17 Top Girls Packing List Items + What NOT to Bring (2018 Update)

Updated on August 9, 2018 by Asher Fergusson

Traveling is a life experience you’ll likely never forget. Whether you’re headed for the mountains, the beach, or just the next town over, pack like a pro by using this list.

What to bring:

1) Duffle Bag or Suitcase – Depending on where you’re headed, one of the most important things you need to bring is your suitcase. If you’re off for a weekend adventure, go for a backpack or an overnighter duffel like this one. If you’re trip is a week or longer, think about getting a rolling suitcase and just bringing a smaller carry on.
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2) A Mix-and-Match Wardrobe – The best trick for packing light is bringing clothes that can multitask. For example, by bringing solid shirts in soft colors, you can re wear the same one over and over and with different bottoms and accessories. Try to bring items belonging to the same color scheme so that you can mix and match separates to create cohesive, fun outfits for every day of your trip.
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3) The Right Shoes – You’ll probably want to pack two or three pairs of shoes, depending on the length of your trip. These girls’ shoes are comfortable, stylish, and ultra durable for lots of exploring! Since Converse can match with almost any outfit imaginable, you’ll probably end up packing less shoes overall. You truly can’t go wrong with these.
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4) Colorful accessories – Why not spice up your vacation outfits? Bringing colorful accessories will let your personality shine through, especially if you’re packing mainly basics otherwise! This fun scarf can be paired with a plain shirt, jeans, or even a sundress.
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5) Toiletries/ Makeup Bag – You’re going to want a container to keep your toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo and conditioner organized. If they’re in their own bag, you won’t risk them spilling liquid onto your clothes! This one is cute and compact.
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6) Bras in Neutral Colors – To travel as light as possible, try to bring undergarments that can be worn under anything. A skin-tone bra can go seamlessly underneath shirts of any color, whereas a hot pink one can definitely not! This bra is neutral and functional… perfect for traveling.
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7) Extra Underwear – If you overpack anything, let it be underwear! You can’t go wrong with stuffing a few extra pairs into your suitcase pocket. You’ll be thankful if your plane gets delayed and you have to spend an extra day away from home!
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8) Sunglasses – Look ultra cool and chic while sightseeing with your travel buddies. Even in cloudy weather, UV rays can be strong and damaging to your eyes. These shades will protect your eyes, and give you that frequent-flyer-jet-setter look!
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9) Non-valuable Jewelry – It’s a good idea to travel with jewelry that wouldn’t break your heart if it were to go missing. There are lots of inexpensive necklaces and bracelets on the market these days that will make a statement without breaking the bank.
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10) Lifeproof Phone Case – Don’t leave home without a sturdy phone case. This one is waterproof, drop proof, comes with a screen protector, and is super heavy duty. You’ll breathe easier on your trip if you know your phone is protected! This one has good reviews and comes in a variety of colors.
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11) Wallet or Clutch – You’ll want somewhere to store your souvenir money, ticket stubs, and other little mementos that you collect during your trip. This leather one is stylish and multifunctional. Throw it in your purse or backpack and you’re ready to go.
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12) Zen Coloring Book – On long plane or car rides, nothing kills time and calms your mind like a zen coloring book! They are super fun, very detailed and totally mesmerizing. This coloring book promises to engages artistic expression, provide creative freedom, promote wellness and stimulate the senses!
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13) Journal – Keeping a travel journal is one of those things you’ll thank yourself for down the road! You can write all about your travel destination, the people you’re meeting, the foods you’re trying, and it’ll help you relax at the end of the day. It’s good to reflect on all the crazy experiences you’ll have while traveling.
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14) Phone Charger – Don’t let your phone die out! Your phone is so important these days for directions, staying in touch with friends, taking pictures, social media, and literally everything else. Make sure to bring an extra cable or two!
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15) Daypack – Stop storing all your things in your mom’s purse, and bring a daypack instead. That way you can bring along everything you need for a day of exploring a new city, and even have enough room for your emergency rain jacket. This particular backpack has pockets for all your things, and comes in a bunch of awesome colors.
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16) Headphones – These colorful headphones are perfect for when you want to zone out on the plane or in the car, or jam out to Justin Bieber. These ones are noise cancelling, high quality, but not too pricey. Don’t leave home without them!
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17) Mini Hair Straightener – If doing your hair helps you feel like the best version of yourself, you may want to bring along a styling tool that is small enough to fit in your carry on. You can rock beach waves, curls, or straight and stylin’ hair with this mini ceramic straightener. Perfect for preparing for a night out.
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Other packing list items:


What to wear:


When packing, less is always more. Like I said before, bringing items that are in the same color schemes is a great idea, so that you can mix and match to create unique outfits every day. It obviously depends on where you’re headed, but dressing in layers is always a bright idea. For a car or plane trip, wear comfortable clothes that you can re-wear throughout your trip so that you don’t overpack!

What NOT to bring:


1) 🚫 Hair Dryer – Almost every hotel has one these days! Even Airbnbs and hostels usually have a few that float around the facility. If you’re feeling brave, let go of your hair insecurities and let it air dry.

2) 🚫 Unnecessary electronics – I know it can be very tempting to bring along your laptop or tablet,
but it might be a good idea to take some time to get away from computers and video games. Live
in the moment and unplug for a bit!

3) 🚫 Money belt – Lots of people will tell you to bring a money belt when traveling internationally, but you really don’t need it if you’re smart and keep an eye out. Keep your wallet in a safe place (like a cross-body bag or backpack) while you’re out and about. Keep your passport and valuables locked up in a safe at all times in the hotel.

4) 🚫 Your own bedding – Chances are, your hotel will have pillows, blankets… the works! Unless you’re camping, leave the bedding at home. If you’re worried about bedbugs or are extra hygiene-conscious, I would recommend bringing a sleeping bag liner. They fold down super small (easy to pack) and will save you some stress!

5) 🚫 TSA requirements – Take a look at the TSA requirements if you’re flying so you don’t get stuck in security!

FAQs about packing for a trip:


1) How can I plan the ultimate girls’ getaway weekend?

Take a look at Skyscanner.com and set an alert for cheap flights to where you want to go. If you’re road tripping, use the Roadtrippers app to find amazing hidden gems off the beaten path!

2) Any tips for female travellers?

Never let anyone discourage you from going somewhere or doing something just because of your gender. That being said, definitely take the necessary precautions if you’re traveling to countries that haven’t caught up with the whole gender-equality thing like India and Myanmar.

3) Are there any places where it is unsafe for females to travel alone?

Not necessarily with the right precautions, but definitely do a google search before you plan your trip.

4) Any tips for curing downtime boredom?

During downtime, you could read, listen to music or podcasts, draw, or do crossword puzzles or MadLibs. I always like to bring a deck of cards with me to play games with my travel buddies! Apples to apples is fun too.

5) I always break out when I travel. How can I keep my skin healthy on the road?

Bring everything you normally use on your skin with you on your trip. The dry airplane air and weird foreign food definitely don’t do your skin any favors. Face masks are a great idea, and always use a face-specific sunscreen!


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