15 Packing Essentials for Women

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Packing can be a stressful part of preparing for a trip, especially for us women. We like to be prepared for all occasions, but unfortunately, packing up the entire house is not an option. However, there are many items out there to help you pack light and smart, allowing you to be prepared for just about every occasion. Here are 15 packing essentials for women that will help take away the stress of preparing for your next trip.

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1. Hanging Toiletry Bag.

This is a practical option for packing your toiletries, as it offers a lot of space, yet is compact and offers easy access.

2. Refillable Travel Bottles.

Instead of packing entire shampoo and conditioner bottles, these refillable bottles will save room. If you run out during your trip, finding shampoo is typically an easy task.

3. Travel Drying Line.

This item can be helpful if you are planning to do laundry during your travels. It’s small and easy to transport, making drying clothes a piece of cake.

4. The DivaCup.

In addition to your normal hygiene items, this product is helpful to have, as it provides 12-hour protection and is reusable. The DivaCup can come in handy especially in foreign countries that don’t offer the same kind of hygiene products as the U.S. They also support companies that are helping to make period protection accessible universally.

5. Thinx Period Underwear.

For those that want a more straight forward, easy on and easy off period protection, Thinx underwear are a great option and have an outstanding foundation. Think Girl Power, you all know I love that. I love my Thinx as my back up to my Diva Cup on heavy days and my go to for those light days when you almost forget Aunt Flow is still there. I personally geek out on their writing and ad campaigns.

6. Pacsafe Bags.

Pacsafe’s products are made to resist thieving attempts. They are durable and prevent people from scanning private documents and cards.

7. Personal Safety Alarm.

As some airports do not allow pepper spray to be transported even in checked luggage, a personal safety alarm is something practical to bring along to help ease your mind during your travels.

8. A Lock/Padlock.

This is handy to have if you are planning on staying in hostels or if you want to lock any zippers on your luggage.

9. Dry Shampoo.

As you are traveling, you may not always have the time, resources, or desire to take a proper shower. Dry shampoo is a quick and easy way to keep your hair presentable.

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10. Microfiber Towel.

Although these towels aren’t as nice your thick towels at home, they are practical to have during your travels, as they save space and dry quickly.

11. A Sarong.

This item can serve many purposes during your travels. It can act as a wrap, a covering for more conservative places, a beach accessory, and much more.

12. Scarves.

Scarves are practical accessories to pack, as they allow you to dress an outfit up and mix things around a bit.

13. Layers.

Packing outfits in layers can save a lot of room. For example, bringing a few versatile shirts, tanks, and scarves will allow you to switch up your wardrobe and make the most of your space.

14. Stain Remover.

This is important to have, especially if you are prone to stains like I am. Don’t let that miscalculated bite of spaghetti ruin your evening!

15. Dual Voltage Hairdryer and Straightener.

If you’re set on putting the same amount of time and effort into your hair as you do at home, make sure you bring along the dual voltage options of your hairdryer and straightener, as the electrical conditions in many countries will not support your regular appliances.

With these packing essentials, you can make the most of your luggage space and be prepared for whatever adventure awaits you. For more packing tips, check out Nomadic Matt and Her Packing List. ~ Kalina Davis.

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