The Ultimate Packing List: 17 Must-Have Travel Items

You arrive on your dream vacation, lighthearted and ready to have the time of your life. You open up the curtains and step onto the balcony to breathe in the salty sea air. Excitedly, you turn back around, hurry to your bag and start looking through it – you can’t wait to dive straight into those crisp and cooling waves. Slowly, as you rifle through your clothes and toiletries, it dawns on you that you have forgotten to pack your swimsuit. You turn your head to the ceiling and scream in agony at your foolishness.

Not sure what to pack on your next vacation, adventure, or business trip? Sometimes, even starting to imagine making your packing list can lead to panics, shivers, and outright terror. We get it – the last thing you want is to be stranded in uncharted territory missing your favorite swimsuit or toothbrush.

For those of you who shriek at the thought of double-checking your suitcase, we’re right there with you. Check out this handy list of 17 things you’ll need to pack, no matter your journey. We’ve put it together, easy, simple, and ready for you to take with you wherever the road takes you. Check it out.

Clothes:

  1. Socks: You don’t want to be caught out on the road without enough socks. Be sure to pack one for each day you’re gone, or at least 4 pairs if you will be able to do laundry.
  2. Underwear: Whether you prefer boxers or briefs, make sure you pack enough for the days your gone.
  3. T shirts: Even if it’s cold, you’ll want a comfy under-layer or pajama shirt to change into. T shirts always come in handy, so be sure to pack a few.
  4. Pants: You can probably get away with 2 or three pairs of pants for most travel situations.
  5. Shorts: (optional) If you’re going somewhere warm, you’ll want some cooling shorts to wear on those hotter days.
  6. Shoes: How do you plan on spending your time? If you’re hiking, bring hiking boots. If you’ll be on the beach all day, pack some flipflops. Business trip? Don’t forget your finest oxfords or heels.
  7. Jacket: In most cases, you’ll be fine with just one jacket. Make sure it’s water resistant, too – you wouldn’t want to be caught out in a storm without something to keep you dry.
  8. A nice outfit: You never know when you’ll have a nice event, a surprise date, or have to give a presentation – just be sure you bring at least one nice outfit for those longer stays!
  9. Swimsuit: Even if it’s cold, plenty of hotels have indoor pools! Be sure to bring some trunks to help yourself unwind.

Toiletries:

  1. Toothbrush: Hey, we said it in the intro, but you should still remember to bring your toothbrush. There’s no alternative to having a clean mouth.
  2. Deodorant: You don’t want your stank to freak out everyone in the airport. Make packing ample deodorant a priority, no matter your trip.
  3. Shampoo and conditioner: Hotel shampoo? Hard pass. That stuff’s basically just dish soap with some hand lotion mixed in. Be sure to bring your own shampoo and conditioner.
  4. Makeup: If you wear it, you’ll want it. Don’t be stuck buying $50 worth of your usual routine because you forgot your makeup bag!

Miscellaneous

  1. A good book: Long layover? You’ll want something more interesting than scrolling through your newsfeed. Be sure to pack a book to read everywhere from the tarmac to poolside at the hotel.
  2. Neck pillow: Nothing makes sleeping on long flights easier than a neck pillow. You don’t want to rest your head on your own shoulder – sounds like a neckache. A neck pillow supports your head so you can relax and sleep in peace.
  3. Headphones: Passing time is easy with your favorite podcasts and tunes. A trusty pair of headphones makes it all the easier.
  4. International outlet converter: Did you know that other countries use different outlets than the US? Be sure to check ahead of your trip if you are going international – and buy the right outlet converter for your destination.

Packing is hard, but by making a thorough list and checking it twice, you’ll get your bag together with ease.

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