Expert Packing Tips for a Vacation Getaway

I am not going to lie I am usually a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to packing, even if it is just for a weekend. I find myself finding it so daunting to have to pack literally anything into a luggage for a bag. Traveling can be a hassle nowadays because there are so many restrictions on what you can or cannot bring with you especially if you are flying by air. The key is only to bring what you need not what you just like. Which is usually my problem. I end up packing so many things I don't need and having to buy when I get to my destination. I thought it would be great to share the top necessities that I need whenever I travel.

In the United States, you are only allowed to bring two carry on’s on the plane with you (for the most part of course) Airlines are indeed making it harder and harder to be able to fly with just about anything. For most women that means our purse and another bag.  I know for some other countries you are allowed only one carry on per flight. So for the Ladies, it means having to put your purse in one bag if possible or just check your other bag in as luggage.

When I travel I tend to pack my carry on as my luggage because I hate checking in my luggage. There's always this fear that if I check something in it'll be lost forever, it's a fear I can re-think once i'm used to flying (that's a whole other post). Here is my checklist for a getaway for 3-8 days.

In your Purse/Carry-on

  • Passport / State ID
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Copies of your Passport & State ID
  • Debit & Credit Cards
  • Boarding Passes
  • Cash
  • Magazine/ Book
  • iPod
  • Cell Phone & phone cards
  • Eyemask
  • Lip Balm
  • Medicine ( if needed)
  • Chewing Gum ( For your ears) 


  • Razors
  • Washcloth
  • Bar of Soap
  • Feminine Products
  • Travel size perfume
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrush
  • Contact Solution & Case (if needed)
  • Sunblock


  • Two Neutral color bras
  • 5-10 pairs of underwear
  • 5 pairs of socks ( depending on weather climate)


  • Two to three pairs of Swimsuits
  • Three dresses ( maxi, dressy, & casual)
  • Four tops (long or short sleeve depending on climate)
  • Two bottoms (jeans or shorts depending on climate)
  • Three pairs of shoes (heels, flats, sandals, boots, and sneakers depending on climate)
  • 1 Clutch/ small handbag
  • Costume Jewelry
  • Light jacket or sweater


  • Comb/ Brush
  • Hair Accessories (hair ties, headband, bobby pins, hats etc. )
  • Glasses ( if needed)
  • Sunglasses
  • Bb Cream Foundation
  • 2 lipsticks
  • Flatiron
  • Blush
  • Eyebrow Pencil
  • Mascara
  • Charger

There you have it my ultimate carry on guide for when I travel. Hopefully, this guide helps anyone who is planning to travel in the future. I'd love to know the kind of things you all pack for when going on a trip! comment below.