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Template for: Vacation Essentials

Contact lenses and/or glasses, if necessary (consider packing extra pairs, too)



Alarm clock

Batteries for small electronics and cameras

Camera (and film, if needed)

Chargers for your cell phone, camera, video camera, and laptop

Hair dryer (if your hotel doesn’t supply one)

Headphones for watching in-flight movies

Antibacterial wipes

Body lotion

Comb and brush

Contact lens solution (if needed)


Face cleanser

First aid kit, including gas-relief tablets, antacid, antidiarrheal medicine, antihistamine for allergies, bandages, candied ginger for motion sickness, mild laxative, non-aspirin pain reliever, and a thermometer in a hard case


Insect repellent

Lip balm (choose one with SPF 15)


Personal-hygiene items



Shampoo and conditioner

Shaving gel


Travel-sized detergent

Addresses of friends and family for postcards

Healthy snacks, such as chewy granola bars, dried fruit, mini bagels, nuts, and pretzels

Cash, ATM cards, and traveler’s checks

Maps and directions, if driving (try randmcnally.com for maps, directions, and traffic information)

Photograph of luggage contents in case of loss

Printouts of reservations

Sealable plastic bags for stowing small liquid containers

Travel journal

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