Make a Travel Checklist

Do you love taking vacations but hate packing? Well, you’re not alone! A recent OnePoll survey found that 65% of people have a difficult time packing for trips. 

How to Start a Travel Checklist: Determine What You Need for Your Trip

What you need to pack and how far in advance you should prepare when traveling depends on a few things. 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

A small suitcase, backpack, or carry-on will be sufficient for a weekend getaway or overnight business trip. But it might not be enough space for longer trips.  If you haven’t used a suitcase or bag in a while, now is the time to make sure it is still in good working order. 

4. Your Accommodations 

Where you’ll be staying also determines what you should pack and add to your travel checklist.

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. 

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