Monday, January 13, 2014

Ultimate Packing Guide and To Do's before a vacation

Ultimate Packing Guide
This is our extended vacation packing list from Japan

If it is hot/humid, bring 2 outfits daily (1 for the day, 1 for dinner/night out with a shower in between)
To keep clothes smelling fresh, add a dryer sheet in your suitcase
  • Tops- Shirts, tees, tanks
  • Pants- Shorts, pants, jeans, skirts
  • Jeans (daytime or nighttime wear)
  • Sundresses
  • Sweater/cardigan
  • Outerwear- Jacket, hoodie, blazer, sweater, pashmina
  • Special event/evening wear outfits (dress, pashmina, pumps, jewelry)

Clothing- Misc
  • Jockey Skimmies, Slip
  • Undies (# days +1)
  • Bras (nude, black, and strapless/racerback/t-back if needed) packed in a Cup Case
  • Seamless sports bras- morning, sightseeing (easy to wash, dries quickly)
  • Socks (# days +1)
  • Pajamas- LS/SS tee, hoodie, black stretchy pants, socks
  • Hangers (slim ones)

Limit footwear, embrace double-duty items, and wear your heaviest/largest footwear on the flight
Alternate shoes to prevent blisters

If it is hot/humid, bring 2x per day so can shower mid-day or before dinner
  • Hat- Fedora
  • Scarves
  • Belt
  • Jewelry- Necklace, earrings, bracelet, watch
  • Purses- Clutch (evening), tote, small backpack (excursions/day trips)
  • Jacket- Rain jacket, trench
  • House slippers

Here is a more comprehensive list for the beach/pool, and this is our packing list for cruising
  • Collapsible hat and/or fedora
  • Cover up
  • Plastic flip flops
  • Swimsuit (2-3 per trip)
  • Wet bag (to hold wet swimsuits, rashguards, etc)
  • Quick Dry towel- I love these towels b/c they are lightweight, compact, and dry so quickly! Great for excursions b/c they don't take up a lot of room in your bag and they dry so quickly
  • The Undress

Workout Clothes
  • Sports bra
  • Tee
  • Capris/shorts
  • Socks
  • Sneakers (running? lifting?)
  • iPod Shuffle & charger, headphones
  • Spibelt or Flipbelt
  • Garmin Forerunner watch
  • Water bottle

  • Portable power strip (we have something similar to this by Monster, but it has 5 outlets total, or even this one b/c it has a long extension cord)
  • Extension cord- So many times, outlets are behind the hotel bed or nightstand, and this extension cord helps us get to the outlet easier
  • USB LED Stick Light- This light is a godsend! Hotel lights aren't always accessible where I want to work or they're too weak, so having this USB light is great. Super bright, and the light can bend/is flexible
  • 2-prong to 3-prong adapter- Some older hotels/B&Bs have only 2-prongs; most of our electronics need 3-prongs
  • AA/AAA batteries (wireless mouse, Bose headphones, T8)
  • Mouse pad (many hotel rooms have glass-top desks)
  • HDMI cable, iPad connector
  • iPhone holder (in the car), AUX cord (if have a rental car)
  • Kindle charger
  • Travel adapter/converter (if traveling outside of the US)
  • Travel alarm clock (battery operated)- Doubles as a portable watch or bring with you to the beach/pool without having to bring your iPhone
  • Luggage scale
  • Portable garment steamer

Here is what I pack on long flights
  • Packing cubes (roll your clothes to prevent wrinkles, and doubles as a dirty clothes bag)
    • Small- Hair dryer, Clothes, Socks/underwear
    • Medium- Clothes (rolled)
    • Large- Clothes (rolled)
    • Slim- Hosiery, socks, underwear, toiletries, curling iron/flat iron, electronics chargers/laptop cords
  • Extra bag/luggage (in case I buy too much)- This duffel is great because it is lightweight, durable, and it collapses into its own carrying case. I bet I can fit a ton of laundry/clothes in here, and use our luggage for more delicate items.
  • Collapsible hamper (if staying in 1 place for consecutive days)
  • Travel umbrella
  • Baggu totes
  • Vitamins
  • Sewing kit
  • Small first-aid kit, safety pins
  • Travel insect repellent, Gold Bond ointment (good for sunburns, insect bites, minor cuts)
  • Duct tape (torn clothes, torn luggage, repairing air pillow- highly underrated!)
  • Toilet paper to go (some rural places just don't have it- be prepared!)
  • Plastic grocery bags or kitchen trash bags (for packing up dirty clothes)
  • T8, WP
  • Envelope (for business trips to hold all receipts to be expensed)
  • Plastic food containers (if you're going to bring food home from your vacation- this doesn't crush the food, it is durable, and lightweight)
  • Fabric softener sheets- Helps to cut out musty odors that can occur in tropical climates (fasten onto front of a/c with string, place in drawers with clothes)
  • Nightlight- Helps to navigate dark room at night

Tip- If you're worried about leaks, add a piece of saran wrap to the top of your liquids and then cap it.
  • SPF body and face (pool, beach, working out)
  • Beauty essentials
    • Hair- Shampoo & conditioner, shower cap, hair clipswide tooth comb, dry shampoo (this one is travel friendly)
    • Body- Loofah gloves, body wash (I use the hotel's)
    • Face- Face wash, antioxidant serum, SPF moisturizer, eye cream (put into small sample container), Buf Puf (a must to get rid of build up of suntan lotion, sand, etc, and prolongs your tan) or this facial sponge
    • Teeth- Toothbrush, toothpaste (those small 0.85 oz travel toothpaste lasts me 1 week), mouthwash, retainer/case, floss picks
    • Body lotion
    • Diamancel file
    • Deodorant (travel size)
    • Shaving- Razor, extra blade, shaving cream
    • Tweezers
    • Q-tips (for sand in ears)
    • Lip scrub (Mary Kay, Lush)
    • Travel-size Aquaphor or Mini Vaseline
  • Hair accessories
  • Eyes
    • Contact lens + case, eye drops, aviator sunglasses or Oakley sunglasses (Asian Fit)
    • Regular glasses case
    • Ziploc bags (quart & gallon size)- protects items from water, organizes items, holds wet items, holds snacks
  • Makeup- Pack it in the Lay N Go mini cosmetics or regular cosmetic bag

Follow TSA's 3-1-1 rule for liquids (1 qt clear pouch with 3 fl oz containers)
  • Lo & Sons OMG carry-on bag (perfect b/c it can slide the bag onto the handles of your luggage = hands free!)
  • Travel blanket, Neck pillow, Eye mask
  • Sea-Band motion sickness wristbands (great for travel- car, small planes, boats, etc)
  • Rubbermaid CHUG bottle or Vapur collapsible water bottle
  • Snacks- Gum/mints, trail mix, Clif or Kind bars, Gatorade low-calorie G2 powder packets, gummy bears, gum/mints, apple + almonds
    • Rag/napkins, rubberbands (to close off snacks)
    • Grocery bag for trash- for car travel
  • Cloth lens wipes, wet lens wipes (for eyeglass wearers)
  • Prescription sunglasses (with case)
  • SPF gloves
  • Tissues To Go
  • Pair of socks
  • Scarf (always so cold, and doubles as a mini blanket)
  • Leisure- Small notepad & pen, Kindle, paperback book, magazines
  • Electronics
    • Macbook (Macbook charger, Macbook neoprene case, wireless mouse, keyboard are placed in checked luggage)
    • Kindle
    • iPhone & charger
    • iPad & charger
    • iPod Shuffle & charger cord
    • Canon P&S, SD card, batteries (2) & charger
    • Nikon dSLR, SD card, batteries (2) & charger
    • Bose noise-cancelling headphones (and extra battery) or iPhone 5 headphones
  • Important documents 
    • DL, CCs (especially the one used to book hotel/air/rental car), cash, debit card, passport
    • Wallet- J. Crew magic wallet (if bringing clutch), Coach wristlet clutch
    • Medical insurance cards, Travel insurance card/document
    • Itineraries, vacation documents, tickets
  • Everyday purse/cross body bag- Fossil (fuschia), KS (light beige), MZW Paige (coffee twill), RM (port)
  • TSA & Toiletries liquid bag (1-qt clear bag, 3 fl oz travel containers)
    • * Chapstick
    • * Tide Pen
    • * Hand lotion (regular or SPF hand)
    • * Perfume (small samples or use this travel atomizer)
    • * Band aids (various sizes, including blister band aids)
    • Floss, Toothpaste, Toothbrush
    • Colorscience SPF powder brush
    • Olay/Neutrogena face wipes (for long flights or while sightseeing if humid/hot)
    • Eyeglass wet wipes, eyeglass cleaning cloth
    • Wet wipes to go
    • Medicine- Advil, Immodium AD, Lactaid, Tums, Allergy meds, Bandaids/blister bandaids, Zzzquil or Advil PM, Miralax travel packets

To Do's before a vacation
1 week before:
  • USPS- Hold mail
  • Call your credit card and bank- let them know you're traveling (so they don't cancel your card thinking it is fraud)
  • Scan your passport, driver's license, and tickets; then email it to yourself (if any of these get stolen, you'll have proof)
  • Upload media to iPad, iPhone, Shuffle- TV shows, movies, music

Few days before:
  • Confirm all travel arrangements and flights
  • Pay bills/utilities (if necessary)
  • Charge electronics
    • P&S camera batteries (2)
    • Nikon dSLR batteries (2)
    • Macbook
    • iPad
    • iPod Shuffle
    • Kindle
    • Sonicare tooth brush
    • Clarisonic Mia
    • Cell phone

Night before:
  • Clean house
  • Clean kitchen
  • Clean out food from fridge
  • Empty trash into outdoor trashcan

Day of:
  • Turn off heat/AC
  • Turn off ceiling fans
  • Turn off electronics/power strips- TVs, PCs
  • Close all blinds and windows
  • Unplug outlets, space heater

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