Traveling Essentials: What to Bring & Things to do Before


Hey Everyone!

I’m about to take off to Las Vegas, Nevada! I was thinking about all the things I need to do before I go (we are driving) and figured I would make a list and share it with you! I have included a ‘What to Bring’ list and ‘Things to do before you take aTrip’ list! I’m hoping this will help you pack and get ready for your adventure! Let me know what you think in the comments!

Things to Bring:



  • Travel size shampoo and conditioner.
  • Q-tips
  • Make up/make up remover
  • Headphones
  • Laptop
  • Music device
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimming suit
  • Towel
  • Comfy clothes
  • Clothes for going out (Dress up)
  • Work out attire
  • Shoes (Workout, Dress up, Walking)
  • Camera
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Tanning oil
  • Cash
  • Passport
  • Pain Killers
  • Tickets
  • Chargers (Ex: Phone, laptop, Camera)


Road Trip:

  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Jump starter
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Bring a cooler with lunch and snacks
  • Trash bags
  • Water
  • Medication(motion sickness, pain reliever, etc.)



  • Games/sensory activities
  • Snacks
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Bottle
  • Pack and play
  • Stroller
  • Extra clothes
  • Swim suit
  • Swim diaper (If needed)


Things to do before your trip:



  • Print tickets
  • Double check flights and hotel reservations
  • Get reservations for fancy restaurants
  • Clean house (so you don’t come home to a mess)
  • Fill up Car (even if I’m not going on a road trip, I always fill up my car. Mainly because after a Vacation I don’t want to spend money, this way I don’t have to worry about filling up when I get back)
  • Make sure all bills are paid
  • When flying, make sure your not carrying any restricted items in your bags, so you don’t have to throw them away at bag check.
  • If you’re traveling Internationally, make sure you change your phone plan to avoid fees


Road Trip:

  • Oil change
  • Clean car
  • Buy cooler
  • Make shopping list
  • Shop for food
  • Get gas the night before
  • Make sure tags are up-to-date
  • Make sure you have insurance card
  • Jumper box and/or cables
  • Check air in tires
  • Refill all liquids (Ex: windshield wiper fluid)


These are my Traveling Essentials! I hope this helps you as you get ready for your trip! Let me know in the comments what your traveling essentials are!

Thanks for reading!


Bailie Butcher


  1. Coming home to a clean house is a definite must for me! Why ruin all that relaxation the minute you get home and look at the mess?

  2. I love your lists. I am always afraid that I am going to leave something important behind or forget to do something. I will save this for my next adventure.

  3. I love these types of posts because everytime I travel I get so stressed about what I should be packing! I don’t even get to travel that often so anytime I figure something out I forget it by the next trip!

  4. Yes! I forgot about Music for the car! That is definitely a must! Motion sickness pills would be smart to bring, thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Clean house (so you don’t come home to a mess) – a girl after my own heart! Music is a must for a car trip. For me motion sickness pills. And lots of snacks! Great Post!

  6. Super helpful tips – there’s nothing worse than being underprepared! I almost forgot my passport once which proved to be an absolute nightmare, but lucky it all turned out alright in the end.

  7. Okay I seriously just want to print out this entire post so I have it for my upcoming trip :):) Thaks for breaking this down!! I don’t feel so overwhelmed anymore!!

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