Planning a trip this summer?
Sometimes women often have to make clothing sacrifices, in order to pack light, but still want to look fashionable. This travel-packing list will provide you will all the necessary clothing and accessories that you will need, and still allow you to dress in style. This guide also provides a list of travel accessories; technology, toiletries and many other essential items that will help make you look and feel your best on your next vacation.
So before planning your trip, make sure you purchased your flight ticket, have all the dates organized and even the accommodations.
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Women’s travel packing list: Clothing
Travelling for 2-3 weeks
Tops – I would recommend bringing four or five, and focus on tops that have simple patterns, or basic colours, so it makes it easy to select an outfit. Since it’s summer time, bring loose fitting tank-blouses that are lightweight, easy to wear and look great tucked into high-waisted shorts and skirts.
Include one or two lightweight knit sweaters or cardigans. Depending if you go up north, or want something quick to pull over on a chilly night, I would recommend a neutral knit-cardigan and a pullover knit sweater. I really love my taupe knit, it looks great with colorful skirts and pants, and can easily be dressed up for the evening with a chunky necklace or gold/silver chain.
Pack three to four tank-tops & t-shirts are great layering basic pieces and can even be worn for night time. They are lightweight, easy to pack and can be worn with a skirt and cardigan.
When it comes to dresses, I would pack one or two in neutral colours or something that will compliment any of your sweaters or knits. The dress should be semi-dressy, so you can wear it out for dinner or a late night event.
Women’s packing list: bottoms
Bring a variety of skirts in several colours or patterns to add a little flair to your outfit. Skirts are lightweight and easy to pack, so limit yourself to three or four. Include two to three fashionable and well-fitted pairs of shorts
When it comes to pants or jeans, it really depends where you are visiting. If you are going somewhere tropical, bring one pair of lightweight pants for the evening (Jersey or Linen). If you are going up north, or overseas, you might want to bring one pair of jeans and one cotton. Otherwise, I wouldn’t even bring any if you don’t need them; they take up a lot of space and can be heavy in weight.
Leggings are totally optional, I usually wear them over pants, just because they are easy to pack, lightweight and look great with dresses, or long tunics. I would recommend buying a navy, or black pair.
Women’s packing list: Underwear and Socks
I would recommend two to three bras, because most days I’m sure you will be wearing your bikini and tanning on the beach. You can also look into quick drying sports bras.
I always like to feel fresh, so when traveling I pack 6 to 10 pairs of underwear.
If you plan to be on your feet for a long time, invest in buying quality a few good pairs of socks then. These would include ones that are long lasting like fine wool, or have some synthetic blends in the wool, and you can wear them in the summer.
Women’s packing list: Footwear
Shoes are the most important when it comes to travel. If you want to get a brand that is comfortable and fashionable. I recently purchased gladiator sandals, which look fashionable, and are lightweight, comfortable and looks good with every outfit I own. Black tends to absorb more heat, but the wearing, doesn’t show and I love them. http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/gladiator-sandals
I would also recommend sailing loafers by Geox. I went on a backpacking trip for 5 weeks and walked 27,000 steps per day wearing these. I never complained about my shoes while walking, and they were comfortable and looked trendy with all my outfits. The colour navy is great, I would stay away from white, light grey and beige, because they obviously show more dirt and look worn quickly. http://www.geox.com/en_en/home
Depending on where you are traveling, be sure to include water shoes. I needed to bring water shoes for Croatia, where it’s incredibly rocky. I purchased mine at Walmart for $8, and they also are good for inside hostel showers. http://www.walmart.com/tp/water-shoes
Women’s packing list: Jackets
I would strongly recommend bringing a denim . They look trendy, match every outfit, are mid-lightweight and give warmth. I purchased mine at Le Chateau, and it’s made out of a lightweight fabric cotton, nylon and spandex. Check out forever 21, H&M and Dynamite for similar styles.
Also, bring a vinyl rain jacket or trench. I bring my black trench everywhere. It looks fashionable on the outside, wicks away water, doesn’t show dirt easily and is lightweight.
Women’s packing list: Travel Accessories
I would 100% recommend investing in a couple quick drying towels. I had taken mine all across Europe and used it for showering, the beach, and I only needed to wash it once (not to sound gross). It doesn’t absorb odor, its lightweight, so easy to pack and it came with a packing bag. I purchased mine at SAIL for $20, but you can look on EBay, Amazon, European Backpackers, and Mountain Equipment Co. http://www.mec.ca/product/5024-431/packtowl-personal-towel/
Earplugs and Eye Mask are a must unless you want to spend 7 hours on a plane hearing a small child screaming for the entire trip. Same goes for travelling by car for long periods of time, and just need some peace and quiet. Not all earplugs work, so I would really do some research prior and you can buy an eye mask at HBC, any travel store, shoppers or online.
Small journal or notepad is a great way to remember some really great moments about your trip, or small details. You can find some awesome journals at Chapters-Indigo. https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/house-and-home/stationery/social-stationery/notepads/
Flexible Water Bottle is the best invention ever!! I purchased the platypus bottle at Mountain Equipment Co, but you can also find them online, and at SAIL.
If a washer isn’t available, then hand washing is the next resort. Sometimes places don’t have a sink stopper, so it’s always better to have your own, just in case. Laundry soap is another must have. I would recommend the brand BANIT. Stains will come out instantly and works wonders. You can get both of these items at Home Hardware, Home Depot for example. http://www.homehardware.ca/en/cat/index.htm/Plumbing-Electrical/Plumbing/Repair-Hookup/Taps-Sinks/Stoppers/_/N-ntj9d
Depending where you travel, bring along a padlock. If you’re just wanting to lock up your personal items or keep them safe in a hostel locker, I would bring your own lock. Sometimes these places provide one, but what’s the harm in bringing your own? Better safe than sorry. I purchase some of my mini locks at a dollar store, but you can also look at Home Hardware, Home Depot and Staples.
I always check my luggage weight before my departure, but its good to bring it along with you as well. It gives you a good idea if you need to take some items away to lighten the load, or maybe you shouldn’t pack anymore. You can purchase one at any travel accessories stores or online on Amazon.
Make some copies of documents, such as your birth certificate, passport and anything else important if lost. You just need a digital copy on your phone if needed.
I would suggest bringing your own umbrella, especially when travelling to unfamiliar destinations, you just never know what to expect for weather.
When travelling to Europe, it is important to keep your money and documents safe from people whom pickpocket. There are many options, such as a waist belt, cross-body and bra hideaway. You can get a good price at Europe-Bound, MEC, SAIL or even online on Amazon or Ebay.
Connect with Lauren and let her know how everything went during your planning process. If you have any ideas or feedback feel free to contact, Lauren@novellamag.com.