I don’t know about you guys but unless I’m going on a big holiday I tend to opt for hand luggage only when it comes to travelling because A) it saves you money on your flight price and B) it’s much easier to travel with less stuff. For this reason so many of my long weekends tend to only involve a small cabin sized suitcase and I’m going to admit I am pretty good at packing lightly (even though I manage to cram such a lot in).
I have generic packing lists which are items which come with me every single time I travel and I thought I’d share them with you to make sure you don’t miss anything when you head away.
The first few things are kinda obvious but complete must haves if you even want to get anywhere. Of course, you are going to need your passport and a printout of your boarding passes to make it through the airport. I also print out hotel confirmations (especially as they include the hotel address) alongside print-outs for anything I’ve booked like tours and shows.
Again other obvious things is currency for the country you’re going to as the airport is not the place to purchase it, you will lose out on money. I always make sure I have a credit card with me as a just in case for anything which I might need to buy or for times when you can’t use cash (like at train stations).
Sunglasses are must have even if you don’t think it is going to be warm. I find things can get sunny outside when you’re walking around and exploring even if it isn’t warm so sunglasses are essentials. I always pop a chiffon scarf in my handbag as it can be used for so many things from getting a bit cold on the aeroplane to wrapping around yourself at the beach.
A book for me is a massive essential (usually 2 unless it’s only an overnight trip) because I love to read while at the airport, on the flight, before bed and anywhere else. Holidays are the times when I massively catch up with my reading and it’s a nice place to relax.
Other essential items you should think about taking are:
- Hand sanitizer to make sure your hands are clean before eating
- A comfortable pair of jeans (which I tend to travel in)
- Plenty of underwear cause no one wants to go commando
- Travel sized toiletries/ cosmetics. You knew there was a reason you didn’t use all those samples from your beauty box subscriptions
- Camera, charger and spare battery because of course you will want to take photos
- A small map of the city. I tend to always buy the Compass Pop Up Maps as they’re so small, really detailed and almost always have a map for the trains/ transportation.
- A travel towel. Now most hotels have these but sometimes they only provide one and I use one for my hair and one for my body, and hostels can be hit and miss about whether they provide them.