Packing Check List
And Travel Tips

Just like Santa, always make a list and check it twice! And in case you don’t have time to make a list, click here to print off a copy of our Packing Check List and Travel Tips, or check them out below:

Packing Check List

Important Documents & Necessities:

  • E-ticket, hotel reservation confirmation number, travel insurance card and emergency numbers
  • Calling card
  • Car rental confirmation
  • Cash, credit and ATM cards
  • Credit card company information
  • Driver’s license
  • Your contact information while you are away
  • Guidebooks
  • Membership cards (CAA, frequent flyer, etc.)
  • Money belt or pouch
  • Passport, visa(s) & photocopies of passport and all credit cards
  • Travel insurance

Personal Items & Hygiene:

  • Body lotion*
  • Conditioner*
  • Contact lenses and solution*
  • Cosmetics*
  • Clothesline
  • Curling iron/hair straightener
  • Deodorant
  • Eye drops
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Floss
  • Glasses
  • Hairbrush/ comb
  • Hair care products*
  • Hair Dryer
  • Hand sanitizer*
  • Lip balm*
  • Moist towelettes*
  • Mouthwash*
  • Paper towels/tissues
  • Razors and shaving cream*
  • Shampoo*
  • Soap*
  • Toiletry bag
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Towel/wash cloth
  • Woolite or laundry detergent packets
*Liquid Gels: In your carry on luggage only bring liquids, gels and aerosols that are 100ml/100 grams or less and ensure they fit in a clear, closed and resealable 1 litre (1 quart) plastic bag. Prescription medicine and baby formula or milk are exempt. You can pack any size liquid or gel in your checked baggage. Pack scissors, nail clippers, razor blades and other sharp objects in your checked baggage, as they will not be allowed through security. For more information, call 1-888-294-2202, or visit the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

Clothing and Accessories:

  • Belt
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Dress(es)
  • Dress shoes
  • Gloves/Mittens
  • Hiking boots
  • Jacket
  • Jewelry
  • Knit hat
  • Long underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Pants/Trousers
  • Rain boots
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Scarf
  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Stockings
  • Suit(s)
  • Sweater
  • Sweatshirts
  • Swimsuit
  • Sneakers
  • T-Shirt
  • Underwear
  • Watch
  • Wide-brimmed hat

Medications and Health:

  • Allergy medications
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Cold medicine
  • First aid kit
  • Herbal supplements
  • Malaria tablets
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Pain relievers
  • Prescriptions
  • Sleep medications
  • Vitamins
  • Water purification method
Note: when travelling to tropical destinations, make sure to get all of the required or recommended vaccines. You can get information on vaccines or other precautionary measures by consulting with your doctor, public health department or the Public Health Agency of Canada.Remember that several of these shots require two to three weeks to be effective, so don’t wait until the last minute.

Gadgets:

  • Camera and charger
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Converters and adapters
  • Extra memory cards or film
  • Laptop and accessories
  • Spare batteries
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Video camera and charger

Family:

  • Baby food
  • Baby powder
  • Bibs
  • Bottles/sippy cup
  • Car seat
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Changing pad
  • Child’s toilet seat
  • Colouring books
  • Crayons/markers
  • Diapers
  • Extra clothes
  • Favourite blanket
  • Food and snacks
  • Formula or juice
  • Highchair
  • Nursing pads
  • Pacifier
  • Playing cards
  • Stroller
  • Stuffed animals
  • Toys
  • Travel games
  • Waterproof sheets
  • Wipes
Note: Regulations require one parent travelling along with children to have a signed, notarized letter from the other parent explicitly stating that permission has been given to the travelling parent to be taking the children. This is for all parents, not just separated or divorced parents. It’s also very good idea for children to have their own photo ID and passports may be required, depending on where you are going.

Travel Tips

Don’t pack your entire beauty routine:
 

  • If you are staying at a hotel that will offer complimentary toiletries, use them!
  • Opt for a shampoo or conditioner combination.
  • Find a moisturizer with SPF.
  • Let your body wash double as shaving cream.
  • Share products with your travelling partner.

 

Don’t pack jewelry or valuables:
 

  • If you have an heirloom piece of jewelry or an expensive watch, leave them home. Tourists are often targets for thieves, and luggage can get lost.
  • If you must bring jewelry, keep it in the hotel safe except for special occasions and be sure it’s covered by appropriate insurance. Most homeowners’ policies will not cover jewelry if it’s lost or stolen while travelling, so you may need to purchase a separate policy.
  • Pack any valuables you take with you or buy on your trip in your carry-on.

 

One good, comprehensive guidebook should do the trick:
 

  • If you want the info from several guidebooks, photocopy your favourite sections.
  • Lonely Planet recently introduced mix-and-match guidebook chapters that can be downloaded a la carte, so you only have to pay for the sections you need.
  • Find out where there’s an Internet café or two at your destination before you leave. If you want access to travel information during your trip, you can likely find it on the web.

 

Don’t pack more clothes than you need:
 

  • Deciding which clothes to bring is sometimes one of the most difficult parts of packing. Reducing the number of outfits, you bring can lighten your load significantly.
  • If you’re going on a seven-day trip, spend a week before you leave keeping track of everything you wear, then figure out which items you can do without.
  • Bring clothes in neutral colours that you can mix and match, and only pack shoes that can be worn with many outfits.
  • Check the weather at your destination before you leave and pack accordingly.
  • Take small packets of laundry detergent so you can wash your clothes in your hotel sink and hang them out to dry.

 

Don’t pack unnecessary gadgets:
 

  • If you must take travel gadgets, pick one or two that you just have to have and save the others for a future trip.
  • Keep in mind that you may to pack things like spare batteries, chargers or electrical adapters and converters to make your gadget work on overseas trips.