Essentials checklist: Traveling abroad

Don’t worry, everyone forgets how to pack every now and then. I, somehow, still manage to forget how to pack and I am always on the plane! Someone needed to be the crazy one to forget everything and write about it, right? When you have a checklist, the packing process is much easier and simpler. This list, complete with my “Lifesaving Facts,” will help you pack much more quickly and sufficiently without forgetting where you left your head. 

Print it off for your trip & enjoy!

Plane essentials:

    • Fun Fact: Most of your favorite designers make adorable passport covers that allow you to travel in complete style! My precious passport cover is Kate Spade, and I absolutely adore it! Dont fret if you have a budget, Amazon also has some super cute ones as well!
  • Wallet
    • It is best if you don’t bring a ton of cash, FYI. Not only could you lose it, it just isn’t safe. And, if you bring over $10,000 out of the country you have to claim it with CBP, and that opens a whole new can of worms. If you don’t already, you need to have a credit card with a “no foreign transaction fees on purchases” program. The foreign transaction fees with banks can be outrageous!
  • Blanket/Jacket {The planes sometimes get a little chilly.}
  • Neck Pillow
  • Eye Cover
  • Tic-Tacs/Gum
  • Tide To Go Pen
  • Cell Phone/Laptop/Tablet/Camera/Micro-USB chargers
  • Portable charger {MophieMyCharge}
  • Laptop
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • Back Up Earphones {Just in case your headphones are like mine & has to be charged.}
  • Ear plugs {Noisy flight problems.}
  • Simple Snacks: Plane food isn’t always the cheapest, nor is it the best. FYI, Check out the TSA 3-1-1 rule for rules and regulations on International flights.
    • Pistachios
    • Trail Mix
    • Beef Jerky
    • Pretzels
    • Dried Fruit
  • Headphones
  • Kindle/iPad/iPod {Loaded with tons of books, music, shows, and games. Highly recommended if you have kids, you’re welcome!}
  • Magazine/Books/Crossword puzzle {For some international flights you can’t have your phone on at all.}

Clothing Essentials:

  • Maxi Dress/Sundress
  • Long Sleeve Shirt/Light Jacket {In case it gets a bit chilly at night.}
  • Flowy Shirts/Cute Shirts/Crop Tops/T-Shirts
  • Cut Off Shorts/Regular Shorts/Linen Pants/Palazzo Pants
  • Swim Suit{s}
  • Comfortable Tennis Shoes {For hiking, sporting or walking long distances.}
  • Cute Comfortable Sandals/Wedges
  • Swim Suit Cover-Up/Kimono {You can usually turn these into day outfits, if they are decently appropriate enough.}
  • Flip-flops {Two pairs. Helpful tip, wear one pair for fast and quick TSA service and change into tennis shoes.}
  • Poncho/Rain Jacket
  • Socks/Underwear/Belt

Electronic Essentials:

  • Camera
  • Video Camera
  • Go-Pro Camera & Accessories {I have the Go-Pro Silver, and I love it!}
  • Polaroid Camera {I have the Fuji-Film Mini Stax 8 that I purchased from Urban Outfitters, and it goes with me everywhere! This needs to be brought on your carry on, FYI.}
  • Back Up Film
  • Back Up Batteries
  • Converter & Adapter {Some countries use different plug-ins. Call your hotel/resort before hand and make sure before you leave. You can’t be abroad with dead electronics.}

First Aid Essentials:

  • Sunblock/Suntan Lotion {anything with a decent amount of SPF!}
  • Aloe Vera
  • Over-The-Counter Medicine:
    • Aleve
    • Advil
    • Bayer
    • Benadryl
    • Tylenol
    • Non-Drowsy Motion Sickness Medicine
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Cortizone
  • Eye Drops
  • Neosporin {antibiotic ointment}
  • Bandaids
  • Bug Spray

Lifesaving Fact: If you have any serious allergies or health related issues, bring an EpiPen. It is also good if you’re traveling abroad to let know your concierge or front hotel desk to contact restaurants or places you visit and let the place of interest for you be aware of your severe allergy. For example: peanuts, dairy, eggs, wheat, etc. Also, if you’re highly allergic to medicines or any such things medically that physicians on your trip would need to know if something ever happens to you, write your health issues/allergies and keep them in your day bag AT ALL TIMES. It will help someone save your life, if anything were to ever happen.

Hair & Makeup Essentials:

  • BB/CC Cream with SPF
  • Moisturizer with SPF
  • Lip Moisturizer with SPF
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Dry Shampoo/Hairspray
  • Hair Brush/Comb
  • Hair Detangler/Leave-In Conditioner
  • Powder Compact
  • Foundation/Foundation Brush or Sponge
  • Bronzer/Bronzer Brush
  • Setting Spray
  • Setting Powder/Powder Brush
  • Waterproof Mascara
  • Waterproof Eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow Palette/Eyeshadow Brush
  • Concealer/Concealer Brush
  • Make Up Wipes

Fun Fact: If you are going on a short-term trip with just a carry-on, or you’re just not a heavy packer; you can buy travel sized items from your favorite retailers that are TSA friendly and not absolutely boring. For example, I can’t go anywhere without my Urban Decay Setting Spray. I always keep the $14 travel-size setting spray in my bag to give my make up some serious staying power, no matter where I am or how bad the humidity is! Don’t worry about smelling good, I have that covered for you. Almost every woman’s favorite lingerie chain, Victorias Secret, sells their amazing body sprays and hand lotions travel size as well!

Regular Essentials:

  • Deodorant/Razor/Razor Blade Replacements
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Mouthwash
  • Main Beach Necessities:
    • Beach Bag
    • Back Pack
    • Beach Towels
    • Ball-cap or Fedora
  • Lotion/Body Creme
  • Perfume/Body Spray
  • Lady Essentials {They aren’t easy to find in different countries, if you know what I mean.}
  • Sunglasses {Plus, a backup pair or two. The oceans/lakes sometimes like to take them and never give them back. They just want to be cool, too.}

Lifesaving Fact: I, like very many avid travelers, have come to a point on a trip where we lost, misplaced or had something taken of importance from us. Life happens, but I can tell you how to not let that happen to you! Mistakes were made to learn from, right? I HIGHLY recommend you, or the main organized person you are traveling with, to keep a photocopy of ANY & ALL of y’all’s travel documents; additionally scan them and e-mail them to yourself. This includes; passport, drivers license, credit cards you brought on your trip, airline tickets, hotel confirmation, itinerary, and if applicable; foreign visa & traveler’s check serial numbers. Keep them in a separate bag and not your day bag, such as your suitcase for instance. Also, don’t forget to take a picture of the back of your credit cards you have on the trip. That is where the phone number for a lost or stolen card is. You can never be too ready. You are rocking your life, don’t let your life rock you!

Paradise isn’t going anywhere, you are! ☀️




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