Packing List

In Your Carry On Bag:

  • Airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
  • Passport/visas/driver’s license
  • Credit cards (take only those you’ll need)
  • Hotel/theater reservation fax confirmations
  • Traveler’s checks
  • Photocopies of all of the above, plus a photocopy of related medical and/or trip insurance coverage and prescriptions (leave the copies 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 (in the original bottle)
  • Light sweater (for the plane, which can get cold)
  • 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 little black 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 sightseeing)
  • 1 pair evening shoes/sandals
  • 1 evening purse
  • 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)
  • 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 slack & a sportcoat
  • Extra socks and underwear

For Both of you:

  • Camera (disposable cameras are much more expensive at vacation spots)
  • Extra film or memory for digital cameras
    Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Paperback books (you can leave them in the hotel library once you’ve read)
  • A canvas beach bag or lightweight daypack (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. – 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, battery charger for a camcorder, etc.)

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: (many hotels provide these, 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 or Keds 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
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