It’s normal to be overwhelmed by the preparations before a trip. There’s a lot to do, like making sure you have a complete suitcase !

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Packing is not supposed to be boring! To help you not forget anything, here’s my fun and slightly unusual method 😄 You know the head, shoulders, knees, toes song 🎵 ? Well i use that principle 😂

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Below i list examples of essential items to have in your suitcase. Some items may not apply to you or may not be on my list. It will depend on your destination and your needs.

The Head 👩🏻

Top of the head & hair

  • Liquid and/or dry shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair brush and/or comb
  • Elastics, pins, clips and/or hairbands
  • Hair dryer
  • Straightening and/or curling iron
  • Hairspray
  • Gel
  • Cap
  • Hat (sun, trek, nautical)
  • Winter hat or headband (depending on the weather)

Eyebrows & Eyes

  • Tweezers
  • Eye makeup
  • Sunglasses, wipe & case
  • Eyeglasses, wipe & case
  • Contact lenses, liquid & case
  • Eye moisturizer

Ears, nose & mouth 

Face & Neck

  • Moisturizing cream
  • Sunscreen for the face
  • Facial cleanser
  • Moisturizing mist
  • Scarf (depending on the weather)
  • Necklace
  • Razor (for men)
  • Travel neck pillow (there are inflatable ones, perfect for storing after use!)

💡 If you pack liquids in your suitcase, be sure to put them in a plastic bag or pouch. If one bottle breaks, the other items may come out intact.

The arms & hands 💪🏻

  • Deodorant
  • Gloves and/or mittens (depending on the weather)
  • Watch
  • Bracelet
  • Nail clippers
  • Hand cream
  • Hand sanitizer

The core & legs 🙍🏻🦵🏻

  • Camisole
  • T shirts (thermal if necessary)
  • Long sleeve (thermal if necessary)
  • Shirt
  • Coat
  • Jacket
  • Windbreaker
  • Raincoat
  • Bag
    • Backpack (ideally anti-theft, to protect you from pickpockets)
    • Beach bag
    • Shoulder strap
    • Fanny pack
  • Swimsuit
  • Beach towel
  • Microfiber towel (light and quick drying)
  • Underwear (thermal if necessary)
  • Jeans shorts & pants
  • Jogging shorts & pants
  • Legging
  • Cargo shorts & pants
  • Thermal and/or snow pants (depending on destination)
  • Razor
  • Soap
  • Body cream
  • Sunscreen cream

💡 To store your clothes without them taking up too much space or getting wrinkled, roll them up !

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The feet🦶🏻

  • Socks
  • Comfortable sandal
  • Plastic sandal (for showers)
  • Shoes
    • hiking shoes
    • chic
    • nautical
  • Foot creme


Card & Paper 💳📄

  • Credit Card
  • Cash
    • Local currency if necessary. Some destinations may accept your currency, but please inquire first.
    • Very useful for tips, small expenses and purchases in local stores.
  • Passport & Visa depending on the destination (always have a photocopy stored somewhere safe)
  • Airline and train tickets
  • Proof of travel insurance
  • Regular and international driver’s license (if you plan to drive at your destination)
  • Proof of vaccination (if one is required for the destination)
  • Proof of reservations: accommodation, activities, excursions, restaurants…
  • Student card (there may be discounts on some tourist sites)
  • Diving card (if necessary)
  • Travel wallet organizer
  • Book
  • Pen

Health & Safety Kit 🧰

  • Antidiarrheal, motion sickness medication and sore throat tablets.
  • Antiseptic
  • Bandages and anti-bulb plasters
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Aloe Vera based after sun
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Protective mask for the face
  • Key lock or code for suitcases or lockers
  • A reusable water bottle. (If the water is not drinkable at your destination you can buy a filter bottle or water decontamination tablets)
  • Bag for dirty laundry

Electronics 📱📸

💡 Always check the website of the transportation Security administration of the airport of departure and the one of your destination. This is to know what is allowed inside your cabin bag and checked luggage.

I hope you have fun preparations ! 😊

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