Bon Vivant Travel
Travel Checklist

We've prepared two checklists to help you prepare for your trip.

  1. The Pre-Travel Checklist (What to do before you leave home)
  2. The World Traveler's Packing List

Both checklists are also available for downloading in PDF format.
Just click on the links below to download.

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Phone: 269-375-6800 Toll Free: 1-800-542-1966 Fax: 269-375-9200


Pre-Travel Checklist (What to do before you leave home)


  • Water plants before leaving home or arrange for a neighbor to care for them while you're away.
  • Unplug any appliances sensitive to power surges, such as computers, microwaves, and television sets.
  • Dial your thermostat up or down to match the temperature of the season.
  • Stop all home delivery services (mail, newspaper, milk, diapers, and so on) or arrange to have item picked up by a neighbor.
  • Arrange for pet care at a kennel or in your home.
  • Mow the lawn if necessary.


  • Lock all windows and doors securely and remove any keys hidden outside the house.
  • Tell neighbors that you'll be away and how they can reach you in an emergency.
  • Turn on telephone answering machine. You may want to change the message on your answering machine at work to let your business contacts know you are out of town.
  • Set lights and a radio on timers. Turn up the radio loud enough to be heard outside.
  • Close blinds and curtains.


  • Store food in your freezer to prevent running to the grocery store as soon as you return home.
  • Remove perishable items from your refrigerator.
  • Empty all waste baskets.
  • Run the garbage disposal to eliminate the possibility of unpleasant odors.
  • Wash the dishes. (You'll be sorry when you come back if you forget this!)


  • Check your spare tire and jack to ensure they are both in working order.
  • Check oil level, tire pressure, and coolant level.
  • Fill windshield cleaner fluid bottle.
  • Pack a first aid kit into the trunk.


  • Schedule a medical check-up before the trip. Ask your doctor about necessary vaccinations, and have any medical procedures done before you go.
  • Update any personal identification so that it contains current information and photograph.
  • Pick up cash, change, and traveler's checks at the bank.
  • Order your foreign currency from Bon Vivant Travel.
  • Get a telephone calling card and take it with you.
  • Fill out and send in your tax return form if you will be out of town at the deadline.
  • Fill out an absentee voter form if you will be out of town at election time.
  • Tell your friends where they can write to you at your vacation or out-of-town address.
  • Pay the rent and other bills. If you'll be gone for an extended period of time, arrange for a friend or relative to pay the bills.
  • Wash clothes that you're not packing so that you'll have a clean set of clothes at home when you return from your trip.
  • Break in new shoes to prevent blisters.


  • Make a "fun bag" for each child and include games, books, toys, a tape player with headphones, and snacks.
  • Purchase postcard stamps and take with you.
  • Print address labels of people to send postcards to. It's much lighter to carry a sheet of labels than your address book.

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World Traveler's Packing List


  • Cargo bag/suitcase
  • Shoulder bag/daypack
  • Luggage ID tags
  • Personal/student ID and driver's license
  • Wallet and cash
  • Traveler's checks
  • Passport, visa, and tourist card
  • Money belt and passport carrier
  • Tickets
  • Credit and telephone cards
  • Health insurance card
  • Emergency contact information
  • Address book
  • Phrase books and guide books
  • Maps


  • Rain gear or seasonal coat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Dress shoes
  • Athletic shoes
  • Sandals
  • Rubber thongs/slaps
  • Sweater
  • Shirts/blouses
  • T-shirts
  • Jeans
  • Slacks
  • Shorts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Seasonal hat
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Bandanna
  • Belt
  • Long underwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Pajamas or nightgown
  • Bathrobe and slippers


  • Dress
  • Skirt
  • Slip
  • Stockings/tights


  • Tie
  • Belt/suspenders
  • Tuxedo


  • Soap and container
  • Toilet paper
  • Medicines and prescriptions
  • Vitamins
  • Shampoo
  • Comb and brush
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
  • Lip balm and sun screen
  • Small towel and washcloth
  • Premoistened towelettes
  • Deodorant
  • Earplugs
  • Hairdryer
  • Hair spray/mousse
  • Saline solution
  • Extra pair of glasses/contacts and prescription
  • Sunglasses
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Make up
  • Razor and blades
  • Shaving cream
  • Aftershave


  • Diapers and diaper wipes
  • Toys and books
  • Formula
  • Bottles, brushes, and accessories
  • Night light


  • Dried fruit & healthful snacks
  • Books and magazines
  • Playing cards
  • Notebook and pen
  • Stationery, envelopes, and stamps
  • Business cards
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Emergency space blanket
  • Pocket hammock
  • Coat hangers
  • Nylon cord/clothes line
  • Laundry soap
  • Flat rubber drain plug
  • Scrub brush
  • Voltage adapter and plug adapters
  • Batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Sheet bag for hostels
  • Small flashlight
  • Watch and alarm clock
  • Video camera, camera, and film
  • Travel iron or steamer
  • Sewing kit with safety pins
  • Umbrella
  • Compass
  • Safety pins
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Rip-stop repair tape
  • Combination lock
  • Nylon duffel (folded)
  • Small nylon bags


  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Tent
  • Ground cloth
  • Water bottle/canteen
  • Cup
  • Fork and spoon
  • Cook kit
  • Stove and fuel
  • Matches
  • Insect repellent
  • Small first aid kit
  • First aid booklet
  • Blister kit
  • Water purification tablets
  • Water filter
  • Pocket knife with tools
  • Pocket sharpening stone
  • Snake bite kit
  • Hiking boots


  • Pet food and toys
  • Laptop computer
  • Portable printer and scanner

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