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Vacation Travel Checklist

Thanks to TUGgers Mel Boeh and Janet for this list!

Before you leave home:

  • Arrange to have lawn mowed & watered 
  • Arrange to have someone check the house periodically while you are gone (be sure they know how to contact you) 
  • Arrange to have trash taken out 
  • Arrange for pet care 
  • Call police 
  • Call resort & confirm exchange. 
  • Disconnect garage door openers 
  • Leave emergency contact information with a neighbor, friend, or relative 
  • Set up lamp timers 
  • Shut off ice maker 
  • Stop Mail and Newspaper 
  • Tell neighbor you're leaving 
  • Turn down hot water heater 
  • Turn down furnace thermostat 
  • Turn off water to washing machine 
  • Unplug computer and other home electronic equipment 
  • Verify insurance coverage (health, auto, etc.), especially if traveling outside U.S. 


  • After bite stick 
  • Allergy medications 
  • Aloe Vera for sunburns 
  • Bactine ointment 
  • Band-Aids 
  • Benadryl cream 
  • Burn spray 
  • Cold Medications 
  • Cotton balls 
  • Cough drops/cough syrup 
  • Dial soap (for wounds) 
  • Disinfectant spray (to kill athlete’s foot fungus) 
  • Dramamine 
  • First Aid Kit 
  • Gauze sponges 
  • Hydrocortisone cream 
  • Imodium 
  • Iodine (can be used as a water purifier, too!) 
  • Neosporin 
  • New skin liquid 
  • Pepto Bismol 
  • Q-tips 
  • Rubbing alcohol swabs 
  • Sleeping pills 
  • Steri strips 
  • 1" roll of surgical tape 
  • Thermometer 
  • Telfa sponges 
  • TUMS 
  • Tweezers 
  • Tylenol/Asperin/Ibuprofen
  • Vitamin C 

Electronic conveniences:

  • 100 watt bulbs or 3 way bulb for reading 
  • A/C adapters 
  • Cable wiring 
  • Camera(s) 
  • Cell phone 
  • Computer 
  • Digital camera 
  • Electric socket covers 
  • Extension cord 
  • Flashlight 
  • Modular phone cord for computer 
  • Night light (for bathroom) 
  • Small car vacuum 
  • Universal electrical adapter 
  • Universal TV remote
  • USB computer cable (to download pics from digital camera or for cable or DSL modem in room 
  • White noise machine 
Take Documents and Photocopies of:

  • Airline Tickets 
  • Auto Rental Confirmation 
  • Personal auto insurance policy number 
  • Driver's License 
  • Exchange confirmation 
  • Medical Insurance Forms 
  • Passports and Visas 
  • Reservations for other accommodations 
  • Reservations and confirmations for activities purchased or reserved before leaving 
  • Rx’s & eyeglass info 
  • Shot Records 

Kitchen necessities:

  • Aluminum foil 
  • Black binder clips 
  • Chopsticks 
  • Clips for chip bags 
  • Cling 
  • Coffee mugs 
  • Coffee measure 
  • Coffee Filters (both cone &basket) 
  • Corkscrew/wine opener 
  • Crock pot 
  • Electric griddle 
  • Juicer (metal type that fits over a bowl) for making lemonade, fresh orange juice 
  • Kitchen timer 
  • Kitchen towel 
  • Knife sharpener/whet stone 
  • Knives: paring, serrated, carving, oyster 
  • Measuring spoons/measuring cup 
  • Non-stick fry pan 
  • Pam cooking spray 
  • Paper plates and cups 
  • Paper napkins 
  • Paper towels 
  • Plastic containers for leftovers 
  • Plastic knives/forks/spoons (for picnic) 
  • Potato peeler 
  • Rice Cooker 
  • Rubber gloves 
  • Scrubber/brillo pad/SOS pad 
  • Trash bags (4 large sized) 
  • Veggie steamer 
  • Water bottle 
  • Water purification tablets 
  • Wooden utensils 
  • Zip lock bags (various sizes) 


  • BBQ Sauce 
  • Beef Jerky 
  • Bouillon cubes to flavor soup 
  • Brown sugar & cinnamon for oatmeal 
  • Canned Tuna 
  • Cereal Bars 
  • Coffee 
  • Cocoa/Hot chocolate packets 
  • Concentrated juice to mix for first morning 
  • Creamer 
  • Crystal lite 
  • Tea Bags 
  • Dried fruit and nuts 
  • Frozen Meat Loaf 
  • Gin 
  • Ketchup 
  • jam/jelly 
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Mustard 
  • Oatmeal 
  • Oil - Olive/Cooking oil 
  • Pepper 
  • Popcorn 
  • Pop tarts 
  • salad dressing packets (can get them at grocery salad bars) 
  • Salt 
  • Soda pop 
  • Soy sauce 
  • Spices - bay leaves, basil, cayenne, celery salt, cinnamon, dill, garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano, dry onions, parsley flakes, pepper, salt, etc. 
  • Packets of ketchup, mustard, mayo, sugar & sweetener 


  • $1 bills 
  • Address Book 
  • Aquis towel 
  • Baby wipes 
  • Bath salts/bubble bath 
  • Beach Towels 
  • Bikes 
  • Binoculars 
  • Collapsible cooler 
  • Compass 
  • Credit cards 
  • Duct tape/other tape 
  • Dust mite pillow cover 
  • Eyeglasses 
  • Extra suitcase for souvenirs 
  • Games (playing cards, board games) 
  • Glue/glue stick 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Kites 
  • Leatherman's tool 
  • Magazines (to leave behind) 
  • Maps 
  • Long Matches (for fireplace) or “Aim&Flame” 
  • Meat thermometer (if you are going to fix a roast or steaks) 
  • Mini grill (George Forman) 
  • Nail clippers 
  • Paperback books 
  • Extra pillows 
  • Pool and sand toys for the kids 
  • Plastic grocery sack 
  • Quarters 
  • Rubber bands 
  • Scissors 
  • Screwdriver and other miscellaneous tools 
  • Scotch tape 
  • Sewing Kit 
  • Shampoo & conditioner 
  • Snorkel & Swim Fins 
  • Spouse, if applicable :} 
  • Stamps 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Suntan lotion/sunscreen 
  • Swiss Army Knife 
  • Toothpicks 
  • TUG cards 
  • TUG shirt, cap and other accessories 
  • Videos/CDs 
  • Votive candles 
  • Wash clothes (not supplied in Europe) 
  • Water shoes and/or sandals 
  • Waterproof pouch 

Cleaning stuff:

  • Belts 
  • Bounce 
  • Carpet cleaner 
  • Clothes hangers 
  • Cloths pins that hang from a shower rod. 
  • Fabric softener sheets/Fabreze 
  • Large bar soap 
  • Laundry soap 
  • Liquid dish soap 
  • Plastic laundry bags 
  • Stain removal stick 


  • Cap/Hat 
  • Diapers 
  • Disposable raincoat 
  • Fanny pack 
  • Plastic laundry bags 
  • Old Undies (ask Fern) 
  • Robe 
  • Swimming suit 
  • Thin gloves 
  • Windbreaker 
  • Walking shoes 
  • Water shoes/aqua socks

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