Traveling always requires some level of “strategic planning” when it comes to packing for your trip. Whether you’re meandering about a city, relaxing on a beach, or hiking in the mountains, the items in your suitcase vary. Regardless of my destination, there are always 5 items that are always on my packing list.
1. Extra Underwear
Hasn’t your dad ever told you to pack extra underwear? …Please tell me it wasn’t just mine. If my vacation is 7 days, I’ll bring 9. You never know what will happen, or maybe you just want fresh underwear for a nice dinner after a long hike at a national park. Plus, they don’t take up too much precious cargo space. Cram them in somewhere!
Side note: As I’m writing this, I mentioned this portion to my father. He chuckled saying, “You never know what will happen. Oh, and bring extra socks, too.” There you have it; bonus tip included. No extra charge.
2. GIANT novel, or 2-3 small ones
I’m a HUGE reader, so books are always on my packing list for the flights (and airport). I’ll bring something that is typically Harry Potter sized (the 6th or 7th book, not first little three!), and will definitely finish it before I get home. If I’m only on a rather short flight: 3 hours or less, I’ll bring a few smaller books to choose from. (Coming from this book nerd, may honestly equal the same amount of reading as a large book.)
3. Shoes for every occasion
Right now all the minimalists and [fabulous] carry-on packers are screaming at me right now. Hear me out! I’ll take one pair of shoes for walking (either sneakers or a more casual pair), boots OR comfy flip flops depending on the destination, and a pair of fancy shoes, which can be sandals or heels. Really, at most 3 pairs of shoes, and I wear one.
4. Plastic bags
By plastic bags, I specifically use the ones you get from grocery shopping. They’re free, and I typically don’t need anything fancy for this. I put my shoes in plastic bags so as to not dirty the inside of my suitcase or other clothes. Sometimes I’ll use plastic bags to separate dirty laundry or use as extra “cushion” for fragile souvenirs.
The last item, but not least, on my packing list is medicine. This is probably one of top 3 most important items (besides the obvious cash, ID, and passport.) Besides any prescription pills, bring Tylenol/Ibuprofen to help with headaches/small pains, and other medicine to help with upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea. Seriously, you don’t want to be stuck MISERABLE on your vacation! This is something I always remember my parents packing for every vacation, since I was four years old. Naturally, I inherited this habit for my own travels. Fortunately, I’ve also never had to use them. Better to be safe than sorry!
What are some items that are consistent on YOUR packing list?