2014 Travel Tips – Part 3 of 3 – Packing ChecklistsPosted: January 22, 2014
Have you ever packed too much gear for a trip? Or left an important item at home?
For years I loathed packing – even having to think about it. Then I prepared a packing checklist. The result….minimum thinking, no stress ….and no more mishaps.
I still pack at the last moment but gone are the days of throwing everything I possess into a huge bag.
A simple checklist – things I need to pack. If it’s not on the list it stays at home.
It took me about 30 minutes to prepare my list. I use it every time I travel. No more days of stressing or kilos of unnecessary gear.
There is nothing more helpful than your own personalised checklist.
A customised packing list is a useful tool, something you can manage and improve over time.
After every trip delete from the master list items you didn’t use – or make a note that they are only necessary under certain conditions – and to check the conditions for the next trip. You’ll discover its often possible to travel with just cabin luggage.
There are many online APPS available online – but I agree with Doug Dyment’s comments:
“There’s an [unnecessary] app for that™: You’ll find no shortage of packing list management applications, generally oriented to what most people believe that they require: a variety of lists for different situations, destinations, climates, etc. In my view, those who feel the need for specialized software to manage such list(s) are completely missing the point; thinking of packing lists in this fashion is actually detrimental to learning how to travel lightly. The successful light traveller uses a single list, updated infrequently. And this can be a simple text document; if you feel the need for some elaborate, feature-rich software to “manage” it, you’re making the wrong kind of list!
A Starters Packing Check List
Below is a list adapted from one originally composed by Doug Dyment. You can find reference to his website in Part 1 of my Travel Tips Blog series see the link to Travel Tips – Part 1 at the end of this blog
Remember its a checklist, not a list of things to take….use it as a “worst-case scenario”. Modify it to suit your personal requirements and travel plans. If going on a three-day business trip – your bag should only contain a few of the items on your list. If you’re going on a long trip then you’ll tick off many more items….common sense should prevail.
Remember my mantra ‘if it’s not on the list it stays at home’
So here goes…..
|dressy jacket||Clothes washing powder/liquid|
|2-4 shirts/blouses/tops||(surgical latex braid) clothesline|
|2 pairs trousers/skirts (shorts?)||universal (flat) sink stopper|
|3+ pairs socks||water bottle|
|3+ underwear||toilet paper,|
|swimsuit||antibacterial wipes / liquid|
|jumper / sweater||(chemical or mechanical) water purifier|
|rainwear (umbrella?)||analgesic of choice|
|parka, coat, or equivalent||diarrhoea treatment of choice|
|pyjamas||infection treatment of choice|
|necktie, scarf, shawl, hairband,||malaria tablets|
|bandanna||insect repellent, mosquito net|
|gloves / mittens||sunscreen, lip balm|
|sun hat / knitted cap, hat clip||tweezers|
|1 pair dressy shoes||bandages (other first aid?)|
|1 pair walking shoes/boots||menstrual, contraceptive, and/or prophylactic supplies|
|thongs or sandals||vitamins, necessary medications|
|belt||dark glasses, retainer, case|
|lens cleaning cloth/supplies,|
|travel pack or shoulder bag||copy of prescription (spare glasses?)|
|lightweight duffel/laundry bag||pen(s), small notebook, glue stick|
|luggage locks||maps, guidebooks, phrase books|
|spare batteries for equipment|| Post-it® notes, membership cards,
|alarm clock/watch||telephone access numbers|
|flashlight, head-strap||reading materialrestaurant lists,|
|Tool with: knife, screwdrivers, pliers||passport, visas, extra passport photos|
|swiss army knife||vaccination certificates|
|safety pins, cord, fasteners, sewing kit||copies of important documents(international?) driver’s license, health insurance information, passport|
|plastic bags, garbage bags||credit cards & ATM cards,|
|toothbrush, cap, tooth cleaner, floss||security pouch|
|razor, blades, shaving cream||camera (lenses? flash? tripod? extra cards & batteries? charger?)|
|comb and/or hairbrush||mobile telephone (charger/adapter(s)?)|
|shampoo, bar soap & container||travel computer (flash drive?)power cord/adapter(s)? network cable(s)?)|
|viscose towel (washcloth?)||inflatable travel pillow|
|[unbreakable] mirror||earplugs (sleep mask?)|
Having prepared your own list you can begin to test it and modify it to suit yourself – but remember the mantra – ‘if it’s not on the list – its stays at home’
Having checked these things you can safely head to the airport.
1 Unconventional Conventions: www.uncon-conv.com
2 click this link to the Travel Tips listed in my first blog in the Travel Tips series: Travel Tips Part 1 of 3 – Helpful Tips for all travellers
3 click this link to the Packing Checklist listed in my third blog in the Travel Tips series: Travel Tips Part 2 of 3 – Pre-Departure Checklist
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