An Essentials List For Packing A Suitcase

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I used to be notorious for over-packing when going on vacation. I’d pack 5 pairs of shoes, 3 belts, 2 bags and many many pairs of outfits so I’d have options every morning when I woke up. Now remember, I said I used to do this; I don’t do this anymore. My new perspective on packing is the less I bring, the more I can bring back. šŸ™‚ With that in mind, here’s an “essentials” packing list for your suitcase assuming you’re traveling for 5 days.

Check out the list after the jump.

Essentials

Media

  • Cellphone and charger
  • Digital camera, batteries, memory cards
  • iPod /MP3 player and headphones, batteries, mini-speakers
  • Reading material
  • Travel guide(s)

Medical

  • Antibiotic cream
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Band-Aids
  • Bug repellent
  • Cortisone 1% anti-itch cream
  • For cruisers: Sea-sickness bands or pills
  • Pain reliever
  • Prescription medicines

Money & Documents

  • Cash
  • Driver’s license/international driver’s license
  • Emergency numbers and embassy address
  • Paper airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
  • Passports and visas, if necessary
  • Your itinerary

HIS VACATION PACKING LIST ITEMS

Menswear

  • 1 Pair casual shoes that can also work as dress shoes
  • 5 Boxers / Briefs
  • 1 Casual shirts
  • 1 Oxford shirt
  • 2 Pairs of jeans
  • 1 Pajamas
  • 2 Shirts
  • 5 Socks
  • 1 Sweatshirt
  • 2 T-shirts / Undershirts
  • 1 Set of workout clothes

For hot weather locations:

  • 2 Shorts
  • 1 Swim wear
  • 1 Hat
  • 1 Sandals

For cold weather locations:

  • 1 Outerwear
  • 1 Waterproof jacket
  • 1 Pair of waterproof shoes
  • 1 Scarf
  • 1 Pair of long-johns
  • 3 Pairs of wool socks
  • 1 Hat
  • 1 Pair of gloves

Men’s Toiletries

  • Comb / Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Floss
  • Shaving kit / Shaving Cream
  • Shampoo / Conditioner / Styling Products
  • Sunblock
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash

HER VACATION PACKING LIST ITEMS

Women’s Clothing and Accessories

  • 5 Bras
  • 5 Panties
  • Costume jewelry — earrings, necklace, bracelets
  • 2 Pairs of jeans
  • 3 Casual shirts
  • 1 Dress
  • 1 Pair of heels
  • 1 Sneakers or walking shoes
  • 2 Socks
  • 1 Sweater
  • 1 Set of workout clothes

For hot weather locations:

  • 1 Bathing suit
  • 1 Sandals
  • 3 Shorts/Capris
  • 1 Straw/wide-brimmed hat
  • 4 Tank/halter/sleeveless tops

For cold weather locations:

  • 1 Outerwear
  • 1 Waterproof jacket
  • 1 Pair of waterproof shoes
  • 1 Scarf
  • 1 Pair of long-johns
  • 3 Pairs of wool socks
  • 1 Hat
  • 1 Pair of gloves

Sundries

  • Blow dryer/straightening iron
  • Comb/Brush
  • Cosmetic case/makeup bag w/ make-up
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup remover
  • Facial cleanser
  • Moisturizer/SPF
  • Tampons
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash
  • Dental floss
  • Shampoo/conditioner/styling products

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