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My Packing List

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My Packing List

I think that we can all agree: packing is the worst. And if you are anything like me (an until-the-last-minute procrastinator that likes to be prepared for anything) the entire panic-induced, mad-dash scramble from the moment you should have started packing days ago until you finally head out the door is beyond the worst. So for your sakes - and my own - here is my personal universal packing list.



☐ Cardigan/Sweater
☐ Bubble Wrap
    (if you know you'll be
    buying fragile items)
☐ First Aid Kit
☐ Weather-Appropriate Clothing
    (whatever quantity suitable for you)
☐ Laundry Bag
☐ Lightweight Rain Coat
☐ Mini Luggage Scale
☐ Pajamas
☐ Reusable Grocery Bag(s)*
☐ Shower Shoes?
☐ Socks
☐ Swimsuit?
☐ Toiletry Bag
☐ Microfiber Towel?
☐ Underwear

Toiletry Bag

☐ Band Aids
☐ Body Wash
☐ Brush/Comb
☐ Conditioner
☐ Deodorant
☐ Floss
☐ Hair Products
☐ Lotion
☐ Medications/Medical
    (Pepto, Imodium,
    Allergies, Eye Drops,
    Alcohol Swabs, etc.)
☐ Nail Clippers
☐ Perfume/Cologne
☐ Shampoo
☐ Shaving Supplies
☐ Sunscreen
☐ Toothbrush
☐ Tooth Paste
☐ Tweezers

Hiking Gear

☐ Hiking Boots
☐ Bug Spray
☐ Hydrocortisone
☐ Antihistamines

Carry On/Back Pack

☐ Adapter(s)
☐ Book
☐ Copy of License/Passport
☐ Electronics Case

  1. Extra Charging Cable(s)
  2. Camera Charger
  3. USB Outlet

☐ Flashlight
☐ Gloves?
☐ Hand Sanitizer
☐ Hat/Earmuffs?
☐ Keys (House/Car)
☐ Mini Tablet
☐ Notebook
☐ Pen
☐ Plastic Baggies*
☐ Scarf
☐ Several Pairs of Underwear
    (in case your luggage is lost)
☐ Shoes (second pair)
☐ Snacks
☐ Sunglasses
☐ [Empty] Water Bottle

Camera Bag/Purse

☐ Camera
☐ Charger Cable
☐ Documents Organizer
☐ Travel Dramamine
☐ Ear Buds
☐ Earplugs
☐ Mini First Aid Kit
    (Band Aids, Small Stock of
    Medicine, Moleskin, etc.)
☐ Hand Sanitizer
☐ Lotion Stick*
☐ Mini Notebook
☐ Travel Pain Meds
   (ie. Tylenol, Motrin)
☐ Pen
☐ Phone
☐ Power Bank
☐ SD Card Carrier
☐ Mini Pack Tissues
☐ Umbrella*
☐ Wallet

Here is an explanation for why I chose some of the things that I carry:

  • Reuseable grocery bag - This is such a handy item! As a solo traveler, I like that it makes shopping or gifts more inconspicuous, and as an environmentally-conscious person, I like that it creates less plastic and paper waste. Also, most shopping bags have short handles, which make them awkward and painful to carry for long periods of time, especially if you are walking a lot. A reuseable grocery bag can both carry a lot and you can carry it more comfortably on your shoulder. It can also be folded up to fit in your travel bag.
  • Umbrella - Long story short: I once bought an umbrella from a legit umbrella story in NYC. The model that I got was the cheapest option (though not actually cheap at all). But I love it. It's now lasted me 3 years, it's incredibly portable and incredibly durable. Brand: Knirps.
  • Lotion stick - I found this product randomly, but I love to keep it in my purse when traveling because it's both super moisturizing and doesn't count as a liquid. 
  • Plastic Baggies - these things can unexpectedly come in really handy. Use them to store liquids that could break in flight, to organize small, like items, and whatever miscellaneous need that pops up.