Time to pack your bag!

For someone like myself who either overpacks or forgets to pack extremely important items, I researched and put together an easy-to-follow clothing & toiletry list for my upcoming trip. Click the link above to read more!


Packing and making sure you have everything you need for your trip, no matter the length, can be slightly stressful and overwhelming at times. One way to make it easy on yourself is to do some research on what the weather will be like. My upcoming trip will be 4 months long, with contrasting climates each place I will be traveling too.

Since I’m only bringing one backpack (shown below) and 1 carry-on bag, I want to make sure I have all of the necessary items I need and avoid overpacking.  After doing some research online, I’ve written a packing list that outlines clothing, toiletries, and other various traveling necessities.

THE NORTH FACE Women’s Terra 56L Backpack

For clothing, here’s what I’ve laid out so far:

  1. 3 pairs of leggings (2 workout, 1 regular)
  2. 1 pair of jeans
  3. 1 dress
  4. 1 skirt (long maxi skirt)
  5. 3 long sleeved shirts
  6. 2 flannels
  7. 5 tank tops (3 work out, 2 regular)
  8. 1 bra, 2 sports bras, 3 bralettes
  9. 7 pairs of socks
  10. 2-3 sweaters
  11. 1 beanie, 1 ear warmer
  12. 1 light-weight jacket (easily foldable)
  13. 1 heavier jacket
  14. Flip flops (for the shower, warmer weather)
  15. Running shoes, Converses
  16. Hiking boots

Short and sweet, I made sure to cover all the necessities, keeping in mind that I will have access to do laundry. Also, I left enough room to make purchases during my travels!

For my toiletry and first aid kit, here’s what I included:


A few noteworthy items to highlight are:

  • Bug spray: Depending on where you’re going, it never hurts to bring along bug spray to keep you feeling comfortable and the bugs at bay
  • Baby powder: This multi-purpose, cheaper alternative to dry shampoo comes in handy when you’re short on time to shower. Baby powder is a great way to absorb the oils in your hair and leave you with that (somewhat) clean feeling!
  • Nail Polish: Just because you’re traveling, that doesn’t mean you need to completely deprive yourself from your daily/weekly routines. For some, painting your nails might be part of your routine. For myself, it’s simply a way to make me feel better. Pick out 1-2 colors and you’re all set.
  • Reusable Travel Tubes: I am a first timer using these! (orange & blue tubes shown above) This is a great way to pack the proper amount of body lotion, face wash, etc. so you don’t need to trek around your full size bottles. Plus, they’re eco-friendly & cute.
  • Scissors: Yes, scissors. This might not be something super necessary for a shorter trip, but for my 4 month trip, scissors will definitely come in handy in some way. You know, in case I need to cut my way through a forest or something.

For the not-so-obvious items, I’ve included:

  • Sleeping bag liner: In case the places you’re staying at don’t exactly have 5 stars for cleanliness..
  • Micro-fiber towel & turban: Eliminates packing heavy, damp towels during your travels
  • My laptop (MacBook Pro), My GoPro
  • World Travel Adapter Kit
  • Eye-glasses repair kit: For those with 4 eyes, you can never be too careful!
  • Portable phone charger
  • Packing cubes (shown below): Assists in organizing your bag so you don’t need to pull every thing out of your bag/suitcase when staying overnight at a hostel or hotel.
Packing Cubes – Purchased on Amazon.com


Still have questions on what to pack, where to get items, or want to offer some additional items I might have missed? Leave a comment below!



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