Your passport to happiness!

Must Have:

Wallet, Credit cards, cash

Cell phones and chargers

Car and house keys (duplicate sets kept in different bags)

Eyeglasses and/or contact lenses (plus lens cleaner)

Medical insurance cards, list of phone numbers

Prescriptions and other medications

Itineraries, tickets, and reservation confirmations

Guide books, maps, and directions


Must Do:

Remove trash from home

Tune-up car, check tires, battery, major fluids, brakes etc…

Replace expired prescriptions and medication and replace expired sunblock, most SPF lotions lose potency over years time

Replenish toiletries kit

Empty refrigerator

Hold incoming mail and newspapers

Notify neighbors of your vacation and give phone # for emergencies

Mow your lawn before you leave

If you’re leaving your car, leave it parked in the driveway

Lock all windows and doors before you leave

Unplug small appliances

Turn down or turn off AC/heat

Make arrangements for pet and plant care




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Cell phone, charger, extra battery. Make sure your cell phones have reception in the location you’re traveling to.

Camera, charger, batteries, cords, etc.

CD player & CDs

DVD player & DVDs

Laptop & cord & battery

Other small electronics & chargers (Nintendo DS, Kindle, etc.)

iPod & Headphones



 Packing Clothes:


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Complete change of clothes for each person per day (think cool, comfortable clothing); though if you are renting a place with laundry facilities, you may be able to get away with less

Lightweight sweater or jacket and long pants for cooler evenings

Swimsuits (two per person, so you’ll always have a dry one)

Beach towels ( two per person is ideal)

Beach cover-ups or roomy T-shirts (to throw on over swimsuit when you’ve had enough sun)

Baseball caps or wide-brim hats (to protect faces from sun)

Sunglasses with UV protection for adults

Exercise clothes (swimsuit, goggles, running clothes & shoes, gym workout clothes & shoes)

Comfortable Footwear

Beach Bag

Family size beach blanket

Laundry Bag




Bath Soap




Razor Kit

Shaving Cream



Bottle Opener



Cotton Balls/Qtips


Kleenex, Tissues

Contact lenses

Mouthwash/Dental Floss

Nail clippers/tweezers

Combs, Brushes






First Aid Kit:

Band Aids

Insect Repellant


Aloe Vera Gel

Birth control

Lip Balm with sunscreen

Cold Medicine

Motion Sickness Medicine


Antibiotic Ointment


Moist Towelettes, Wipes


Lotion for Insect bites

Adhesive strips








For the Baby:

Baby Powder

Baby sunscreen

Teething Ointment

Diapers & Lotions

Baby Wipes


Baby formula, Bibs

Zippered plastic bags

Changing Pad

Baby food and spoon




 Beach Items:


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Buckets and shovels 

Sand castle toys

Frisbee, paddle ball, inflatable beach ball and other simple beach toys

Inflatable flotation devices (check lifeguard regulations)


Zippered plastic bags for collecting wet suits after a day trip to the beach

Paddle Games




 For Older Kids:

1 outfit per day, 2 extra tops

2 swimsuits per child

1 nice outfit

1 out-of-season outfit

2 towels per child

Beach toys, Frisbee, paddle ball *usually available upon arrival



 For Traveling:

Travel Games, Books

Crayon, Clip Board

Cooler with drinks and snacks



 Safety Checks:


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Upon arrival to your destination:

Make sure the pull-cord loops on older window blinds and drapes have been eliminated or secured. Cut the loop of the pull cord just above the tassel to result in two cords, or keep the loop taut with a tie-down device that fastens the cord to the floor or wall.

Hand-test the hot water temperature. A child can suffer third-degree burns in a matter of seconds if exposed to water above 120 degrees F. Most rental homes do not have anti-scald devices or renter access to the water heater thermostat. Hand-test the water upon arrival to avoid accidental scalding in the bath or shower.

Examine bunk beds for proper installation and support of the mattresses. Bunk bed guardrails, like crib slats, need to be close enough together to avoid head entrapment. Avoid allowing children under the age of 6 to sleep in the top bunk.

Place all household cleaners and other potentially dangerous chemicals in a locked cabinet or closet. 

Inspect the rental crib to make certain it is sturdy, properly assembled and in good condition. 


 Nice to have items:


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Folding beach chairs, Umbrella

Beach Cooler



Books / Books on Tape

Alarm Clock

Travel journal


Travel Iron or Steamer

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