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Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Build a smart, customizable packing list with Packwhiz, a free list-generating online service.

Answer a few simple questions about where you're heading and voila your new checklist will even remind you to take out the trash before you head out the door.

I tried it using my last vacation as an example (which, by the way, I need another). I put in the destination, the local climate, who's going and my list was generated into categories like: toiletries, personal items, documents and money, luggage, gadgets (the all-important iPod and camera!), clothing (of course), food and drink, medicine, stuff for the beach, and even a to-do list.

Although the site's still in beta testing, it's sure to help us time-strapped parents prepare for a well-deserved vacay.