Packing Cheat Sheet

Here are the main categories of items that are packed. This guide is a checklist to ensure efficient packing. The purpose of travel and weather, at a destination, largely determines the type of clothes and shoes to be packed.

Airlines differ in their baggage policies, regarding weight, the number of bags allowed and whether fees apply. Please do check these policies with the airlines that you plan to use.


  1. Formal Clothes
  2. Casual Clothes
  3. Sweaters
  4. Underwear
  5. Pyjamas
  6. Socks/hose


  1. Formal Shoes
  2. Casual shoes
  3. Flip Flops
  4. Bedroom slippers


  1. Prescription meds.
  2. Over the Counter Meds.
  3. Oils, ointments
  4. Eye/nasaldrops
  5. CPAP machine
  6. Elastoplast

Electronics & Chargers

  1. Camera & Charger
  2. Cell phones & Chargers
  3. Toothbrushes and Charges
  4. Laptops, Ipads, Kindles or similar devices


  1. Toothbrushes/Floss
  2. Toothpaste/mouthwash
  3. Lotions/shampoo
  4. Make-Up/hair products
  5. Hair-Dryer & similar products
  6. Sunscreen
  7. Shaving cream
  8. Razor
  9. Hairbrush/Comb


  1. Magazines
  2. Books/Kindle
  3. Anything that you enjoy-knitting/music

Important Papers

  1. Passports, if required
  2. Boarding Passes
  3. Credit Cards
  4. Identity Documents
  5. Directions upon arrival
  6. Contact Details of People you Plan to Meet
  7. Rental Car Info.

Have You Checked?

  1. Bills that need to be Paid
  2. Informed friend/neighbor of plans &where you can be contacted
  3. Cancelled newspaper/mail delivery
  4. Emptied Trash Cans
  5. Food/fruit lying around
  6. Disconnected electrical equipment like computer
  7. Emptied Trash Cans
  8. Set alarm/timer
  9. Adjusted Thermostat

Traveling with babies

  1. Diapers/lotions
  2. Strollers/Car seat
  3. Books & small toys
  4. Things that keep babies/kids ocupied
  5. Snacks
  6. Formuala/bottles
  7. Baby changing station equipment
  8. Medicines
  9. Pacifers
  10. Bibs/Clothes etc.
  11. Baby Wipes, hand sanitizer


  1. Snacks for plane
  2. Sunglasses
  3. Hats/caps
  4. Jewelry
  5. Informed credit card Companies that you will be out of town
  6. If Traveling abroad check for credit cards that do not charge foreign transaction fees
  7. Asked friend/neighbor to pick up fliers/cards that solicitors leave around the front door

Print at least 2 copies of the cheat sheet. Use one as a handy reference when you pack to leave home. Then, pack the other sheet, to use, when you repack your bags when you return home. This way, you can ensure you don't leave things behind. If you would like to add more items to this cheat sheet, please share them with me, Nirmala, via email at,
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