Don’t Stress! Make a Travel Checklist
65% of people have a difficult time packing for trips.
With 33% of people packing their bags only 24 hours before their trip, it is easy to see why two-thirds of people overpack their suitcase, one-third still forget to pack something! These 5 areas will help you determine what items you’ll need to put on your travel checklist for the upcoming trip.
1. Your Destination
International travel requires more advanced planning to ensure you have the right travel visas, up-to-date vaccines or immunizations, and a valid passport. In most cases, you’ll also want to book your flights and accommodations ahead of time, as last-minute international travel can be costly.
2. Travel Companions
Are you packing for yourself, or will you be packing for your children or family as well? If you’re traveling solo, travel-sized items are probably all you need. But if the whole family is coming along, you’ll need to add toiletries for each person on your travel checklist.
3. How Long You’ll Be Travelling
The longer your trip, the more items you’ll need. Remember, the more days you’re away from home, the more variance there could be in the weather. Three in five people surveyed in the OnePoll study had to purchase something to wear while on vacation. So make sure your travel checklist has a wide variety of items.
4. Your Accommodations
If you’re staying in a hotel, they typically provide toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, and soap and have hairdryers and towels in the bathrooms. But they also can provide things like razors, bandages or first aid, toothbrushes and toothpaste, sewing kits, and games or activities for kids.
5. Your Mode of Transportation
If your trip involves flying, you need to pack more carefully than you would if you’re traveling by car, bus, or train. One thing you’ll need to do ahead of time is to check the dimensions of your luggage, as the oversized baggage fees airlines charge can be hefty.
6. Travel Documents
– Passport and other identification – Reservations: hotel, car rental, excursions – A copy of your boarding pass – either printed or saved as a photo on your cell phone – Any COVID-related documentation (test results, immunization card, etc.) – Map or guidebook – Your itinerary
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