Roadtrip Planning

Vacation Packing Checklist

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Road Trip Vacation Packing Checklist

A road trip vacation packing checklist can be a great travel aid. A good road trip list goes into detail on basic clothing needs - outer and under wear - and then goes beyond. It includes reminders for items that keep your road trip smooth and worry free. Make copies of your vacation packing checklist for all family members to make sure that nothing essential is left behind.

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Vacation packing checklist:
Important reminders beyond basic clothing needs:

  • GPS for your car
  • Resort or Skiwear
  • Hats/Visors/Gloves/Scarves/Umbrella
  • Sun glasses/ Sun lotion/ Insect repellent
  • Toiletries; i.e. products for tooth care, skin care, hair care, nail care, shaving needs
  • Hair dryer/Curling iron/Electric Shaver
  • Make up/Jewelry/Hair accessories
  • Mini sewing kit/Zip lock bags
  • Alarm Clock/Camera/Film/Batteries/Flashlight/Portable stereo
  • Postage Stamps/Addresses/Phone #s/Guidebook
  • Prescription and Non-Prescription Medicine/Vitamins/Extra pair of glasses

Travel Essentials:
Don't forget these key vacation packing checklist items:

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  • Photo ID/ Reservation Confirmations/Insurance card
  • Credit Cards/Travelers Checks/ Cash
  • Highway maps/Driving directions/Guidebook
  • Passport/Visa - If needed
  • Birth Certificate - If needed
  • Airline Tickets - If needed
  • Road Trip First Aid Kit

An important part of road trip planning is preparation in case of emergency. First Aid Kits can easily be taken on road trips. Keep the whole family in mind when preparing your first aid kit contents.

Here are recommended Family first aid kit items:

  • Aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Dramamine
  • Anti-bacterial gel for hand washing without water
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Insect repellent
  • Ipecac
  • Sunscreen
  • Ointment for insect bites and sunburn
  • Adhesive bandages in various sizes, adhesive tape and gauze pads
  • Pre-moistened towelettes
  • Tissues
  • Antihistamine or allergy medication
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid
  • Cough medicine and/or throat lozenges
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Thermometers
  • Tweezers and needle (for removing splinters)
  • Fingernail scissors
  • Cotton balls and/or swabs
  • Antiseptic soap
  • Moleskin in case of blisters
  • First aid book

Baby needs:

  • Lotion for diaper rash
  • Teething medicine
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Baby thermometer
  • Baby aspirin

Helpful Links: Here are some links for vacation packing checklists and travel packing tips for your next road trip.

  • About.com - Travel with Kids
  • The Ultimate Packing List
  • Disney Dollarless WDW Vacation
  • InternetWebGuide June 99
  • The Universal Packing List

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