Travel Essentials

Traveling for the holidays and need help figuring out what to pack? Or planning future trips and need help too? Look no further! We’re here to help you figure out what travel essentials you’d need to bring on your next trip.

Depending on where you’re going and what season you’re traveling in, what you need to bring with you varies. Don’t forget to look up what the weather’s supposed to be like and keep an eye on it during the time leading up to your trip. However, there are some travel essentials that are more necessary than others (aka, don’t bring snow boots to Greece during the summer months), but we’re here to help you make sure that you bring everything that you need. Most of this stuff can be a no-brainer (like toothpaste and a toothbrush), but other travel essentials can be forgotten or not thought of far enough in advance if you’re not used to traveling too much.

So, without further ado, here are some travel essentials tips:
  1. Deodorant
  2. Perfume or cologne (depending on how many fluid oz it is, you might have to pack this in your checked bag if you’re flying)
  3. Toothpaste
  4. Toothbrush
  5. Hairbrush
  6. Shampoo
  7. Conditioner
  8. Bath towels
  9. Beach towels (if you’re traveling to a place with a beach or a pool)
  10. Suitcase
  11. Carry-on bag (if you’re flying; here’s a good carry-on bag)
  12. Plane ticket (if you’re flying)
  13. Passport (if you’re going abroad)
  14. Gas for your car (if you’re driving)
  15. Sunscreen (if you’re traveling during the summer months)
  16. Hand sanitizer (never know when you’re going to need that)
  17. Hair ties & bobby pins
  18. Chapstick
  19. Leisure reading book
  20. Laptop or tablet & charger
  21. Outlet converter (if you’re going abroad)
  22. Camera(s), charger(s), & memory cards
  23. Headphones
  24. Pajamas
  25. Allergy medicine (never know when you’re going to need that)
  26. Vitamins
  27. Medications (if you’re going abroad, get a note from your doctor saying what it is & why you need it; keep it in the original medicine bottle; get enough for the duration of your entire trip)
  28. Aloe vera or other sunburn relief (if you’re traveling during the summer months)
  29. Hairspray/hair gel
  30. Razor & extra blades
  31. Glasses & glasses case
  32. Extra contacts & contact solution
  33. Feminine hygiene or other personal hygiene products
  34. Cell phone charger
  35. Portable phone charger (can be found on Amazon)
  36. High quality or comfortable shoes (it’s the worst when your shoes break at the beginning or halfway through a trip & you need to replace them)
  37. Underwear
  38. Socks
  39. Pants
  40. Shirts
  41. Dress clothes (only 1-2 outfits should be okay for this, unless you’re going away for business; this can be good when visiting churches and other holy places of worship)
  42. Bathing suits (if you’re traveling to a place with a beach or a pool)
  43. A jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt
  44. Sunglasses
  45. Nail clippers/tweezers/etc.
  46. Hotel & tour contact information
  47. Itineraries
  48. Health insurance card
  49. License
  50. Copies of your license & passport
  51. Money belt (if you’re going abroad; can be found on Amazon)
  52. Put your mail on hold at the post office
  53. Lock up your apartment/house
  54. Let someone you trust know where you’re going & how long you’ll be gone (in case you go missing or something else happens)
  55. Store your valuables in a safe & secure place
  56. Bring a travel journal & a pen (trust me, you’re going to want to remember your trips, what you’ve seen, & how you felt while traveling; here’s a good journal)
  57. Set up petsitting for your pets while you’re away
  58. Unplug most – if not all – of your electronics before you leave
  59. Water bottle (it never hurts to stay hydrated)
  60. A sense of adventure & fun



Briana Maddox View All →

As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.

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