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Packing List for any Vacation

I don’t know if you’re like me but I make lists for absolutely everything. Now you know I travel, and I travel more than the average individual so making sure that I have everything I need for a trip is an absolute must. You would think I have this memorized and don’t ever forget something… like my toothbrush.. but guess what, it happens! So I’m here to give you my packing list for any vacation. Hopefully this helps you avoid being forgetful by using my travel resources.

I use to make a packing list for my vacations but I realized how much time I was wasting writing out these lists for every trip. Now, I have one list saved to my computer or my iPhone notes app and my forgetfulness has been cut down to a minimum!

So here’s a general packing list for any vacation, which includes toiletries, carry on items, electronics and medicine. Clothing won’t be on this list as I feel that changes depending on the place you’re visiting, so we will post another packing list for various destinations at another time. Here’s a great list for a travel medical kit, because you never know when you might need one.


Carry On

  • Shampoo + Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Razor
  • Toothbrush + Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Contact Case/ Solution/ Extra
  • Contacts
  • Hairbrush
  • Roller Brush
  • Hair Tie’s/ Bobby Pins/
  • Headbands
  • Blow Dryer
  • Straightener
  • Hairspray + Other Hair Products
  • Lotion
  • Moisturizer
  • Makeup + Makeup Setter
  • Makeup Remover
  • Loofah
  • Floss/ Dental Picks
  • Nighttime Face Products
  • Tweezers
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Headphones
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Passport/ ID Card
  • Eye Glasses
  • Contact Case
  • Contact Solution
  • Sunglasses
  • Neck Pillow
  • Notebook + Pen
  • Face Wipes + Refreshing Products
  • Sleeping Pills
  • Eye Mask
  • Socks (my feet get cold!)



  • Aleve/ Pain Relievers
  • Probiotic
  • Bandaids
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe Vera
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Drone + Batteries + Charger
  • Go Pro + Stabilizer + Charger
  • Go Pro Dome Port
  • Canon DSLR + Charger
  • Canon Lens
  • SD Cards
  • Laptop/ Tablet + Charger
  • Hard Drive
  • Converter (International)

As you can see much of the items I’ve listed are more specific as this is what I always make sure I bring with me. You may want to alter some of the lists (maybe if you don’t wear contacts, for example). You may not need aloe vera if you aren’t going to a sunny location but often its always important to bring for me as I’ve been caught spending WAY too much on medicine in another country. You may also want to add a few things to your medicine list as well. If you’re going to a country that may have conditions your body is not use to, contamination induced sickness is no fun so be prepared with a little something.

Overall the packing lists above are meant to cover anything you may need while on a short trip or long trip. I often bring sleeping pills for the plane ride so that I arrive overseas as well rested as possible.

Much of what we bring on our trips are travel sized, even down to the blow dryer and straightener. If you’d like recommendations on how to save space, these are the type of items I spent a lot of time researching. I’d be happy to share my secrets! Go to our Amazon page and click on Beauty Products to see our favorite travel blow dryer and straightener along with other must have’s.

So while it seems like a lot to pack, we have got this down to a science when we pack in our Dakine Bags! Look out for a post coming in the future about why we love our travel bags and when you should choose a roller bag vs a backpack.

Next, you’ll start planning for your perfect vacation.

Till next time guys!


Hi, I'm Ashley!


I’m a digital content creator and photographer who has a fierce love of travel & a passion for photography.


I couldn't pinpoint the moment I fell in love with travel. I only remember the feelings I had at a very young age, every time I visited a new destination.


Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions regarding my trips, travel experiences, or other travel advice!


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