Chica and I love to travel. It seems like as soon as we return home from a trip, we are already online looking up our next destination. Part of me wishes I could just leave my suitcases packed so I am all ready for the next adventure! But alas, eventually I must unpack everything and stay at home for awhile. But when it is time to start packing for the next trip, I yank out some very old and wrinkled sheets of paper that comprise my packing list. I’ve added and subtracted to it over the years, making notes in the margins telling me if I need it for a ski vacation or for a week at the beach. There are even notes on there about what I did and did not use on our last trip to Europe.
I decided it would be a good idea to enter all of those handwritten lists into one, easy to print out document, for my use as well as to share with you. I admit, I don’t camp a lot so I enlisted Chica’s help to fill out that section for you; she enjoys communing with the great outdoors. I also tried to make the items fairly general so that you can customize them easily. I find it best to update the list as soon as you return home, noting which items were used, which were not, and what you wish you had remembered to pack. This way, the next time you print out your list for a trip, you will be one step closer to taking just the true essentials with you.
I hope you find these lists useful and please share with us in the comments section any travel essentials that you just can’t leave home without. Also, a few items might not be easy to find so just leave me a comment and I can tell you where I found them. Now…it’s off to start planning our next adventure!