What should I pack?

I get ideas about what’s essential when packing my suitcase.

-Diane von Furstenberg

Eventually I’ll get to pack my bags, I hate packing. I’m a chronic over packer so I’ve scoured resource books and the internet to create the best packing list for my trip. When creating the ultimate packing list, one has to decide what kind of traveler they would like to be. I’m the kind of girl who loves function over fashion but still wants to be somewhat fashionable. My ambitious goal is to have everything fit in a carry on and the additional bag. I know it probably wont’ happen but I’m going to try.

My Guidelines:

  • Clothing must be comfortable in various climates
  • All clothing must be multifunctional
  • Pieces must be able to layer
  • All pieces must be packable
  • Pieces should be matching (same color families)
  • Clothing should wear well
  • All pieces should be easy to clean
  • Wardrobe should be minimal
  • Everything should fit in a carry on and additional bag.

Considerations

  • Climate/Seasons
  • Activities
  • Formality
  • Local Customs
  • Modes of Transportation
  • Solid Colors
  • Day to Night Outfits

 

The Packing List

Clothing

  • Shoes (One Pair Each)
    • Dressy
    • Walking Shoes
    • Sandals
    • Flip Flops
  • Shirts/tops
  • Trousers
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
    • Dressy
    • Business
  • Dressy Jacket
  • Cardigan Sweater
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Base layer or thermal underwear
    • Sleevy Wonders
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Pants or trousers
  • Sleepwear
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Pants
  • Beach Cover-up
  • Skirts
  • Socks 
  • Swimwear
  • T-shirts
  • Tights/Pantyhose
  • Underwear
  • Workout clothes

Accessories

  • Glasses
  • Hat/Sun Visor
  • Hair wrap/Bandana
  • Sturdy Belt
  • Gloves
  • Jewelry
  • Raingear
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses

Toiletries

  • Antibacterial Gel Cleanser
  • Comb or brush
  • Cotton buds
  • Q-tips
  • Dental Care Items
  • Deodorant
  • Earplugs
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Hair products
  • Lip balm
  • Make-up
  • Mirror
  • Menstrual Supplies and Condoms
  • Moisturizer & Lotion
  • Nail file
  • Razors
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shaving cream
  • Sewing Kit
  • Sleeping aids
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen and after sun cream
  • Talcum/baby powder
  • Tissues
  • Toilet Paper

First Aid Kit

  • Anti-bacterial cream
  • Antibiotics
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Antihistamine
  • Band aids
  • Blister packs
  • Compression bandages
  • Diarrhea tablets
  • Foot Powder
  • Gauzes
  • Insect repellent
  • Iodine and hydrogen peroxide
  • Medication
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Pain Killers
  • Replacement/rehydration salts sachets
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Vitamin pills
  • Water purifying tablets

Other Equipment

  • Batteries
  • Books/E-books 
  • Water bottle
  • Water Purifier
  • Camera & batteries – Spare flash cards or memory for digital
  • Carabineers
  • Chargers
  • Clock
  • Combo or key locks
  • Compass
  • Cup
  • Duct tape – at least 3 ft. wrapped around cardboard or dowel
  • Earplugs
  • Eating utensils
  • Electrical adapter and plug converter
  • Fishing line
  • Fitness Tracker
  • Flashlight or torch
  • Gifts from Home for Locals
    • Prynt – Instant Photo Stickers
  • GPS
  • Gum
  • Headphones
  • International Mobile phone or SIM card
  • MP3 player, etc.
  • Laptop/tablet
  • Laundry detergent and Stain Remover
  • Luggage or Backpack rain cover
  • Maps
  • Mini tripod
  • Mosquito net
  • Phone card
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • Phrase books or dictionaries
  • Pillowcase 
  • Plastic bags
  • Power cords and chargers
  • Rubber Bands
  • Sealable Plastic Bags
  • Sleep sheet
  • Snacks
  • Speakers
  • Toilet paper 
  • Towels
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Travel Games
  • USB
  • Universal sink plug
  • Umbrella
  • Watch
  • Waterproof Bags
  • Wet wipes/Baby wipes

Security Items

  • Door Wedge
  • Knife
  • Money Belt
  • Whistle

Essentials

  • Airline Tickets
  • AAA Card
  • Address list – Personal, Emergency, Business
  • Business Cards
  • Day Pack
  • Emergency numbers – Embassy address
  • Insurance Cards
  • International Driver’s License
  • Itinerary
  • Journal
  • Medical Information
  • Passport
  • Pencils, Pens
  • Prescriptions
  • Reservations
  • Tickets and itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

Finances

  • ATM card
  • Calculator or currency converter
  • Cash
  • Credit card