Why the list of travel essentials for women?
If you read this blog at all then you know that it’s dripping with adolescent humor that stems from the insane number of travel mistakes that I make, like my most recent debacle at an Airbnb in Naples, Italy.
Upon some not so deep reflection about my list of must have, international travel essentials, I quickly realized that to compile this list of essential items for travelers, I would need some expert advice.
I asked some of the travel bloggers that I love, trust, and admire to share their nominations for travel necessities that they just can’t live without!
And added bonus?
Some of these products are totally free, like some of the travel apps!
Yup, free is my favorite word.
So even if you’re broke like a joke, you can still travel like a total boss.
So take a peek, and add some of these essential travel products to your list of the best gifts for friends going abroad.
Because here at Girl with the Passport:
I’m all about reading a blog post and getting some Amazon shopping done since that’s the type of multi-tasking I do.
That and buying useless products on Amazon while lifting a spoonful of ice cream to my mouth.
Yes, it’s a difficult life I lead.
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1. SIGG THERMOS 0.5L CLASSIC MUG
By: Becky of Becky the Traveller (Check out her blog on Instagram and Facebook)
One of my favorite, essential travel accesories is my Sigg Hot and Cold flask, especially if you’re looking for amazing must-have road trip accessories.
I’ve had it almost a year now and it comes on all of my trips with me, especially if I’m planning to visit your local national parks.
Why do I love it?
Well, I enjoy hiking and it’s the perfect flask for big or small hiking trips.
You can drink directly from the flask, which means no messing around with balancing cups on rocks, something that was extremely helpful during my UK Hiking trip which included climbing the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis in Scotland.
The weather at the top can certainly be unpredictable and a lovely warm drink is exactly what I needed.
The Sigg Hot and Cold can also be used for trips through colder countries too.
It was fantastic during my trip to Iceland, a lovely warm drink while hiking on a glacier was perfect (book your trip here).
The flask costs £22.95/ $29.95 for the 0.5 l version, with other sizes available too.
It may seem expensive for a flask, but you’ll quickly earn your money back when you don’t need to buy hot drinks while you travel.
And if you want to see some amazing wildlife while you’re hiking, you can also pack some of the best travel binoculars on the market today.
2. Portable Charger
By Christine of the Dime Travelers (Check her blog out on Instagram and Facebook)
Ever been lost in a new city where you don’t speak the language and your cell phone has died and there is no way of recharging it?
You can completely avoid this horrible situation with the help of a portable charger, an essential addition to any travel packing list!
It’s also compact and easily fits in your carry on (mine is approximately the same size as my cell phone).
Just bring your cell phone charger (with a USB extension) and you’ll be able to charge your cell anywhere!
Portable chargers also come with different features, such as waterproof, shockproof, dustproof or even some that are solar powered or have more than one USB port to charge multiple devices at the same time!
Its versatility makes it the perfect companion for exploring cities, hiking in the wilderness, or spending the day on the water!
Starting at $15 (with higher prices depending on the specific features):
This is a handy travel gadget that is also one of the most affordable products for travelers!
3. Google Maps
By: Penny Fernandes of GlobeTrove (Check her blog out on Facebook and Twitter)
I have always been directionally challenged.
Reading a map was one of the biggest challenges that I faced while traveling.
That was until I discovered that tiny blue dot on Google maps that told me exactly where I am!!!
The next revelation I had was that it would tell me which direction I should walk in.
Getting lost got even more difficult once I figured out how to navigate using the maps directions.
As time passed:
I began to use Google Maps more I learned how to plan our trips.
I just place pins at all the interesting locations in the country I want to visit and then Shawn just takes my star-studded map and creates a travel route that covers every destination on the list.
I also drop pins at locations I have already visited, like my hotel. This way, when you’re taking a taxi or a tuk-tuk, you can just input the directions to your desired location and see if the driver is going in the right direction!
An easy way to make sure that you aren’t being overcharged.
4. Rooftop Tent (One of the many travel essentials for girls who like camping)
By: Emily Scott of Two Dusty Travelers (Check her out on Instagram and Facebook)
I’ll be honest:
I LOVE the outdoors, but I don’t love assembling a tent and sleeping on the cold, hard ground. Even if it is the best six-person tent ever. Yeah, it can be a struggle trying to figure out how to make your tent more comfortable.
I finally invested in a Yakima Skyrise rooftop tent after eyeing one for months.
It has completely changed my travel life for the better!
With my hotel/campsite on the roof of my car, I can take spontaneous trips without worrying about where I’m staying or fitting everything into a backpack.
I just find a spot with a view, unfold the tent, and I’m all set!
It literally takes two minutes to set up.
The thick foam mattress is also super comfy so I can just fall asleep while gazing up at the stars through the skylight.
I waited to buy one because of the hefty price tag (my medium-size tent cost me $879’20) but it was 100% worth the investment!
Nowadays, thanks to my beloved rooftop tent:
I’m camping more than ever and planning some epic summer road trips through all the national parks in the Western United States.
***If you’re camping, or just traveling in general, you can also add a headlamp to your list of best travel essentials since it helps you dig around your bag in the dark (without waking everyone in your hostel dorm room up), or can be used as your own, personal flashlight when walking around in the evening.***
5. Hopper Phone App
By: Hayley Hornberg of International Hot Dish (Check her out on Instagram and Twitter)
Hopper is the best FREE app for tracking flight prices!
I discovered it last year and have been using it obsessively ever since.
As a frequent flyer:
I love it because it makes planning a vacation so much simpler.
Not only is this travel app is easy to use but it tells you exactly when to book your flight for the best price and provides specific price drop predictions by date.
All you have to do is put in your flight parameters and the app does the rest.
Hopper will then tell you to either book your flight now or wait.
If the app suggests waiting:
It’ll show you the lowest possible ticket price and the exact date at which the price will begin to rise.
How amazing is that?
Using this app has definitely saved us money so it is a must-have app for anyone who books flights.
You can download it for free for both iPhone and Android devices.
6. Ferry Hopper Phone App
Ferryhopper will help you find your next ferry trip! You can compare ferry companies & prices, and book cheap ferry tickets with no hidden fees in one go!
Easy and friendly!
Plus, you can book your ferry ticket within minutes. The concept may not seem groundbreaking at all – and quite frankly, it isn’t.
Other travel sites have been doing it for years, right?
But there’s one more thing: Ferryhopper is also the first –and only– booking platform that presents you with all direct and all available indirect connections and routes to other destinations in an island breeze.
7. Panasonic Lumix G85 (with a 14-140mm Lumix travel zoom lens)
By: Maura of Camera and Canvas (Check her blog out on Facebook and Instagram)
This year I upgraded my camera, after extensively researching all of the best cameras for travel photography.
I didn’t want a big DSLR since they take up way too much room in my bag.
I just wanted something that would take better quality photos than my pocket-sized point & shoot.
So after testing a bunch of cameras:
I finally settled on the Panasonic Lumix G85, with a 14-140mm Lumix travel zoom lens.
It’s a mirrorless, Micro Four Thirds camera, so it has a smaller sensor that is still big enough to produce really high-quality photos!
Even though the lenses are small, they still a lot more reach with zoom lenses!
Not only can I get a decent wide-angle shot but I can also zoom in on a bird or cute animal with the 14-140mm lens.
So convenient since I don’t have to switch lenses for 90% of my photos!
It’s the closest thing to a “one size fits all” lens that I’ve found.
The Lumix G85 may look like a DSLR, but it’s still on the smaller side (and if you want to go even small, it has a sister model, GX85).
But before you buy ANY camera:
Go to a store and try out different models to see which one feels the best in your hands!
Also be sure to invest in a nice crossbody camera strap with a padded shoulder.
Those dinky straps that come with your camera are so uncomfortable so a good strap (and camera bag) is a must!
***Other camera essentials include a tripod, a selfie stick, a camera bag, spare batteries, extra memory cards, and any type of lens you may need (I usually pack a zoom and wide-angle lens).***
By: Jamie Joyner of Photo Jeepers (Check her blog out on Facebook and Instagram)
My husband and I are travel photographers who spend a lot of time outdoors and in the elements.
For a long time:
We struggled to find a product that was easy to wear, breathable, and that whisks away moisture.
That is until we found Buff headwear which is multifunctional and can be worn in a variety of ways (as a hat, ear warmer, neckband, hair band, and so much more).
My husband is a very fair-skinned man who shaves his head, so sun protection is a must.
He uses one band as a hat and a second around his neck.
But even if you’re not traveling in warm-weather:
Buffs can also help protect you against the cold and biting insects.
I use mine to keep my hair out of my face or to cover my ears when it’s cold.
They come in a variety of colors, patterns, and materials with prices between $12 and $30.
9. Trail Wallet App
By: Amanda of La Vida Viva (Check her blog out on Facebook and Instagram)
Trail Wallet is my absolute must-have app for traveling.
Created by travelers:
This app carefully monitors everything that a traveler needs to know about their spending.
As someone who travels long term and through many different countries, sticking to a budget and tracking expenditures in various currencies can be tough.
That is until I found this app which is super easy to use and allows me to create different trips, set up a daily budget, and categorize where I am spending my money.
For every trip I take:
I just input all the applicable currencies, as well as my home currency, so that I can see how much I’ve spent in Aussie dollars (which is particularly helpful when you’re paying for things in local currencies and then booking tours for in USD).
The app can also be accessed offline so you can even export your spending to a spreadsheet for better budgeting.
It’s an absolute travel must-have for anyone who wants to properly track their spending.
Trail Wallet is also free for the first twenty-five items and then costs an additional $7.99AUD for tracking an unlimited number of items.
It’s seriously the best money I’ve ever spent on an app and I don’t know how I ever survived without it.
10. Backpack with Wheels
By: Chantal of Alleen Op Reis (Check her out on Instagram and Facebook)
When I started planning my year-long trip around the world:
I decided I needed one of the best hiking backpacks for women. During a visit to an outdoor store in search of the perfect backpack, I found the best-wheeled backpack for travel.
Not just a duffel bag but a proper backpack with sturdy straps that can be carried or rolled around.
I’d never even seen a bag like this before but since my neck and shoulders get sore easily, I was immediately drawn to it.
The only drawback?
This Osprey Meridian isn’t exactly cheap, at $350 a bag!
I’ve been traveling with this backpack for four years now and it’s still in great shape and one of the best-wheeled backpacks for travel.
So yeah, it was worth the investment since I think its one of the best travel backpacks with wheels out there (don’t worry there are cheaper alternatives with wheels too).
I’ll wheel the bag around most of the time and then the few times that I can’t use the wheels, like at the beach, I’ll just unzip the back, pull out the straps, and carry it on my back.
But the best feature?
It has a daypack that you can attach to it, making travel around the world a lot more fun and a whole lot easier.
***If you want, you can also use some packing cubes since they organize your clothes and save space by compressing everything you pack.***
11. Inflatable Unicorn
By: Jennifer Riley of the Rainbow Route (Check her out on Facebook and Instagram)
There are all sorts of travel products out there that are designed to make your life on the road easier.
Sometimes, you just have to throw caution to the wind and buy a big, heavy, unicorn inflatable takes up almost an entire suitcase (because you have to pack an electric pump as well).
But you know what?
I would never consider a trip to the beach without my magical inflatable unicorn!
No, I wouldn’t take it backpacking across South America. But I do take it on camping trips or to Maui.
And if a relaxing float on the gentle ocean waves isn’t enough for you, it also makes a great bed for napping on at the beach.
I’ve even made anchors out of rocks and rope so that I can take a nap on the water without worrying about being swept out to sea.
And during our last trip to Maui:
We discovered this magical beast can even surf! It’s almost like riding a mechanical bull but on the water.
We’re talking serious amounts of fun.
Carrying a giant unicorn float down the beach is always an awesome conversation starter.
“Hello, stranger. Would you like to meet my unicorn?” HELLS YA!”
12. Original UNO Card Game
By: Ridima Mittal of Little Joys and More (Check her blog out on Facebook and Instagram)
UNO seems like a totally obvious way to have fun with friends and family either at home or at a picnic.
This game has also turned out to be my favorite travel accessory over the past years.
Be it those long, boring hours waiting for a delayed flight or a dull train ride with no spectacular views or even a long haul flight that never ends, UNO has always been there to keep us entertained.
Not only that but it’s also a great way to meet other travelers during our trips.
The best part about UNO Cards though is that they are sold everywhere.
They are also easy to pack and carry, making them a fun and efficient travel item that should be on everyone’s travel packing list.
13. OverBoard 5-Liter Waterproof Dry Tube Bag, Pink
By: Laura of the Traveling Stomach (Check her blog out on Instagram and Facebook)
Being an avid diver and beach lover:
I’m always trying to keep my valuables safe, dry, and away from sand (those pesky grains cause havoc on electronics).
I was excited last year when I found the perfect solution, a dry bag!
These bags are specifically designed to keep your belongings dry, and not just from the rain. They can even withstand submersion in water for several minutes.
I bought a large dry bag (15L) to keep my clothes and towel in during a diving trip. And I loved it so much that I bought a second smaller one (5L) that is perfect for valuables at the beach.
I no longer have to worry about where to put my camera and purse when I go for a dip because I can just take them with me!
They’re available in a wide range of colors and sizes, so you can pick the perfect size and color to match any outfit.
14. Lip Balm
By: Marie Eloise Enriquez of The Travelling Pinoys (Check her out on Facebook and Instagram)
Lip balm is one of the best travel products of ALL TIME!
It’s amazing since it keeps your lips hydrated all year round; especially during the winter when the air is dry and chapped lips are everyone’s worst enemy.
Lip balm also has amazing healing and protective properties that make your lips look and feel younger.
I wasn’t a huge fan of lip balm until my first winter trip when my lips started to crack and burn while smiling for photos.
From then on:
I invested in a tube of lip balm and bring it with me everywhere. Plus, it’s less than $5 and a total lifesaver.
15. Hair Ties
By: Bernadette Jackson of A Packed Life (Check her out on Facebook and Instagram)
They usually arrive in threes, they cost less than $2, and they do way more than you’d imagine.
You can find them at most drugstores, and sometimes you might even get lucky and get them for free.
I’m talking about those little, women’s hair ties, made from coiled plastic, that are available all over the world.
If you have long hair like me, those hair ties stop you from inhaling your own locks during those wild days at the beach or when you’re taking in scenic mountain top views.
They’ve also stopped me from ripping my hair out on the velcro on a life jacket and have also kept my hair warmly snuggled inside my hat, while out in the snow.
But these little women’s travel essentials can also be used to attach your spare jacket to your bag or to corral that tangled mess of tech cables that seem to endlessly run riot through your house.
A total travel essential for women that must be added to your travel checklist.
16. GoToob+ or GoToob by HumanGear
By: Nie Nie of Adventures with Nie Nie (Check her out on Facebook and Instagram)
My favorite travel product has to be the GoToob+ or GoToob by HumanGear!
Now if you haven’t tried this product before or haven’t heard of it then you need to buy it now.
You might be thinking, okay how is this any different from any other refillable shampoo, condition, or lotion bottle out there that holds all your travel beauty essentials?
What makes this travel must have so special is that not only are these bottles reusable but they are also squeezable.
You can get every last drop out of whatever product you’re using.
As a result:
You’re actually saving money and reducing plastic consumption at the same time.
These bottles have an innovative design that includes a wide mouth opening that makes the bottles easier to refill, a hook that allows you to hang the bottle in the shower (only available on GoToob+), a leak-proof design, and labels that you can customize yourself.
The perfect travel gadget for any woman on the go.
17. The Upwade USB Extension Cord
By: Melissa of the Family Voyage (Check her out on Instagram and Facebook)
We’re currently on a family gap year trip around the world.
So when we initially packed for our trip, we made quite a few mistakes, including bringing about three hundred different international plug adapters and USB plugs.
Needless to say:
We ended up either not having enough outlets or not having the right type of adapter.
We ran into a number of problems with heavy, cumbersome chargers (looking at you, MacBook Pro) that hung precariously from loose plug adapters – raising concerns about safety and damage to our electronics.
During a wistful search on Amazon:
I came across a USB extension cord that solves so many of our problems.
Now, we only need one good-quality international plug adapter, the extension cord, and a cord for each device.
That’s because this extension cord comes with two US outlets and four USB plugs.
Therefore, we can simultaneously charge our iPhones, Amazon Fire tablets, a laptop, and a camera!
Such a great way to lighten our travel load as we continue our trip and travel to Southeast Asia.
18. Tropicfeel Travel Shoe
“Getting blisters is such a joyful and intrinsically satisfying experience,” said no one ever.
You also don’t want a heinous pair of orthopedic, velcro sneakers that make you look like a total selfie stick-wielding, fanny pack toting tourist.
Now, do you?
Exactly! I so get it and am right there with you!
But, then what’s a girl to do?
Why, snag a sweet, sweet pair of tropicfeel travel shoes of course! The ultimate cute and comfortable travel walking shoes!
Not only is this shoe perfect for men and women of all ages (talk about a cross-generational fashion icon), but they’re also comfy, come in a variety of different colors, have a wicked awesome grip that is perfect for hiking (I wore them while climbing over some wet rocks and didn’t slip once!) and can easily slip on and off (perfect for battling the perils of airport security).
These shoes are so awesome that you don’t even have to untie them to take them on and off!
They have these nifty, almost bungy like laces that you can adjust by moving the stopper at the end of the lace, back and forth.
Talk about next-level convenience! One little FY though!
Tropicfeel Travel Shoes are actually a European brand and typically come in European sizes.
If you want to order a pair for yourself, be sure to look up what the equivalent is in US sizing first.
In my case:
I usually wear a size 8.5 and got the size 41 and they fit like a dream!
But wait…because these shoes get EVEN better!
I know, kind of impossible, but totally true since these shoes are also a 100% VEGAN shoe (made from recycled plastic), quick-drying, anti-odor, machine washable (just in case they get dirty), ultra-breathable, and super lightweight (like 7 ounces lightweight) too!
Yup! For real, for real!
And all this for just $100 a pair! Which I personally think is a total steal since this shoe basically makes any other shoe that I’ve ever owned totally obsolete!
19. Clothes (DUH! LOL Since no list of travel essentials for women would be complete without clothes. Unless you’re frequenting a nudist colony of course!)
Per usual, I’m gonna keep it totally real for you.
Rule number one for packing womens travel essentials is, DO NOT OVERPACK.
Under any circumstances.
Trust me, I’ve been there and it is 100% not worth it.
You’ll get tired of lugging around a bunch of useless crap and end up throwing half of your stuff out, like that pair of sequence leg warmers that you just had to have (No really guys, leg warmers were gonna make a come back)!
But, that being said:
It can be hard determining what clothes are totally essential and what items, like that pink, tuile, ballerina skirt that looks TOTALLY fetch in all of your Instagram pics, should be left at home (Yeah, sorry but that skirt has GOT TO GO!).
This list can vary depending on where you are in the world.
If you’re traveling to places like Southeast Asia and India, where clothes are SUPER cheap, then no need to stress about having your entire wardrobe ready to go before your trip.
Say “Hello NO” to steep excess baggage fees (No they are no joke and can sometimes cost you more than your PLANE TICKET itself!) and just get what you need on the road.
At about $3-$6 USD item of clothing, you definitely won’t go broke while shopping on the road.
It’s yet another fab way to swan dive into the local culture and savor some of the local, textile flavor.
In other, more remote/expensive locations (Yup, I’m looking at you Europe and Oceania), it’s just way too expensive to buy everything you need on the road.
Here are some handy packing lists to help you figure out exactly what you need, and what you don’t when deciding what travel essentials for women will make the final cut.
Warm Weather Travel Essentials for Women
- 5–7 thin, neutral tank tops so that you can easily layer your clothes and mix and match with different bottoms
- 2–3 pairs of shorts of varying lengths. Avoid denim in humid places since it retains odors and takes FOREVER to dry!
- 2 long skirts or dresses for temples, churches, and any other place where you may need to dress a bit more conservatively and cover your knees! Plus, skirts are always WAY more breathable than pants!
- 2–3 pairs of leggings (or whatever type of non-jean pants you like. But I’m a diehard leggings girl all the way!)
- 1 Cardigan (Makes a great cover-up if you’re wearing a tank top and want to enter a temple)
- 9 pairs of whatever underwear makes you feel like the most amazing version of yourself!
- 2-3 bras
- 2 pairs of light socks (make them no show socks if you plan on wearing slip-on shoes)
- 1 pair of hiking or running shoes (If you’re an outdoors lovin’ boss, then stick with the hiking boots)
- 1 pair of flip-flops or sandals (I personally love Birkenstocks)
- An enchanting hat to protect your face and make you look ISTA-FAB!
- 1 Bathing Suit
- 1 pair of sunglasses
- Sunscreen/Bug Spray
- A Quick Dry, Microfiber Towel
- 1 packable rainjacket or umbrella (Especially if you’re visiting a tropical destination during the rainy season)
- 1 Pair of Comfortable Sleep Clothes
Temperate Weather Travel Essentials for Women
- 3–4 neutral tank tops for layering.
- 2–3 long-sleeved shirts that you can mix and match with different bottoms.
- 2–3 neutral t-shirts
- 2–3 dresses or long skirts
- 1 Cardigan
- 1 pair of jeans or fleece-lined leggings
- 2–3 pairs of shorts of different lengths
- 1–2 pairs of leggings
- 9 pairs of whatever underwear makes you feel like the BEST version of yourself.
- 2-3 bras
- 4 pairs of socks. They can be either sports socks or socks designed for hiking.
- 1 pair of boots (I always wear these when traveling to the airport so that I can save space in my luggage. I also always wear Dr. Martens but that’s just me.)
- 1 pair of running shoes
- 1 pair of flip-flops or sandals
- 1 packable rain jacket or umbrella
- 1 Pair of Comfortable Sleep Clothes
Cold Weather Travel Essentials for Women
- 3–4 long-sleeved shirts for layering
- 2 thermal shirts
- 1 Stylish Sweater Dress
- 2–3 sweaters/sweatshirts
- 1 Cardigan
- 1 pair of dark jeans or thick pants
- 2-3 pairs of fleece-lined leggings
- 9 pairs of comfortable underwear
- 2-3 bras
- 7 pairs of waterproof socks
- 1 Pair of High Snow Boots so the snow doesn’t get in through the top of your shoes (or waterproof boots if the weather is dry)
- 1 Heavy Down Jacket that is waterproof (lighter winter jacket if it’s not frigid)
- 1 pair of texting gloves
- 1 scarf
- 1 winter hat
- 1 Pair of Comfortable Sleep Clothes
***Okay, I know I didn’t go into an in-depth explanation of each item on this list of female travel essentials. And that’s basically because this post is already LONG enough and I’m sure you have infinitely more exciting things to do with your time than sit here and read my blog (as lovely as that would be). So, if you’re looking for a more in-depth look at some of the best travel clothes for women, then check out this post right here!***
Okay, in truth:
Discussing the finer points of personal hygiene and toiletry packing isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of a good time.
I also don’t want flies getting all up in my grill because I smell like a glorified garbage heap during vacay.
We definitely need to discuss toiletries, at least a little bit. This way, you won’t end up forgetting something ultra-important like a toothbrush.
General must-have, toiletry essentials include:
- 1 hanging toiletry bag (Perfect for crowded, hostel bathrooms)
- Refillable travel bottles (For shampoo, conditioner, and face wash)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Facial moisturizer
- Contacts, Contact Lens Solution, and Contact Lens Case
- Birth control for the length of your trip (if you take it)
- Travel first aid kit
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
- Eyeglasses repair kit
- Nail clippers
- Makeup (1–2 palettes of eye shadow, 1 light powder foundation, bronzer, 2-3 application brushes, lip gloss, eyeliner, and mascara.)
- Hairbrush and Hair ties
- Sanitary Products
Throw in some bug spray and sunscreen while you’re at it since those may come in extremely handy, depending on where you’re traveling.
If you do have a momentary brain fart and forget something incredibly important, no need for a Titanic size meltdown.
Because trust me:
Most of these products can be found in plentiful supply, no matter where you go in the world.
There’s really no need to fret on the toiletry front, my travel-loving friend.
In terms of toiletry bags, I usually just throw all my shi…, I mean womens travel essentials into a ziplock bag since I’m far from anything closely resembling a Glamazon.
I recently decided to become a bit more organized and a bit less of a hot mess.
I bought that wonder of a toiletry bag pictured above!
And not gonna lie, I kind of sort of love it.
I mean, not only does it come with a durable hanging hook that makes everything SO much easier to find, but it also has a sturdy zipper, a breathable mesh pouch, a strong handle, and is large enough to carry everything I need (let the heavens open up and rejoice in jubilation).
This epic toiletry bag of awesome costs just $16; a fantastic price tag since nobody out there wants to spend a small fortune on a bag that will only ever see the inside of a bathroom.
***SIDE NOTE ABOUT PRESCRIPTIONS: If you’re traveling with prescriptions, the ease of traveling with your medication will depend on what medication you take and how much you can carry with you at one time since every medication is different. That’s why, it’s best to talk with your doctor, and insurance provider, before your trip, just to get an idea of how much medication you can get before you leave and how you can best carry it with you across borders and into different countries. Also remember that in much of the world, doctors really aren’t THAT expensive, making it possible to get prescriptions filled while on the road.***
21. INFLATABLE NECK PILLOW
I HATE sleeping on planes since I am basically the worst sleeper ever and can never really sleep in anything other than an uber-plush bed.
I basically sit there, like a totally wide-awake creeper, who loves to watch other people sleep.
Just kidding! I’m really not THAT creepy.
But I am continually plagued by a perpetual case of insomnia.
By the end of any long-haul flight, I tend to resemble a zombie more than I do an actual human being who is about to live la vida loca on vacation (Okay I promise, after this, I’ll keep all Rocky Martin references to a minimum).
The one thing that makes the entire ordeal even remotely tolerable is a neck pillow.
And my pillow of choice?
Why the inflatable daydreamer neck pillow of course.
Because no joke:
Whoever invented this little travel accessory miracle is a genius of the most EPIC proportions.
Not only does it give me the neck support that I need to sleep on a plane, but it’s also incredibly easy to pack since it occupies a fraction of the space that a normal neck pillow would.
But wait, because it does indeed get better!
See, this perpetual pillow of awesomeness has a velvety soft exterior and a built-in air pump that makes inflation super easy.
This little sleep-inducing wonder will help you get the rest that you need and all while taking up minimal space in your carry on.
If all else fails, you can always take some Melatonin (a natural, sleep-inducing vitamin) and get some of the best rest of your life!
22. Aviator Travel Jeans
These are the best women’s travel pants EVER and are the most comfortable travel jeans that I’ve ever worn!
I can now wear jeans on a plane, without getting a gross, jumbo size, muffin top, and actually feel comfortable.
I probably will never wear another pair of jeans again.
AND THEN THERE are THE POCKETS!
Don’t even get me started on the pockets. They are huge and deep, like the Grand Canyon level deep. And stylish too. And there are 5 of them! Yup, pockets for days!
When I wanna be all cheap and avoid baggage fees, I can just shove all my crap in my pockets and lighten up my luggage!
If only it was that easy to solve all of life’s problems.
These jeans are also SUPER high quality, so say goodbye to the days of heavy jeans that smell not so great after a while.
Say hello to the retail beauty that is durable, flexible, breathable and super comfortable jeans, like stretchy yoga pant level comfortable.
The only downside?
They are $110 a pair. Yeah, don’t know about you but that is kind of steep for me.
They’re so comfortable and last so long that I feel like it’s an investment in a SUPER high-quality product.
If you go to their website and sign up for their email list, you get 15% off, which is not too shabby (you can add this to your London packing list).
23. World Nomads Travel Insurance (Or SafetyWing Insurance for Long Term, Digital Nomads)
I am the queen of travel blunders and mishaps.
That’s why, when it comes to travel essentials for women, travel insurance is a must!
It would not be unlikely for me to literally plummet down the side of a mountain and whoops, end up in a body cast after a leisurely stroll through the woods.
So clearly, it’s a given that I always buy travel insurance.
But what is the best travel insurance out there?
Personally, I LOVE World Nomads Travel Insurance! Sure, they’re a little on the expensive side but so what?
I mean, if you can’t afford travel insurance then you probably shouldn’t be traveling.
Insurance is one of those things that you don’t skimp on, kind of like a pregnancy test. You just can’t afford to be cheap when it really counts (trust me, I’ve tried about a billion different companies and they are the best).
But more importantly:
World Nomads travel insurance covers pretty much any destination you might want to visit (besides SUPER offbeat places like Pakistan is a good example), they give you an amazing level of coverage that includes any travel disaster possible, short of being impaled by a unicorn, it’s super easy to customize, and you can even extend or change your travel insurance policy while you’re on the road.
Amzing no? However, the real question is, what plan should you get?
Easy! If all your gear is worth less than $1000, get the basic plan.
If you’re a not-so-fancy travel blogger like me and your camera, laptop, tablet, and phone EASILY cost over a $1000, then the explorer plan is where it’s at (both offer emergency medical coverage of up to $100,000).
What if you’re traveling the world long term, as a digital nomad, and you just can’t afford to pay for World Nomads travel insurance EVERY SINGLE MONTH?
Luckily for you, SafetyWing Travel Medical Insurance is here to help!
Because just like many other brands of travel insurance:
Purchasing a policy from this amazing company means that you’ll be covered if you develop an unexpected illness or injury while you travel.
All eligible hospital, doctor, and prescription drugs expenses will be covered if you happen to get ill, or injured, while you’re traveling (for a list of exclusions, please refer to their Description of Coverage).
SafetyWing also offers you comprehensive protection against various emergency, travel-related events like emergency medical evacuation, bedside visits, travel delay, lost checked luggage, trip interuption, political evacuation, personal liability, and more!
Pretty sweet right?
But, “Why SafetyWing?”, I hear you rightfully wondering?
That is a totally understandable question since there are a TON of travel health insurance companies out there, and it’s hard to know which one will be right for you.
And one of the most amazing things about Safetywing is that it was created by digital nomads, FOR digital nomads.
Policies purchased through this company are not only inexpensive (Policies can cost as little as $37 per month for travelers age 18-39) and comprehensive, but SafetyWing also has an ongoing, automatic, monthly subscription service that makes it incredibly easy to maintain your insurance policy over a prolonged period of time (So say a fond farewell to continually reapplying for travel insurance every single month).
Just sign up once, and the company will automatically re-enroll you until you choose to discontinue your policy, or until you’ve had your policy for a full calendar year.
And that’s just some of what SafetyWing offers (Check out their full policy to understand exactly what is and is not covered).
But wait, because purchasing a policy with SafetyWing gets even better!
Because not only will you enjoy coverage in almost any country that you might want to travel to (outside of super offbeat destinations like Iran, North Korea, and Cuba), but you’ll also receive $250,000 worth of coverage (There is also one low, annual, overall deductible of $250), and can even use private health care providers in countries where the public healthcare system may be, eh, not so hot.
That being said, SafetyWing does have its limitations and will only cover some, non-medical problems that you encounter while traveling.
Things like trip cancellation and stolen travel gear are NOT covered with their policy.
If you’re over the age of 69, you will NOT be able to purchase a policy with them. And if you decide to visit the US, you will actually have to cancel your current plan and buy an entirely new plan since their basic plan does not offer US insurance.
But trust me:
Purchasing a new, SafetyWing plan that includes health insurance for the US is incredibly easy to do (FYI: Travel to the US adds $31 to the cost of your policy for every month that you use it).
So, the only question that remains is, “What are you waiting for?”
Go now, and purchase SafetyWing health insurance, at least if you want no-hassle, low-cost, comprehensive medical coverage that will always be there for you, just in case the very worst should happen (Hopefully nothing bad happens, but it’s always good to be prepared!)
24. ELECTRONICS AND AN INTERNATIONAL ADAPTOR
According to my incredibly helpful Google analytics, most of you out there appear to be American.
And God Bless America. But:
If you’re traveling internationally, then you’re probably gonna need a dual adapter and current converter since the outlets in Asia, Europe, South America, the Middle East, Australia, and Africa all have different shapes, and voltages, from American electrical outlets (Most American outlets only run on 110v of electricity, while other outlets around the world do not).
And since we’re all modern-day, social media-obsessed, tach loving individuals:
I’m assuming that you’ll probably want to use at least some sort of electronic device while you’re traveling, especially since practically everyone on the planet now carries a cell phone (I mean, even Zach Morris from Saved by the Bell had one way back in the ye olde 1990s).
And while most laptops, cellphones, and cameras should be totally fine when you plug them in abroad (since they support multiple voltages), many hair dryers, curling irons, and hair straighteners may not be since these items tend not to support multiple voltages and will probably fry like bacon when you try to plug them in.
To be certain though:
Just check the tag on the appliance you want to use and make sure it explicitly states that the device is dual voltage. If it is then you can use it.
And as I mentioned above:
Because we all love our cell phones, maybe even more so than our kids (kidding), you’ll obviously want to bring your smartphone with you when you travel.
If you want to use the internet while you’re abroad (To low key stalk your ex on Facebook), then just buy a local sim card and put it in your unlocked phone before you leave the country.
Trust me, this is THE cheapest and easiest way to use the internet while you’re traveling!
That being said though, I don’t actually use a sim card.
I use T-Mobile and LOVE them since I get unlimited data internationally for just $50 a month.
That’s why, I can basically use my phone’s WIFI almost anywhere in the world, at no extra cost to me (As long as I travel and periodically go return to the US).
I can also make calls and text, but that service isn’t unlimited.
As a result:
You might want to get a sim card if you make a ton of calls and texts internationally.
Don’t forget to pack a decent pair of headphones since they are the only socially acceptable way for introverts to ignore people who try and talk to them (No, I would NEVER use headphones to ignore people. LOL.).
I love a good pair of noise-canceling headphones since they drown out any ambient noise and let me watch my movie in peace.
Basically, any pair of headphones will do, depending on your budget and how much of a high roller you really are.
Oh, and one other thing!
Some other electronic devices that you may want to pack include a tablet with a keyboard, a lightweight laptop, and an e-reader, like a Kindle.
Whatever you do though:
Be sure to choose wisely and resist the temptation to overpack!
25. Travel Essentials for Women that Will Help Keep You and Your Stuff Safe!
If you’re gonna be traveling with anything of value, and most travelers are, then you’re gonna need some female travel essentials that will help keep your stuff safe.
In addition to locks and money belts (something that I personally find not-so-useful), here are a few other things that you might want to pack to help keep YOU and your electronics safe.
Because trust me, I’ve been there.
I had my wallet stolen in Barcelona and it was a very un-fun experience.
I don’t want the same thing to happen to you.
Here are a few of the best travel essentials to help keep your stuff UBER-safe, in addition to doing things like watching your belongings, carrying anything important on your person, and always using anti-theft travel products.
- Pacsafe messenger bag – Sure, it may not be the most stylish bag on the planet, but it does keep your stuff safe by running a wire through the strap so that no one can slash your bag! It also comes in a variety of different neutral colors, has locking zippers, and multiple, hidden pockets that block RFID readers from scanning your personal information (When carrying large cameras and laptops, try using a locking electronics bag that you can wear in front of you).
- A Personal Safety Alarm – Since you really can’t bring mace and pepper spray with you on a plane, this personal safety alarm is a good alternative since it’s small, easy to wear, easy to use, comes with three triple A batteries, and makes a loud noise when you press it during an emergency, thus notifying others that you need help.
- A lock to help secure your personal belongings (Just do yourself a favor and don’t forget the combination)..
Monday 25th of July 2022
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Saturday 7th of January 2023
Me too and thanks for reading.
Monday 25th of May 2020
This is such a good site and for girls this is so useful .
Monday 1st of June 2020
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Tuesday 25th of February 2020
I found a rolling backpack which has a zip on backpack in the front. It is not too big overall. urdu status
Tuesday 25th of February 2020
Oh good!Glad to hear it!
Tuesday 14th of August 2018
I found a rolling backpack which has a zip on backpack in the front. It is not too big overall.
Wednesday 15th of August 2018
oh that sounds like a great idea for sure!
Monday 19th of February 2018
This is an awesome list. We don’t travel with a unicorn, but a pineapple! The app trail walker is pure genius, 100% worth it! The only thing I personally do not agree with totally is the backpack with wheels. Sure, it’s better than an actual suitcase, but for me it’s just extra weight. When streets are dirty, you’ll carry it anyway. And I think I’d use the wheels as an excuse to pack more ;)
Thanks for this super cool list!! If I ever do a sum up on my blog , I’ll drop you a line!
Monday 19th of February 2018
Sounds good to me and pineapples are cool too. I think I'd rock a pizza for sure and I think the rolling backpack is great for airports when you don;t want to carry everything. But we're all different so I totally respect that's it's not your thing.