Planning & Packing – the Ultimate Vacation Checklist

The definitive don’t-leave-home-without-it checklist for you and your travel mates.

Before You Leave:

____ Check in with flight 24 hours to departure (optional)

____ Print cruise documents, tour/hotel confirmations, boarding passes, luggage tags, etc.

____ Make extra copy of passport; leave one at home, put one in your carry-on

____ Inform credit card company/bank of travel plans (to avoid fraud alert on your card)

____ Leave emergency contact information & itinerary with family member

____ Exchange money (if traveling international)

____ Unplug electrical appliances & computers

____ Back up personal electronics

____ Load cell or PDA with contact numbers; or write them down

____ Arrange international cell/data plans (if traveling internationally)

____ Arrange for pet and plant care

____ Stop deliveries of mail & newspaper

____ Set timers to turn lights on/off

____ Close & lock windows & doors securely

____ Close blinds & shades (or partially close)

____ Ask a trusted neighbor to watch the house while you’re away

____ Remove perishables from fridge

____ Empty trash baskets

____ Ask neighbor to move trash to curb (trash day)

____ Wash dishes & run garbage disposal

Essentials:

____ cruise tickets/boarding passes

____ flight tickets/boarding passes

____ passport & other necessary ID

____ driver’s license

____ credit/debit/cash/ATM cards

____ foreign money

____ health insurance card

____ travel insurance card (if purchased)

____ cruise itinerary and booking info

____ hotel vouchers or confirmation

____ emergency contact information

____ cruise luggage tags (& ties to fasten)

____ cell phone & charger

____ digital camera & batteries/charger

Suggested ~ Casual/Daytime (if traveling to colder climate, think “layers”)

Ladies:

____ shorts

____ T-shirts/tank tops

____ jeans/tops

____ long pants/capris

____ workout clothes

____ swimsuit/coverup

____ sweater

____ hoodie/jacket

____ rain gear

____ sneakers & socks

____ flip-flops, sandals

____ underwear

____ daypack/backpack

____ sleepwear

____ accessories-belts/scarves, etc

____ feminine hygiene products

____ hair accessories

____ accessories/jewelry

____ makeup/remover

____ nail polish/remover

____ compact mirror

Guys:

____ shorts

____ jeans

____ T-shirts

____ long pants

____ polo shirts/sport shirts

____ sweater

____ sweatshirt/jacket

____ rain gear

____ swimsuit

____ underwear

____ sneakers & socks

____ flip-flops, sandals

____ workout clothes

____ backpack

____ sleepwear

____ razor/blades

____ shaving cream/aftershave

Suggested ~ Evening “Smart casual” (something normally warn to a nice restaurant at home)

Guys:

____ long pants or khaki pants,

____ shirt with collar or a shirt & sport coat

____ nice jeans are acceptable (no rips or holes) (confirm this with your cruise line)

Ladies:

____ long pants, capris or skirt

____ blouse, top

____ nice jeans are acceptable (no rips or holes) (confirm this with your cruise line)

Formal or “dress up” for 2 formal nights (7-10 day cruise) (something you would wear to a wedding):

Guys:

____ Suit or jacket and tie, or tux

____ dress shirt

____ dress pants

____ dress shoes & socks

____ accessories/cuff links/watch

Ladies:

____ cocktail dress or dressy skirt and top or dressy pantsuit or formal gown

____ dressy shoes or sandals

____ small purse

____ accessories (jewelry, wraps, sweater, etc.)

Personal Items: (*Ship provides endless supply of shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion)

____ soap, shampoo/conditioner, lotion*

____ deodorant/antiperspirant

____ moisturizer

____ hair brush/comb

____ hand-held mirror

____ hair styling products

____ cottonballs/Q-tips

____ toothbrush, toothpaste & floss

____ contact lenses/solution

____ perfume/cologne

____ skin care products

____ hand sanitizer

____ razor/blades

____ mouthwash

____ breath mints, gum

____ tissues

____ wet wipes (travel size)

____ small scissors

____ nail file

____ nail clippers

____ sewing kit

____ wristwatch

____ knit scarf, hat, gloves (for cold climates!)

Packing for Children/Infants:

____ lightweight stroller

____ diapers & wipes

____ formula

____ night light

____ toys, books, pool toys

____ swimming wings/floats

____ ear drops

____ bottles & brushes

____ anbesol for teething

____ pacifier

____ stuffed animal/blankie, etc.

Medications/First Aid

____ prescription meds

____ tylenol/advil/aspirin, etc.

____ antacid (tums, rolaids, etc.)

____ diarrhea meds. (Immodium-AD, etc.)

____ sinus/allergy med.

____ cough drops

____ eye drops

____ cortisone

____ zinc oxide

____ antibiotic ointment

____ band-aids

____ first aid kit

Gadgets

____ ipad (or similar) & power cord

____ laptop/power cord

____ mp3 player

____ earbuds/headphones

____ e-reader (kindle, etc.)

____ screen cleaner

____ power strip

____ plug adapter (for foreign port stays)

Miscellaneous

____ pen/pencil/notepad/journal

____ maps/travel guides

____ tote bag/backpack

____ umbrella

____ bug repellant

____ reading material/crosswords

____ binoculars (especially for Alaska!)

____ zip-lock bags (assorted sizes)

____ stain stick

____ dirty laundry bag

____ air freshener/fabreeze (travel size)

____ downy wrinkle release (travel size)

____ lint brush

____ spare eyeglasses

____ eyeglass cleaner

____ small flashlight/book light

____ nightlight (inside cabin)

____ travel alarm

Beach/Pool

____ sunscreen/sunblock

____ sunglasses

____ hat/cap/visor

____ swim goggles

____ snorkle/mask

____ flip-flops/beach shoes

____ waterproof camera

Handy-to-Have Items

____ small pillow, eye mask & earplugs for plane

____ money belt/passport carrier/cross-body bag (guard against theft in port)

____ lanyard (to carry cruise card – ask guest services to punch hole in card)

____ small shoulder bag (ladies: large enough for camera, cruise card, sunglasses, etc. onboard ship)

____ extra foldable bag (added space for souvenirs)

____ pre-printed address labels/stamps (for postcards)

____ business cards (for your new friends)

____ post-it notes (for message to family or steward)

____ bungee cord (to hold balcony door open, if necessary)

____ plastic shoe bag (to hang over bathroom door for extra storage)

____ waterproof container (to hold cruise card, credit card, cash when swimming/snorkeling at beach)

____ refillable insulated water bottle (carry on excursions or around the ship)

____ travel packs of Crystal Lite, ice tea, etc. or similar (mix w/water, carry in water bottle & save money on

beverages on board.

____ duct tape (useful for emergency repairs)

____ snacks & power bars (for the plane or port)