Checklists for a Better Trip
If you are like me, then you forget things, especially when you are running out the door to go on vacation or a road trip. Oh, you will remember it, a day or two later when you are 5,00 miles away.
You might as well accept that reality and learn to make an use a planning checklist, packing checklist and a "last minute checklist".
- Planning checklist - This is to ensure you get reservations in time to lock down your key destinations, activities and accommodations.
See this page for the planning checklist
- Packing checklist - Big things and little, if your missing a lighter for your camp stove, a tarp to cover your tent, or other key items,
your trip won't be fun!
- Last minute checklist - from turning off the AC, taking out the trash to making sure you haven't locked the cat in the basement, don't
forget this checklist.
Click here to download a TXT file of Last minute the Checklist
Here they are. You can down load them open them in your word processor and adapt them to your own needs.
Last minute checklist
- Is the mail placed on hold?
- Newspapers put on hold?
- Are the following in the car?
- wallet or purse,
- laptop and / or iPad,
- Any needed NPS passes, vouchers, coupons, reservation receipts, tickets or season pass
- Is all trash taken out?
- Lights turned off?
- A/C or Heat turned down or off?
- Windows and doors locked?
- Check pets' food, water, litter and location of pets, make sure internal doors are open. (or taken to pet sitter or kennel)
- Check webcams are turned on.
- Security or alarms turned on
Here is a sample packing and planning checklist you can download and edit to adapt to your needs.
- Packing checklist as a Word doc
- Packing checklist as a RTF (Word) doc
- Packing checklist as a TXT file.
Sample Packing Checklist
· Frozen hamburgers
· Frozen cooked chicken
· Snacks for kids
· Dry foods like breakfast cereal
· No fridge lunch foods like Jam, peanut butter, bread
· Seasonings, sweeteners
· Eye glasses or contacts (in car, if you need them)
· Shorts, socks, undies, etc.
· Yeah. Better let them pack their own
· Swim suit
· Socks, underwear
· Swim suit
· Rain fly
· Ground tarp and cover tarp
· Paracord and bunge cords
· sleeping bags
· inflatable pillows
· Bear spray (Yellowstone and Montana)
· Fry pan, large pot and small pot
· 1 sharp knife and a small cutting board
· Aluminum foil
· Spatula, large spoon
· Ziploc bags and containers
· Disposable paper Plates and cutlery
· Dish sponge and small dish soap
· A half dozen laundry soap pods, in case you need to stop to do laundry somewhere.
· Dramaine or other motion sickness stuff
· Small first aid kit
· Instant read thermometer
· Medicines for any family members that need them
· Nintendos 3DS, iPads or tablets and their chargers and cartridges Things to keep the kids busy on the long drive days.
· Laptop if needed for work
· Camera or Camcorder
· Battery changers
· Cell phone charger
· A couple umbrellas and lightweight rain ponchos