Checkable Checklists

No, I haven't forgotten about the passenger who refuses to store any of their personal items under the seat in front of him or her. That is on its way. In the meantime, I have one posting that seems to 

A friend and I were out taking advantage of the gorgeous autumn weather and the various shades of golds, oranges, and reds when he asked about the checklists in my book, "Pack Like A Pro."  Prior to seeing my book he didn't know what I'd meant when I referred to them as "checkable checklists." I realized that I'd inadvertently coined them checkable checklists and have since expected people to understand what I meant. Not so, Einstein. 

So as I sit here in my favorite coffee shop, drawn-in by the aromas of Guatemalan dark roast and Neil Young singing about sitting in a burned-out basement, I am going describe checkable checklists. First of all what does one look like? The best way to describe it is to show you, so here is a sample of one category:

Travel Essentials
_____Airline Tickets          
_____Hotel or Cruise Documents          
_____Passport photocopies (2)
_____Visa (if required)          
_____Travel Insurance Information         
_____House and Car Keys          
_____Emergency Contact Information
_____Wallet w/Drivers License

When printed-out, all you have to do is check-off the item (or cross-out an item that doesn't apply to you).

Secondly, what categories like the one above are included in this book? Here are some of the checkable checklist categories:

Business and/or Vacation Travel Checklists:
  • Travel Essentials
  • Financial Essentials
  • Luggage
  • Electronics
  • Books and Reading Materials
  • Wardrobes 
    • Women's attire  
    • Men's attire
  • Accessories
  • Toiletries 
  • Cosmetics
  • Hair Care
  • Personal Care
  • Honeymoon-Specific Essentials
  • "Before You Leave"
  • "Day of Departure"
Sports-Related Checklists:
  • Summer Sports and Gear
    • Camping
    • Backpacking
    • Climbing
  • Winter Sports and Gear
    • Skiing 
    • Snowboarding 
    • Snowshoe
    • Climbing
But it goes one-step further and describes what to take on specific trips. Most people certainly wouldn't pack ski resort items if you're going on a cruise. So included are customized lists, destination-specific information, and sample wardrobes for the following:
  • How to Pack for Carry-On Travel 
  • How to Pack for a Tropical Resort 
  • How to Pack for a Cruise
  • How to Pack for a Ski Resort
  • How to Pack for a Honeymoon
  • How to Pack for Backpacking Through Europe 
So really, Pack Like A Pro is a step-by-step guide to help you determine what to pack, how to pack in an efficient manner, and how to effectively use a packing list. 

Ok, ciao for now. But I will be back shortly for more "plane-side chats."