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The ultimate packing list and travel-planning list for the travel nerd

22 Jun
 
Documents and Purse
Travel itineraries, confirmations for flight, hotel, car/transport, tickets/passes, conference info
Travel info: guidebooks, articles, directions/maps, language book
Phone and chargers (incl. car charger)
Laptop and chargers
Camera and chargers (and card reader and mini tripod and underwater cameras and extra battery)
Ipod, chargers, dock
Wallet, license, passport, money/cards
Notebook and pen
Books/magazines
keys
Medications, tissues, toiletry kit, lip gloss, moisturizer, mints/gum
sunglasses
Comfort/travel
Eyemask
Headphones
Neck pillow
Earplugs
Socks
Snacks/tea/water
Foreign travel: money belt, currency, extra meds, adapters, vaccinations, check credit cards, health insurance, passport, etc.
Day bag/backpack; purse
 
Toiletries
Shampoo, conditioner, body wash/soap, hair products, moisturizer (face/body), sunscreen
Nails
Shaving
Brush/comb
Deodorant
Toothbrush/toothpaste/floss
Saline/eyedrops
Feminine products/contraception
perfume
Little mirror
Tweezers
q-tips, cotton pads
Hair elastics
makeup
Lint brush
Survival/Misc
Matches
Travel candle
Extra fold-able bag
Wine opener, camping cutlery
Multi-tool
Hand sanitizer
Small flashlight
Sewing kit
stamps
First aid kit; blister pads, bandaids
Waterproof watch; alarm clock; batteries
Book reading light
Clothes/shoes
Flip flops
Dressy shoes
Walking/casual shoes
Hiking shoes/sneakers
Water shoes
Slippers
Underwear
Socks, nylons
Bras
Undershirts, leggings, workout/yoga clothes
Jackets, coats
Sweaters/cardigans
Jeans, casual pants, dress pants, shorts, skirts, dresses
Various shirts
Scarves, hats, belts, accessories
jewelry
pajamas
Laundry bag
Activities/weather/scenarios
Swimsuit
Sun hat
Sarong, sundress, cover-ups
Towel
Hiking bag
Biking? Boating? Other activities?
Bug repellant
Snowy? Hat, gloves, scarves, extra layers
Staying with friends? Thank you note, hostess gift
Raincoat, umbrella, rain shoes
Binoculars, gps, etc
Hair dryer, iron, laundry detergent
Before you go:
House lights, security, house-sitter, temperature set, electronics unplugged, do dishes, take out trash
Pets, pet-sitter
Get cash
Go to salon
Try on dressy outfits and new items
Print documents, confirm reservations, coordinate other travelers and ride to airport
Check calendar for appointments
Get coverage at work, prepare for being gone
Pack and check list!
While you’re gone: send postcards, get gifts/mementos, take photos and notes, read local publications and listen to local radio, visit local grocery stores (ie: local food and products), talk to the locals and visit spots they frequent, explore off the beaten path

 

Best Travel Resources:

Newspapers online: Guardian Travel, NYTimes Travel (36hr series)
Gliider: Store all your travel resources online in one place
Stay.com – build your own travel guide; tripit.com – travel resources
Quirky travel sites: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/, http://atlasobscura.com/,
Travelmuse.com – share/explore travel tips
Travel Guide sites: Moon, Lonely Planet (and magazine), Rick Steves’ (Europe)
Travel Magazines (ie: Travel and Leisure – print and online)
Cybercaptive – list of global cyber cafes
Onebag.com – traveling light; build your own custom packing list at http://upl.codeq.info/
Lists of best sites for fares, etc: http://articles.cnn.com/2007-10-03/travel/travel.sites_1_travel-web-sites-low-fare-essential-tool?_s=PM:TRAVELhttp://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/the-top-35-travel-web-sites/1

http://www.luggageonline.com/50-travel-sites.cfm

 

Find local food tips: chowhound; seriouseats.com (& look for local food blogs, etc)
Tripprep.com – get local health/medical info & travel.state.gov.
TheBathroomdiaries.com – bathroom finder/reviews
Ecotourism.org
Webflyer.com – keep track of frequent flier miles here!
Spafinder.com
Bootsnall.com
Also check out travel Apps for your phone
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