It’s 6 am and you’re groggy because you stayed up late packing, but now you’re in a rush to go to the airport to catch your flight.
As you walk out your front door, you wonder, “Is there something I’m forgetting to do around the house before I leave?”
Did I turn all the lights off? Did I take the trash out? Did I pack the cell phone charger that I usually keep next to my bed? Did I adjust the thermostat so the air conditioning or heating isn’t running the whole time I’m on vacation?
This is the perfect moment to have a checklist, so you can feel confident as you’re running out of the house that you’ve done everything you need to do.
CHECKLIST – THINGS TO DO BEFORE LEAVING HOME
- Refrigerator – Throw out anything in the refrigerator that’s perishable. You don’t want to come home to moldy food in the fridge.
- Trash – Take out the trash. Coming home to the scent of 5 day old garbage is not pleasant either.
- Thermostat – Adjust the thermostat to an eco-friendly temperature so you aren’t spending tons of money to heat or cool your home while you’re out of town.
- Security Alarm – Remember to set any security alarms or remote monitoring webcams before you go out of town.
- Alarm Clock – Turn off your alarm clock so it doesn’t beep for days while you are gone.
- Unplug Appliances – If you have space heaters, toasters, hair dryers, hot water dispensers, humidifiers, or other potential hazards, it’s a good idea to unplug them before you go out of town.
- Check Mail – If you’ll be gone for more than couple days, it could really pile up. Make arrangements for a friend to pick up your mail if you anticipate it overflowing, or if your unchecked mail would be a very obvious signal to a potential intruder that you aren’t home.
- Windows and Doors – Close all windows, close all blinds and curtains, and lock all doors.
- Turn off Lights
- Cell Phone Charger
THINGS TO BRING ON THE PLANE OR IN THE CAR
- Music – Download music to your offline playlist so you have plenty of music for the car ride.
- Podcasts – There are lots of free podcasts that you can find on the Podcast app of the iPhone, whether you’re interested in celebrity interviews, entrepreneurship, or learning a new language. Download a few while you have a wifi connection so you can listen offline.
- Audiobooks – Unfortunately there’s not a wide selection of free audiobooks available, but if you’re willing to pay a few bucks, this is a great way to get through your reading list.
- iPad with movies or games
- Snacks and water
- Full tank of gas
These items might be more important for your comfort during longer flights.
- Neck pillow
- Foot rest – A necessity for shorter passengers
- Lower back support cushion
- Eye mask
- Medicine – For those who are vulnerable to motion sickness, allergies, headaches
- Reading material
It’s easy to forget things or overpack as you are rushing to get ready for your trip.
Take the stress and guesswork out of travel prep by going through these basic checklists on everything you need to pack and take care of before leaving home. Walking out the door with confidence and a light bag will feel amazing.
LIGHTWEIGHT PACKING CHECKLIST
It’s 11 pm the night before your flight, and you’re looking around the room wondering if you’ve forgotten to pack anything. This happens every single time you travel. You jot down a list and put it next to your suitcase: contact lenses… running shoes… cell phone charger…. There are million things you could easily forget to bring.
Then you have a flood of “what if” thoughts. What if it rains? What if I need extra socks for some reason? What if it’s midnight at the hotel and I’m hungry? What if I need a back up bathing suit? Don’t let these worries scare you into overpacking. You can usually buy an umbrella or whatever you’ll need at your destination if you’re in a jam.
Here’s a handy checklist of packing essentials to run through next time you’re preparing for a trip. You can sleep tight knowing that you’ve covered all your bases, and you’ll be thrilled to be skating through the airport with a stylish, lightweight bag instead of a bulky, overflowing clunker.
- Contact lens or glasses
- Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, nail clipper and file
- Medicines – Advil or Tylenol, allergy medicine, motion sickness medicine, vitamins
- Ladies: Make up, moisturizer, make up removers, hairbrush, accessories and jewelry
- Gentlemen: Razor, shaving cream, comb, hair products, accessories and jewelry
- Cell phone charger
- Portable cell phone charger
- Laptop and charger
- Tablet and charger
- Portable travel power strip if you have a lot of electronics to charge or multiple people sharing a hotel room
- Universal adapter if you’re traveling abroad
Clothing and Accessories
- Outerwear for all occasions and weather
- Formal attire – If you’re traveling to a wedding or special event, remember to pack the suit or dress that’s hanging in your closet and will be packed last to avoid wrinkles.
- Layers – If you aren’t sure what the weather will be like, pack layers so you can be ready for cool weather or cold weather at a moment’s notice.
- Versatile jacket – Read all about lightweight jacket options here.
- Shoes – comfortable shoes, dress shoes, athletic shoes, flats, flip flops, hotel slippers
- Hat and sunglasses – Sunglasses are easy to forget if you usually keep them in your car. Hats are key for sunny destinations.
- Accessories – watch, jewelry, rings, piercings, hair ties
- Passport – Don’t forget if you’re traveling internationally
- Airplane Entertainment – iPad, magazines or books you’ve been meaning to read
- Airplane Comfort – Neck pillow
- Food – You may want to pack snacks in case you have to skip a meal