Organizing travel plans: Itinerary and packing list
When I’m bored, I like to think of ways I can organize my life. This time… our travel plans.
We just booked our first anniversary trip. We fly to Puerto Rico and catch a 7-day Caribbean cruise from there. This will be our first-time to take a cruise with traditional dining which means we have to dress up on formal nights. My husband and I are very casual. Packing formal clothing is new to us. So I decided to create a packing list to make sure we have what we need.
I made columns for each type of clothing (shirts, pants, dinner jacket, etc). On each day or event, I enter the clothing number of the clothing that we will use. I entered “T” for the ones that I don’t need to pack because I’m wearing them the day we leave. For example: I’m using Shirt T and Sweats T on day 1… Shirt 1 and Shorts 1 on day 2… Shirt 2 and Shorts 1 on day 3…
Then whatever I enter on the clothing packing list above, it gets automatically transferred to my master packing list below (see right-most column):
I color-coded my master packing list based on where the items go (e.g. luggage, carry-on, etc). I think it will make packing easier for me. You can download a copy of my Itinerary and Packing list spreadsheet here. My list is customized to what we need for our type of vacations, but you can customize it to your own travel needs.