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The Clever Traveler's Ultimate Checklist

By: Robert S.

Travel Checklist

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.

(Travel) Documents

Passports
(International) driving license(s)
Tickets
Money
Credit Card / ATM Card
Travel and Health Insurance Documents
Guide Books and Maps
Travelers Checks
(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.)

Garments

Laundry Bag
Socks
Underwear
Footwear
Trousers / Skirts / Dresses
Shirts / Blouses
Sweaters
Sports Clothes
Swimwear
Rain coats
Hats / Scarves / Gloves
Jackets / Coats
Belts

Basics

Luggage Locks / ID Tags
Camera With Charger and Film or Memory Cards
Flashlight / Nightlight
Travel Alarm Clock
Binoculars
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)
Writing Materials
Folding Scissors (Checked Baggage)
Travel Iron
Laptop with Charger
Sunglasses
MP3 Player / Earplugs
(If Necessary) European Adaptor Plug
Bottle Opener / Can Opener
Portable Gaming Device (PSP/NDS) with Charger

Toiletries

Comb / Brush
Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Dental Floss
Shampoo
Deodorant
(If Necessary) Rash Cream / Baby Lotion / Baby Wash
Contacts and Contact Lens Preparations
Soap
Shaving Products
Cologne / Perfume
Blow Dryer
Desinfecting Hand Gel

Health

First Aid Kit
Prescribed Medicine
Aspirin
Motion Sickness Medicine
Insect Repellent
Sunscreen / Aftersun lotion
Alcohol Wipes
Lip Balm
Vitamins

Taking your pet with you?

Medications
Kennel / Carrier
Food and Food Bowls
Stain Remover
Litter Box / Scoop
Collar / Leash
Grooming Tools
Bedding
Identification / Recent Photo
Vaccination Records

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
Confirm Flights
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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