I love to travel both domestically & internationally. Here are my packing & travel tips:
Caption: Packing Cubes allow you to better organize your outfits and make more room in your suitcase. Especially helpful if you are packing multiple people in one suitcase.
Caption: Hubby & I on our last adventure to St. Louis, MO. We regularly just pack up our bags and take a weekend trip somewhere.
- Be sure to look up the clothing & cultural norms (e.g. are women expected to dress modestly?)
- Look up the climate & understand the season you are traveling in.
- Consider the type of activities you will be doing? Do you need activewear? Dress up clothes, etc.?
- Pack clothing in a similar color palette to make packing shoes & accessories easier.
- Pack more underwear than you need. You never know when you may have a delayed flight or decide to stay extra time.
- Pack at least one outfit per day.
- Pack at least one swim suit and cover up.
- Shoes (think function over looks). Think neutrals: browns & blacks.
- Walking/Athletic Shoes
- Flip Flops
- Scarves (great accessory and can also be used to “cover up.”)
- At least two “dress up” outfits
- Don’t forget your belt.
- Don’t forget your bras.
- Prescription Medications
- Imodium (in case you get sick!)
- Pepto Bismol (some people prefer this over Imodium)
- Tylenol (or other preferred headache meds)
- Hand sanitizer
- Try to keep it small!
- Pillow (Note: Many international flights provide both a blanket and a pillow, but I’m weird about germs and prefer my own)
- Socks (I like to take off my shoes during international flights & only wear my socks)
- Noise-canceling headphones (these are essential for traveling for me. I have a pair of Bose that I absolutely love).
- Reading Material
- More Water/Drinks (due to airport security, you will need to purchase these once you get past the security line & before you get to your gate)
- Compact Snacks (may be useful in your travels as well, depending on where you are going)
- Writing Material
- Print-outs of important things (your hotel reservation, ground transportation, itinerary, return-flight info)
- External battery (for laptop and other mobile devices)
- Assume no wifi or internet (even upon your arrival)
- Smart phone (for music, make sure your chosen streaming service plays music offline. I love Spotify, but you are required to turn the “offline” feature on, to make sure your playlists actually work when your device is in airplane mode.)
- Include a smaller envelope clutch or bag so you can stow the larger bag.
- Airplanes can get really cold. Be sure to dress in layers and have a jacket or extra hoodie to travel with.
- Make copies of your passport
- One to leave at home with your friends/family
- One to pack in your luggage in case something happens to your passport
- Make ground transportation arrangements
- For when you arrive to your destination
- For when you return home
- Leave room in your suitcase to bring things home. You WILL shop!
- Make a list of gifts/souvenirs to get and people to get them for.
- Look up travel norms for the country you are visiting.
- Is it safe to travel via Taxi
- Does the hotel offer an official shuttle
- What are the tipping expectations
- Look into whether or not you need a Visa.
- Especially true if you will be traveling to multiple countries. Sometimes you need a Visa to exit one country and enter another, regardless of your home country.
- Set a spending budget and stick to it!
- Let your banks know when and where you’re traveling (to avoid your account being frozen)
- Research where you want to go.
- Bring different types of bags.
- a backpack
- a clutch or small handbag or shopping bag
- a pouch
- Personally when traveling, I prefer hands free options. I also don’t usually travel with my designer bags depending on which country I am visiting.
- I don’t travel with much jewelry. Only earrings & my wedding ring. Flashy jewelry can make you stand out AND it also makes haggling/bargaining difficult because your jewelry is a signal that you are wealthy!
- Include a bag for dirty clothes (I hate for my clean clothes to mix with my dirty clothes while traveling. On the way back home, I remove all of the dirty clothes from the dirty clothes bag and repack them.
- Use travel packs/cubes, or employ the rolling method to make more space.
- Oil or Perfume (I usually take a rollerball or two)
- Makeup remover wipes
- Cosmetics (keep in a travel case)
- Wash cloth (depending on where you are going)
- Beach towel (depending on where you are going)
- Dry Towl
- Pantiliners or sanitary napkins (these can be difficult to find in some areas and super expensive. Pack your own)
- Shower cap
Feel free to ask any questions you may have OR tips you may have in the comments section below!