What to pack?

What to Pack for your trip?

Although a trip to the USA and Canada is usually long one, it is worth reducing the amount of luggage taking along to this trip. Too much equipment and too many cloths can cause a burden (and in most hotels along your trip you will find washing machines and dryers which are convenient to use, so it is possible to manage with a limited amount of cloths).

Season: summer/beginning of autumn

Length: 3 weeks

What to Pack – for every traveler

4 short sleeve shirts

1 long sleeve shirt

1 long sleeve thermal shirt

1 warm fleece

1 waterproof rain coat

2 long trousers (preferably quick dry)/jeans

1 warm long fleece pants

2 short pants

1 waterproof pants

1 swimming suit

1 warm hat

1 hat

6 underwear

4 pairs of socks

1 sandals

1 hiking shoes

toiletry kit

spare eyeglasses/contact lens

sunglasses

if you plan on travelling to warm locations (such as SE USA and California) you can omit from the list the long sleeve shirt, the long sleeve thermal shirt and the warm hat

Season: winter/spring

Length: 3 weeks

Destinations: warm locations (such as SE USA)

What to Pack – for every traveler

same as above

Season: winter/spring

Length: 3 weeks

Destinations: cold locations (such as North USA and high altitude locations in South USA and Canada)

What to Pack – for every traveler

2 short sleeve shirts

1 long sleeve shirt

2 long sleeve thermal shirts

1 warm fleece

1 waterproof warm winter coat

3 long trousers (preferably quick dry)/jeans

1 warm long fleece pants

1 waterproof winter/snow pants

1 swimming suit

1 warm hat

1 pair of Gloves or mittens

1 scarf

6 underwear

6 pairs of warm insulating socks

1 hiking shoes

1 extra shoes

toiletry kit

spare eyeglasses/contact lens

sunglasses

backpack (with rain cover)

For all trips – what to pack for the whole family

travel guide books and maps

credit card and/or cash, passports

driving license, international driving license (if needed)

health insurance

hotel and campsite reservations

cellphone (with a music playlist)

cellphone charger

camera and binoculars

laptop

i-pad with movies for children

backpacks (with rain cover)

beach towels (2 per family)

swimming goggles

notebook, drawing papers, pen, crayons (for children)

laundry bag

flashlights, lanterns and/or head lamps (with batteries or fuel)

corkscrew or multi-tool

board, card and ball games

first and second aid kits

insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm

toilet paper, wipes

laundry detergent

pillows and blankets for the long drives (for children)

stroller, child carrier backpacks (for infants)

car seat/booster (usually needed till 8 yrs old)

For all trips – what to pack for picnics in nature along the trip

tablecloth

cooler (preferably with a drain release function)

ice (can be purchased at any gas station or supermarket)

stove and gas/fuel

pot, pan

cutting knife, chopping board

salad bowel

spatula, can and bottle opener, cutlery, plates and cups

thermos

food storage containers

garbage bags, re-sealable zipper storage bags

dish scrubber, dishwashing soap, dish towel

matches

water bottles or jars

spices, coffee, tea

– When you arrive at the hotel consider not to carry all your suitcases up to the room. Instead, organize the necessary equipment for the night for the whole family in a small bag. In most places it is not a problem to leave suitcases in the car (but always take all valuables with you).

– Luggage may not reach the destination during flights. Make sure you have cloths for at least 1-2 days in your carry-on). For a large family it is also advised to pack in a way that if one suitcase does not arrive, it can easily be replaced by entering 1-2 shops and purchasing the lost items – for example all sandals, hiking shoes, fleeces and coats in one suitcase, or all underwear, socks, beach towels, toiletry kits and picnic equipment in one suitcase.

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