It’s happened to all of us: You check into your hotel late, after a long flight, ready to turn in for the night, but realize you forgot to pack your toothbrush...and your contact solution...and possibly your smartphone charger. This is where PackingEssentials.com comes in. The free website makes preparing for a trip a cinch, sparing you lots of stress—and cash! (Having everything in your suitcase means you can avoid pricey last-minute replacements at the airport.)
The smart, easy-to-use site creates a packing list for you, by asking you a few basic questions about your trip, such as where you’re headed, who's going (are you traveling solo or with kids in tow?), your mode of transport (plane, train, car, or motorcycle) where you’re staying (think: hostel, cruise, or campsite), how long you’re going, and what you’ll be doing (such as skiing, hiking, fishing, or a rocking out at a music festival).
To match your personality and packing style, Packing Essentials gives you the option to make your list minimalist, normal, or perfectionist. Enter those details, and the site generates everything from the type of luggage you’ll need to toiletries to medical recommendations, like vaccinations and insect repellant. You’ll also get checklists for the type of clothing and apparel to take along, any specialty equipment (what to stash in your beach bag or hiking backpack), as well as travel preparation, including documents, money, and trip insurance. And to make sure everything is taken care of at home, it supplies a list of reminders, like taking out the garbage, paying the utility bills, holding the mail, and unplugging electronics, to name a few. Plus, when you enter your destination and dates of travel, Packing Essentials even gives you a full weather forecast.
You can save the customizable packing list for your next trip, making the process even more streamlined in the future. The site can be used on all devices including a desktop or laptop, tablet and mobile, making it easily accessible when you’re on the road, too. Here’s to never buying a cheap, plasticky toothbrush out of desperation again!
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