Travel Tips with Taylor – Packing for your Vacation

Posted on Travel Tips, Travels with Taylor May 26, 2017 by Taylor Deer

What’s in Your Suitcase?

by Taylor Deer

A Girl’s Guide to Packing for a Vacation

If you know me, you can definitely say I like to be organized (maybe a little too much). As organized as I can be, there is always a chance that I can forget something important. (Trust me, I’ve forgotten bras, underwear, my CONTACTS! Ugh, it’s the worst!) That is why I started creating a travel checklist while I pack for a trip. It helps saves time and frustration.

Here is a list I use for the trips I go on throughout the year. I hope you all find it helpful for when you pack for your next vacation.

The Basics
  • Purse
  • Wallet
  • Passport (If you are traveling out of the country)
  • Copies of your passport
  • U.S. License
  • Other forms of ID (If needed)
  • Money
    • Cash (Both in U.S. Dollars and the currency for where you are traveling to)
    • Credit card (s) (It is important to call your bank and let them know where you are traveling to!)
  • Cell phone (If you are traveling overseas, make sure to contact your cell phone provider and get an international plan. It is worth it in case of an emergency or if you need to get in touch with someone back home.)
  • Camera
  • Laptop (If you are attending a work trip, studying abroad, blogging or more!)
  • Chargers for your electronics
  • Electrical adapter for the country you are visiting (Even if you don’t have one, it is easy to find a cheap one when you are in your destination or at the airport.)
  • Contacts, glasses, eye solution, etc.
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Be Prepared for Any Condition

  • Summer Trip:
    • T-shirts
    • Tank tops
    • Short-sleeved blouses
    • Crop tops
    • Shorts
    • Capris
    • Sundresses
    • Rompers
    • Maxi dresses
    • Cocktail dresses
    • Party dresses
    • Bathing suits (Bring more than one, even if you are only planning on going to the beach or pool for one day.)
    • Bathing suit cover-ups
    • Light workout clothes
    • Light scarves
    • Light jacket or sweater
    • Light socks
    • Sun hats and/or caps


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Summer in the secret love garden of Salamanca, Spain


  • Winter Trip:
    • Camisoles (For the layers!)
    • Flannel
    • Sweaters (Bring more than one.)
    • Thermals
    • Windbreakers
    • Thick winter coat with a hood
    • Pea coat
    • Parka
    • Insulated leggings (Under Armour has a great selection!)
    • Regular leggings
    • Snow pants
    • Jeans
    • Dress pants
    • Sweatpants
    • Sweatshirt
    • Warm dresses
    • Stockings/tights/pantyhose
    • Blazer or nice jacket
    • Long-sleeved blouses
    • Light socks
    • Thick socks
    • Thick gloves and mittens (Both wool and snow-proof)
    • Thick scarves
    • Ear muffs (If needed)
    • Beany (Love Your Melon is great and you can help support an awesome cause!)
    • Warm hat
    • Slippers for nighttime

  • Summer Trip:
    • Flip flops
    • Sandals
    • Sneakers
    • Comfortable walking shoes (I love TOMS and Converse!)
    • Flats
    • Gladiators
    • Pumps (For when you head to the nightclubs.)
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Adventuring around NYC in my TOMS!
  • Winter Trip:
    • Snow boots
    • Dress boots
    • Booties
    • Sneakers
    • Rain boots

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My Vince Camuto pea coat and Steve Madden boots kept me warm as I explored Montreal in the winter.

Toiletries and Sleepwear
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear (Bring more than you need.)
  • Bras (Don’t forget those strapless or cutlet bras for when you wear that cute dress or top!)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Other dental products
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Keeping my teeth pearly white in Siesta Key, FL.
  • Hair brush
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Other hair products
  • Straightener, curling iron or blow dryer (Always check the voltage before using your hair electronics in other countries. My mom blew a fuse at a hotel in Madrid.)
  • Razor
  • Lotion
  • Body wash
  • Soap
  • Facial washes
  • Deodorant
  • Other facial products
  • Makeup
  • Makeup remover
  • Cotton balls and Q-tips
  • Jewelry
  • Jewelry bag
  • Small purse to go out with

Beach necessities!
  • Backpack for adventures
  • Beach bag
  • Beach towel
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Ready to adventure in Island Beach State Park, NJ!
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Chap stick
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Other necessary products for your outdoor adventures
  • Sanitary products
  • Medicine
  • Small neck pillow or blanket for the plane
  • Great book
  • Journal
  • A positive attitude!
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Even though it was a boiling hot day, I was still smiling during my hike in the Hollywood Hills!

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My Love Your Melon beany from my trip to Iceland.

If you have any questions about my travel checklist, please email me at

Happy Travels


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