Packing Essentials for Every Trip is something I struggled with at first. Packing is the bane of my travel existence. I will be the first to admit that I am not a rock star with packing my life into a suitcase or backpack, but I’m learning. Since I started traveling more often, I realized that I don’t need everything in my bedroom to survive and enjoy a trip. Whether I am venturing to a metropolitan city, relaxing out by the beach or hiking through the mountains and countryside; I’ve learned that I feel complete with just 5 necessities. Everything else falls into place.
1. Toms (or an equally comfortable pair of flats)
I love traveling with Toms. I think they are one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I own. I’m also crazy about how cute they are! I think Toms are the perfect casual travel shoe. They are comfortable to wear for lengthy amounts of times when site seeing yet they are still fashionable and wouldn’t look out of place at a casual restaurant or bar. I know many people like walking in flip flops but that’s not always the most practical shoe to pack. What if it’s cold? Or wet, either through rain or gross puddles on the street? Toms at least give you some protection and your feet usually hurt less afterwards too! Total score all the way around! 🙂
2. Cross body Bag
The one I carry everywhere is my Michael Kors bag! This was actually a stupendous steal during a Christmas sale from the Michael Kors in Hawaii! I love this thing. I have brought it to almost every concert and trip since I purchased it. It works with most of my outfits when exploring a new city and the style leaves my hands free to take pictures or hold other items as needed. No lady wants to worry about her bag falling off her shoulder. Especially while angling themselves just right so they can peruse through items at a local shop or take pictures at the right moment. The cross body bag is just as functional as a backpack since it has a zipper to keep everything secure. The main difference is that it’s much more fashionable. The compact size is great to fit the basics. That list includes: cell phone, card holder (I hold my license, debit and credit cards), cash, passport (if needed), lip gloss, mascara and my external cell phone charger!
3. External cell phone charger
I’m attached to my phone to an unhealthy level. I admit that. Whenever I travel, I of course bring my cell phone charger so I can plug into any outlet that is available. Sometimes, I know I’ll be out all day with limited electrical access. It’s inevitable when traveling. That’s where the external cell phone charger comes in. They are available in tons of different shapes and styles. Mine just so happens to be a Groupon find and reminds me of a Lego. This handy little device charges in advance in order to charge your cell phone later in the day. As long as you charge the external long enough, most of them are powerful enough to fully charge your phone twice! If you are like me, you are always worried that your phone will die. This could lead to limited contact with the outside world, no access to your camera and social media (how will I grow my Instagram map if I can’t check in??) Even worse though, no phone could mean no access to gps and map. Then you will be lost forever, all because your phone died and you had no external charger. All in all, this was an excellent Groupon purchase if I do say so myself.
4. Toilet paper or a box of tissues
This is just good sense to have! It’s a practical and multi-purpose item. Allergies or emergencies, it can help you out! The bag I’m carrying influences the amount of tissues or toilet paper I can bring with me when I am out and about, but I do always have some! My allergies attack at a moment’s notice so I am always sneezing and sniffling all over the place that it helps to have tissues. Also, let’s be real. Not everywhere has toilet paper and when you have to go… you have to go. Be it in a strange city or out in the woods. Nature happens. It’s just best to prepare yourself! What’s the worst that can happen if you bring your own toilet paper or tissues? You don’t use it and you bring it home. Boohoo. I’ll gladly take that over any embarrassing stories, thank you.
5. Rhino Burgundy (or another trinket from home)
Let’s get straight to the point, he’s cute to travel with! Maybe one day I’ll make a travel catalog called “Rhino Burgundy goes to…” He was a stuffed rhino from the San Diego Zoo and doubles as a great pillow for the car or airplane. He’s obviously not something that comes with me when I’m out sightseeing, but he is nice to bring on trips. He’s super squishy, so making him fit into a luggage item is not a problem if needed. It’s always nice to have a little reminder of home. If you struggle with packing, I hope this post helped give you some ideas to narrow down your suitcase items! I would venture to say that an efficient traveler has their own version of this list when they pack. Please feel free to share with me that’s on your list! I’d love to know. Until next time!