The Only Packing Checklist You'll Ever Need


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How many times have you packed for a vacation at the last minute and forgotten something? If I'm being honest, it’s happened to me more times than I'd like to admit. It can even happen if you're one of those people who actually start packing well in advance (a characteristic I'm highly envious of, by the way). With so much to remember, it's just too easy to miss an item or two.

One way to avoid leaving an essential behind is to make a list every time you pack, but who has time for that before each trip? Not this editor. If I had to do that, I'd be making upward of 20 lists per year. That’s why today, I'm bringing you a complete packing list that can be used for any and every vacation or getaway. From clothing and accessories to toiletries, tech necessities, miscellaneous items, and even an optional section, see everything you need below and then continue on to shop the items. Don't forget to save, pin, or screenshot the list so that you have it on hand for future travels.


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One of the easiest outfits to pack for vacation is a cool top and jeans.

These jeans will serve you from day to night.

All you need to know is that these have amazing reviews on Nordstrom.


I love to wear a little hoop on trips.

This black clutch will work for all your outfits.

Who wouldn't want to tote this around?

Chain belts make any outfit more interesting.

Block heels are a great travel option because you can wear them from day to night.


Aluminum-free and smells like roses—sign me up.

Everything you need for the perfect night-out beauty look.

When it comes to hair products, try to opt for mini sizes when possible.

This is gentle but effective. 

These travel-friendly sizes won't take up unnecessary space in your toiletry bag.



A fun way to incorporate a little faux fur into your look.

Style this beyond the beach as a bodysuit.

Even when I don't plan to exercise on a trip, I like to have a comfortable pair of leggings with me at all times.

This story was published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.

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