Travel Tip Tuesday: Don’t forget the extra underwear! Packing list for young women.

If you are a young woman and you don’t know how to pack for yourself, shame on you. If you are a young woman and have never even left the country, double shame on you! I just wanted to share my typical packing list for short weekend-like trips. Note that this is from the view of a semi-fashionable young woman. I say “semi-fashionable” because while I definitely don’t like to look like a slob, I ultimately value comfort over Vogue.

TOILETRIES (typically keep these in my carry-on)

  • Reusable, clear, 3fl.oz. bottles for shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in a 1qt clear plastic bag.
  • Tweezers and razor (these are questionable, but I’ve never had a problem with security)
  • Make up in another clear bag
  • Chapstick
  • Small pack of Kleenex
  • Compact mirror
  • Deodorant
  • Extra tampons/pads
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Other pills/prescriptions
CLOTHES
  • Black cardigan
  • Black leggings
  • Jeans
  • Belt
  • Enough underwear plus 1 extra
  • Enough socks plus 1 extra
  • Favorite flats
  • Flip-flops
  • Good walking shoes (generally wear these to airport)
  • Heels
  • Boots
  • Swim suit, possibly
  • Casual shirts
  • Dressy shirts
  • Skirt/Dress if desired
  • Jacket
  • Gloves/hat/scarf
ETCETERA
  • Small ziplock snack bags in case I come across beach sand to collect
  • Fast-drying towel
  • Sleeping sack in case the hostel is gross (http://www.seatosummit.com/products/display/22)
  • Small, travel hair straightener and hair dryer (check if your hostels don’t already have these, as a foreign country may not have a compatible socket for your electronics)
  • Phone/Nook/iPod/Camera charger
  • External hard-drive to store pictures
  • Travel notebook
  • Travel first-aid kit with bandaids, Naproxen, anti-itch and anti-infection ointments
  • Copies of passport/credit card/license/IDs (never remove these from your suitcase except to update!)
  • Portable luggage scale (something like this: http://www.techfresh.net/heys-usa-escale-luggage-scale/. I use it almost every time I travel!)
  • Small padlock for lockers in hostel
  • Extra cash
The #1 thing to not forget is an open mind!

Another small list item I want to mention is what I keep with me when I’m out and about and leave my luggage in the hostel/hotel room. I always bring a cross-body bag that’s only large enough to hold my wallet, passport, camera, chapstick, hand santizer, and phone. Make sure to have a handbag with zippers and that can be kept in front of you at all times – you can even keep it on the inside of your jacket if it’s chilly outside. I did this for a week in Rome and had no problems, while others I know who had their regular shoulder bags had pickpockets trying to reach inside! Cross-body is best because a thief can’t normally just rip it off your shoulder, and you can naturally keep your hands rested on it. Travel smartly!

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