5 Items You Better Not Forget on Any Trip

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I have traveled the world. I have gone by air, sea, and even survived a car full of six kids. I have boarded trains, cruise ships, sailboats, bicycles, tuk-tuks,  jeepneys, buses, race cars, glass bottom boats, ski boats, even a horse-drawn carriage in Ireland. The one thing that all these trips have in common is I needed these 5 clothing items on every trip.

My Must-Have Travel Items for Any Trip

We will move beyond undergarments because I think that is something everyone should bring and will bring. I say think because I have been on trips where I noticed people weren’t as concerned with those travel items as I am. The first thing you need and I have not brought on the last three trips is sneakers.

I know sneakers should be obvious and I most likely didn’t bring them because they weren’t cute but at ShopBop you can get adorable and functional sneakers. You can see what they have and I have been told the APL: Athletic Propulsion Labs sneakers are fantastic. I plan to buy them after my Adidas ones I have are no longer useful. If you hate sneakers they also carry the Sperry line and they are comfortable.

The next thing you need is a cardigan. I have one that is paper thin. I throw it in my purse just in case, you can roll it up and it hardly weighs anything. I put it on when I am chilly and even when I see a lot of bugs. You never know where you will end up. I mean I have ended up underground in a boat in the largest cave in the world surrounded by bats in Puerto Princesa, Philippines. If you’re curious about my Philippines trip, you can read it here and here.

I have needed this more times than I have wanted to count. I use mine when I am cold and because I hate being wet. I love my rain slicker. I choose a sort one for travel because space is limited. I have used it to put on a wet seat and to keep me from getting wet on all the boat trips and water rides I enjoy.

This is a must have item for me and I never would have thought I needed this. I actually balked at people who used this in the past until I was traveling a lot and realized how fantastic this is. I love my backpack. I got this one from Madewell on ShopBop and it is fantastic! I know a lot of my friends have their tote bags and love them. I love that I have full use of my hands so I can get to everything I need easier. I love that this bag has limited pockets so I can find things easier!

The last must-have item for me is a dress. I know you knew that was coming if you know me. You need a good dress. There is nothing that makes you feel better. It can be dressed up or down. It can take you from dinner to dancing. I suggest a fun dress in a cotton or cotton blend something that can easily be washed if you have to do so.

Some other items that I always bring:

pair of jeans

black t-shirt

white shirt

colorful blouse



pair of sunglasses

crossbody bag

When you travel pack as light as possible think of how you can layer and what you can wear over and over again! I say invest in some great pieces and when you are in your destination pick up an accessory it will help you remember your trip and make your outfit memorable.

The last tip I have for you is photocopy all your credit cards, passports, and driver’s ID. Then take pictures of them and load those pictures in your email.

Also check out my list of Gifts for a Traveler.