Planning

3 Travel Bloggers’ Top Packing Tips

Three style-savvy globe-trotters share their travel essentials—and the best way to pack them.

Beach Vacation Packing Checklist

Use this cheat sheet to remind yourself of what you need to pack (beyond clothes, of course!).

Unique Vacation Ideas

Take the road less traveled, from volunteer vacations to family adventure tours.

U.S. Island Destinations

When you need an island getaway, but the idea of a long flight takes the wind out of your sails, head to an island in the United States―which is often within driving distance.

How I Finally Learned to Let Go of Overplanning on Vacation

Review sites nearly took over my relaxing trip.

Weekend Getaway Guide

Need a quick escape? Find great gear, destinations, and travel tips to help you make the most of your mini-vacation.

Air Travel Tips

Everything you need to know to take the pain out of traveling by plane.

Basic Vacation Essentials Packing Checklist

Even the best-laid vacation plans can be easily dashed by something as simple as forgetting to pack the creature comforts and small necessities that you, well, need. Frustratingly, it always seems to be the obvious, everyday things that you use all the time (your glasses, for example, or your toothbrush—doh!) that get left out of the suitcase, and consequently left behind. But fear not—we’ve come up with this handy list to ensure that exact scenario never happens again, and that you can confidently head off on your next trip sans that nagging “I think I’m forgetting something” feeling. Conveniently broken down into categories that include everything from health and beauty items to “equipment” like batteries and phone chargers, and structured in interactive, checklist form, tick each box as you pack each essential away, and you’ll be prepared for stress-free fun, wherever you’re headed. (We intentionally left out clothing since that varies so widely, but try our Beach Vacation Packing List for a comprehensive review of what you’ll need if you’re heading somewhere warm, or our Ski Trip Packing Checklist if you’re bound for colder climes). Bon voyage!