Travel Checklist
The following checklist can help you to prepare for your trip.

    Trip Preparation

  •         Visas
  •         Passports - check the expiration date two months before your trip
  •         Vaccinations
  •         Hotel reservations, take along confirmation numbers
  •         Travel reservations, airplane tickets, list of frequent flyer numbers
  •         Travel insurance to cover the duration of your trip
  •         Driver's license, registration, insurance cards
  •         (leave unnecessary cards at home)
  •         Money or foreign currency (cash, traveler's checks, credit cards)
  •         Carry some emergency cash in a neck wallet or a thin sock attached with a safety pin to the inside of your underwear. (See note below for hints about keeping your cash safe.)
  •         Car keys, house key. (Leave unnecessary keys at home)
  •         Stop the newspaper and mail.
  •         A pile of newspapers or a stuffed mailbox tells thieves that you are not at home. You may come back from your trip to an empty apartment or house.
  •         Turn down thermostat at home
  •         Turn off computers, modems and other electrical equipment that does not need to be on.
  •         Just before stepping out of your door, make sure that all faucets are turned off, and that the water in toilets that you flushed has stopped running.
  •         Check the refrigerator and discard or give away foods that will spoil if you are gone for several days.
  •         Arrange for someone to water your plants and take care of your pets.
  •         Don't forget to leave the keys and itinerary.
  •         Do not pack your travel documents or money in a suitcase that may get lost. Take your important documents and money in a wallet or purse that you can access at all times.
  •         Make sure that your luggage has a tag with your name, address, and telephone number.
  •         Tie a colorful ribbon or attach distinctive stickers to your luggage so that you can identify it easily, and other travelers will not take it by mistake at a busy terminal.

Don't forget to weigh your luggage if you are flying.
Avoid fees and hassles at the airport.

    Personal Items

  •         Shirts, blouses, pants, dresses, hats, coats, sweaters
  •         Rain protection - travel umbrella or raincoat
  •         Underwear, socks
  •         Toiletries, cosmetics, shaving needs, deodorant, shampoo
  •         Dental floss, toothbrush, nail clippers, nail file
  •         Contact lens preparations
  •         Camera, batteries, recharger, voltage converter, small flashlight, travel alarm clock, hair drier
  •         Swimming suit, beach towels, sun block cream
  •         Slippers
  •         Sleeping bag, backpack
  •         Cell phone and charger
  •         A printed list of emergency phone numbers or address book may be handy if your cell phone batteries die or you lose the phone.

    First Aid Kit

  •         Aspirin or analgesic
  •         Decongestant or cold/sinus medication
  •         Antiseptic spray
  •         Mosquito repellent, anti-itch cream
  •         Anti-diarrheal
  •         Special medications


  •         Food supplements
  •         Vitamins
  •         Canned food, can opener
  •         For international travel, do not take fruits and non-sterile foods such as dried sausages because they can spoil and are usually confiscated by customs.

    Car Trip

  •         Check tire air pressure, including spare
  •         Tools for changing a tire
  •         Check oil and gas level
  •         Check the weather forecast. Avoid side roads when there is snow or bad weather.
  •         Flashlight
  •         Maps
  •         Global Positioning System (GPS)
  •         Sun block, sunglasses
  •         This is important on a long trip when the sun may be shining on your arms and face for a long time.
  •         Trash bags, moist towels, napkins
  •         Insulated bag for cold drinks and fruits
  •         Take water for drinking, for the radiator, or windshield washer.
  •         Soft drinks may be OK for you, but they cannot be used for the car.
  •         Granola bars or other emergency food
  •         You may be stuck in traffic for a long time when you least expect it.
  •         Cellular telephone

    Camping or Beach Vacation

  •         Dry snacks (granola bars, nuts, trail mix, jerky) and bottled drinks
  •         Ice chest
  •         beach umbrella, folding chairs, beach towels
  •         sunblock, sunglasses, wide-brim hat
  •         Swimming suits
  •         Life vests, inflatable flotation devices
  •         Sports equipment (baseball, bats, beach ball, surfboard)
  •         Sleeping bag, air mattress, air pillow and a patchkit to repair them.
  •         Tent, stakes, ropes, hammer, shovel
  •         Portable stove, pots, pans
  •         Lantern, kerosene, flashlight, batteries
  •         Emergency signaling equipment (cell phones, radio, mirrors)
  •         Maps, compass, Global Positioning System (GPS)
  •         Survival Gear (knife, ax, waterproof matches, cigarette lighter, saw, fish hooks, fishing line)
  •         A roll of duct tape. Duct tape is handy for many repair jobs.
  •         Water purification tablets and hand sanitizer
  •         Insect repellent, snake-bite kit, first aid kit
  •         Backpacks
  •         Hiking boots, hiking poles, jeans, long sleeve shirts, windbreaker
  •         Before a hike, spray insect repellent on your shoes, socks, and pant cuffs to discourage ticks and insects from crawling up your legs
  •         Hunting equipment (rod and reel, guns, ammunition, bows, arrows)
  •         Make sure that you have proper permits for guns and licenses for fishing and hunting.
  •          You may need a tape measure and a spring scale to make sure that your catches are of legal size. Use guns safely and wear a bright orange hunting vest!