Packing your travel bag can make or break your trip. You want to look cute but be comfortable and have access to the things you need. But you also don’t want to lug around your entire life and valuables. On this blog, we shared some packing tips for your next adventure!

First, the short answer to what you should pack: as little as possible. Packing light is a cliché, yet one that has a lot of truth to it. The more you travel, the more you will realize you don’t need a lot of stuff. Everything you need now fits into one backpack.

🧳 Place heavy items at the base

Keep weightier things like shoes and books by the wheeled end of your suitcase. This placement helps your bag stay stable when upright, and stops other items from getting smushed.

🧳 Use packing cubes

These blocks keep your suitcase organized and stack together easily — no more trying to fit in oddly shaped items like a puzzle. Plus, the durable cubes are lightweight and thin so you won’t lose any precious suitcase space.

🧳 Avoid over or under-packing

It’s important not to over-pack either (especially if you’re only bringing a carry-on), since that’s a surefire way to create crease marks and can make it extra tricky to repack when you’re going home — or heading off to another spot.

🧳 Bring two small laundry bags

Use one for lights and one for darks. If you forget, grab plastic bags from your hotel room’s closet. If you’re traveling as a family and think you’ll have a considerable amount of dirty laundry, a dirty clothes travel bag can be more efficient than Ziplocks. When you get home, throw the presorted loads in the wash.


🧳 Here’s a list of what we usually bring when we go on trips:


  • 6 T-shirts
  • 1 long-sleeved T-shirt
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 6 pairs of underwear
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 1 pair of flip-flops
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 8 pairs of socks


  • 1 toothbrush
  • 1 tube of toothpaste
  • 1 package of dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • 1 small bottle of shampoo
  • 1 small bottle of shower gel
  • 1 towel


  • Band-Aids
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Antibacterial cream
  • Eye drops
  • Tylenol
  • Hand sanitizer


  • Laptop
  • Smartphone
  • Universal power adapter/converter


  • A key or combination lock
  • Ziplock bag

We highly recommend investing in some of the essential pieces and truly evaluating what you would and would not use on your trip—no need to carry excess luggage or items if you’re not actually going to use them!