7 Day Trip Packing List:
Change Your Life With These Travel Hacks
If you're still new to traveling and clueless about how it works, you may be wondering how seasoned Globetrotters are making their lives easy on the road. Unless you're living in a perfectly ideal world where your butler packs your suitcase, packing is a real dilemma.
This post will serve as your very own genie in a bottle, granting your wish to become a packing guru. Master these tips and find out which one works the best for you. Make sure to share this packing list with your travel partner and make your life a little more exciting and a little less complicated.
Tip No. 1: Find The Best Suitcase That ‘Suits’ You
Step one before packing is deciding on your main luggage. Are you planning to bring a rolling suitcase or a backpack? It all depends on what kind of trip you are taking. Are you flying or driving? You may want to take a carry on (if flying) to save the baggage claim annoyance. If you are driving, it’s not such an issue. Once you've decided on a bag, the next thing you want to do is ensure is the bag’s warranty. While traveling, your bag may experience a lot of thumps and bumps so it's not surprising to find a broken zipper, handle or wheel. Find a trusted luggage brand that promises high-quality products. After all, you want is to get your money's worth.
Travel Backpack Vs Wheeled Luggage
If you want a hassle (and hands) free getaway, you may find a travel backpack to be your new BFF. This bag reduces the extra weight of wheels so you can walk with one hand for your phone (for selfies, of course) and the other for holding your drink (no, we're not gonna judge). If you know that you'll be carrying your bag around a lot, this kind of bag could be helpful, especially if you’ll be walking around cobbled or uneven streets.
Rolling Luggage Option:
A 7-day trip is long enough to carry almost one-fourth of your closet and that thought alone is enough to make you feel exhausted. If you're worried about your back and you don't want to put too much pressure on your body, a four-wheeled suitcase may be the choice for you. Effortlessly roll your suitcase around, and save your back the stress.
Note: Be sure to carry a duffle bag with you for "just in case/emergency" moments. EzPacking offers a durable and surprisingly affordable (and foldable) duffle bag that can slipped into a small pocket of your suitcase when not in use. Bring out this baby when your suitcase is overweight at the airport, or you don't have enough space for those souvenirs you brought back for each family member.
Tip No. 2: Plan Activities So You know How To Pack
The first step to an organized suitcase is proper planning. Where are you exactly going? What activities are you going to do? Are you planning to visit different climates? These questions will help you come up with list you need. Now, it's time to organize.
As much as you wanted this part to be easy, it will always be a chaotic unless you commit this traveling hack -- packing cube organizers. These travel cubes help to sort your items into categories, such as toiletries, hair accessories, sweater/jackets, pants, shirts/blouses, and more. Place undergarments in the blue small packing cube, skincare essentials in the pink extra small packing cube, shirts & blouses in the green medium packing cube, and jackets & jeans in the black large packing cube. Even more awesome is that EzPacking products are transparent - so you can easily see what's inside every cube, and even without a vacuum sealer, your clothes are carefully compressed. The result? More space for other items.
Tip No. 3: Pack Like The #GirlBoss You Are
Bring versatile and lightweight clothes to avoid overpacking or under packing.
Here is a quick checklist of what to bring:
For My Ladies:
- 3 bras
- 7 pairs of underwear
- 4 pairs of socks
- 3 dresses (one little black dress)
- 4 casual tops/blouses
- 4 tank tops
- 1 jacket
- 3 shorts (warm locations)
- 2 pants / jeans
- 2 leggings (for airplane)
- 1 workout outfit
- Bikini / swimsuit
- 1 pair of nice shoes
- 1 pair of sandals
- 1 pair of sneakers (wear on the plane)
- 1 pair of slippers
- Mini shampoo / conditioner
- Mini soap / facial cleanser
- Mini deodorant
- Travel size sunblock
- Bubble bath (because why not!)
- Personal hygiene items
- Mini toothbrush / toothpaste
- Floss / mouthwash
- Tampons / pads
- Makeup bag
- Makeup remover
- 7 pairs of underwear
- 6 pairs of socks
- 2 button down shirts (short sleeve)
- 2 button down shirts (long sleeve)
- 4 casual shirts
- 1 sport jacket
- 1 workout outfit
- 1 pair of sneakers
- 1 pair of walking shoes
- 2 pants/jeans
- 2 pair of shorts
- 2 pair of beach shorts (if applicable)
- Baseball hat
- Mini toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash
- Mini shampoo/conditioner
- Mini soap/facial cleanser
- Mini deodorant
- Mini sunblock
- Chargers (phones / cameras / iPad)
- Adapters (in you’re traveling outside us)
- Clear packing cubes (take 1 suitcase & share)
- Ziplock/resealable plastic bags
- Insect repellent
- Mini first aid kit
- Foldable tote/duffle bag
Tip No. 4: Get Your Carry-On / Tote Bag Ready
Pack all your airplane essentials and go-to’s in your tote, purse, or backpack.
Can't decide? Here's a checklist of the items you should have in your personal bag.
Carry - On Bag (for Him & Her)
- Airline tickets / e-ticket confirmation (if applicable)
- Passport/ID (driver’s license)
- Copy of hotel / restaurants / reservation confirmations
- Copy of trip / medical insurance coverage
- Photocopy of prescriptions
- Ear plugs / eye mask / neck pillow
- Camera / phone / charger
- Book to read / magazines
- Journal / pen
- Medicine for motion / travel sickness
- Prescription medicine
- Snacks / water bottle (empty before TSA Security)
- Important toiletries (birth control / retainer / contacts)
- Sunglasses / case
- Tissues / wet wipes
- Makeup kit
Tip No. 5: Secure Your Home
Whether it's a one-day escape or a 7-day trip, it's important to prepare your home before you leave. Closing up the house should be on your “packing checklist” as the last vital step. Leave extra time for this, so that you’re not flying around the house right before your flight.
Things you should do before leaving the house:
- Call the post office and ask them to hold your mail for the meantime
- Set up a voice message or email autoresponder (c'mon, leave your work for a little while!)
- Pre-pay your utility bills
- Unplug home appliances
- Take out the trash
- Empty the fridge (of food that will expire)
- Close windows and lock all doors
- Secure your valuables in your safe (or with family)
- Leave your puppy / kitty with family, friends, or a pet hotel
- Leave your house key & details of your itinerary (in case of emergencies) with a trusted family member / friend
Leaving the hustle and the bustle of the city is always a good idea. No matter where you go or what activity you do, have fun and try to be present (aka not thinking about work)! Just make sure to follow these vital tasks before saying YOLO! That way, you're promising yourself a hassle-free, memorable, and exciting adventure.
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We hope you have an awesome trip!