Essential Travel Items Every Girl Should Pack

Essential Travel Items Every Girl Should Pack

The Essential Packing List

You should know exactly where these key items are at all times while on vacation. Losing them is awful because it’ll literally ruin your trip. Even though you can buy another travel guide or map in the country you visit, it’s still nice to carry your own from home if you’ve made notes in the pages. Keep these items safe under your clothing (or in a tamper proof bag) if you’re traveling to a place known for high theft with pickpockets.

  • Printed tickets*
  • Travel wallet*
  • Passport*
  • Cash and credit cards*
  • Cell phone and charger*
  • Travel info/itinerary/photocopy of passport*
  • Travel guide with map and phrases*
Travel wallet with cards and cash


These items would come in handy in your carry-on (including the rest of the list items with stars beside them), and you’ll thank yourself later when you find that you need them during that long nine hour flight. Being comfortable on a plane shouldn’t be a pain if you pack the right items so that you’re prepared for anything.

  • Earplugs
  • Eye mask
  • Travel pillow
  • Sunglasses/glasses
  • Hat
  • A large scarf or sarong
  • Flip-flops/foldable flats
  • Face cloth/face wipes
Girl wearing an eye mask and using travel pillow


Instead of folding your clothes in your suitcase, roll them up, and if you want to take it a step further, put rolled up clothes in extra large sized zip locks and press out all the air to compress your clothes even more. If you’re traveling with a delicate piece that you don’t want wrinkled, place tissue paper on both sides of the garment before rolling in up. Place disposable shower caps around your shoes to keep things clean.

Packing clothes in a suitcase


You can always rely on complimentary hotel shampoos, lotions, etc. But, for those who want to bring their own, pack items no larger than 100 grams of liquids, creams, or gels if you plan on placing them in your carry-on bag. Since the air-cabin pressure changes during a flight, it’s best to put all your liquids and creams into a zip lock bag in case of spillage. Wrapping the top with plastic wrap and an elastic can work too.

  • Toothbrush, floss, and travel sized toothpaste*
  • Shampoo/conditioner (optional)
  • Moisturizer (optional)
  • Makeup
  • Deodorant*
  • Travel wipes
  • Q-Tips (travel sized pack)
  • Shaver plus travel sized shave gel (don’t have this in your carry-on)
  • Medications (prescriptions, allergy pills, pain relief tablets, etc.)*
Travel sized toiletries
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  • Chap stick*
  • Tissues*
  • Eye drops*
  • Hand sanitizer*
  • Hair elastics (2)*
  • Zip lock with laundry detergent (optional)
  • Blow dryer (optional)
  • Travel sized hair straightener (optional)
  • Quick-dry towel (optional)
Travel toiletries bag


Having something to snack on, besides the delicious airplane food, is important to keep your energy up and hunger down. Most of the time, passengers are only given small cups of water, juice, or soda for the entire flight, and unless you want to keep asking the flight attendants repeatedly for more refreshments, take an empty water bottle with you through the gates and fill it up at a fountain before boarding. Chewing gum while the plane is taking off and landing will help pop the pressure in your ears.

  • Water bottle*
  • Protein/granola bars*
  • Nuts*
  • Gum*
Travel snacks


To save on space and to help you organize your bag, place all your device’s chargers inside a glasses case or in a small plastic container so that you don’t have chords everywhere. If you chose to bring your gadgets, pack them in the centre of your suitcase to protect them from damage. Also, if you put a ‘fragile’ sticker on your bag, it will be kept on the top of the pile and will not be thrown around by baggage men.

  • Voltage wall adapter
  • Laptop or tablet* (optional)
  • Camera and with extra batteries
  • Chargers for each electronic device
cameras on the beach


Whether it’s to keep your mind busy while en route to your destination, document your travels, or keep you entertained, having one of the items below could be your best travel companion. Having noise-cancelling headphones also helps on long journeys when you need to have a break with some peace and quiet.

  • Journal and pen*
  • E-book reader, magazine, or book*
  • Headphones*
  • Travel speakers