Packing Checklist

Vacation Packing Checklist

Some people are naturally gifted organizers who never pack too much or too little….then there’s the rest of us, who need just a little help in figuring out what to bring and what to leave behind.   Fortunately, we have someone on our staff who is one of those naturally gifted people we all hate….err, I mean envy… and she helped us come up with this basic packing list.  Your Personal Travel Consultant can help tweak this list for the specific itinerary you book through us, so that your list will be perfect just for you!

Don’t forget to check our Packing Tips page for even more advice!

In Your Carry On Bag:

  • Airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
  • Passport/visas/driver’s license
  • Credit cards (take only those you’ll need and leave the rest at home)
  • Hotel & Transfers reservation confirmations
  • Photocopies of all of the above, PLUS a photocopy of your prescription in the event you need an emergency refill while on vacation (leave all the photocopies in the room safe or the hotel’s main safe if there isn’t one in your room)
  • Phone numbers for your credit card companies (in case your cards are lost or stolen)
  • Prescription medicine (important – keep it in the original bottle, but take only what you’ll need and leave the rest at home)
  • Contraception
  • Light sweater (for the plane, which can get cold)
  • A change of clothes (or a swimsuit and coverup), just in case your checked luggage arrives late, or if you’re arriving early in the day and can’t check into your room yet (so you can still enjoy the pool or beach while you’re waiting)
  • And….if you simply must take valuable jewelry, wear it or take it in your carry-on, don’t put it in any luggage to be checked

HER things to pack (this is enough for a week – adjust for a different duration if needed, and for destination, activities, season):

  • 1 pair jeans or khakis (for casual evenings that may be chillier than days)
  • 1 light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack)
  • 1 nice sundress
  • 1 evening cocktail dress
  • 1 nice cardigan-style sweater (for chilly restaurants)
  • 4 casual shirts (T-shirts, tank tops, short-sleeve button-downs, etc.)
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 swimsuits (bikini for the beach, one-piece for water sports)
  • 1 swimsuit cover-up (pareos work great and can double as a shawl in the evenings)
  • 1 pair comfortable walking shoes/sandals (you may wind up walking a bit if you go shopping or sightseeing)
  • 1 pair evening shoes/sandals
  • 1 evening purse
  • 1 pair flip flops (for beach or poolside)
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Bras (don’t forget a strapless one if you’ve packed a top or dress that needs it)
  • Accessories (scarves and jewelry to “stretch” your wardrobe)

HIS things to pack (again, adjust for trip duration, destination, activities, season):

  • 1 pair jeans or khakis
  • 1 pair nice slacks
  • 1 light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack)
  • 4 casual shirts (T-shirts or short-sleeve button-downs)
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 polo or button-down short-sleeve shirts
  • 1 sports jacket (for nicer restaurants, some do require them)
  • 1 tie (rolled up it won’t take up much room, some restaurants require them)
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 pair comfortable walking shoes or sandals
  • 1 pair nice shoes – even black sneakers can look good with slacks & a sportcoat
  • 1 pair flip flops (for beach or poolside)
  • Extra socks and underwear

For Both of you:

  • A disposable camera (yes, they do take good quality photos, and it’s preferable to having an expensive camera stolen)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Paperback books (you can leave them in the hotel library once you’ve read) NOTE: iPads or other tablets are great for reading, but be very careful outdoors – even in the shade they’ll reflect light on to your face, and you can get a serious sunburn that way!
  • A canvas beach bag or lightweight day-pack (you’ll want something big enough to hold a bottle of water, your camera & sunscreen, etc.)
  • A small money belt or fanny pack to hold cash, credit cards, etc. for when you go shopping or sightseeing – be sure to wear it in the front
  • Guidebook (but you may not need the whole book – you can just tear out pages for only what you’re interested in)
  • Electrical converter/adapter (only if going outside of the US and you need items like a hairdryer, charger for electronics, etc.). NOTE: Most of the larger, upscale all-inclusive resorts in Mexico have US-style outlets and adapters may not be necessary – check with your Travel Concierge to be sure.

Basic Toiletries (remember – use travel-sized containers whenever possible):

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Cosmetics
  • Make-up remover
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Comb/brush
  • Hair gel/spray
  • Nail file/clippers/emory file
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors
  • Contact lens and re-wetting solution, storage case
  • Hair accessories – clips, headbands, etc.
  • Buy or pack a small first-aid kit that contains:
    • Insect repellent (and anti-itch cream for the bugs that break through)
    • Band-Aids
    • Aspirin
    • Antacid
    • Antihistamine
    • Diarrhea medicine
    • Motion sickness medicine
    • Aloe vera
    • Tampons/pads (besides the expense,they can be hard to find outside the US)

Optional Items: (most hotels provide these, certainly all of the resorts we work with, but check to be sure)

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body lotion
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower cap
  • Alarm clock

Convenient Extras (nice to have, but not necessary):

  • Extra pair of glasses/contacts, asthma inhaler, and the like
  • Ziploc bags (all sizes; use for packing wet swimsuits or protecting camera and film when it rains)
  • Earplugs
  • Sewing kit
  • Shout Wipes (instant stain-treater towelettes)
  • Anti-bacterial liquid or lotion
  • Visine
  • 1 pair old sneakers that can get wet or ruined (if you’re traveling to the tropics)
  • 1 pair workout sneakers and 2-3 workout outfits if you plan on visiting the resort’s gym or jogging on the beach
  • Compact umbrella or rain ponchos

Very Important – Leave these items with family or close friends before you go:

  • Your itinerary and hotel phone numbers
  • Photocopies of your passport, credit cards, and traveler’s check receipts
  • A sealed copy of your wills, life insurance-policy numbers, and pertinent financial info

Don’t forget to have a great trip!!

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