Whether you travel alone, with your bestie, family, or boyfriend, you should check out these essential items. Packing for a big adventure is not always easy, but when you know what to put in your luggage, the whole trip becomes much more pleasant.
Continue reading to discover must-have items that you might need during a calm beach holiday, safari, hiking through mountains, or discovering an old European town: for literally every trip.
Note: find the list of travel essentials for women below, use the table of content below for quick navigation if needed.
Camera and Accessories
If you love good pictures from your trip, you should consider packing a camera for your trip. Some people prefer traveling with just a phone, and that is a good solution too.
Just as important are accessories. Remember to take a charger and check if you have enough space to take breathtaking photos and videos.
While traveling alone it’s essential to take a tripod with you. Thanks to this you can take a perfect picture of yourself in front of your bucket list destination.
On a trip, you might naturally use your phone more. Searching for a route on Google maps, listening to Spotify, using Google Translate and taking videos might drain your battery. This is why you should always have an additional source of energy with you.
You can choose a classic power bank that you charge with electricity before leaving for a trip. The best option is a power bank that can store energy for a few charges, especially if you are traveling to areas where access to electricity is not easy. Check that before purchasing this product.
If you care about the environment and want something that you can recharge while you visit places, choose a solar-powered power bank. This way you don’t have to completely rely on mains electricity.
Having a moment of peace while traveling can sometimes save a day. Listen to your favourite songs wherever you are. You might want to invest your money in noise-cancelling headphones thanks to which you will be able to fall asleep easier and cut out external fuss.
Sunglasses/Hat/Nice Dress – accessories for your pictures
All the mentioned accessories can be used while you travel, but also add some charm to your pictures. A long dress, a big hat, or extraordinary sunglasses can spice up your travel pictures. Whether you are an Instagrammer or just want a nice souvenir to hang on your wall after your explorations, consider packing one of these (or all of them) into your luggage.
Protip: wear a hat and sunglasses while boarding a plane. Thanks to this, you will get into a travel mood, but also save space in your luggage.
This item is essential for all girls who use make-up. After exploring for a whole day or flying for long hours, you will surely want to clean your face. Use make-up remover or humid wipes to get rid of colour cosmetics and prepare your face for deep cleaning. On the market, you can also find solid make-up removers which you can pack in case you are flying somewhere for a bit longer with just hand luggage.
Remember that not removing make-up can worsen your face skin condition.
Your Favorite Book
Be ready for hours spent on a plane, in waiting rooms and on public transport. To make your time fly by, remember to pack a nice book. Even if you are not expecting a long journey, you might enjoy reading it before sleeping or while getting a tan on the beach.
If you don’t have much space in your suitcase or like to read a few books at the same time, you might prefer to swap traditional books for an e-reader.
Toiletry Bag that you can Hang Up
I bet all of us know the pain of cosmetics floating in water or getting scattered around the bathroom. It’s especially unpleasant if you are staying in hostels.
If you like to keep your cosmetics in order, you should get a hanging toiletry bag. Thanks to it, you can transport all your toiletries and hang them in the shower.
For extra comfort, choose a bag with mesh pockets, thanks to which your items will dry while you travel.
Want to keep your luggage in order and not have to panic when looking for your favourite T-shirt? Try suitcase dividers. Thanks to them, you can separate dirty clothes from clean ones but also pack selected items separately. You can also use each compartment to prepare an outfit for a day. This way you won’t be wasting time on making decisions on what to wear and on finding items that go well together.
All travel girls have to remember about preparing feminine products. Even if you are not expecting it, the change of climate, lack of sleep, long flights, etc. might make your period come a bit earlier.
Remember that in some countries it’s not so easy to get feminine products, especially tampons. Don’t risk using uncomfortable, wrongly sized pads. You can also consider using a period cup (diva cup), which can make your traveling much more comfortable. It’s reusable, so it will only take up a tiny space in your luggage, and it’s eco-friendly.
When talking about eco-friendly, let’s remember solid shampoos. They are much more common nowadays and you can get them almost anywhere. You can find a bio natural cosmetic store in your area, check popular brand Lush, or even verify if your supermarket sells solid shampoos made by some popular cosmetics brands, such as Garnier.
Solid cosmetics last longer and take up less space in luggage, so they’re a perfect choice for travel. Moreover, with solid shampoo, you can be sure it won’t burst during a flight.
Cream that will protect you from UV rays is a must on every trip. Many people think they should only use it while going to the beach in a hot place. That’s a mistake. Be ready to use it when you go for a hike, especially in mountains, and don’t forget to protect your skin while enjoying winter sports!
Whether you are planning a whole week of laying on a paradisical beach or mountain hiking, you should pack some swimwear. Who knows, maybe your hotel will have a pool or you will find a hot water spring? Or even feel adventurous and take a dip into freezing-cold water? Better to be ready than sorry!
Even if you are going on an all-inclusive hotel trip, comfortable shoes should be on the list of your essentials. You might want to explore the area or go for an adventure.
Some places have a lot of hills, and it would be devastating to have to walk and discover a stunning city with blisters on your feet. Remember to not take brand new shoes for a trip. Walk in them for a bit to be sure that they will adjust to your feet and won’t hurt your Achilles tendon.
Anti-theft Travel Purse
Nobody wants to lose their documents and money while traveling. You can protect yourself from this sad experience by taking a good travel purse with you.
Be sure that you can fit everything you need in the purse. This type of purse should have slash-resistant material, RFID-blocking pockets, and other features that will prevent it from being stolen. For extra protection, remember to always wear your bag cross-bodied.
While traveling, you should especially remember about hydration. Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go. Thanks to this, you will save some money (you won’t to have to buy bottled water) and the planet (you will reduce plastic use).
You can choose from various types of bottles: from simple ones, through insulated, to bottles with special filters. Always remember to check if you can drink the tap water in the place where you travel!
Even if you plan your trip perfectly, the weather can surprise you. Whether it’s sunny or rainy, you will most probably just want to keep exploring. Be ready for the possibility of rain and take a light, waterproof jacket.
While picking a waterproof shell, check if it’s breathable. Otherwise, you might get very sweaty while walking and get overheated. Neither of these are a great travel experience.
First Aid Kit
Having a basic aid kit is a must while traveling. Whether we think so or not, accidents can happen while traveling. Be ready for them. Pack some band-aids, alcohol wipes or solution, and painkillers.
Thanks to this, you will be ready for a headache, scratches, or blisters. You can buy a compact first aid kit or simply collect all the items yourself. Just remember to keep them all in one place, so you can easily reach for them whenever you need them.
Tote bags are perfect to take with you. You can easily fold them, so they don’t take up much space in your luggage. Whenever you need it, you can pull it out from your backpack and use it. It’s a perfect thing when you need to carry some groceries to your Airbnb, get too carried away with your souvenir shopping, or need something to store your beach accessories.
If you don’t own one yet, get some as a souvenir from the place that you visit!
Even if you are heading to a warm country, consider taking some cosy jumpers that you can use in the evening. Having a sweater or a hoodie is also a good option for places with strong air-con and planes.
Whenever you have an opportunity, take a small backpack with you – do it. It’s a perfect option when you already have a suitcase, because this way you can avoid carrying a handbag.
A backpack can be handy not only while boarding a plane, but also later on when you are heading for hiking or some other adventure. You can pack a water bottle, first-aid kit, favourite book and much more, without worrying that your arm will hurt like with a bag.
Having hand sanitizer is a must, not only because of the pandemic! You never know how many people touch surfaces or if there will be soap in the bathroom. Put a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse, pocket, or use one that you can attach to your backpack.
You might skip the gym during your holiday, but it’s always good to have a spare pair of comfy leggings in your luggage. You can use them during an unexpected hike or even during your flight.
Stretchy, comfortable pants can give you that extra cosiness and comfort that you might need while traveling.
Eye Mask and Earplugs
While traveling, you need a proper rest. However, sometimes the environment is not very relaxing. Flashing lights and noise from the street or other rooms can ruin your night.
This is why it’s worth packing some earplugs and eye masks. You can use them to reduce noise and light exposure. They are also a must-have for long flights.
You have a huge choice of masks, from fancy silk ones to simple ones, to ones with funny images.
Okay, let’s be honest. It’s easy to forget that some countries use different plugs! While arriving at the destination, not having one might be a problem. You won’t be able to use any electronic devices. You might be lucky enough to get an adaptor in a store nearby, but that’s unlikely too.
If you travel a lot or choose various destinations, the best option for you might be a multi-adaptor. It can fit many different plugs. If you are worried you’ll forget to take it with you, just put it in your luggage after every use.
While traveling, your hair might get a bit crazy. Always have a hairband with you to quickly do a comfy ponytail. You can choose from durable invisible hairbands like Invisible or more comfortable, stylish silk scrunchies. Whatever suits you and your style goes!