The Ultimate Travel Packing List: Tips and Tricks for Seamless Travel

Here are a few tips I have learned around packing for travel:


  • Use the hotel/cruise laundry service, it can reduce what you need to bring by 50%!
  • Stick to a similar color scheme for you and those you are traveling with.  Not only can you create multiple outfits out of a few pieces, you will coordinate well in photos.
  • Check the weather in advance.  It’s easy to purchase rain gear or a jacket if it changes.
  • Wear your comfortable walking shoes on the plane as they often take up a lot of space in your luggage.
  • Cashmere scarf.  It is versatile as a scarf, blanket or pillow.

Travel Documents

  • Make copies of your passport and other important travel documents and store in a separate carry-on bag from your original.


  • Bring the correct power adapter for the country you are visiting
  • Bring a small power strip to plug in multiple electronics with one adapter
  • Make sure your chargers are on your packing list
  • Bring a small power cord as many hotels in Europe do not have outlets in the bathroom
  • Extra battery if you bring a camera
  • Small portable charger.  Our phones are so critical during travel and nothing worse than no power.


  • Alternate international credit card
  • Small amount of US cash.  When arriving use an ATM in the airport to get local currency.


  • Use Apps for anything historically you would have brought on paper (Itinerary, download offline maps, City Guides, Packing lists…)


  • Maximize your allowable weight with a small electronic scale.  I often leave a little weight available to bring home wine and other local goods.
  • Pack a lightweight foldable backpack. I have one from Columbia that folds into a tiny wallet size but is available when I need some extra space.
  • My family has a ‘you bring it, you carry it policy’.

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What are your favorite packing tips?

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