Every single time I used to get into the cab to the airport, the same helpless feeling used to wash over me. The feeling that I had forgotten something. My mind would start racing. In this state I would come up with the craziest things I may have forgotten about; did I close the fridge door properly, is the oven off, did I turn the heating to low? I’m sure you know the exact feeling.
I have developed one trick over the years to get rid of this feeling completely, this allows me to be excited about the trip I have planned, instead of worrying whether everything was in order at home. It works every time!
The Ultimate Travel Prep Checklist
Sometimes the best solutions in life are the easiest. To make your life a little easier, I wanted to make my personal travel checklist available to you. This is my one secret I have to avoid that dreaded feeling of having forgotten something that we all know too well. While it may seem too easy and simple to be true, after many years of traveling, I swear by it.
I have also made the checklist available as a PDF so that you can download it and print it. If you have any amendments that you think need to be on there, let me know in the comments and I will add it! Let’s help each other out to create the ultimate travel prep checklist!
Documents & Important Info
Hotel booking confirmation
ESTA (only for non US residents)
Travel insurance info
Rental car booking confirmation
Attraction pass (more info here)
Your research/list of spots to visit
Basics / Essentials
Pants (Jeans & Chinos)
Shoes (Trainers & nice shoes)
For the Trip
Pills for seasickness
A book (maybe about NYC?)
Some movies/tv shows to watch
Something warm for the flight
Toiletries & First Aid
Toothbrush, toothpaste & floss
Sore throat lozenges
Any regular medications you take
Ibuprofen / pain meds of choice
Nail clippers / file
Full first aid kit
Suncream (if applicable)
Camera & memory cards
Phone & laptop chargers
Sim card (only for non US residents)
Adaptor(s) (only for non US residents)
NYC Subway app
Offline maps app
Other / Misc
Spare bag (incase you go shopping)
Refillable water bottle
Give travel itinerary & keys to friend
Turn down heating
I fell in love with NYC when I was young and visited for the first time. This love has only grown over the years and has grown into a full-grown passion. I’m always on the lookout for better deals, more things to do, and the best tips & tricks that I wish I knew on my first couple trips to NYC!