The Clever Traveler's Ultimate Checklist
By: Robert S.
Going on holiday soon? Make traveling a little less stressful: use this checklist when packing your suitcase.
We've also included items that you should take with you if you have a (young) child or if you're taking your pets with you.
(International) driving license(s)
Credit Card / ATM Card
Travel and Health Insurance Documents
Guide Books and Maps
(If Required) Visa
(If Required) Birth Certificate / Marriage license
Photocopies of all documents
Addresses and Phone Numbers of Family and Friends
Company Contact Numbers (Mobile Phone/ Credit Card, Insurance/etc.)
Trousers / Skirts / Dresses
Shirts / Blouses
Hats / Scarves / Gloves
Jackets / Coats
BasicsLuggage Locks / ID Tags
Camera With Charger and Film or Memory Cards
Flashlight / Nightlight
Travel Alarm Clock
Books / Magazines
Toys / Games / Stuffed Animals for your children
(If Necessary) Diapers / Changing Pad / Plastic Bags
(If Necessary) Wipes / Tissues / Blankets
(If Necessary) Pacifiers / Nipples / Stroller
Batteries / Mobile Phone Charger
Sewing Kit (Checked Baggage)
Folding Scissors (Checked Baggage)
Laptop with Charger
MP3 Player / Earplugs
(If Necessary) European Adaptor Plug
Bottle Opener / Can Opener
Portable Gaming Device (PSP/NDS) with Charger
ToiletriesComb / Brush
Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Dental Floss
(If Necessary) Rash Cream / Baby Lotion / Baby Wash
Contacts and Contact Lens Preparations
Cologne / Perfume
Desinfecting Hand Gel
HealthFirst Aid Kit
Motion Sickness Medicine
Sunscreen / Aftersun lotion
Taking your pet with you?Medications
Kennel / Carrier
Food and Food Bowls
Litter Box / Scoop
Collar / Leash
Identification / Recent Photo
Before you go:Check that passports are valid for travel dates
Remember PIN numbers
Cancel any regular deliveries like newspapers
Make sure baggage is sound and lockable
If your pet is not going with you, enlist someone to take care of him
Leave a copy of your documents with someone who stays at home
Water house plants
Throw away perishable food (including the food in your fridge)
Turn off all electric devices
Leave your keys with someone who stays at home
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