Don’t Stress! Make a Travel Checklist

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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.

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One way to alleviate some of that travel-related stress is to be prepared by using a travel checklist or two. Doing so will help to ensure you pack what you need (without forgetting anything) and are prepared before you leave on your trip.

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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.

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

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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. Therefore, when making a travel checklist for your trip, consider your destination.

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2. Travel Companions

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.

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3. How Long You’ll Be Travelling

The longer your trip, the more items you'll need. Remember, the more days you're away from home, the more variance there could be in the weather. So make sure your travel checklist has a wide variety of items.

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4. Your Accommodations

If you’re staying in a hotel, they typically provide toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, and soap and have hairdryers and towels in the bathrooms. When you’re staying with friends or family or an equipped Airbnb, you can access a washing machine and dryer.

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