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To-Do-List Luggage Tag

Martha Stewart Living, June 2008

Keep priorities in sight when planning your next trip by tying a to-do list onto luggage before you store it. We printed our list on card stock and used a metal eyelet to reinforce the hole through which a ribbon is passed. To be able to reuse the card for future jaunts, simply laminate it and check the things you've done with a dry-erase marker. Wipe off check marks and remove the tag when you head out on vacation.

Comments (59)

  • fraserkr 31 Mar, 2011

    cute idea if you have all the tools to create and the time and inclination. I keep a list in a 'travel' folder on my PC and make a copy of it out as soon as needed before travel. some items that are reserved for travel simply stay stowed in the suitcase.

  • adelaidej 30 Mar, 2011

    Here's what the list says--you need to customize for yourself:

    go to currency exchange
    photocopy passport
    water plants
    call dog walker
    suspend newspaper delivery

    tickets. itinerary

  • HappyMa 30 Mar, 2011

    Hi,how did you print the to do list?

  • KITTEN-45 18 Sep, 2008

    I think I found out how to do it thanks

  • KITTEN-45 18 Sep, 2008

    I have to agree where is the template. I printed it out and all I got was the picture that is on here. no template.

  • AKraft 31 Jul, 2008

    Thinfs I had on my list include: call your credit card company to let them know where you'll be traveling, arrnage for care of animals and house, make sure passport or ID is valid, photocopy itinerary and ID's and give to a trusted friend, refill prescriptions, empty refrigerator, turn off all electronics that don't need to be running, set thermostat, put mail on hold or have someone pick it up, pick up dry cleaning, take out garbage, and lock all doors/windows. Just a start. Hope it helps!

  • atlantic_breeze 31 Jul, 2008

    Dear Mimzie,
    to upload your photo you go 'my account' (when you're logged-in there's a link above the page) and then to change wallpaper and then you can upload your photo! Good luck, Linda

  • catherinemccarron 28 Jul, 2008

    Where is the template for this tag? Am I missing something?

  • mimzie 28 Jul, 2008

    I think this is a great idea,no need to think what's inside your luggage if you have a tag wondring how to upload my photo here...anybody?thanks!!!

  • y2kComplacent 26 Jul, 2008

    I like to make packing lists to reuse for trips, so I'll think I'll make it a luggage tag of that instead of a to do list. Everybody's list will be different, that's why it can't be a template, but there are templates of lists in MS Word, if you need somewhere to start.

  • Debrahirschfelder 25 Jul, 2008

    I would love to see what's written as well. And a template would be great. It's a wonderful idea.

  • chulawoman 25 Jul, 2008

    Think I got it...

    Before we leave:

    Go to currency exchange
    Photocopy passport
    Water plants
    Call dog walker
    Suspend newspapers and ??mail??

    Tickets, itinerary, passport
    Chargers for phone, cameras, etc.
    Book for plane
    Eyeglass and sunglasses
    Phrase book
    Medicines and vitamins
    Maps and guidebooks
    Travel alarm clock
    Antibacterial wipes

  • LoveRiot 25 Jul, 2008

    I agree with CountryGirl312--where's the template? I'd love to see what's written on there. I actually tried clicking on it, expecting a template in Adobe to pop up :)

  • stephdaniel 25 Jul, 2008

    I would like the template also. Neat idea!!!

  • scatteredscrapper 25 Jul, 2008

    As a palm user (my pda), I swear by SplashShopper program. It allows me to make customized lists that can be sorted by categories. I have been able to pack in record time when I simply refer to my list and check as I pack each room (the items are categorized by room and home).

  • KittinKitten 25 Jul, 2008

    I keep a list, entitled Travel List, on my computer. The list itemizes what I need to pack. It is now so thoroughly complete that I never forget anything. I have a separate section for international travel, and a section for my cat. When I am preparing for a trip I just print it and check the items off as I pack them.

  • CountryGirl312 25 Jul, 2008

    Where is a template that we can go by? That would be so handy. I can't read the one you have in the picture.

  • Experimenter 25 Jul, 2008

    Wouldn't everyone's list be different? I have a cat and cat-related things; other people have children, etc. Common sense says to think of what your personal situation is like and make the list accordingly. And if you MUST read this list, change the zoom on the page so it's bigger.

  • drhartzell 25 Jul, 2008

    I really don't understand why there isn't a template....or at least to be able to read the list.

  • kelsker 25 Jul, 2008

    LunaHaze gave a GREAT tip for the packing list at
    I agree with the comments that you should have at least photographed the tag up close to get an idea of what was on it ... or provide a list that can be edited. Also, you had an outdoor canvas shade project featured the other day ... AND NO DIRECTIONS! What is up with that craft?

  • teresatozzo 25 Jul, 2008

    I just can't wait for tomorrow's tip of the day ! the to-do-list luggage tag is my favorite !! Before : I would make a last minute list to do before leaving...and each time we left, had to do it again. This is really a help ! thank you

  • daisy2lips 25 Jul, 2008

    Sorry but this tip is not useful at all..... I mean what kind of an organizational "tip" is this?? One cannot even read this?? If you are going to give us tips, then actually make them totally useable! Thanks

  • LindaBTR 25 Jul, 2008

    I LOVE the organizing tip of the day! I check it every day and it's really helpful!

  • mwallslawson 25 Jul, 2008

    I agree - a template would be really nice.
    I have a similar idea for a standard packing list. Well, actually, two; one for domestic travel and one for international. I laminated them and use a dry erase marker to check items off and to add items. It is incredibly useful.

  • CathyWren 25 Jul, 2008

    Seriously, my eyesight's not that good. Can anyone read what that list says?

  • PurpleUnicorn 25 Jul, 2008

    Of course, my list doesn't fit on a luggage tag. I keep it in a file folder in the cabinet.
    When I run out of columns, or need to update the list with things I've written at the bottom after a trip (I write things I want to add in the back of my travel journal), I make the changes and print a new one.
    I have another list for camping, one for summer beach trips, and one for winter trips that only have things specific for those. I keep it separate from my basic travel list.

  • NicoleStein 25 Jul, 2008

    Martha and staff... I look at your website daily, and I really think you guys are fabulous, but you haven't showed us anything new in AGES. This "organizing tip of the day" is a repeat from about a month ago. And the nautical craft of the day, is a repeat from last week. PLEASE SHOW US SOMETHING NEW!!!

  • PurpleUnicorn 25 Jul, 2008

    I used several packing lists to compile my own in an Excel document with columns with a space at the top of each to put the date and destination. I check the boxes next to the items as I pack them.
    A section at the end is for last minute things...the ones I use just before I leave. My list has everything from my personal care items to my cell phone and charger. If I don't need something for that particular trip, put a dash in the box. Easy to skim down the column and see what isn't marked yet.

  • NotYourAverageHousewife 25 Jul, 2008

    hug me hugs~
    thank YOU, I appreciate your time and effort!

  • RubyEdge 25 Jul, 2008

    You all may want to visit for a packing list memory jogger. Again everyone is different so pick what applies to you and put it on your list. Hope the link helps! :)

  • marvalas 25 Jul, 2008

    how about a suggested list to go with the template?
    I have to pack for many different kinds of trips and would love a memory jogger.

  • JudyGail 25 Jul, 2008

    Print the reverse side so when you are packing, you can check off those items to make sure you don't leave anything behind.

  • AnnetteBrickey 25 Jul, 2008

    Yes, a template would be great for this.

  • SRP 25 Jul, 2008

    Would love to have a template for the size, shape, and where to place the eyelet.

  • peubanks 25 Jul, 2008

    I think the purpose is to put your own list on the tag and not a generic one.

  • dsuemor 25 Jul, 2008

    Yes, great idea - I too was expectiing a templete to print !!!

    Maybe next time,

  • karenx6 25 Jul, 2008

    please encluded a template please Martha thank you u r the best !!

  • laurascobey 25 Jul, 2008

    I THINK it says:

    Go to currancy exchange
    - can't read 2nd line
    Water plants
    Call dog walker
    Suspend newspaper and mail

    Tickets, itenary and ????
    Chargers for phone, camera, etc.
    Book for plane
    Eyeglasses and sunglasses
    Medication and vitamins
    Maps and guidebooks
    Phrase book
    Travel alarm clock
    Anti-bacterial wipes

  • smvlpn 25 Jul, 2008

    I 'd also love to see a downloadable template!

  • spwishy 8 Jun, 2008

    You could also hot-glue unsealed business card laminating pouches to just about anywhere you like check-lists and keep the same dry-erase markers around. I had a messenger bag before with one of those pouches under the flap where I kept my bus pass. Very practical to just lift the flap of my bag rather than shuffle through my things to find it. Works well for magnetic key readers at work too.

  • lsparks 7 Jun, 2008

    A great idea. Would be nice to have the template to download that could be personalized.

  • ruth10sron 24 May, 2008

    Would like to see the list. Sometimes seeing someone else's list triggers what else we need to pack or do.

  • hugmehugs 23 May, 2008

    Sorry, for some reason I can't get the whole list in.
    But you get the idea.

  • hugmehugs 23 May, 2008

    * chargers for phone, camera, etc.
    * book for plane
    * eyeglasses

  • hugmehugs 23 May, 2008

    * tickets, itinerary

  • hugmehugs 23 May, 2008

    If you still want to know what their list says:

    Before we leave
    * go to currency exchange
    * photocopy passport
    * water plants
    * call dog walker
    * suspend newspaper delivery

    * tickets, itinerary

  • cakmak 23 May, 2008

    This tag is a wonderful idea. I am using it on my next trip.

  • cakmak 23 May, 2008

    This tag is a wonderful idea. I am using it on my next trip.

  • cakmak 23 May, 2008

    This tag is a wonderful idea. I am using it on my next trip.

  • grammababy 23 May, 2008

    Been doing this since the carbon paper days; each child had their own list. If they forgot, they had to figure it out (I did check major things) Now all have children. For me, I put everything in my otherwise unused garden tub ... Hanging things go on a over the door holder. Accuweather allows 15 days weather and I fine sort the night before. Grammababy

  • Sharon Carbine 21 May, 2008

    I created a comprehensive "To Pack List." Last minute items are in the "To Pack List" form's header. I save the form on my computer with each new trip's date. Example: To Pack List 6-1-2008.doc.

    On the dated list, I use "Microsoft Word's" double strikethrough feature to cross out the items I will not need to pack. I save and print the form. I cross out items on the dated list with a pen after packing them. Items not handy immediately, I mark with a highlighter to remind me to pack them.

  • howdydog1 21 May, 2008

    I have a packing list that I print out from the computer for each trip. Needs vary from trip to trip so I edit it for the particular trip. Things change, too. I no longer take film, but must remember memory cards and batteries.

  • hugmehugs 21 May, 2008

    I'm sure the reason they didn't give a link to the list is that everyone's list would be different.
    I know what I need to do before leaving on a trip and if you think about it, you all do too.

  • sara79lee 21 May, 2008

    What a wonderful idea - but like the other responses it would have been nice to get some ideas from your list.


  • weavespin 21 May, 2008

    Hi, I wish I could see your list. It would give me ideas for my own. I think it is a great idea! And I have everything here to do it! Nancy

  • RubyEdge 21 May, 2008

    I would also like a link to print out the tag.

  • wgalkow 21 May, 2008

    A link to print out the tags would have been nice!!

  • BETHRASMUSSEN 21 May, 2008

    Where is the template for this? I can find the luggage tag but not the check list.

  • Diddlemouse 21 May, 2008

    I think this is a brilliant idea. I always have notes taped to my suitcase before I leave on a trip.