Make a Travel List, then Pack

Make a Travel List, then Pack

by Charly

Why make a travel list? Well it saves on time packing and usually will ensure you forget nothing. So having one is just a good plan overall. Have you ever arrived at a destination to find out you had forgotten something essential? I have and when you cannot find what you need at a local store, it’s frustrating.

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I’m on the go a lot, whether it’s taking an impromptu trip or traveling outside of the USA. The one thing I developed over the years is a Travel List that is on my computers. I use it for 2 day trips or month long stays and pack what is necessary for where I’m going and for how long. Since it’s a text document, I can add to it or strike out what I won’t need for a particular trip. Then when I’m finished with it, either save the changes or not.

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Being a freelance photographer, at the top of the list is all my electronics/equipment. Of course I carry more than one who has a point & shoot or bridge camera, but none-the-less, be sure you have everything you will use on your trip. In Italy, though I brought many SD cards, I ran out in Venice I believe it was. When I found a store that had 32GB card, I paid a whopping 80 euros for the privilege. YIKES! That converted to near $100!! So not only make your travel list, but be sure you’re prepared. Here’s an example:

Camera(s) | Lens(es) |  # SD cards | SD Reader/Cord | Batteries | Battery Charger | Laptop | Laptop Cords | Cell Phone | Cell Phone Charger (car/home) | Camera Cleaning Kit | Camera/Lens Cloths | Filters | Waterproof Card Holder | Tripod/Head | Rain bags for Camera | Plastic Rectangle Table Cloth | Gray Cards | Flashlights | Backpack Protector Bag | Locks | Electrical Converter for Country needed? | # Rolls of Film | # Sheet Film boxes | and more

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Now it’s time to pack. I’m very good at putting a lot in a small area. My daughter tells everyone, ‘My mom can make 10 lbs. of stuff fit in a 5 lb. bag!’ lol She’s too funny, but that is so very true. Most of my camera stuff will fit nicely in/on my Tamrac slingback backpack. Even my laptop fits in the computer pocket it has and the tripod on the outside area. All packed it weighs about 20 lbs., a carry-on when I fly and is very easy on me when walking a long ways.

What I do is grab everything on my list and put it next to the bag I’m going to put it in. As I pack an item on my Travel List in it’s proper bag, I strike it out. This let’s me know I’ve packed it. Yes I do this to each individual item, no matter how small, to ensure I forget nothing! I don’t add 3 things and hope I remember that they’re all packed. This is what the list would look like of packed items:

Camera(s) | Lens(es) |  # SD cards | SD Reader/Cord | Batteries | Battery Charger | Laptop | Laptop Cords | Cell Phone | Cell Phone Charger (car/home) | Camera Cleaning Kit | Camera/Lens Cloths | Filters | Waterproof Card Holder | Tripod/Head | Rain bags for Camera | Plastic Rectangle Table Cloth | Gray Cards | Flashlights | Backpack Protector Bag | Locks | Electrical Converter for Country needed? | # Rolls of Film | # Sheet Film boxes | and more

This tells me the camera(s), SD Reader/cord, laptop, cell phone charger car/home, camera/lens cloths, etc. are packed in the bag they belong. When everything is struck out, I print the list and go over it one last time. Then zip, and lock with TSA approved locks if flying, all bags. At this point, though very sure everything needed for the trip is packed, I’ll pour me a cup of joe and go over the list one final time. Now time to wait to leave in the car or head to the airport.

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“Hope this helps you enjoy your travels! Ciao”

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