If you’re thinking about how to pack for your next travel, then that means you’re probably about to jet off somewhere. Woop Woop!

In the sheer excitement, it is so easy to pack half of your wardrobe, and then get overwhelmed when you realize you can’t take all of it. Be sure to read my top tips below to prevent you from over-packing and to help you decide on what outfits you should take.

Before you start thinking about packing though, ensure you’ve read through my Guide To Budget, Guide To Destination, and Guide To Pre-Booking. Don’t forget to also check out my Top 10 Travel Safety Tips.

Thou Shall Not Over Pack

First off, commit to yourself that you will not overpack. I have ventured on enough travels to tell you, you will probably not wear half of the outfits that you take. Let alone wear all those fancy pairs of shoes that you thought you needed. So why lug it all around and have to worry about the airport scales?

Making a List, Checking It Twice

When packing for your next travel, be sure to make a list. List everything that you think you will need, and then cross out everything that’s not essential.

TIP: Rather than thinking about individual looks, think about items that you can mix and match.

Yes you can mix and match your outfits and still look cute in your pictures.

How To Choose Your Outfits

When choosing your outfits be sure to consider the following to ensure that you are both comfortable and yet have the dreamy Instagram pictures that you will want to capture.


Warm Climate

Cotton: If you’re travelling to a warm climate, cotton clothing should be your top choice. It’s soft, lightweight, and breathable, and as much as you may not want to think about it, it soaks up sweat allowing the heat to escape your body. However, if you sweat a lot, cotton will stain.

TIP: If you want to avoid wrinkles and ironing, opt for a cotton polyester blend.

Linen: Linen is another top choice of fabric to wear in a warm climate. Likewise, it is light and loosely woven which allows heat to escape from your body. Despite absorbing a lot of moisture, it dries quickly so it will have less stain than cotton.

However, the stiff fabric may be uncomfortable for some. So make sure you do try it on for comfort before packing any linen items.

Cold Climate

If you’re travelling to a cold climate, you have a wide range of fabrics to choose from and less to worry about as you can layer as much as you want. Some of these include corduroy, wool, knitwear, flannel, and fleece to say the least. Be mindful that these heavier fabrics may take up more room in your luggage and weight more.

TIP: Invest in a good quality thermal wear to retain your body heat.

Colour Palette

When choosing your colour palette you can’t go wrong with a nude selection mixed in with some dark pieces. Don’t forget to include some clothing with a pop of colour or prints to make your outfits, well, pop.

Tip: If you are planning an outfit for a specific location, always go for a colour that will pop against the architecture. For example, my favourite is red against blue.

How To Make Your Packing List?

When making your packing list, organize it into the following sections to make it easier to manage.

  • Basics
  • Tops
  • Trousers
  • Dresses
  • Hats & Hijabs
  • Outerwear (Coat, Jumper, Abaya, etc)
  • Footwear (1x each)
    • Comfy shoes for everyday walking
    • Evening shoes
    • Flip-flops
    • Any special footwear for activities
  • Toiletries
  • Medicines and Vitamins
  • Technology
  • Any Other Essential Items

Things To Consider When Packing Your Luggage


Tripp Luggage Available At Amazon

In order to pack your luggage, you need to have luggage first. I highly recommend the Tripp luggage that has gotten me through all sorts of airports and terrains over the years. And yes it’s still intact and the best part, it’s suitable for any budget. It comes in a wide range of colours, so choose the one that ignites your soul here.

If you want to check out some other bestsellers from other brands, you can find them here.

Travel Size Toiletry Bottles

Toiletry Bottles Available At Amazon

Where would we be without our skincare and toiletries eh? However, when you’re travelling, you don’t have to pack the entire full-sized bottles. Instead, you can decant them into the travel bottles, which allows you to keep them in your carry on as well.

These come in all forms, such as bottles and pots, so you can choose which one is best for you here.

Water Shoes

Water shoes
Water Shoes Available At Amazon

If you plan to go snorkelling, or visiting rocky beaches, this will be your best friend for your feet. You can pick up my tried and tested water shoes here, that got me through my trip to Thailand. It has received over 2000 ratings now, so I’m not surprised.

Packing Cubes

Travel Packing Cubes
Packing Cubes Available At Amazon

This will be a game-changer for your luggage. Not only does it make it easy for you to locate all of your items and separate them, but you will also find that you have a lot more space to pack some non-essentials ?.

Luckily, they come in all prints and colours so you can take your pick from any of these packing cubes here.

Roll Away With Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo Packs A Suitcase
Marie Kondo Packs A Suitcase

If you’re not convinced about the idea of packing cubes, then take some tips from Marie Kondo, on how to roll and fold your clothes when you pack for your next travel. You can even use her method to pack your packing cubes for double effectiveness.

You can check out her video here.

If you found this useful, be sure to check out my Ultimate Guides here to ensure you have an epic trip.

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  1. Great tips! When I went travelling to India I packed sooo minimalistically (not sure if that’s a word!) But i was younger and didn’t crave the luxuries I do today!

    1. Well if it wasn’t a word it is now! lol I know the older we get the more we become a creature of habit, which is why I find the list option so handy to keep things in perspective.

  2. Very useful list, but i’m wondering if you mind split it by Travel Style, for family, women, and photography. You can add more to this awesome article.

    1. That’s some very useful tips there thank you! 🙂 I do plan on diving a bit deeper into various packing tips for different travelling styles, so be sure to look out for them.

  3. I’ve actually just come across packing cubes and have to say that they’re a huge time saver! And everything stays nice and tidy when you’re unpacking too.

    1. Absolutely, my luggage usually ends up in a mess 5 minutes after landing, the packing cubes have been a game-changer for me. Glad you love them as much as I do!

  4. I am the queen of overpacking! This list is so helpful! Also, why have I never done the travel-size bottles? This will definitely make my traveling much easier. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Trust me, that’s a crown we all start off with! I’m glad you found this useful, I have a few more posts coming around packing. Be sure to keep an eye out for them 😉

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