Ultimate Packing Guide to Your Sunny Destination

Do you ever struggle to pack for a trip? Maybe you over pack, forget things or under pack. Unfortunately, I do all of those!

I love to travel and have travelled a lot, especially this past year and I have always thought of myself as a great packer. Well, after my last trip, I realized that I… absolutely suck at packing! Now, as I prepare to leave for my next trip to Europe in a few days, I compelled a list of essential things to pack for the ultimate packing list even you can use! I’ll be honest this list is truly made for me, so I pack properly. *face palm* Through my constant trial and packing error this is truly the failproof packing list and I’ll explain why!

I lived in Vancouver, also known as “Raincouver”, almost my whole life. One would think that I would always be prepared for rain and the cold. Unfortunately, countless times… and when I say countless, I mean EVERYTIME I travel, I am ill prepared for cold and wet weather. This is by far the most important tip that I can offer when travelling. Pack for cold weather! Even checking the weather before you leave doesn’t accurately help you pack since weather is constantly changing and I have been left shivering way too many times.

My list is compelled for sunny travels, so you don’t need to bring a lot of warm clothes, but at least an outfit to wear if needed.

  • A pair of jeans
  • A sweater
  • A raincoat
  • Closed toe shoes
  • An umbrella
  • A disposable poncho (for humid wet days)

Be prepared with medicine! I get headaches quite often, especially in the sun when I don’t drink enough water or forget to wear a hat, so I always bring ibuprofen for that reason. Other than headaches, I don’t get sick often. For long haul flights, such as 14 hours to Australia, I tend to get a cold after flying… which I’m not surprised from breathing in dirty air for that long. I have always travelled to places where I had the ability to buy medicine, so I usually don’t carry any. However, for my recent trip to Fiji, my resort was nowhere near the city or a store where I had access to medicine. If you are going on a group tour where you may not know when you will have free time or access to a pharmacy, it’s good to have medicine with you. Here is a simple list to carry with you. If you are going on a short trip, even just raiding your medicine cabinet at home and grabbing the leftover pills from your already open packages has been enough for me!

  • Ibuprofen
  • Cold and Flu
  • Band-Aids (This comes in handy when you get blisters from walking all day!)
  • Throat lozenges
  • Nausea pills
  • Pepto-Bismol pills
  • Any prescriptions
  • Vitamin C tablets

I keep my carry-on bag in the compartment above me in the airplane to avoid losing leg room, so I carry a small bag to keep with me in my seat pocket. I recommend dressing in pants or leggings for international flights as they tend to be cold and if you’re on a budget airline, they don’t always provide a blanket. My go to plane outfit is leggings, a t-shirt, sweater and sneakers. This could be your warm outfit! Also, because I feel I need to PREACH to the world….! Please, please, please, keep your shoes on during the flight because taking them off and walking to the airplane bathroom is disgusting. Being the germaphobe that I am, I will be forever haunted by the memory of the women beside me climbing over my seat onto our hand rests to use the washroom in her socks. Thank god I had my wet wipes!

Inside my seat pocket I carry the following:

  • Medicine bag
  • Wet wipes (wipe down your screen and tray table, they are never cleaned by the airline!)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Headphones and phone charger
  • Portable charger
  • Head pillow
  • For the ladies: pads/tampons
  • Gum
  • Lip balm

Next, toiletries. If I travel somewhere for more than 3 weeks with access to stores, I buy shampoo and conditioner in the country that I am going to, so that I don’t have the weight in my luggage. If not, travel bottles are essential. Buy yourself silicon travel mini bottles and fill them up with your own product. Sometimes the mini travel sizes are the same price as the big bottles… ridiculous! I just bought myself silicone travel bottles and they are amazing because you can easily squeeze the product verses a hard-plastic bottle. This will be super handy as well if your planning to only travel with a carry on and not a checked bag.  I have noticed the airport security cracking down on the number of mini bottles you can travel with and every airport is different. Some airports only allow liquids that can fit in the clear bag they supply, so save yourself the hassle and pack only what fits in a medium Ziploc freezer bag!

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairspray
  • Dry shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss
  • Hand cream
  • Razor blades and shaving cream
  • Bar of soap or body wash
  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturizer
  • Q tips
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair straightener
  • Hair dryer (only necessary if you really need it and if the hotel doesn’t supply one)
  • Portable steamer (not required but I hate wrinkles)
  • Contact lenses, case and solution
  • Makeup

The clothing checklist will vary depending on the length of the trip and location. Also, consider if you will have the ability to do laundry throughout your trip as well. Personally, I try to bring a new top to wear everyday since I sweat a lot as well as a new panty for everyday of the trip if I won’t have access to do laundry. But the key is to remember to bring your cold outfit! In my list I included what I would bring to a sunny destination. I love to wear neutrals so that I would have the ability to mix and match my clothing easily. Try to limit how many shoes you bring since shoes weigh the most (usually) in your luggage. I usually bring a pair of sneakers, sandals, casual sneaker and flip flops. 1 pair of heels if needed!

  • Your cold outfit: Long pants and sweater.
  • Bathing suit and cover up
  • Pajamas
  • 3 shorts. Dressy, casual and denim
  • A few dresses. Beach, casual, nighttime and dressy.
  • 2 skirts. Mini and knee length (or maxi)
  • Lots of tops! Think beach wear, day and evening wear. What would match with your bottoms?
  • A belt
  • A cardigan
  • Socks and undergarments!

Other useful items:

  • Sunglasses
  • Eye mask and earplugs
  • Notebook and pen
  • Sewing kit
  • Tissues
  • Insect repellent
  • Jewelry
  • Plug converter
  • Beach towel
  • Backpack
  • Handbag and/or clutch

All that is left is your passport and wallet! Worry less and use this list the next time you pack.

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Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments so I can make sure I pack it too.

Safe travels!

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