Do you like lists? OH ME TOO! I have a Travel List that I print out before every trip, and it makes me feel like I won't lose my mind with pre-travel fretting. If you are bored by lists, you can duck out now: that's all the post is. This is what fits in one carry-on-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag:
Swistle's Airplane Travel List
3-ounce bottles in quart-size ziploc: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, body wash, body lotion, face lotion, lip balm, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, Febreze
make-up: undereye concealer, powder, blush, eyebrow brush, eyeliner, lipstick, lip balm
snacks: pecans, almonds, apples, chocolate-covered cherries, pretzels, Dove almond squares
EMPTY water bottle
NO Swiss Army knife
all food wrapped
light jacket and flannel shirt
camera and spare batteries and small battery charger
travel alarm clock
cell phone and charger
Sudoku calendar and pen
wallet: license, credit card, heath insurance card, cash, change
books and magazines
earrings and rings
toothbrush and floss
ponytail holders and claw clip
medications including Dramamine, tylenol, allergy, eye drops
vitamins including vitamin C, zinc
prescriptions including dailies, sleep, anxiety
socks and wool socks
sandals and shoes
jeans and shorts
skirt, dressy tee, stockings, dressy black sandals, sparkly earrings
itinerary and boarding pass
Take off shoes
Take off coat
Take out bag of liquids
Take out bag of medications
Take out bag of electronics
Fill water bottle
Various notes on the list (because the only thing that can improve on a list is a list ABOUT the list):
The "take off/out" list is so I don't panic in the security check. They don't require you to take out electronic stuff (chargers, phone, camera, clock), but last time they unpacked my whole suitcase to get a closer look at my travel alarm clock so it's easier to just chuck that stuff in the bin. I put them all in a gallon-sized ziploc and keep it in my carry-on until I go through, and then I pack it in my suitcase afterward.
The last two things on the list are for after security. (I remember to pee without putting it on the list.)
Sudoku calendar: When calendars were marked down to, like, a dollar, I bought a sudoku-a-day one. I take off a little chunk of pages to put in my travel bag. Nice and small, and cheap, and I can throw away each page as I finish it.
Glasses: New to this trip's list: before I bought a ton of fashion glasses I was always WEARING my only glasses. Now I have many pairs and needed to remember to bring an extra pair for decorative purposes.
Wallet: I don't like to bring a purse (it would take the place of a carry-on), so I have a wee little zippered pouch I put the essentials in.
Febreze: I found it in travel-size but in a scent I don't like, so I dumped it out and refilled it with the lavender kind. It is so nice for spritzing on clothes at night if you find you probably should have brought an additional pair of jeans.
Lip balm: Not only is it in two different baggies, I have another in my pocket and another in the carry-on's pocket. LET'S NOT RUN LOW ON LIP BALM.
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