by Wendy VanHatten

Whether traveling near or far…warm or cold…US or beyond, it’s a good idea to change your packing list at this time of year.


You probably have gifts. Do you know the TSA rules if you’re flying? Don’t pack wrapped gifts as they may be unwrapped by TSA. Instead, take the gifts and the paper or gift bags separately. Less hassle that  way. This list may help you get ready for your holiday trip.


Important Identification, Papers, and Essentials                                                                     

Passport/visa                     Guidebook                              Copies of passport

Identification                     Maps/directions                    Copies of credit cards

Boarding pass/tickets     Medical insurance card         Itinerary

Travel insurance card     Emergency contact                Wallet

Credit Cards                       ATM Cards                             Cash

List of Medications


Electronics chargers        Voltage Adapter                 Camera/memory card

Extra Batteries


Underwear             Scarves                      Shoes

Sleepwear              Festive Wear              Sweaters

Accessories            Casual Wear               Jeans

Hats                         Jewelry                        Gloves


Unwrapped Gifts, if flying              Gift Wrap

Stocking Stuffers                               Gift Bags

Cookies                                               Holiday Food

Personal Items

Contact lenses                  Glasses                               First Aid Kit

Toothpaste/Toothbrush      Hair Products             Soap

Cosmetics                           Deodorant                       Facial Products

Hand sanitizer                   Bandages                          Tissues

Medications                       Pain relievers                   Vitamins