It’s every woman’s dream – to be able to travel with a bag with a limitless bottom like the one Hermoine from Harry Potter had. Unfortunately however, that kind of magic isn’t available to those of us from the muggle world, and we must instead carefully choose each item for the journey so it fits in our bag.
It’s a talent to take only the most necessary things with us when we travel, and not every female wanderer is gifted with the skill. Though keeping to the following packing list will rescue your from endless hours of selecting items for your travel bag.
This travel checklist accents on the needs of female travellers who want to travel light and with essentials.
The Ultimate Packing List for Female Travelers
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Documents are the most essential part of your packing list. Without these papers you won’t be going on your trip.
Student / senior card
Health insurance card / information
Driver’s license (regular or international)
Money and credit cards
Little notebook with necessary contacts (number of booking orders, addresses, list of places of interest) emergency phone numbers, including embassy contacts in each country, next of kin contacts, and the number of your hotel in case you get lost.
Copies of valuable papers (tickets, hotel reservation, etc). Be sure to scan and keep an electronic copy too (email it to yourself or store in a password protected file on your computer).
The process of packing means you must be ruthless with your clothes, even though we never want to hurt the feelings of any of our dresses or bathrobes! But the tough reality is that traveling with your whole wardrobe will hurt your back.
So, understand that you will be happier with the lighter bag than with piles of unworn dresses. When you choose clothes for the travel, do so according to the following criteria:
Take only items in which you will feel comfortable.
Every item must match with 2-3 more other pieces of clothing (do not take the top that matches only with specific pair of trousers).
Give priority to items that you do not need to iron.
Regardless of climate, take at least two items of warm clothes and put it on the bottom of your bag.
Limit yourself to 3 pairs of shoes. 1 – for formal occasions, 2 – comfortable footwear for walking, 3 – water shoes. Especially if you’re packing shoes but traveling with one bag.
Don’t limit your underwear if you’re not planning on doing laundry during your trip.
Make sure you have something to wear to bed. Sleeping in your day clothes means they won’t last as long as they otherwise would, so whether you travel with pyjamas or a comfy bathrobe, make sure you have something specifically meant for bed.
First Aid Kit
Never underestimate the importance of traveling with a solid first aid kit – in fact, this should be one of the very first things you pack. Make sure you have everything you need to administer first medical help if need be. This includes:
Personal medications, and make sure you bring more than enough to last your entire trip. Personal medication may not be easy to find at your destination, and often they will be known locally under different names. (e.g. if you have asthma do not forget inhaler).
Water filtration device if the tap water is not safe to drink. Water in a new destination might contain microorganisms that will make you sick, and in less developed countries, you are more likely to run into water that you want to avoid.
For minor injuries like bites, grazes, cuts and scrapes, make sure you travel with a good first aid book; adhesive dressings like band aids, gauze pads, bandages, insect repellent and an antihistamine cream, sterile pack for prevention of blood-borne infections if traveling somewhere where health care facilities may be poor, antiseptic for sterilizing and cleaning wounds, handwash, a cold pack (disposable and instant); and eye wash for any foreign objects to the eye.
Suntan lotion and aloe-vera gel to sooth your skin if you get burnt.
Immunization records for visiting developing countries where you need immunizations before you go.
The main rule here is not to bring full packs with yours. If you run out of something you will be able to buy it. But in case you go camping, completely provide yourself with the following items:
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Comb and hairpins
Small falcons of perfume, shampoo and shower gel
Deodorant (preferably roll on as you can’t travel with spray in your carry on)
Only necessary cosmetics
Obviously, don’t plan to bring a blow dryer, iron or PlayStation. Aim to travel with as little tech as possible, after-all you’re meant to be enjoying your time away, though the following are usually essential for a trip:
If it’s necessary to take a laptop, ie if you work from the road, or you’re a teacher and need to order term papers writing, make sure you have the correct adaptors.
Smartphone with earphones and power bank
Camera with memory card and charge
Navigator or GPS with saved maps (in case you travel by the bike or by the car). This can often double as your smart phone.
Snacks and a drink bottle of water. If you keep to some kind of diet don’t forget to put special products into your bag.
Umbrella or raincoat
Sanitary items like tampons, pads, or your menstrual cup
Bottle opener and a corkscrew
A couple of plastic bags, or zip locks
Keys from home (don’t find yourself locked out when you get back!)
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