The Ultimate Travel Check Off List: Weekend Edition

The Ultimate Travel Checkoff List | Weekend Edition
There is nothing worse than traveling for hours, arriving at your destination late at night and realizing that you forgot your phone charger.  Or, even worse, the baby wakes up in the middle of the night with a fever and a 24-hour CVS is nowhere to be found.  We’ve all been there.  It is infuriating and it seems like no matter how thorough you are,  something always falls through the cracks.  During one particularly hectic year,  I found myself in the Bahamas with no bathing suit.  That’s right.  I was on a tropical island and I couldn’t go swimming.  I ended up buying most expensive suit I have ever owned and wore it for an entire week straight.  Don’t let this happen to you!  With the help of the perfect weekender and this travel check off list and you won’t forget a thing!

The Weekend Edition

This edition of the list is tailored for weekend getaways.  Not as many shoes are required but car activities are a must.  I hope you find this comprehensive list helpful when deciding exactly what you need for a mere 2-3 day trip. The Ultimate {Printable} Travel Checkoff List | Weekend Edition for a handy printable version.

Must Haves:

  • insurance cards
  • credit cards
  • cash
  • directions
  • tickets
  • phone
  • phone charger
  • passport/ passport wallet
  • foreign currency
  • car rental info

Day Wear:

  • 1-2 dress or skirt
  • 2-3 tops
  • 1-2 pairs shorts
  • 1 pair jeans
  • 1 sweater or sweatshirt
  • 1 jacket or coat
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1-2 night wear
  • 3 pairs socks
  • 1 pair sneakers or good walking shoes
  • 1 pair sandals
  • 1-2 bras
  • 3-4 pairs underwear
  • cross body satchel or bag
  • 1 scarf for cool weather

Evening Wear:

  • 1 dress or skirt
  • 1 blouse
  • 1 pair pants
  • 1 suit
  • 1 pair dress shoes
  • 1 evening bag


  • watch
  • belt
  • jewelry
  • sunglasses
  • sun hat


  • comb/ brush
  • hair accessories
  • contact lenses and solution
  • glasses
  • deodorant
  • face cleanser
  • moisturizer
  • razor
  • shaving cream
  • shampoo/ conditioner
  • body wash
  • body lotion
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • floss
  • lip balm
  • makeup
  • tweezers
  • perfume/ cologne
  • sunscreen
  • prescriptions
  • plastic bag/ sealable bag
  • hand sanitizer
  • band aids
  • ibuprofen/ acetaminophen for the kids
  • curling iron/ straightener

For the Kids:

  • books
  • coloring books
  • crayons
  • snacks
  • toys
  • car games
  • iPad with movies
  • travel friendly games

For the Trip:

  • awesome playlist
  • audio book/ book/ e-reader
  • travel pillow
  • phone charger


  • camera
  • headphones
  • chargers
  • laptop

Summing It Up

Let’s face it,  you are going to forget stuff,  it happens.  At least with this list, chances are more likely that you won’t forget the crucial stuff and it may even eliminate the need to over pack,  or under pack for that matter!  Wait.  Should the kids be added to the list?  Nah!

Am I missing anything?  Comment below if there are any must-haves that I forgot!

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