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Use this free travel checklist for leaving on a trip and pre-departure preparation...

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  • Passport, visa and health docs and tickets
  • Emergency Information... leave with several people
  • Insurance (don't forget travel insurance)
  • Hotel and rental car reservations... keep a copy with you and in luggage
  • Traveler's checks, currency and credit cards... keep copies with you in case of loss
  • Guide books and Maps
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Personal Identification
  • Photo copies of passports, insurance, visa, health docs, etc.
  • If you have reservations to special events like art exhibits, festivals or, sporting events, photo copy and keep safe


  • Luggage, back pack, TSA friendly locks
  • Travel clothing including rain gear and footwear
  • Scarf or bandanna a broad visor and wide brimmed Hat
  • Additional film, your video camera, iPod or tapes
  • If you are carrying high speed film, protect it with a radiation shield
  • Language videos and audio books
  • Reading materials, address book, travel journal, games and cards
  • Binoculars
  • Sturdy travel lock for hotel doors
  • Be sure to complete your luggage identification tags
  • Aspirin/pain relief, vitamins and personal prescriptions
  • Sunscreen and sunburn relief aid
  • Spare contact lens and drops
  • Water purification system
  • Laxative
  • Insect repellent
  • Favorite over the counter cold medicine
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Antibiotic Cream, malaria pills, motion sickness meds and personal hygiene items
  • Comb, brush, toothpaste, deodorant, body lotions, shampoo, shaving cream, blow dryer, sunscreen, lip
    balm, throwaway wipes and razors
  • Soap--Personal & Laundry in sturdy plastic bottles
  • Manicure and make up articles
  • Towel/ Washcloth
  • Flashlight batteries with spare bulb and spare camera batteries
  • Sewing kit
  • Lightweight travel iron with steamer
  • Travel clothesline & pins
  • Sink stopper for hotel sinks
  • Laundry bag
  • Plastic Bags
  • Everyday Bag- In transit it will hold all of the valuables you want to keep close: tickets, mini-camera and reading material.
  • First-Aid Kit- A compact travel health kit is a must for every traveler.
  • Passport/Money Carrier- It is absolutely essential to keep your passport and money secure.
  • Travel Watch or Alarm- It should be Quartz or battery operated, lightweight, water resistant, shock resistant and reliable.
  • Pocket Knife- Travelers might find the following features handy: A basic blade, can and bottle opener, scissor, tweezers and corkscrew.
  • Electrical Converter/Adapter- This allows you to use your personal appliances abroad.
  • Flashlight/Head Lamp- Light a hallway, read in a train compartment, or study a map under the stars.
  • Sunglasses- Protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet and infrared radiation, especially if you are traveling at higher altitudes.
  • Travel Organizer- The ultimate in convenience for carrying identification, tickets, trip itineraries, receipts and addresses.
  • A Positive Attitude- Travel sometimes means expecting the unexpected: delays, detours, unfamiliar surroundings, strange languages and funny money. So, remember always to take along a big smile.
  • Stop deliveries... mail, newspaper, etc.
  • Program timed lighting system
  • Notify security or police of your absence
  • Leave house key and trip itinerary with a neighbor
  • Unplug major appliances, empty efrigerator
  • Turn down thermostat and turn off water heater
  • Move valuables off premise and store in secure place