What about domestic travel? We see so many checklists for international travel. Yet there are so many great places that exist right inside our own countries.
Passport- Do you need it or don’t you?
Right now no U.S. citizen needs a passport to travel domestically. This will change on October 1, 2020. The Real ID Act means that after that date your state ID will need to meet certain requirements. They call it Real ID-compliant.
If you already have a verified driver’s license then you should be okay. Check that your driver’s license has a star at the top. This type of license requires you to present more documents upon renewal. It sounds harder, but in the long run it will help you once the Real ID Act starts.
If you don’t have an acceptable state ID/military ID by October 1, 2020 you will need to use your passport, passport card or another acceptable form of identification. This only applies for flying. If you’re driving across state borders, this won’t apply.
Even if you travel domestic, the weather can be unpredictable. This is especially true if your country is very large (like the U.S) and has many different climates throughout. Think cardigans and shawls or Pashmina-type scarves.
So many attractions require walking. Test our your shoes before your trip. Don’t pack new shoes and hope to “break them in” during your trip. All shoes that are packed should have been already “broken in.”
A tote bag
You might not be as prone to buy souvenirs in your own country. Domestic destinations far from where you live have their own charm. Maybe you’ll see things that aren’t available where you live. There may be stores you’ve never heard of. Then there are stores that you have at home, that carry regional specialties.
Use a tote bag to consolidate as you purchase. This is especially true for areas that are imposing plastic bag bans. I’m looking at you Connecticut. But obviously it’s not a bad thing to use less plastic. But it’s not fun to leave the register with no where to put your things.
Don’t think that international trips are the only ones that merit a packing list.