One of my friends recently got back from a year of exploration, so her packing list was extremely helpful. I ended up buying a lot of things that she suggested even though she was gone for a year, and my trip is only a few months. So here’s what I squeezed in my carry-on bag and personal item:


  • 3 sundresses
  • 1 maxi dress
  • 1 jumper
  • 1 skirt
  • 4 pair of shorts
  • 4 tops
  • 2 sweats…probably will be used for athleisure
  • 2 sports bras…again, we’ll see if I workout on top of all the walking I’ll be doing
  • 3 bras
  • All the undies (in case I’m not able to do laundry as often as I’d like)
  • 2 shorts and 2 tanks for sleeping
  • 2 sleep shirts/dresses
  • 2.5 swimsuits (.5 because the top of one matches the bottom of another)
  • 1 cover up


  • 1 pair of Sandals
  • Flip flops for showering
  • Flats…happened to pack with a color scheme, so just bringing 1 pair of flats
  • 1 pair of sneakers

Day bags:

  • 1 beach bag
  • Travelon Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bag I settled on this one after reading a bunch of reviews. Post-travel update…I loved this bag. It felt super sturdy and held my journal, phone, and anything else I was carrying throughout the day. Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


  • Toothbrush & toothpaste – 2 of each because I’m that person who will drop a toothbrush then be forced to get creative
  • Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Face Wash
  • Sunblock
  • Chapstick
  • Soap
  • Comb
  • Brush
  • Shampoo
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Curling cream
  • Shea butter
  • Flexi-rods
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner (in case I’m feeling fancy)
  • 5 lipsticks/glosses..though I’ll probably only use 2


  • Travel towel
  • 2 travel face cloths
  • 1 blanket for the plane
  • Cocoon for sleeping. When I stayed in hostels, this felt like an added layer of protection in beds that had been slept in my a number of people.
  • 2 luggage locks
  • 1 lock – for lockers in hostels
  • Universal charger
  • (Below) basic first-aid kit
  • I-pad mini
  • Fitbit – to keep track of my steps so I don’t feel guilty about not working out
  • Notebook
  • Journal

Okay, that’s it…by “it” I mean a lot.

Happy Travels,




4 thoughts on “What’s In My Suitcase”

  1. I love following your blog and travels. Can’t wait to see what you get into. Have fun and safe travels.

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