Packing List:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license or state issued ID
  • If required visa for traveling abroad
  • Travel documents and/or itinerary
  • Notarized letter if traveling with child under 18, without both custodial parents
  • Money/ Credit Cards/ Foreign Currency/ Debit card with foreign pin number
  • Electronics; ipad/ipod/laptop/camera/headphones
  • Batteries/ chargers
  • Foreign electrical adapters
  • Prescriptions/medicines; should be kept in prescription bottle
  • Spare eyeglasses/eye contacts/eye drops
  • Jacket/coat/umbrella
  • Clothing; shirts/pants/dress/shorts/jacket/undergarments/socks/stockings/etc.
  • Jewelry/ belts/ scarves/ accessories
  • Make up
  • Toiletries/shampoo/shaving cream/hair gel/razors/lotions, under 3 oz. or pack in check-in
  • Toothbrush/tooth paste
  • Deodorant
  • Band aids/ aspirin/ etc.
  • Magazines/book/playing cards/ puzzle/candle
  • Gum, snacks for the trip (fruit and vegetables not allowed past customs upon arrival)

In addition, for beach vacations:

  • Swim wear/ cover up
  • Sandals/ flip flops
  • Beach bag
  • Sun glasses
  • Beach towel (most resorts provide one)
  • Sun visor/ hat
  • Sun tan lotion/ aloe vera gel
  • Plastic bag to carry wet swim suit in upon return
  • Waterproof camera/radio/speaker

Good to know before you go:

  • Liquids in your carry-on are limited to 3oz. and must be packed in a quart size zip lock bag.
  • Metal objects such as tweezers, razors, nail files, etc. need to be packed in your checked luggage.
  • Verify flight times at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Pack essentials and valuables such as prescriptions, in your carry-on bag.
  • Call your credit card company prior to departure and advise them of your travel plans.
  • Call your cell phone company and inquire about international rates and services.
  • Check in time at most hotels is 4 p.m., and check out is usually at 11 a.m. Luggage can typically be stored with the front desk if requested.
  • Most hotels provide blow dryers, in room safes and pool towels.
  • All inclusive hotels may have restaurants with a dress code.

Prior to departure check list:

  • Make copies of your travel itinerary, passport and credit cards. Leave copies with someone at home who can access them if required.
  • Leave someone a house key, a copy of where you are staying and phone number.
  • Clearly label each piece of luggage and remove old destination tags to avoid confusion.
  • Don’t pack anything valuable or fragile.
  • Fill prescriptions needed during travel.
  • Call credit card company with dates of travel.
  • Arrange for pet care.
  • Water house plants.
  • Arrange for airport transportation.
  • Adjust house thermostat.
  • Arrange for mail pick up.
  • Discard perishable food.
  • Arrange for someone to set out the trash.
  • Go to bank for small bills and if needed request foreign currency.
  • Pay bills due while in your absence.
  • Surge protect computer/sensitive electronics.