Every time I leave for a trip, I find myself running in circles wondering what I forgot. To this end, I’ve been maintaining a travel checklist of items that are musts and figured I’d share what’s in my suitcase when I travel. Let’s get started!


These are items that you’re probably going to want to bring on every trip, regardless of where you’re going.

  • T-Shirts
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Sleeping undershirts
  • Hat
  • Meds
    • Any prescription meds you’re taking
    • Medicine for upset stomachs, headaches, allergies
  • Towel (“Don’t forget to bring a towel!” – Towelie)
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    • Shampoo
    • Body wash
    • Loofa
    • Comb
    • Moisturizer
  • Umbrella and/or Rain Jacket
  • Camera
  • Gadgets and chargers


Depending on if you’re going on a business trip, a vacation, or something else you may need these

  • Formal or dressy clothes
    • Collared shirts
    • Dress pants
  • Hiking and/or waterproof shoes

Warm weather 😎

Heading to the beach or out for long summer hikes? You’ll probably want

  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops and/or Sandals
  • Swim suit
  • Shorts

Cold weather ❄️

If instead you’re heading for some winter adventures you may want

  • Warm clothes
    • Scarf
    • Gloves/mittens
    • Wool socks
    • Underlayers

Out of the country

  • Passport
  • Physical itinerary (It’s great we have devices, but batteries die and screens crack. Better safe than sorry!)


  • Entertainment (a book or a magazine?)
  • Power bank for on-the-go charging
  • Snacks

I’ll be modifying this list every so often and expanding it as I think of more things that I may have missed. Hope that helps!