dog_suitcasePacking isn’t tough when you know what you need to take. These TravelingMom lists can help.

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Packing Tips

Make a copy of passports, driver’s license, credit cards, tickets, all confirmations, medical and vaccination records, membership and frequent flyer cards and insurance information. Scan and email all the documents to your Web-based email account so you can access it from your smartphone or nearest  Wi-Fi access point. Then tuck the paper copies into your suitcase as an additional back-up.

General Packing List

If you are going on a cruise or planning fancy dinners, you need the dressy clothes; if you are going on a casual vacation, you can save space and not bring them.


Phone and charger

Laptop and charger

Still camera and charger

Video camera and charger

Extra memory card or film

iPod or MP3 player and charger

DVD player and charger

Ear buds [note: even if you don’t have an iPod, bringing ear buds or headphones can save you money on flights that don’t offer free headphones]

Extra batteries


Power strip

International power adapter



Driver’s license or other identification


Insurance card

Hotel, rental car, other confirmations




Travel alarm clock

Ear plugs

Eye mask

Refillable water bottle

Small backpack or tote bag for day trips; can double as a beach bag

Personal items

Except for medications, keep extras of these packed in a travel bag so you are always ready to go


Nail clippers


Toothbrush, floss and toothpaste

Small sewing kit, extra buttons

Cotton balls and/or swabs

Nail polish and polish remover pads

Hand sanitizer

Tissues (extra in case you encounter toilets w/o paper)

Liquids that must be in 3 oz. containers or smaller for carry-on:

Body lotion, conditioner, shampoo, shaving cream, mouthwash, contact lens solution, hair product, suntan lotion, moisturizer


Hair brush and comb

visit these paking lists for traveling with babies, traveling to warm destinations and traveling to cold weather destinations.