Travel Packing Lists

by Oct 13, 2014Organization, Productivity, Travel

What items are you most likely to forget?
Your power cord? Underoos? A toothbrush?
Have you traveled all day without hangry snacks and wanted to fight someone for their peanuts?
Stop wingin’ it and use a list.

Listicizing your packing keeps your precious brainspace free to do more important things like brush your cat before you leave, get in an interval run, give your kids one last hug or watch one more episode of Downton Abbey. Travel packing lists are one area where I think they should definitely be digital. This way you can add, delete and reuse. I keep mine in Evernote and have different lists for business travel, weekend casual travel, mountain bike races, running races, adventure races and camping. Here’s a sample list. I don’t always take everything but it’s there for me to decide whether or not to check off. In Evernote, there are checkboxes. They just don’t copy over here.

CLOTHES

  • Casual or travel outfits
  • Business clothes for each day
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Underwear
  • Bra
  • Dress socks, hose, or tights
  • Dress shoes
  • Belt
  • Coat
  • Hat/gloves/scarf
  • Pajamas
  • Shoe bag or shower cap for shoes
  • Vitamin box for jewelry

EXERCISE

  • Sports Bra
  • Workout Clothes
  • Athletic Socks
  • Sneakers
  • Sprigs Wrist Banjee
  • Exercise Equipment – Jetsetter, Grid
  • Road ID
  • Tennis ball
  • Gypsy wrap or bandanna

TOILETRIES

  • Comb/Brush
  • Shampoo, Conditioner
  • Hair Product
  • Face Wash/Wipes
  • Face Lotion
  • Sunblock
  • Deodorant
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush and floss
  • Makeup
  • Hand lotion or balm
  • Feminine essentials
  • Razor
  • Athletic tape
  • Dr Bronner for detergent and body wash

MEDICATION/FOOD

  • Vitamins/Prescriptions
  • Snacks – chia seeds, hemp seeds, nuts, nut butter, salmon, tea, cooked quinoa bowl, seaweed
  • Protein Powder
  • Travel Mug and Water Bottle

LOGISTICS

  • Purse, wallet or utility belt, Sprigs Wrist Banjee
  • Credit Cards/Cash
  • Passport/ID
  • Tickets
  • GPS

ELECTRONICS

  • Phone
  • Laptop
  • Phone charger
  • Laptop charger/spare cord
  • Kindle
  • Headphones
  • multi-strip
  • Heart rate monitor

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Umbrella
  • Mini First Aid Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand Warmers/Toe Warmers
  • Sleep Sack/Liner
  • Sandwich Bags
  • Large Ziplock bags for separating outfits
  • Duct tape
  • Sleep mask
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Principal and Managing Director, GFF Architects