How to Create a Packing List

How to Create a Packing List
Packing for a trip can be stressful no matter how long the journey or where you will be going. Creating a packing list can help even those who don't tend to forget things; they can help you keep track of not only what you bring but also what the right things to bring are.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Title your list by the destination you are packing for so it cannot be confused with any other lists. Writing on graph paper can be useful if you wish to have boxes to check off next to items and keep the paper organized.
Step 2
Make categories on your list paper for all of the general types of things you will bring. For example, clothing, toiletries, jewelry for special events, shoes, outerwear and gadgets (such as cameras, journals, cell phone, iPod, travel candle, passport).
Step 3
Start with one category and write down everything you think you need in that category before moving on to the next one. Leave extra space between categories, however, in case you think of something you want to add later.
Step 4
Determine what needs to go into a specific category by considering the number of days and nights you will be away on your trip, what the seasonal weather may be like and the type of traveler you are. Some people like to travel as lightly as possible, for example only bringing five pairs of socks if they will be gone for six days; others may want to pack seven pairs in case they need an extra pair.
Step 5
List all individual items. Don't just list socks, but list how many pairs and don't just list bathroom items, list all the details---even if it seems silly to write down such minor items as a nail file on your list, these smaller things can be easy to forget during the stress of packing and leaving.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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