A couple of years ago, I created an Essential Printable Packing List for Women. I had no idea then just how awesome it would be and how often it would come in handy for later trips. I’ve printed the document out countless times since then and often keep a copy on my phone for packing for the return trip. This travel checklist became such a staple for me that I started to encourage Frans to use it for when he traveled. But, before he would actually use it, I had to tweak it — thus creating a travel checklist for guys.
Since the list I first made was tailored to the needs of most female travelers, he was reluctant to use it at first. Just the sight of “bras” and “makeup remover” made it hard for him to use it. Plus, you know, guys… While Frans isn’t one of those men that refuse any help for things such as asking directions or following instruction manuals, he does have a bit of stubbornness to him. So, after subtle prodding and editing the packing list to fit his needs, he finally agreed to use it. Now, we print him a copy of “his” packing list for every business trip he goes on.
Printable Travel Check List for Men
So, that’s how this new Essential Printable Packing List for Men came to be. I switched out some of the items to “guy stuff” and changed the color scheme to one that’s a bit less feminine. You can click this link or the image below to download the full-size printer-friendly PDF file. Or, you can save it to your cell phone for the trip back.
Feel free to use this convenient Essential Printable Packing List for Men for your travels too. Click this link or the image below to download the PDF file. If you save it to your mobile device, open it and take a screenshot to have the list handy for your trip back.
Using the Packing List for Men / Travel Check List for Guys
Now, don’t expect your man to use this travel packing list right away and without any resistance. I suggest that you first let him get all his things together without any reminding or nagging. Then, before he puts the items in his suitcase, encourage him to use this list, “just in case,” to make sure he didn’t forget anything. It could be that he actually meant to bring something but left it in another room of the house. Wouldn’t want to go on his trip and remember his underwear was sitting on the sofa at home, would he?
Again, I left a few spots to add extra items to the travel checklist that your husband/boyfriend/friend might personally use but are not listed. He can also add other things such as passports, sunglasses, etc. (whatever he tends to forget). If he’s traveling during certain seasons or plans to participate in specific activities, he might also want to list any gear he might need (hiking, skiing, snorkeling supplies).
For the jet-setting ladies, don’t forget to download your Essential Printable Packing List for Women too!