
  8. Set vacation responders—email and phone message (and extend it to the day after you get back—this will allow you to get caught up)
  9. Move your spare key (maybe not under the mat or in the flower pot)
  10. Close your curtains. (helps with the utilities and with creepers)

Extra international tips:

  1. Make copies of important documents (passport if going international, or drivers license) and stash them in your carryon.
  2. Call your cell phone company and find out what the dealio is. (I got home from the Middle East once and had a phone bill that was 10x my monthly bill!)
  3. Call your credit card companies and let them know you will be traveling. Don’t want to get caught in the middle of Australia and not be able to rent a snorkel.
  4. Find out the electric where you are going and get adapters

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What will you forget to do before vacation?

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Have you ever gone on vacation and as you arrive wondered if you had locked your door?  Or even if you had closed the door?  I got from being away for the weekend a couple years ago to my front door wide open.  How embarrassing.  In my panicked frenzy to leave I forgot not just to lock the door, but to close it.  Luckily all my valuables were still intact (really just my TV and cigars).  I know vacation season has begun so I wanted to give you a gift.  Stuff to do beforehand.  You can make your own checklist but this will be a great start. Lots of credit to my mom and dad as the most prepared travelers in the world—they were big contributors on this series.

Top 3 tips for any kind of travel:

  1. Make a list! Make your list of things to do and also things to pack (included in future posts).  This will take the guessing game out of vacation/going away.  Keep it in your phone or somewhere easily accessible for the future.
  2. Buy an extra phone charger and put it in the suitcase you most frequently use. They are really cheap.
  3. Compile a complete toiletry kit with new toiletries. Don’t use any of these daily.  That way you’re not having to pack everytime you go away for the weekend, you just grab it.

5 Things to do the week before vacation or longer travel:

  1. Email your itinerary and travel plans to a trusted friend. (my parents always send my sister and I this when they travel)
  2. Let a trusted neighbor know you will be gone and to keep an eye out.
  3. Put a hold on your mail and newspaper (do people still get those?). The USPS has a place to do that online HERE.
  4. Check any bill due dates and pay them. Getting a late fee after a great vacation is like a punch in the throat.
  5. I have a rule where I don’t pack the day I’m leaving. This makes me pack the night before and gives me some time to remember things that aren’t on the list.

Next post:  10 things to do the day that you leave and in honor of our soon-coming trip to the Middle East, some international tips.

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