Your Weekend Getaway Packing List

Having a vacation packing list and the right luggage will put you on course for a successful trip. By drawing up and following a packing list, you get to prepare ahead of time and will have the confidence of knowing you are unlikely to leave anything important behind. A vacation packing list allows you to stay organized and prevents you from packing items that you don’t need on a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

We recommend that couples divide their packing list into three categories: His, Hers, and Ours. Considering that many airlines charge for checked baggage, one big suitcase (where you combine your gear) and separate well-packed carry-on bags may be the most economical choice for a trip of any length.

Our Vacation Packing List


  • Plan your route with maps, directions, and/or GPS
  • Smartphone and charger
  • Digital camera, batteries, memory cards, manual
  • Underwater camera
  • Camera case
  • iPad, headphones, mini-speakers
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • Travel guidebook(s) or apps
  • Foreign-language app, dictionary, or phrasebook
  • Journal/notebook and pen
  • Reading material


  • Antibiotic cream
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Band-Aids
  • Birth control
  • Insect repellent (Bull Frog Mosquito Coast includes SPF)
  • Cortisone 1% anti-itch roll-on
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • For cruisers: sea-sickness bands
  • Lubricant
  • Pain reliever
  • Prescription medicines
  • Sunscreen/SPF

Money & Documents

  • Addresses for sending postcards/e-mail
  • Auto insurance card
  • Business cards
  • Cash
  • Copy of marriage license
  • Copy of medical history, if necessary
  • Copy of vacation packing list
  • Copy of credit card emergency numbers (keep separate from cards)
  • Driver’s license/international driver’s license
  • Emergency numbers and embassy address
  • Frequent flyer/frequent guest cards
  • Paper airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
  • Passports and visas, if necessary
  • Photo ID
  • Pre-paid phone card
  • Traveler’s checks and receipt (keep separate)
  • Vaccination certificates, if required
  • Vouchers/coupons/tickets
  • Your itinerary


  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Bubble bath
  • Binoculars
  • Currency converter
  • Duct tape
  • Keys
  • Krazy Glue
  • Luggage locks approved by TSA
  • Massage oil
  • Plastic Zip-Loc bags
  • Playing cards
  • Q-Tips
  • Sports gear (tennis racquets, golf clubs, swim goggles)
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel candles
  • Umbrella
  • Zip ties

His Vacation Packing List – Menswear

  • Athletic shoes
  • Belts
  • Boxers / Briefs
  • Casual shirts
  • Dress shoes
  • Hat
  • Oxford shirts
  • Pants
  • Pajamas / Robe
  • Sandals
  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sports jacket
  • Swimwear
  • Tie
  • T-shirts / Undershirts
  • Workout clothes

Men’s Toiletries

  • Comb / Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Floss
  • Lip balm
  • Rogaine, if necessary
  • Shaving kit / Shaving Cream
  • Shampoo / Conditioner / Styling Products
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash

Her Vacation Packing List Items – Women’s Clothing and Accessories

  • Bathing suit
  • Bras
  • Panties and/or thongs
  • Lingerie
  • Costume jewelry — earrings, necklace, bracelets
  • Fake diamond engagement ring (leave the real one in a safety-deposit box till you return)
  • Dress
  • Heels
  • Pareo/Sarong/big scarf
  • Robe
  • Sandals
  • Shorts/Capris
  • Skirt
  • Slacks
  • Sneakers or walking shoes
  • Socks
  • Stylish shirt
  • Sweater
  • Straw/wide-brimmed hat
  • Tank/halter/sleeveless tops
  • Workout clothes


  • Acne control product
  • Baby powder
  • Blow dryer/straightening iron
  • Comb/Brush
  • Cosmetic case/makeup bag
  • Deodorant
  • Depilatory
  • Eyeliner
  • Eye Shadow
  • Lipsticks
  • Blush
  • Mascara
  • Makeup remover
  • Facial cleanser
  • Moisturizer/SPF
  • Tampons
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash
  • Dental floss
  • Shampoo/conditioner/styling products
  • Scrunchies
  • Tweezers

A vacation packing list is especially important when you’re traveling to a new place for the first time. While most items left behind can be secured elsewhere, you may not have the time or budget to shop for them on your vacation.

It’s unlikely you’ll need everything on this A-to-Z packing list, but I’ve tried to make it as comprehensive as possible to help you get organized.

Obviously, the same vacation destination may not call for both a bathing suit and gloves or mittens…but you never know. It may occur to you that I’ve left jeans off the list. In tropical climates, they’re too hot to wear. In Europe’ great cities, they’re too informal. But if you’re going someplace casual, pack a pair. Good luck, and happy packing.

In the worst-case scenario, your luggage disappears. Forever. But if you have a copy of your vacation packing list on you – or leave a packing list with a trusted friend or family member while on vacation, you’ll have a complete record of any loss.

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