I don’t travel internationally very often so when I do I like to feel extra prepared. I actually made a checklist for myself so that I don’t forget anything (though if I do forget something it’s probably easily replaceable in the country I’m visiting but I still like to bring my own so there’s no hassle).
I’m only bringing one checked luggage, one carryon backpack, and one small purse (not pictured above). Since it’s the summer and I’m only going on a one week trip, I was able to fit everything into one luggage.
Since I already wrote out my checklist, I thought it might be helpful for those that are also going on a trip and want to get an idea of what to bring in their checked bag. Below is my checklist (there’s really no specific formula to packing your luggage but please remember to check what you can actually bring in your luggage). If you live in the U.S. like I do, check out the TSA site on what you can bring (check the link here).
- Makeup remover
- Cotton pads
- Acne gel/cream
- Body wash
- Hair ties
- Bobby pins/ clips
- Heat protectant
- Eye Shadow
- Eyebrow pencil
- Waterproof mascara
- Lip product
- Dryer (dual voltage)
- Flat Iron (dual voltage)
- Epilator and tweezers (can’t hide those hair in the summer)
- Camera charger
- Plug adaptor
- Umbrella (it’s raining where I’m going)
- Spare glasses
- Tylenol, laxatives, anti – diarrhea pills, vitamins
- Extra zip lock bags
- Dryer sheets
- Tote bag (in case I buy too much and have no where to put them)
- Extra walking shoes and sandals
- Finally, clothes and underwear of course!
CHECKED BAG HACK/TIP 1:
Not exactly a hack but I like to get these travel bottles and containers and fill them with what I need so I don’t have to bring the enormous bottles of product with me. I got these from Daiso but you could pretty much find these types of bottles/containers anywhere.
To prevent the bottles from spilling into my luggage, I put them into ziplock bags that then get categorized into makeup, and skincare/body care product, which then go into separate makeup bags. This way when I get to the hotel, I could just grab one bag for shower purposes and the other for when I need to head out.
CHECKED BAG HACK/TIP 2:
I found these vacuum seal bags, which are basically larger size ziplock bags, at Daiso and it works very well with putting my clothes in and saving some extra space. I did this with everything. I even placed my socks and underwear into small ziplock bags and then just pushed out the air to save space in my luggage.
- iPhone and iPad
- Extra change of clothes
- Tooth brush
- Wallet (Cash and credit cards!)
- Retainers (anyone else feel insecure without your retainers after braces because I always do)
- Portable battery pack
- Empty water bottle
- Quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes based on TSA’s liquid rule (check the link here from TSA)
- Tooth paste
- Hand sanitizer
- Lip balm
- Acne cream
- Eye drops
I like to do my research first of the area so that I know what to bring and what to expect. I’m going to a country that’s hot, humid, and has occasional rain at this time of the year so I know for sure that I would need an umbrella, sandals, hat, and expect to get wet from rain and sweat. To keep all my dirty laundry from smelling too bad, I’m also packing a few dryer sheets.
Haha at this point, you might be wondering where the heck I’m going. If you would like to find out, please follow me on Instagram (@vickyt0215)!
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