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  • clothes (shirts, pants, skirts, etc.)
  • undergarments (underwear, bras, slips, etc.)
  • pajamas or nightgown
  • socks and shoes
  • outerwear (jacket, hat, scarf, gloves, etc.)
  • dental care (toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, etc.)
  • cosmetics (makeup, remover, cotton balls, q-tips, etc.)
  • jewelry and watch
  • hygiene (deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.)
  • hair care (hair dryer, curling iron, brush, etc.)
  • plastic bags for wet clothes, etc.
  • camera, film, batteries, video camera, tapes
  • money, credit cards, travelers checks
  • address book
  • itinerary, passport, tickets, reservation confirmations, directions
  • books and magazines
  • travel alarm, travel iron, AC / DC adaptor (when traveling overseas)


  • clothing (pants, shirts, dresses, jumpers, etc.)
  • shoes and socks
  • pajamas or nightgown
  • underwear
  • outerwear (jacket, hat, scarf, gloves, etc.)
  • plastic bags for wet clothes, etc.
  • blankets and sheets
  • bibs
  • towels and washcloths
  • bathing suit and sunscreen
  • diapers, wipes, ointment
  • baby food, formula, bottles, spoons, etc.
  • favorite toy, books, crayons, travel games, etc.
  • carrier, play pen


  • paperwork or materials for any meetings or projects
  • address book or contact manager
  • instructions for contacting you and itinerary (left at office)
  • clear guidelines for when you are (and aren't) to be disturbed
  • travel pouch of office supplies (paper, pens, calculator, etc.)
  • names of networking contacts in the area
  • information about recreational activities for any breaks
  • envelope for collecting travel expense receipts
  • laptop computer with charged battery and travel cords


  • backpacks
  • water bottles or hydration system
  • plastic bags for wet clothes, trash, etc.
  • sunscreen and bug repellant
  • kitchenware (pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, etc.)
  • walking sticks
  • sleeping bag, mats, pillows, etc.
  • tent, tarp, poles, rain fly
  • ponchos or rain suit
  • matches, fire starter, flint / tinder, camp stove, etc.
  • dried foods, trail mix, snacks, etc.
  • compass, whistle, knife, camp tool, etc.
  • flashlight, citronella candles, batteries, etc.


  • beach bag
  • swimwear (swimsuit, flip flops, etc.)
  • sunscreen, aloe vera, lotion, bug repellant, etc.
  • pool toys (beach ball, noodles, rafts, etc.)
  • water wings, and flotation devices
  • beach chairs and mats
  • plastic bags for wet clothes, etc.
  • towels
  • dive mask, fins, snorkel, etc.
  • sun umbrella
  • fishing equipment (poles, lures, line, etc.)
  • coolers and ice chests


  • passport, visa, and photo identification
  • prepaid calling card and international dialing instructions
  • AC / DC adapter for electrical items
  • traveler's checks, credit cards, and foreign currency (record numbers)
  • immunization and vaccination records
  • international driver's license
  • language dictionary
  • location and phone number for US embassy in city you are visiting


  • heavy coats, sweaters, snowsuit, etc.
  • gloves, hat, scarf, etc.
  • long underwear
  • thermal or wool socks
  • skis, poles, boots, snowboard, etc.


  • choose mix-and-match outfits
  • take one multi-use pair of shoes
  • plan to wear items multiple times or do laundry
  • roll items to avoid wrinkles and conserve space
  • store socks and underwear inside of shoes
  • use vacuum storage bags to flatten bulky items


  • prescriptions and toiletry items you can't go without
  • travel itinerary, confirmations, directions, tickets, etc.
  • passport, visa, and photo identification
  • credit cards, traveler's checks, and money
  • valuables that are expensive or hard to replace
  • bottled water and snacks
  • crossword puzzles, Gameboy, book, or other diversions


Copyright Ramona Creel, all rights reserved-- you are welcome to reprint any article, but you MUST include this resource box.

Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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