While everyone looks forward to going on vacation, the one thing that most people do not look forward to is the hassle and stress of packing before the trip. No matter how carefully you pack, it seems like something is always forgotten. The next time you are planning to travel, reduce your stress by making a packing list ahead of time. Using a list is easy, and it ensures that you won’t forget to pack anything, which will make your trip a lot more enjoyable.
How to Create a Packing List
Create your main categories of packing. These should be clothes, toiletries, medications, documents and a category for miscellaneous items.
Fill in the spaces under each category with packing details as they relate to your trip. For example, a trip to the beach would include “swimsuit” under clothing, “sunscreen” under toiletries, and “beach umbrella” under miscellaneous.
Add items to your list by go from room to room. Usually, something in that room will jog your memory and make you realize you might need it. For example, seeing the baby’s shampoo in the bathroom might remind you to add baby bath items to your toiletries list.
Ask your children to make a separate list. This should be items that they want to bring for entertainment, such as books, iPods, and cameras. You can either add their items to the miscellaneous list or attach their list to your master list.
Remember to include your pet’s needs in the list as well, if you are bringing your pet. Again, this may go under miscellaneous, or you might want to give your pet his own category.
- If you are traveling with a baby or toddler, it is easiest to list all of her items in a “baby” section rather than spreading the items out under the other headings.
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