Your Packing List

What You'll Need For Different Climates and Cultures

A packing list will help when you're getting ready to pack for your trip. What you need to take with you will depend on your destination and travel style.

You'll need different things for a safari than you will for a cruise.

What you pack for Antarctica will be different than what you will take to Hawaii.

Are you going to a health spa? A dude ranch? On a diving trip? A driving trip abroad?

All of those things will affect how you pack. We have lists for those below... and all kinds of tips about packing and luggage.

A packing list helps you packing light... and helps pack the car!A packing list helps you packing light... and helps pack the car! A challenge for 4 of us in Poland.

We always start with our basic list, then fine tune it for our current destination.

It takes some planning to pack well... there are so many things to consider....

  • today's security alerts...
  • and baggage fees too.


If you're going to travel with carry-on luggage, you need to think about...

  • What you can fit in that plastic bag?
  • How do you pack your cosmetics?
  • Your medications?

Choose Your Packing List

Basic Packing List - This is where we start for every trip. You can travel almost anywhere for two weeks to two months if you just tweak this list sensibly.

Packing For A Tropical Vacation - What we pack for warm and humid weather... whether we're scuba diving, hiking rain forests or relaxing on a beach.

What To Pack For Cold Weather - A cruise to Antarctica tested our packing skills the most. Cold weather does require more and heavier clothes, but you can still keep it to a minimum.

Mixed Weather - We Have A List For That - Shoulder season is when we love to travel, and that can mean warm AND cold weather. You can still manage with only carry-on luggage if you plan for layers.


To make things easier for you, we've compiled a few more of our packing guides and tips for packing right and getting through airport security:

Packing Basics

Luggage

Packing for Airport Security

Electronics

Packing Medication

These are all just guides. Use them to make your own list. Lists help you stay organized. You'll worry less that you might forget something important.

Even if you do forget something, just remember that you can probably get it almost anywhere in the world.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

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Shoulder Season
We love travel during shoulder seasons.
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They're all great for travel somewhere!
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Spring is greening things up in the Southern Hemisphere.

We are just back from Canada where we had glorious weather but just the beginning of those fall colors.

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