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The Ultimate Printable Packing List & Expert Tips

Posted on July 18th, 2022 in Travel Tips

Your trip is booked and now only one mundane task stands between you and an extraordinary vacation: packing. With each destination’s unique climate, terrain, and itinerary, it can feel overwhelming to know what to pack. Whether you’re a first-time traveler or an avid globetrotter, we’ve all been guilty of unpacking at the hotel only to realize that something important was left behind. A packing checklist can save you from experiencing this unfortunate circumstance, but even then, be careful to include all necessary items on your list!

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Fortunately, we’re here to save you time and headaches. As travel experts of nearly 50 years, we’ve meticulously compiled a detailed list of every item you should consider packing for your next bucket list trip. Take advantage of our wealth of knowledge and professional insight so you don’t have to stress over forgetting anything. On top of detailing every item you might need, here are some of our favorite expert packing tips:

 1. When considering money…

  • • Don’t forget to notify your financial institution(s) that you’ll be traveling.
  • • Purchase some pocket money in foreign currency, if traveling abroad.
  • • Whether USD or foreign, you will want small amounts for tipping.

 2. If taking prescription medication…

  • • The original prescription must be visible on the bottle.
  • • The medication must be in the original bottle.
  • • Bring an extra seven days of all medications, as a precaution.

 3. For packing toiletries…

  • • Grab a pack of travel-size bottles, like this TSA-approved toiletry bag, to save room in your bag and avoid a liquid mess.

 4. When bringing electronics…

  • • Don’t forget a charger and extra batteries for each device.
  • • If you are traveling internationally, check if your items are dual voltage; bring the necessary adapter plugs and a power converter, if necessary.
  • • Check out our tips on packing electronics so you’re prepared for TSA.

 5. When packing clothing…

  • • Reduce discomfort & swelling by bringing your compression socks.
  • • Bring a comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes; don’t bring new shoes.
  • • Pack layers and outfits that easily mix & match.
  • • Use packing cubes to stay organized and save space in your luggage.
  • • Don’t plan an outfit for each day; travelers often re-wear clothing or take advantage of laundry services at accommodations when available.
  • • Place the staple essentials that you cannot go without in your carry-on bag, such as any prescription medication.
  • • Consider packing one outfit in your carry-on bag in case your checked bag gets lost. If not an entire outfit, we recommend clean underwear, socks, and a shirt.
  • • If you’re traveling with a partner and checking a bag, put half of your clothes in their bag, and vice versa, so if one bag gets lost, you will still have outfits.

Now that you know the pro tips, you can view and print the ultimate packing checklist here.

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We hope you find this printable checklist and our expert tips helpful as you pack for your next destination. If you’ve chosen to travel with us, you’ll receive additional tips that are specific to your tour in your final travel documents. These documents arrive a few weeks prior to your departure and include every detail of your trip so you can travel confidently. As always, our priority is ensuring every step of your incredible trip is worry-free, from the time you book to the time you return home. Check out more expert travel tips like this in our Holiday Travelers Tips blog series!

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