Monday, February 4, 2013

My Ultimate TO-DO and PACKING CHECKLIST



Everytime I've gone on vacation, the planner in me makes a nice long checklist of things to do (before, during, and after the vacation), and a checklist of things to pack.  the trick is to think of every single thing (eg, not just cell phone, but cell charger)

I've always wanted to do this ... make the ULTIMATE checklist  (disclaimer, relevant for my family and me only, for either a Walt Disney World Vacation or Disney Cruise, may or may not include things that YOU need). other disclaimer, I'm a guy.

**Feel free to PRINT or REPOST, I only ask that you include a credit or link to my blog, couchtogoofychallenge.blogspot.com ** THANKS!

BEFORE YOU GO:
PLAN and RESERVE:
limo to airport
roundtrip flight
update frequent flyer
limo from airport to hotel
print vouchers for transportation
hotel reservation / DVC
limo to cruise port and back if you need
cruise
port adventures / excursions
kids activities
cruise adult dinner reservations
spa reservations
limo to airport
or car rental
reserve booster seat
reserve stroller
consider trip insurance
look at driving directions
preload addresses in phone GPS
download movies / podcasts / music to phone/ipad
request refrigerator and medical sharps container at both hotel and cruise if need
transfer disney rewards to your card
tickets to parks / annual pass vouchers
friends' or companions' tickets if you reserved for them
magic bands
tables in wonderland
parking passes if applicable
Landry card for restaurant rewards
conference / CME registration if applicable
business cards
subscribe and plan touring plans! (optimize, etc)
email someone itinerary
get confirmation numbers of all above
get DVC member number
DVC membership card
get castaway club member numbers
make cruise dining requests -- servers etc.
pay your bills!
put gel packs in freezer for medications
get a haircut
plan fastpasses
cruise documents
cruise luggage tags
cruise signature page
cruise health information page
contact info / cell / of people you are meeting there
check in cruise
get port arrival time
reserve youth activities
make day by day itinerary
download cruise or park app for every member of party

let tenants, business partners, employees, etc know who's covering
finish all hospital ESAS / charts

ask someone to check on house

empty the camera
empty your phone pics for more room
hold the mail (and remember to resume when you come back)
empty other mailboxes, PO box etc.
set vacation email response
light timers, replace light bulbs
set alarm
timer sprinklers, lockdown sprinkler controls
banking -- deposit checks, get money


PACK:
PAPERWORK
multi-sectioned folder
print paperwork for above stuff (limo, flight, limo, hotel, limo, cruise, limo, may include limo vouchers. or car rental)
cruise signature page
tickets / annual pass, including friends' you reserved
magic bands
conference registration etc
passports -- count every single member of family
other ID/driver's license
disney visa rewards card
two credit cards
ATM card
cash for tips, etc.
coins for exact change tolls if you're renting a car
checkbook
pen!
your contact information on a piece of paper in every piece of luggage

CLOTHES FOR EACH PERSON:
clothes outfit for every single day for every person, and lay them out:
boxers
socks -- formal and fitness
pants
jeans
t shirts
collared shirts
long sleeve sweatshirts / hoodie
jacket
sleepwear
extra clothes
swimwear
swim goggles
formal wear (for cruise dinners, etc):
nice pants
nice shirts
long sleeved button down shirt
jacket and tie if necessary
belt
nice socks
nice shoes
everyday shoes
fitness shoes
flip flops
water shoes
hat
shades
shades case
wrinkle free spray
fitness wear:
dryfit shirts
shorts
fitness socks
sneakers
fitness belt / pouch
pirate shirt

(note: this list does not include women's items, dresses, women's toiletries, etc)

RUNNING:
registration / waivers for race
permission for others to pick up bib
Proof of time
head to toe:
hat / sweat band
shades
shades case
shirt
long sleeve
watch
watch charger
running underwear
shorts
sweat pants
running socks
running shoes
bodyglide
icyhot
compression socks
compression calf sleeves
Wipes, individual
Coolwipes
Zicam
Chocolate milk
Cliffbloks
Do grocery there to get running fuel if need: water, breakfast items, gatorade
Rain gear
Throwaways for race
garbage bags for race
newspapers
extra small cinch backpack to carry expo gear
remember runner tracking
laundry detergent if need

ELECTRONICS:
cell phone
cell phone charger
cell phone case
car cellphone charger
extra roaming phone
extra roaming phone charger
ipad
ipad charger
power strip
international outlet adaptors
camera
camera case
camera charger
camera battery
headphones
extra headphones (kids want to listen in flight)

SUITCASE:
suitcases
carryons
baggage padlocks
baggage straps
luggage tags
place magical express luggage tags if applicable
remember disney cruise line luggage tags and when to place
remember day bag for cruise embarkation
beach bag with plastic bags

make sure you either have room in your suitcase for souvenirs or bring an extra bag!
bubbe wrap wineskin to bring bottles home

TOILETRIES:
toothbrush
toothpaste
floss
razor
shaving cream
shampoo if you like your own
soap if you like your own
facial wash
deoderant
hair gel
comb
woman's stuff
anti-wrinkle spray
nailclipper
small scissors  -- for tags, wristbands, etc.
small air freshener spray
colored clips to identify hotel towels

EXTRAS:
MEDICINE PACK:
tylenol/advil
bandaids
purell
antiseptic spray / neosporin
antibiotics
peptobismol
immodium
zyrtec
xyzal
dramamine
medications!
prescriptions for proof
pillbox
syringes if need
epipen
cooler for medicine if need
freeze packs for medicine
alcohol swabs
anbesol or orajel -- also good for bug bites
earplugs
sleep mask
coldeze
cold meds
sore throat lozenge

cool off wipes
sunblock
sunblock stick / lips etc
gallon zip lock bags
soda cups to fill up on deck
something to autograph for cruise, plus candy for CMs
USB drive
arcade card
snacks for the plane

KIDS STUFF: (will vary, etc diapers if kids)
kids carryon with toys
wipes
plastic bags
purell
shades
something to have autographed

gifts for hosts (pasalubong)

DAYS BEFORE:
final shopping for anything on this list you need!
online checkin for flight and print boarding passes
get money / cash, for tips, for limo

NIGHT BEFORE:
remember to freeze gel packs for medications
check in flight online
text limo to airport
check into hotels onlin

LAST MINUTE STUFF: just before you leave, make sure you have again in carryon:
wallet / ids / credit cards / insurance cards
cash for tips
passports second check
keys
folder with paperwork
final sweep
shades
medications with prescriptions and doctor's name/#
medication travel pack with frozen gel packs
medical syringes if need

WHILE THERE:
relax!
redeem annual pass vouchers
get tables in wonderland card
touring plans if parks
ADR's
whatever special spot picture you always get, etc
photopass
rem to get souvenirs for others who wanted some (maybe it's someone's birthday, etc.)
Disney VISA picture
place DCL luggage tags before you get on ship if cruise
confirm ride/limo back

WHEN YOU GET BACK:
resume and pick up mail
share those pics!
download photopass pics
plan next trip

REPEAT!


**Feel free to PRINT or REPOST, I only ask that you include a credit or link to myself and my blog, Patrick Alcasid of couchtogoofychallenge.blogspot.com ** THANKS!




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