Travel Essentials Packing List

I recently joined a fabulous Facebook for Girls Who Travel and we had a great discussion about what items are most essential for when you travel and it got me thinking…what needs to be on your Travel Essentials Packing List?

Girl on the Move's Travel Essentials packing list

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My travel essentials…

*Running shoes…running is one of my favorite ways to explore a new place so running shoes are a must. If you don’t run you should at least pack comfortable shoes since you’ll probably do more walking than normal

*Camera…take pictures of your adventures so you can inspire others to travel there as well!

*Sunscreen…because a sunburn when you’re traveling is just no fun!

*Ziploc bags…these have like 1000 different uses when you’re traveling…you just never know when they’ll come in handy!

*Moisturizer…I can live without makeup and my curling wand…but face moisturizer is a must!

*Chargers…Nobody wants to be on a trip with a dead phone/computer/tablet…and don’t forget adapters if you’re traveling internationally!

*Hand sanitizer…you don’t always know when/where you’ll have access to water for washing your hands

*A clutch/travel fanny pack…something that can stay with you at all times with your valuables and emergency contact information

*A positive attitude…things can easily go wrong when you’re traveling but just remember…you could be sitting at home! So it’s important to keep a positive attitude!

What items are on your travel essentials packing list?


  1. Going out of town for a weekend getaway soon and I love this list! One thing I always add to my packing list is a good book- you never know when there will be a delay and it’s nice to have something to do during down-time!

  2. I have this thing called a Malong, I am not sure if it’s known internationally but most of our foreign guests enjoy it. I shall draft a post about it soon. But I love it a lot. You can turn it into a bag, turn it into a place to change ( if you’re in the beach or a public area), You can lay it on the ground to lay on, You can use it as a jacket when you are cold. SUPER USEFUL! It’s something I always bring around.

  3. I´m also a big fan of ziploc bags!!!
    Now I feel that I´m not alone. My husband keep telling me that I´m probably the only one person in the world that carry empty ziploc bags around the world 🙂
    I also would add to your list a nice par of flip flops, I’m a big fan of Havaianas, the trendy Brazilian brand!!
    Happy travels!

  4. I always bring a small travel journal I keep with me at all times. I write down expenses, and when I have a few minutes, I add notes about what we did and where we stayed, etc. so I can remember it later!

  5. I am a huge fan of Ziplock bags for travel too. I am trying out some eco alternatives, but still can’t beat the originals for their convenience. On long flights I love to have a large scarf(doubles as a blanket) and some black ballet style slippers so I can be comfortable on the plane.

  6. Great list! Personally I may leave off the running shoes but thats just because I run like I’m being chased by a T-Rex.
    Something we always pack is a plug extension block. We only need one plug converter that way and can charge all electrical at one time 🙂

    1. Oh my goodness, I am dying laughing right now at the image of people being chased by a T-Rex! Love the idea of a plug extension block so that you can charge more than one thing at a time!

  7. I carry a couple of those nylon reusable shopping bags and they are one of my most used items. A lot of places now charge for plastic bags so if you go into a grocery store, you have a bag. Going to the beach you have a beach bag. Do some shopping during the day, need to take your jacket off, kids tired of carrying their stuff- just whip out a bag. It is so much easier and more comfortable than some alternatives.

    1. So so true!! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come home from a trip and realized there were so many things I never even used!!

  8. My packing is almost always haphazard. I’ve never had a packing list in my life, and the only essentials I have at all is my tiny grooming kit and my Kindle (the bare minimum, yeah?). I think it’s about time I drew one up. I am tired of carrying more than I need – though I still travel pretty light, but I tend to return home with a lot of stuff still unused. LOL

    1. I used to be quite haphazard about my packing until I realized I was packing way too many extra things and missing some of the essentials…it was time to make a list!!

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