The Savvy Travelers Guide to Packing

If there’s one thing that makes my soul come alive, it’s travelling or going on a trip. From the moment I book my flights, plan where I’m going & start my shopping; I can’t contain my excitement and it makes any bad day a little better knowing I have something to look forward to.

But there’s two things that stress me out about going away; money & packing.

Money: I always think I need wayyyyy more money than I do, just for safety. When you’re visiting a new place how are you supposed to know the average price for food, transporation, drinks, attractions etc. I mean you can look on tripadvisor etc but each traveller has different needs so it’s hard to know for sure. You never know what could happen so it’s better to be safe than sorry. If it’s a trip planned in advance I’m good at saving every month up until the holiday but if it’s a lst minute trip, bit more stressful. But regardless whether you have the recommended amount, above or below your budget – you’re gonna have an amazing time anyways.


When I went to Ibiza last year every single person I spoke to that went there advised it was the most expensive place EVER & that you would need at least €2000, which sounds insane! But I brought less than that and even came back with extra. & I went to so many places and didn’t budget at all. Have a look at my post about a guide to Ibiza here for more information.

Packing: As much as I LOOOOVE shopping, especially holiday shopping, it’s equally stressful. I spend so much time online ordering little bits & pieces here that when it comes to matching outfits together; I’m left with 10 tops, 1 skirt, 2 odd flip flops and a shit ton of bikinis. HELP! I’m that type of girl who only thinks about the cute outfits, bikinis etc that I completely forget about the necesseties and the stuff I need more than the bronzed bralet, ooops.

I’m off on holidays myself on Saturday and have been preparing myself so I know coming up to summer other people could do with a travel guide and things not to forget. There is nothing worse than being on the way to the airport, on the plane or even at the final destination without realising you forgot something! So here’s a checklist for your bags both carry on bags & suitcase; check the one’s suitable for your travel needs!


Carry On Bag


  • Passport/ID
  • Money/Credit Cards
  • Keys
  • Booking Pass
  • Any tickets necessary for trip
  • Phone


  • Earphones
  • Laptop
  • iPad/iPod/Tablet
  • Books & Magazines
  • Charger & Portable Charger
  • Notebook & Pen
  • Colouring Book
  • Toys (kids entertainment)


  • Vaseline/Chapstick
  • Deodorant
  • Face Wipes
  • Travel Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Hair Brush / Ties
  • Q-Tips
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Lotion (Hand & Face)
  • Make-Up (make sure liquids are under 30ml)
  • Make-Up Brushes


  • Travel Sickness Medication
  • Headache Tablets
  • Vitamins
  • Hand Sanitzer
  • Kleenex
  • Tampons/Birth Control


  • Flat Shoes
  • Socks
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Eye Mask
  • Neck Pillow


  • Umberella
  • Chewing Gum
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Maps & Travel Itineries




  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Bra
  • Tights
  • Pyjamas
  • Vests
  • Dressing Gown


  • T-Shirts
  • Jumpers
  • Gym Clothes
  • Sports Bra
  • Running Shoes
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Swimsuits/Bikinis


  • Jackets
  • Coats
  • Raincoat
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarves


  • Running Shoes
  • Flip Flops/Sliders
  • Sandals
  • Wellyboots
  • Slippers
  • High Shoes/Wedges
  • Boots


  • Dress
  • Nightout Outfits
  • Suits
  • Heels


  • Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Tooth Essentials (floss, brush, paste, retainer, mouthwash)
  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturizer
  • Aloe Vera Gel/After Sun
  • Allergy Meds, Antihistamine, After Bite
  • Glasses/Contact Lenses/Solution
  • Shaving Cream & Razor
  • First Aid Kit/Plasters etc
  • Hair Products
  • Styling Products/Hairdryer/Straightner/Curler
  • Tweezers
  • Make Up Remover
  • Face Cleanser
  • Face Towel/Sun Towel

Travel Documents

  • Visa’s
  • Passport
  • Driver’s License
  • Itinerary
  • Maps & Guides
  • Tickets
  • Event Details
  • Credit & Debit Cards
  • Change in Currency
  • Traveler’s Cheque

So regardless of where you go, make sure you pack well, save & have an amazing & safe time!!

Are you going anywhere this summer?  Comment below!


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