What To Pack In Your Backpack When Travelling

What To Pack In Your Backpack When Travelling

What to Pack when travelling

Whether you’re getting ready for a trip to Europe or headed out on a day hike, this is an essential guide for what to pack in your backpack. I’ve been overseas enough just this year to have plenty of experience with packing. I’ve made mistakes and learned along the way. Here’s everything you need from the backpack to what all goes inside.

The Backpack

First and foremost, my go-to backpack is REI’s Trail 30.  There are plenty out there on the market with similar characteristics. What I particularly love about this backpack (besides the fact that it is my favorite color blue) is that it easily fits under the seat in front of me on a plane, even if it’s stuffed full of my belongings. It has a padded back and straps with an adjustable harness to buckle across your chest and waist for added support. There are two handy zipper pockets on the hip belt that I like to keep my phone in, especially if I’m hiking or riding my bike, but need it to be easily accessible. It also has an abundance of zipper sections and both sides have a water bottle pocket. This backpack comes with a compact waterproof bag, which I never thought I’d use…until Venice rain happened.

Here is a very similar pack found on Amazon: Osprey Escapist 18 Daypacks, Black, Medium/Large

The Contents

Below is a handy visual of what all goes into my backpack for the plane when I’m travelling overseas. This list can easily be modified if you are hiking, biking, or simply out exploring for the day, but this is a good place to start.

What to pack in backpack when travelling

So. The list:

  • Adapter Kit
  • Headphones
  • Charger
  • iPhone Battery Pack & Charger
  • GoPro or camera & accessories

→notice I use tiny binder clips to keep my cords organized and to prevent tangling in my bag

  • Travel Diary/Journal
  • Pen
  • iPad or book
Personal Care
  • Lotion
  • Essential Oils ( doTERRA Essential Oil Key Chain Bag with Vials )
  • Mary Kay Oil Blotting Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Chapstick
  • Deodorant
  • Body Spray → Victoria Secret has the best travel size bottles
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairbows
  • Q-tips
  • Make-Up Bag → best to use a see-through bag for airport security
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste → sample travel size

→ Pinterest hack: I took an old gum pack, removed the wrapper, and now store q-tips, hair bows, and bobby pins for when I’m traveling.

→ Fun fact: The silver bag that I keep some of my personal care items in, was the bag given out on one of my Turkish Airlines flights that contained a toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, chapstick, etc. Resourceful eh?

  • Passport
  • Wallet → this also serves as a passport cover and holds multiple cards and IDs
  • International Drivers License → never know when you need to rent a car in a foreign country
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip Top Water Bottle → saves you some $$ at the airport
  • Neck Rest Pillow
  • Medicines → Benadryl, Advil, Tums, etc.

I hope this list is helpful to you and can be used for your next adventure! Did I forget anything? Is there something special you carry with you (like I do with my leather diary from Florence) wherever you go? Let me know in the comments below ↓↓↓

REI backpack
Hiking the fjords of Norway with my REI backpack


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13 Replies to “What To Pack In Your Backpack When Travelling”

  1. My boyfriend has his REI pack and he LOVES it. I bring much of the same with me on trips, but I also add my teddy bear into the mix 😉

  2. Nice list. Very similar to my own packing list! I’d always also bring an umbrella though, if there’s any chance of rain. I discovered the hard way that no matter how good your raincoat is, it won’t keep you dry in monsoon season!

    1. Sooo much truth to that! That happened on my last trip in Venice. Soaked from head to toe and had to buy an umbrella from a random person. Won’t make that mistake again! Good tip 😀

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