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Women travel essentials: The packing list you need

When it comes to travel, women tend to commit to the traveling no-no of overpacking. There’s a reason why that is the case. For one, women tend to think about the people they’re traveling with and what they might need. They pack a lot of just-in-case items. Aside from that, women also want to look good and have options for outfits during their travel. Nonetheless, overpacking is still undeniably quite a hassle. It costs you more money and it’s difficult to lug around large luggage with you.

If you need a packing list that will help you focus on your true travel essentials, then read on to learn more:

Female packing list tip #1: What clothes to bring

Clothes are why a lot of women tend to bring more than they should when they travel. Therefore, it’s best to cut down on this one the most. You can do this by identifying what clothes are best to bring for your trip. You can cut this down by different categories. However, the most efficient system would be to pack clothes based on the climate of your destination. Before you go on your trip, make sure that you look up the current weather patterns for the past few days of your destination. Then, adjust your clothing accordingly. Here is what you should pack, depending on the climate.

Hot climates

When it comes to hot climates, you want to bring clothes that are light and breathable. You don’t want to appear sweaty and oily in the pictures of your trip. Bringing clothes made from silk or linen is an excellent choice for hot climates. As much as possible, avoid bringing polyester clothing with you. Polyester clothing isn’t breathable, which means that the heat won’t leave your body well. Not to mention that the sweat will stay inside. It would be best if you also avoid clothes that make armpit sweat a lot more visible. Don’t wear dark colors in a hot climate because they trap heat more than white or lighter clothes.

Temperate climates

When it comes to temperate climates, these places have a more extensive range of weather
conditions. With this type of environment, you need to be able to adapt well. The key to packing clothes for temperate climates is to bring layers of clothing with you. The layer closest to your skin should be thin and helps keep the warmth of your body inside. It should also keep away moisture from your body. Your middle layer should be protecting you from the cold. Lastly, your outer layers should protect you from the elements such as the rain and the wind. If it gets too warm for comfort, you can remove some of your layers.

Cold climates

In colder climates, you also have to apply the layer method when it comes to your clothes.
However, the most significant difference would be that you should pack larger jackets or layers to protect you thoroughly from the cold. If you’re going to be bringing a bulky coat with you, make sure that you don’t leave it inside your luggage. It’s better that you wear your puffy and heavy jacket while you’re traveling, especially when you’re on the plane so that your luggage isn’t so heavy. As proper etiquette, don’t store away your larger jacket that you wore in the overhead bin.

Female packing list tip #2: Toiletries to bring

Toiletries are another essential during your travel. There are millions of soap bars and half-used shampoo bottles which are discarded in the millions of hotel shower trays across the world. If you care about the environment, make sure to bring your own toiletries and that they fit the airport standards. There are plenty of travel-sized containers that you can purchase. You can transfer the contents of your toiletries in these travel-sized containers so that they are within regulations.

If you want to reduce the number of items that you bring with you on your trip, you can purchase your toiletries at your destination. On that note, here are the essential toiletries to bring with you that you shouldn’t forget:

● Shampoo, conditioner, and soap
● Toothbrush and toothpaste
● Contact case and solution

Female packing list tip #3: Practical items

There are also travel essentials that will make your trip a lot easier. These practical items provide a convenience that makes them essential. They will prove useful during your travel, so make sure that you don’t forget them when you are packing:

Packing cubes
Power bank
Universal adapters
● Earplugs
Quick dry towel

Female packing list tip #4: Products to keep you (and your stuff) safe

Anyone who has ever traveled anywhere knows that one of the most significant issues you’ll worry about would be the security of your items. Whether it’s from theft or transit damage, there’s no denying that you need to protect your luggage. Otherwise, you’re going to have a tough time on your journey. Therefore, you should make sure that your packing list also includes items dedicated to protecting your belongings:

● Backpack lock/alarm or anti-theft backpack: you can either lock away your backpack or, if you go with your bag often, you can invest in an anti-theft backpack. There are plenty of backpack and luggage brands that specialize in anti-theft backpacks for travelers
Security whistle
● Copy of passport
Waterproof phone case: your phone is your lifeline, especially when you’re somewhere far from home. Therefore, make sure that you don’t get it wet during your trip with the help of a waterproof phone case
Portable water purifier
Combination lock isa-approved
● Secret money storage

Female packing list tip #5: Type of travel backpack to use

Everything that you need for your trip should fit in one travel backpack so you can easily move around and avoid extra baggage fees. The ideal travel backpack should be durable, lightweight, expandable with multiple compartments for easy organization. For your shoulders and back, the bag should have thick, soft padding on the back and straps and adjustable straps for your height. Finally, the size should be just right for carry-ons because your money is better spent on experiences than baggage fees.

Things you don’t need to pack

Now that you know what you need to pack, it’s time to go over the items that you tend to bring with you that you don’t need. Here are the things that you need to consider whether or not you need to bring them with you:

● Jewelry
● Camera lenses (unless you do travel photography)
● Extra toiletries
● Fancy shoes
● Another heavy jacket
● More than one pair of jeans


If you stick to this packing list, you don’t have to worry about over packing too much. As long as you have the self-discipline to check yourself when you’re packing, you should be able to stick to your travel essentials. Ensuring that you’ll bring only the essentials allows you to let go of your worries and enjoy your trip more. So consult this packing list anytime you’re about to travel so that you don’t forget anything crucial for any journey.

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