How to Pack your Bags Better

The suitcase

The importance to having a good suitcase is beyond words, especially if you plan to do more travels in the future. If you're budget conscious, shop around for an alternative brand but definitely stick to a hard case – they're worth their weight in gold.


Planning to Perfection

Its easy to get carried away when planning your travels and leaving packing to the last minute. Its better to have space in your luggage than to overpack – no one wants to pay excess baggage fees!


Important Documents and Necessities


  • Calling card
  • Contact info for credit card companies
  • Day pack
  • Guidebook(s)
  • Medical and vaccination records
  • Passport, visa(s) and photocopies
  • Car rental confirmations
  • Credit and ATM cards
  • Driver's license and photocopy
  • Hotel reservations
  • Membership cards (AAA, frequent flier)
  • Traveler's checks
  • Cash
  • Cruise documents
  • E-tickets
  • Insurance information
  • Money belt/pouch

Personal Items and Hygiene


  • Body lotion
  • Conditioner
  • Cotton swabs
  • Eye drops
  • Floss
  • Hair care products
  • Lip balm
  • Nail clippers
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Universal sink stopper
  • Clothesline
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Curling iron/hair straightener
  • Face wash
  • Glasses
  • Hair dryer
  • Moist towelettes
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Tissues/paper towels
  • Toothpaste
  • Woolite packets
  • Cologne/perfume
  • Cosmetics
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Shampoo
  • Toiletry bag
  • Towel/wash cloth

Clothing and Accessories


  • Beach cover-up
  • Dress(es)
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Jewelry
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Raincoat
  • Shirts
  • Slippers
  • Suits and ties
  • Swimsuit
  • Underwear
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Belt
  • Dress shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • Knit hat
  • Pants/trousers
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Sweaters
  • Sneakers
  • Watch
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Extra hangers
  • Jacket/fleece
  • Long underwear
  • Rain boots
  • Scarf
  • Shower shoes
  • Stockings
  • Sweatshirts
  • T-shirts
  • Water shoes

Medications and Health


  • Allergy pills
  • Cold medicine
  • Herbal supplements
  • Nausea and diarrhea remedies
  • Sleep medications
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Contraceptives
  • Malaria tablets
  • Pain relievers
  • Vitamins
  • Bandages
  • First-aid kit
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Prescriptions
  • Water purification method

Gadgets


  • Camera and charger
  • Extension cord(s)
  • Laptop and accessories
  • Shortwave radio
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Extra memory cards or film
  • MP3 player
  • Spare batteries
  • Underwater camera
  • Converters and adapters
  • GPS
  • PDA
  • Tablet/e-reader
  • Video camera and charger

On the Plane


  • Books or magazines
  • Inflatable pillow
  • TSA-approved luggage locks
  • Earplugs
  • Quart-size bag for liquids/gels
  • Eye mask
  • Travel blanket

In the Car


  • Antifreeze
  • Jumper cables
  • Motor oil
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Driving directions
  • Keys
  • Pillow and blanket
  • Ice scraper
  • Maps
  • Spare tire or donut

Beach, Camping and Outdoors


  • Air mattress
  • Binoculars
  • Compass/GPS
  • Insect repellent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent
  • Water bottle
  • Beach bag
  • Camping stove/fuel
  • Cutlery/dishes
  • Lighter
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking poles
  • Beach towel
  • Can opener
  • Flashlight
  • Shortwave radio
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella

Family


  • Baby food
  • Bibs
  • Car seat
  • Child's toilet seat
  • Coloring books
  • Doll
  • Formula or juice
  • Kid-friendly camera
  • Playing cards
  • Portable playpen
  • Sun hat
  • Travel games
  • Wipes
  • Baby powder
  • Birth certificate
  • CD's/DVD's
  • Children's books
  • Crayons/markers
  • Extra clothes
  • Highchair
  • Nursing pads
  • Portable crib
  • Stroller
  • Swim diapers
  • Waterproof sheets
  • Baby shampoo
  • Bottles/sippy cup
  • Changing pad
  • Children's pain reliever
  • Diapers
  • Food/snacks
  • Infant carrier
  • Pacifiers
  • Portable DVD player
  • Stuffed animals
  • Toys
  • Video games

Miscellaneous


  • Address book
  • Corkscrew
  • Highlighters
  • Plastic bags
  • Swiss army knife
  • Cooler
  • Drinks
  • Journal
  • Sewing kit
  • Chewing gum
  • Double-sided/duct tape
  • Pen(s)
  • Snacks