A couple of years ago, we posted a comprehensive beauty/skincare travel packing list that you could modify and add items or subtract items to—so you could decide and remember what to bring along on your travels.
It was a popular list; so, I decided to add a quite few things that can make your travel planning and packing easy not only for you, but also for your family and pets. It now includes a list of things to do in advance and/or in the event you will be staying in a place with a kitchen that will need a few basics provided.
Even if you have your own list, it’s likely ours will give you some more ideas or remind you of things you might not have thought of. You can download a pdf version of this list by clicking here.
Things to do in advance:
Make reservations for boarding your animals, having newspapers picked up, plants watered, and other things you need to maintain your household while you are away.
Have your mail held at the post office and stop newspapers from being delivered.
For a car trip, stock your vehicle with water, foods, tools, maps, and an emergency road kit.
Pay any bills that will be due while you are away
Make sure your passport is at least 6 months before it will expire.
Get some foreign currency for where you will be traveling
Inform your credit card company where you will be traveling.
Charge your camera batteries
Consider getting a mani/pedi so you don’t have to worry about that grooming while traveling.
Send a copy of your itinerary to someone who cares about you—with phone numbers—in case of an urgent need to reach you.
Prepare a list of emergency contacts to keep in your wallet in case of emergency (a good idea to have on you all the time).
Things to do just before leaving:
Make sure you have your tickets, trip itinerary, passport, visas, other important paperwork
Take out the trash (so you don’t return home to a stinky home with ants crawling!)
Leave on a lights and/or set home alarm
Check appliances—are they off?
Check thermostats—don’t run heat or AC you won’t need!
Close drapes, lock windows
Pack food and CDs in car
Count how many suitcases you have to help keep track of them
Don’t forget jackets you might need where you are going
Don’t leave without a house key to get back in!
Mix of interchangeable clothing appropriate for where you are going
Underwear, bras, socks
Shoes, boots, sandals, slippers
Belts, scarves, ties
Skincare and Beauty:
Sunscreen: facial and body
Facial prescription creams
Facial other: toner, special preparations
Cotton balls or pads
Shaving razor, blades and shaving cream
Hair removal cream
Disposable hand sanitizer wipes or baby wipes
Nail care: polish and remover, nail files, cuticle trimmers
Hair brushes /or comb
Hair other: bands, clips, blow-dryer, styling tools
Teeth retainers (if you use them)
Denture cleansers and paste
Mascara and eyelash curler
Makeup brushes and sponges/applicators
Sharpeners for crayon-type makeups
Ear-drops/swimmer’s ear drops
Contact lens solution and case
Bandaids and/or mini first-aid kit
Feminine hygiene, pads, tampons
Other things you might want pack:
Medications! Be sure to pack in original prescription bottles and do NOT put in checked-luggage; always keep your meds with you in carry-on bags.
You might like to include eye-drops for dry eyes on planes, some aspirin or ibuprofen, and ask your doctor about medications you might need for stomach troubles if you’re going to other countries.
Clock or watch
Things to reading
Mini sewing kit
Plastic laundry bag
Spare folding travel tote (or leave room in your luggage for things you buy to bring home)
Swiss army knife with scissors -- checkable luggage only, not allowed on flights/carry-on bags
Small notebook and pens
Foreign dictionaries for where you are traveling
Travel pillow and blanket
CELL PHONE, and earphones with charger
Laptop and/or iPad, and charger
Kindle and charger
GPS device and charger
Outlet converters (for traveling in other countries)
Camera and batteries/charger
Packing for children:
A couple of favorite toys and/or blanky
A few new toys and/or DVDs to keep them busy during travel
Favorite foods and snacks
Children’s toiletries and clothing and medications (see above packing lists for reminders of what the kid’s need, too!)
Packing for traveling pets:
Carriers and leashes
Playpen or gates
Small cat litter box and extra litter
Leashes and name tags with your cellphone number on it
Pet foods, wet and dry
Bowls for eating and for water
Medical documents, medications, and/or care instructions for boarding
Basic shopping list for away-from-home kitchens:
Salt and pepper
paper plates and cups and plastic utensils
Coffee and/or filters for coffee machine
Sugar and/or sugar substitutes
Dishwashing gloves, sponge
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The Skin Regime; Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin, available as a Kindle download or Buy paperback to buy your paperback copy from Platinum Skin Care. You can also read the first chapter--FREE--by click here to read 1st chapter.
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