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Vacation Packing List

The ultimate A-Z packing list for a honeymoon or romantic vacation


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Vacation Packing List

Don't forget to pack some sexy lingerie!


Having a vacation packing list and the right luggage puts you on course for a successful trip. By drawing up and following a packing list, you can prepare ahead of time and 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.

I 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.




  • Antibiotic cream
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Band-Aids
  • Birth control
  • Bug repellent
  • Cortisone 1% anti-itch cream
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • For cruisers: Sea-sickness bands or pills (compare prices)
  • Lubricant (compare prices)
  • Pain reliever
  • Prescription medicines

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
  • 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
  • Travelers 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
  • Lint roller
  • Luggage locks approved by TSA (compare prices)
  • Massage oil
  • Plastic Zip-Loc bags
  • Playing cards
  • Q-Tips
  • Sports gear (tennis racquets, golf clubs, swim goggles)
  • Sunscreen/SPF
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Travel candles
  • Umbrella
  • Zip ties (vendor's site)



  • Athletic shoes (vendor's site)
  • Belts
  • Boxers / Briefs
  • Casual shirts
  • Dress shoes
  • Hat
  • Oxford shirts
  • Pants
  • Pajamas / Robe
  • Sandals
  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sports jacket
  • Swim wear
  • Tie
  • T-shirts / Undershirts
  • Workout clothes

Men's Toiletries

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


Women's Clothing and Accessories


  • [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, they're too informal. But if you're going to some place 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.

More tips for packing for your vacation:
Buy the Right Luggage

Plan Ahead for a Great Getaway

Advice on Vacation Packing

Vacation Budget Worksheet

Event Finder

Passports & Visas

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