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Summer Packing List

Posted by YMT Vacations on May 31, 2018 8:03:00 AM


A summer packing list helps ensure a smooth, hassle-free vacation, whether you’re planning a road trip to visit the grandkids or flying off to explore foreign lands. Stay organized while you travel with this handy summer packing list.


It’s best to travel light, and in many destinations,  you can supplement your travel wardrobe with a little shopping. Depending on where you’re going, you’ll need: 

  • a belt
  • comfortable walking shoes
  • dresses or skirts
  • glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses
  • jewelry / watches
  • lightweight clothing
  • long-sleeved shirts
  • pants and / or shorts
  • rain jacket or windbreaker
  • sleepwear
  • socks
  • sweaters or a fleece jacket
  • swimwear
  • underwear

If you’re embarking on a cruise or setting out on a bus tour, you may also want to pack some of your best clothing to wear at dinner. If you’re travelling abroad, do a little research into the local culture to see what clothing is appropriate.


If you take medication, be sure to pack enough for the entire trip. Pack medication into your carry-on bag in its original packaging so airport security won’t feel they need to inquire about the nature of your meds. Having the original packages also allows you to refill prescriptions while traveling in your home country. You may also want to carry a small first aid kit in a hard case.


Carrying liquid toiletries in your carry-on luggage can be a challenge, as they must be TSA-compliant. Any liquids, gels, aerosols, creams or pastes are limited to the number of 3.4-ounce containers you can fit into a one-quart clear plastic zip top bag. Sometimes it’s easier to just buy toiletries when you reach your destination, or to pack them in your checked luggage wrapped in zip top bags in case they leak during transport.

With that said, here’s our toiletries summer packing checklist: 

  • antibacterial wipes
  • cologne/ perfume
  • deodorant
  • facial tissues
  • feminine hygiene products
  • hair brush or comb
  • hair dryer (if one won’t be provided at your destination)
  • hair ties, barrettes, or bobby pins
  • hairspray, gel, beard oil
  • insect repellant
  • makeup
  • moisturizer / lotion
  • personal hygiene items
  • personal mini mirror
  • scissors, nail clippers, tweezers
  • shampoo and conditioner (if you prefer to use your brands)
  • shaving kit with extra razors
  • sunscreen
  • toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash
  • travel towel


Missing documents can seriously interfere with your travel plans, especially if you’re heading out of your home country. You should have the following in your carry-on baggage:

  • passports
  • any required travel visas
  • cash and credit cards
  • frequent flyer cards and other loyalty program card numbers
  • travel insurance information
  • reservations and itineraries (either printed or saved electronically on your phone)
  • hotel / tour contact information
  • air, rail, or bus tickets
  • maps and travel guides (you can use travel apps instead)
  • emergency contacts and important addresses
  • photos of luggage (in case of loss)
  • copies of any prescriptions

Many people make copies of their important information in case the originals go missing.

Electronics and Entertainment

Finally, we come to any electronics you plan on taking, along with entertainment for the trip:

  • cell phone / mobile device
  • cameras
  • extra glasses / contact lenses
  • extra memory cards and batteries for cameras
  • chargers and cords for all electronics
  • electric converters and adapters (if going overseas)
  • books and magazines
  • travel journal and pen
  • travel speakers
  • travel pillow
  • noise-reducing headphones
  • snacks for the trip

Bon Voyage!

Topics: Planning a Vacation, Packing Lists