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Here is  2017 Ultimate Travel Packing Tips for Women going on vacation. Perhaps you are planning your trips for 2017 hopefully this is just what you are looking for. Planning, tickets purchased, the hotel, and flights are almost done. Now its is time to find the One and Only Ultimate Packing Check List.  Here is how to travel pack!

Ultimate Travel Packing Tips

The best advice I received is to pack wisely – to have ultimate travel you need to have the right things with you so, start by breaking your packing into categories, and pick one color group.

The one and only Ultimate Packing Check List categories are 

1. Travel Docs

2. Clothing

3. Personal stuff

4. Medicines

5. Technical Gear – Camera Gear.

If you are going off the beaten path, I have some suggestions for those adventurous women too. If you are going off the beaten path, you can buy lots of things you will need from the road.

Or use my Ultimate Packing Check List for Off the Beaten Path Gear at the bottom of the page.

 Hopefully, you will find this One and Only Ultimate Packing Check List for women to have what you need while traveling.

The Ultimate Packing Check List

Travel Documents

  • Passport – plus three extra passport photos in a zip lock bag in a very safe place in case your passport is lost
  • Plane or train tickets and passes
  • Student or senior card
  • Health insurance card and contact number, copies of credit cards keep in your luggage
  • Required travel visas – check before you go, IF YOUR visas bought at entry
  • Money  – a little bit of local currency in small denominations for when you land 
  • Traveler’s checks, credit cards, debit cards, prepaid credit cards
  • International vaccination certificate
  • Guidebooks are online don’t bring them unless they are minuscule
  • Travel  notebook a glue stick if you like to save to your journal
  • Map or Map app
  • You don’t need an International driver’s license use your regular driver’s license; this is required when renting a car
  • Emergency phone numbers, including embassy contacts in each country, next of kin contacts, and the number of your hotel in case you get lost
  • A list of local contacts and friends, tourist offices and anyone else you might want to contact
  • Copies of all important papers kept separately from your travel docs maybe use email, printed copy or USB stick
  • A postcard of your hometown and a couple of family photos (pets allowed) to show new acquaintances
  • Money Belt – Don’t use them, but you might like Sholdit which doubles as a hiding place for your money
  • My make your First aid kit checklist 
  • Small pack of Kleenex tissues or baby wipes, for ‘those’ times 


Ultimate Travel Packing Tips

Travel Clothing

  • Two quick-drying underwear 
  • Two sports bras, breathable 
  • 1 Bathing suit
  • Wrinkle-free washable pants/trousers with a zipper to turn them into shorts with plenty of pockets
  • Shorts, if you can’t stand those pants with zippers – I NEVER wear shorts when traveling – I wear a skirt instead
  • Wrinkle-free washable travel dress, the longer, the better
  • Two wrinkle – free washable blouses; one short and long sleeve
  • Two pair socks – walking socks, not cotton ones! One light-weight, One heavy-weight – in case your feet start to hurt the variety helps ease the pain
  • One pair hiking sandal or walking shoes, flip flops are great to use if you are staying in a hostel.
  • Sarong – it is a great bathrobe, sheet, towel
  • Cold weather clothes, a lightweight NorthFace fleece jacket – or something warmer if you going to be freezing
  • Large plastic poncho or lightweight waterproof – NO Umbrellas
  • Decorative scarves, buy one on the road 
  • Headband or bandanna to keep cool in the summer heat (just wet it and wear it)
  • A flashy travel hat – I love Tilley hats!
  • Thermal underwear (for cold climates or high altitudes)
  • Lightweight fleece or a pashmina for those heavily air-conditioned places
  • E-bag cubes are the ones I use and love

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Personal Stuff

  • Nail clippers
  • Eyebrow teasers
  • Small antibacterial soap 
  • Travel size moisturizing cream 
  • Disposable razor 
  • Comb or hairbrush
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Dental floss for your teeth and you can sew with it, use it to lock things
  • Viscose or microfiber travel towel (I love mine it has a hidden pocket in it and an e-bag) gave them as Christmas gifts too
  • Deodorant 
  • Lip balm
  • Hair clip or barrette 
  • Travel Baby shampoo – a great body and clothes wash 
  • Inflatable sleeping pillow or neck pillow, I don’t use it, but lots do
  • Eye mask and ear plugs sound reducing wireless ear buds for the plane ride and noisy hotel rooms. I also buy swimming ear wax to block out noise
  • Eyeglasses, contact lenses, and supplies
  • Sunglasses – good ones, if you don’t value them, you will lose them 
  • Sunscreen – buy as needed
  • Bug spray
  • Cotton earbuds (I only use Q-tips)
  • Wristwatch – Watch what you wear – street people will mark you based on what you wear.
  • An alarm function on your smartphone or watch


  • Talk to your doctor about where you are going and get refills and carry need prescriptions, a thermometer. And appropriate meds for your travel location
  • Don’t forget shots for the area
  • Travel insurance that can get you out in case you get sick or hurt

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Technical Gear

  • My smartphone is my flashlight – a small LED, a headlamp is useful walking outside to go to the bathroom at night, I use indoor plumbing
  • Universal electrical adapters use this map to find what you need, and a universal adapter – not all adapters work everywhere, read reviews
  • Pens – Paper and sketch pencils, do a drawing, write your story or thought around your sketch – makes a great memory
  • Phrasebook or Google on your phone if you have unlimited data, or use wifi, or handheld electronic translator or device
  • Swiss Army knife – get a small version. Pack it in your bag. Security won’t let you take it on as hand luggage
  • Reading book or Kindle – the Kindle app on your smartphone also works – I have a kindle book club with my daughter, so we share our reads
  • Cell phone/phone cards/charger (make sure you pack it in something waterproof)
  • Unlocked cell if you’re using local SIM cards, my recommendation buying a cell phone with international plan
  • Bring a camera – a point and shoot like a Canon Powershot, or an SLR like I carry. Batteries, charger, spare memory cards and all the gear
  • iPod you are safer when you are not wearing earbud
  • USB to keep copies of your important papers, and documents if you aren’t taking a laptop 
  • Travel laptop like a Surface Pro – can’t disconnect from work or you want independence

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ultimate Travel Packing Tips – Check List for Off the Beaten Path Gear

  • Women’s hiking boots/shoes, use a carabiner and hang them on the outside of your luggage or backpack
  • Ziplock bags – large for wet stuff, small for receipts
  • Water purifier/filter in case of contaminated water
  • Whistle
  • 3 meters of paracord used as a clothesline to fasten your mosquito net, a sling, a belt, a watch band, a carrier for your water bottle
  • Two carabiners (one small, one large)
  • Two safety pins
  • Small mirror – use it to attract attention as needed for help
  • Sewing kit from hotel – large needle, large enough to thread dental floss
  • Hair bands for ponytail if you wear ponytails
  • Rubber door stop – this prevents anyone from getting into your room
  • Sleeping bag and sheet if you’re roughing it (or you can use your sarong as a sheet)
  • Small plastic magnifying glass or magnifying plastic sheet (credit card size) 
  • Mosquito repellent use, slow release type for longer protection. Headed where there’s malaria or dengue, you’ll need a mosquito tent or net
  • Deck of cards for border crossings
  • A piece of aluminum foil folded for food.
  • A small candle and waterproof matches
  • Built-in Compass on a Swiss Army knife  
  • Duct or Duck tape tightly rolled is for fixing everything
  • One spork,  spork is half spoon and half fork
  • Tile and personal locator beacon: press a button anywhere in the world, an emergency signal goes out -when you are heading into the dangerous places in the world

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Kate started traveling for work. Now with grown children, who are travelers, she travels for pleasure looking for great travel experiences. Currently, her home is in Bellevue, WA, and lives with her cat Angelina Jolie. She has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts, Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Colorado, an MBA and Master of Arts, Management. Her favorite things are exploring new cultures, traveling the world, creating a painting and sour or spicy foods.


  1. Jessica

    February 28, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Hi Kate,

    You made such thorough list, I traveled a lot last year, you also inspired me a lot.

    I just saw an amazing thing named “fly legs up”, it can let you rest your legs on the back of your front chair on the plane, it makes you more comfortable, particularly, you are in the middle seat.

    Personally, I think a neck pillow is important, particularly, for the long distance flight where you can’t find a comfortable position to put your head, a neck pillow will give you a good support, but I won’t suggest Inflatable ones, they can’t give good support. Mine is this one:
    , it’s the most comfortable travel pillow I have ever used. Let me know what you think.

    Happy Travel!

  2. Kate

    February 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Thanks Kris for your thoughts. That is a good idea too. Wearing white makes me feel good, and navy. I like to wear colors I love. I also can find a laundry for a few dollars and they do better with white than other colors. Most times I was my clothes in the sink. From the art supply store – I found this product called, KISS OUT. This man in Positano was painting on the boardwalk and he got paint on me. He used this product on the spot. It removed the spot permanently. I see you are an artist. You might find it where you buy art supplies, amazon.com or the link in the post. Now, I always travel with it. Thanks for your comments – I hope you keep sharing – I like your post – Happiness to you Kate

  3. kris

    February 12, 2017 at 8:34 am

    hi kate,
    great list for traveling the world… ? I envy you in a positive way, of course.
    the only thing I would change is the color of preferred clothing. I would go for sand colored or natural white clothing instead of snow white because it is really much harder to keep it as white when one travels and each stain pops out like crazy. in general, I would go with a bit darker colors.
    cheers and happy travel!

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