I am now traveling quite regularly to play golf, often abroad. And traveling for an extended golf trip is much different that traveling light for shorter business trips as I had often done in the past. It finally dawned on me that it would be easier to operate with a check list in order to pack quicker and not worry that I might have missed something.
Traveling abroad can be quite time consuming and expensive to replace something important that you’ve forgotten. The following is my checklist that might apply to you men. You might use it as a head start to develop your own.
Itinerary & Travel Confirmation Numbers
Camera and Batteries
Letter of Introduction/Welcome, Golf Index Card (sometimes necessary for private clubs)
House & Car Keys
Vitamins and/or Medication
GPS or Maps
Tablet with pencils and pens
Toiletries (Toothpaste, brush, comb, deodorant, floss, clippers, band-aids, etc.)
Credit Cards (notify them before traveling abroad)
Prescription Glasses & Contact Lenses & Solution
Phone Numbers and Contacts Points for People While I’m Away
Cash plus $1 and $5s for Tipping (Foreign Currency if Required)
Golf Shoes (extra pair for the British Isles)
Range Finder (not cool in the U.K.)
Laptop Computer or PDA
Electric Shaver or Razor with Shaving Cream
Chargers for Phone, Laptop, Shaver, Camera
Shirts (Longs sleeves?)
Trousers & Shorts
Sneakers & Dress Shoes
Sleeveless & Full Sweater
Windbreaker or Heavier Golf Jacket
Sports Jacket, Dress Shirt, Ties
Extra Golf Balls & Gloves, Tees
Golf Clubs (not the ones I absolutely can’t afford to lose or have broken)
Lightest golf bag possible (consider less than 14 clubs)
Zip lock bags for small miscellaneous items
A full trash bag to cover my clothes going and to stuff my dirty laundry in returning.
A copy of your packing list in case your luggage is missing you can’t quickly reconstruct what you brought as well as a list of important credit card numbers should they be lost or stolen.
Most important: Don’t forget your smile and sense of humor.