This is a list for an average trip.  A ski trip will need specialized equipment as with trekking. Of course make adjustments to the list to fit your needs.  The main thing to remember when it comes to packing is less is more. As long as you have your passport and a credit card you can usually get anything you need.  In this version I have included links to amazon for some of the items that I use they may be affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra but if you buy through the link I get a little something.


It is advisable to have quick drying clothes as you can pack less and do laundry along the way. This list includes the clothes you will be wearing on day 1 of your trip. 

  • Underwear – 1 per day with a max of 7 pairs.
  • Socks – 1 pair per day with a max of 7 pairs
  • Pants – 2 pairs in cold weather 1 pair in warm weather preferably versatile enough for day and evening. I have been traveling the last 2 years with prAnas
  • Everyday shorts – 2 pairs for warm weather do not bring any for cold weather trips. i just bought some from Colombia that i am happy with.
  • Nice wrinkle free shirt – 1 for nice dinners 
  • Everyday shirts – 4 this could be a mix of t-shirts, pollos, and button ups.
  • Swimsuit – up to 2 for a beach trip 1 for a trip that has a pool.
  • Pajamas –  1 top and 1 bottom.  Can be good for wearing when washing clothes
  • Workout clothes – If you work out everyday at home then 1 set that can be washed in the shower with you. If you do not workout everyday at home then leave your workout clothes at home. You probably won’t use them
  • Bras –   up to 3 including sports bras.  
  • Skirt –  up to 1 
  • Dress –  1 for a nice dinner
  • Coverup – 2 if going on a beach trip otherwise 1 or leave it at home
  • Shoes –  1 pair that is comfortable for walking around 
  • Water Shoes or sandals – 1 pair if on a beach trip 
  • Hiking shoes – 1 pair if doing hiking or adventure activities.  Try to choose shoes that are more verstal. I like Salomon X Ultra 3 
  • Weather Appropriate Jacket – 1 unless going on a ski trip. I take my North Face Canyonwall everywhere


Watch your electronic list. It can get people into trouble when they are packing every electronic item they own.  If you don’t think you need it then leave it home.  Books are cheap and most electronics are diversion devices.  Be in the moment.

  • adapter
  • Cell phone  – I recently changed to a Samsung note 9
  • Cell phone charger
  • Battery pack – Because Google Maps, Lyft and Uber all take more juice than expected.
  • Tablet  – I use a Kindle fire since i only watch videos and read with it. If you need a tablet for anything more than that then i would suggest a different brand.
  • Tablet charger
  • Travel power strip – When i need to replace mine i will probably get this one.
  • Laptop – I travel around with a HP Spectre and it treats me well.
  • Laptop charger


This is a spot where most can pare down.  If you are traveling as a family then see if you can combine what is being used and bring less.  Also remember that most hotels provide soap shampoo and conditioner and for short trips it will usually be enough. 

Travel sized versions of things are usually not a great value.  Invest in some TSA sized empty bottles and fill them up with what you need.  If you want to be on a whole other level you can top everything up when you get back from your trip in order to save you time in packing

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap or body wash
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Brush or comb
  • Antacids
  • Motion Sickness Pills
  • Pain pills
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hygiene Products
  • Ear Swabs
  • Makeup

Miscellaneous Items 

  • Beach Towel – 1 if beach trip 
  • Bath Towel – 1 if not provided otherwise leave at home.
  • Day pack – 1 use this as your personal item on the airplane.
  • Snacks
  • Travel pillow – 1 if flying red eye or a long time.  Many long haul flights provide them.
  • Credit/ debit cards – 2 keep 1 on your body at all times and the other hidden in your checked or main bag.
  • Book – up to 1 to read on the plane or when you don’t want to look at screens.  
  • Packing cubes to keep things separate.
  • Clothes Detergent