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The Ultimate Travel Packing Checklist

Who likes packing? Whether this is your first big trip or you have traveled half the world, it’s always helpful to have a list of items you want to bring to stay organized and be on top of it!

Packing right is so important: if you forget an essential item, you will be scrambling to find the nearest store in your destination instead of enjoying your trip to the fullest. However, if you pack too much, you’ll be burdened with heavy bags and will be paying extra for the airline baggage fees. Having traveled the globe extensively, making a list really helps me! Check out this packing list as you plan for your next getaway!

Carry-On Bag Packing List

Carry-on Essentials:

· Passport/Visa

· Copies of important documents

· Cell phone

· Boarding pass/tickets

· Insurance

· Travel App if you receive this from your travel advisor

· Electronics chargers

· Voltage adapter

· Wallet

· Cash

· Credit cards

Clothes and Shoes

· Underwear (a few pairs)

· Socks

· Undershirts/bras

· Sleepwear

· T-shirts (a few that are interchangeable with outfits)

· Dress shirt

· Casual shirts

· Jeans

· Pants

· Shorts

· Dresses (1 or 2 pending your timeframe)

· Swimsuits and cover-up

· Coat/rain jacket

· Hat

· Leisure shoes

· Hiking/athletic shoes

· Dress shoes

· Sandals/flip-flops

· Belts

· Jewelry

· Small purse

· Toiletry Bag

Winter Carry-on Packing Extras:

· Snow/rain boots (wear your bulkiest pair on the plane)

· Gloves

· Scarves

· Sweaters/sweatshirts

Clothing Items to Bring When You Travel

Be sure to pack several clothing options according to your planned activities. If you are going to the mountains, be sure to grab the necessary hiking gear. If you are going to a city, be ready to walk a lot during the day, but have something more fashionable for the evening.

Pro Travel Tip: Don’t take uncomfortable shoes with you when you travel. No one likes to travel when your feet are in pain. Trust me. Been there done that!

· Lightweight clothing that can be layered

· Long-sleeved shirts

· Sweater or jacket (depending on the weather)

· T-shirts

· Pants and/or shorts (depending on the season)

· Dresses and/or skirts

· Pajamas

· Underwear

· Swimsuit

· Socks

· Walking shoes

· Scarf (in case you visit a church or get cold)

· Rain jacket or umbrella

Pack these essentials in your toiletry bag:

· Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss

· Hairbrush, hair ties, and bobby pins

· Deodorant

· Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF

· Makeup

· Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes and q-tips

· Personal hygiene items

Ideas for your carry-on bag packing list:

· Face Mask (At Least 2 of them)

· Passport/visa

· Personal ID

· Cash and debit credit cards – Call your bank before you travel to inform them (otherwise they might turn off your account)

· Travel and health insurance documents

· Your travel app from your trusted travel advisor containing your pertinent documents and reservations for easy access

· Cell phone and charger

· Travel apps with language, directions, and money conversion

· Laptop, iPad, and chargers

· Headphones ( I always enjoy the noise cancelling ones when flying)

· Adapters (if you are traveling internationally)

· Travel pillow, blanket, and earplugs

· A pen (always grab a pen when you travel)

· Chapstick, lotion, and hand sanitizer

· Refillable water bottle – you can fill it up for free once you get through security

· Sunglasses

· Prescription medicine with the label

Travel Healthy

· Essential Oils for headaches (peppermint), immunity defense (armor), sunburn (lavender) and bug bits/cuts/scrapes/bruises (Tea Tree)

· Cold medicines and throat lozenges

· Allergy medicines

· Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever

· Motion sickness pills or bands

· Immunity boost powder like Activate

· Probiotics and daily supplements

Travel Hacks Before You Go

· Double-check that your passports and IDs aren’t expired.

· Inform your bank if you’re traveling abroad so they don’t freeze your credit card.

· Email yourself a copy of your passport, driver’s license, medical cards, and itinerary, so if anything happens to them you’ll be able to access them online.

· To prevent pick-pocketing and stay safe, keep your valuables underneath your clothing. Some prefer a money belt, or neck wallet to keep your valuables close to your body and away from pickpockets if traveling to high tourist areas.

· Check with your travel advisor to plan your activities beforehand so that you’re bringing everything you need in your luggage.

What are some “must pack” items that you can’t leave home without when you travel? Share them below. Wherever your next adventure leads you, as always, empowering and encouraging you to Live Well and Travel Often.


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