What to Pack: The Essentials

Whether traveling for 2 days or 4 weeks, to the tropics or the rainforest, I’ve come to learn that there are some things you cannot survive a trip without.

I’m becoming a master packer like I tend to move around a lot to different towns when I travel and need to pack as light as possible. I’ve brought my essentials down to a science and always get away with at most a carry-on and personal item. Not only is this more convenient but I don’t have to worry about surprise airline fees.

I put together the following list and images as a reference; I hope when you’re getting ready for your next trip you can customize & utilize it as your own. You’ll notice some of these are quite obvious but sometimes the most obvious items are the easiest to forget. 

Bath & Body

I use travel sized containers for most liquids and pack them in doubled ziplock bags so that if any pop open nothing in my luggage is ruined

  • Shower gel/bar soap (I prefer bar soap because the less liquids the smaller the fear of something exploding in my bag)
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Body lotion, face lotion with SPF and lip balm with SPF
  • Toilet paper/wipes
  • Razor (I personally wax so don’t know the essentials here but make sure to bring anything you use daily after shaving)
  • Body/face scrubs and deep conditioning treatment (longer term trips)

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Clothes

For short trips I plan out a couple of outfits & for longer ones I take several things that are easy to mix and match. Make sure to check the weather for the season you’re traveling, it’s especially important to check for different times of the day because the morning to night fluctuates tremendously in some destinations. Oh! And please don’t forget your underwear 🙂

Hair Essentials

Primarily Women Focused

  • Brush/Comb
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Scrunchies, hair clips and bobby pins
  • Shower cap

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Miscellaneous Must Haves 

These items will depend on what the activities you plan to do but I’ve learned to prepare for the unexpected so I’ve made a habit of almost always packing the items on this list

  • Sunglasses
  • Bandaids
  • Stain remover, hand sanitizer
  • Water bottle and snacks – always saves me a little money when traveling
  • Q-Tips – these can come in more handy than you think
  • Tweezers – splinters occur more often than you’d think, best to plan for them
  • Locks – especially necessary if you plan on backpacking
  • Headphones
  • Device chargers (so very often forgotten)
  • Portable charger – this new tech changed the traveling game
  • Electric converter & adapter – I recommend to invest in a universal one if you plan on traveling often
  • Small backpack – perfect if you’re planning to hike, a day at the beach or any long day outdoors, which is pretty much every day for me
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Always great with the backpack is stylish too

Hiking Adventures

For the adrenaline junkies

  • First aid kit
  • Rain jacket – especially if there are any rain forest
  • Hiking boots/sneakers – I haven’t invested in hiking boots yet but I’ve run through several sneakers because of that
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Simple First-Aid Kit

Tropical Getaways

For all the beach lovers 

  • Sunblock & tanning lotion
  • Beach towel
  • Sunburn relief
  • Conditioner
  • Flip flops
  • Speaker (nice to have music when you’re on the beach)

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Make-Up

Completely woman focused – I don’t tend to wear a lot of make-up when traveling but there are some essentials I like to have for any nights out on the town

  • Tinted Moisturized
  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Bronzer
  • Lipsticks/Chapsticks
  • Mascara
  • Facial wipes

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Personal Essentials

These are the things that aren’t actually necessities but you’d be the most devastated to leave behind. Below is my list, hope it helps you figure out your own.

  • Eyebrow kit: Mascara wand, Tweezers, Small Scissor 9 (I do mine myself so no matter how short the trip I always consider this a necessity)
  • Nail polish (anyone who knows me well knows my nails are painted just about all the time)
  • Polaroid camera (mine is huge, but I love it so I deal with the hassle of carrying it around)
  • Vitamin-E
  • My favorite type of pants (go check out my latest Instagram posts to see a few)
  • Any medications

I hope you find this list as helpful as I have when you are preparing for your next trip! Use this list and your packing experience can be hassle and stress free! 

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