After traveling to 57 countries, I think it’s safe to say I’m somewhat of an expert in the field. I’ve been on every type of trip, from an active safari to a relaxing Santorini escape, and have learned so much from those experiences. I get such a thrill from traveling and I feel so fortunate that my job has allowed me to do it regularly.
On the other hand, I know how stressful traveling can be, especially if you’re always running late to the airport. I’m guilty of this and my husband truly can’t stand it (sorry Matt!)
One of my greatest travel hacks, especially for a long haul flight, is to make sure you pack strategically. I’ve found that bringing the right items in your carry-on can make your travel experience much smoother, and dare I say even a bit enjoyable.
This list of travel essentials for women will help you prep and plan for your next getaway. Follow this guide and you’ll be able to combat your travel worries and arrive to your final destination feeling calm.
30 Travel Essentials For Women
Airplane Travel Essentials
Smooth travel starts with packing wisely. I swear by these 7 items for staying organized during a trip.
Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case
This cosmetics case is one of my holy grail travel items. I’ve recommended it to so many people and everyone is equally as obsessed as I am. It’s perfect for storing your toiletries and makeup and I love that you can see through the bag so you know exactly what you’re grabbing.
Having quality luggage is such a game changer. It makes a big difference in keeping what you pack organized and secure, and it also holds up better over time.
I remember when packing cubes were a relatively new concept and now it seems like everyone uses them to organize their suitcase. There are so many on the market but I think this $21 set from Amazon does the job. Bonus: it comes with a dedicated shoe organizer so you can keep your dirty kicks away from your clothes and toiletries.
I know this isn’t the most glamorous travel item but it’s important that you don’t forget to take your medications and supplements during a trip. This keeps them all organized without being too bulky. It scores extra points for not looking like it was designed for a 95 year old.
Hanging Toiletry Bag
It’s always a good idea to bring a hanging toiletry bag on a trip. I find them to be so convenient to use in a hotel room. This one has almost 8,000 5-star reviews and it comes in several different colors.
Calpak Stevyn Duffel
This carry-on bag slips over the handle on a suitcase for easy maneuvering through the airport. It’s roomy enough to house several outfits and toiletries. Plus, it has a compartment for shoe storage which comes in handy.
It’s no fun to arrive on a trip to find that all the jewelry you packed is a tangled mess. Keep it in check with a jewelry organizer, like this $12 find from Amazon.
Carry On Travel Essentials
What you put in your carry on bag is probably the most important factor for airplane travel. You don’t want to show up to the airport unorganized. In addition to headphones and a laptop or tablet, these are the items I recommend bringing with you on board.
Cuyana Leather Passport Case
A good passport holder is key to seamless travel. I’m a big fan of this one from Cuyana because it can be monogrammed. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, this Amazon travel wallet has been a #SilbSquad favorite for years and is under $15!
Summer Fridays Lip Balm
My lips always feel like the Sahara desert after long flights so packing a lip balm is essential. This is a good one to reapply during and after a flight — it leaves you with a dewy, subtle glow.
Brooklinen Silk Eyemask
I feel like people either love or hate the idea of using an eye mask on a plane. I personally fall into the latter category. This one is superior to others because it’s weighted. It will promote deeper relaxation and also doubles as a noise-reducing accessory — a total win-win!
Rechargeable Book Light
If you feel somewhat obnoxious for having your overhead light on during a flight (I feel you), this mini book light is for you. It will last about 8 hours on the brightest setting and can be recharged afterwards.
LMNT Hydration Packets
There’s no doubt about it….flying leaves you soooo dehydrated. I always pack these hydration packets to drink during and after my flight. They actually taste good and aren’t filled with junk.
Tip: I always buy a couple of water bottles when I get through airport security — they’re always nice to have while you’re in flight!
Travel Wardrobe Essentials
If you’re stumped on what to wear during a flight, I’ve got you covered! I feel like I’ve finally perfected my go-to airport look (it’s all about comfort.) Here are the travel outfits that I always turn to for long flights, including my favorite comfortable walking shoes.
Zella Knit Romper
I’ve been recommending this knit jumpsuit for years and it’s still one my best-sellers. You might think that wearing a romper on a plane is inconvenient but it actually makes travel so much more streamlined (and comfy). Just throw a denim jacket or cardigan over it and you’ll be set.
Sam Edelman Low Top Sneaker
After testing loads of sneakers I’ve found that these are the most supportive and stylish option out there. I love that they go with everything, which makes packing easier in the first place.
Annie Bing Sweatshirt
These sweatshirts have become so popular in recent years and I think they’re totally worth the splurge. They’re so cozy and I like the slightly oversized fit.
Vuori Everyday Sweatshirt
I swear by Vuori clothing for long travel days. This hoodie is so soft that you’ll basically feel like you’re wearing pajamas during your flight.
Zella High Waist Leggings
Leggings will always be the OG wardrobe staple for traveling. These are under $60 and have over 7,000 nearly perfect reviews.
Airports are inevitably chilly which is why I always like to bring a denim jacket with me. It’s easy to style with other outfits and it can be easily tucked inside your carry-on or travel tote if needed.
Graphic Baseball Hat
Most of the time, it makes no sense to wash and style your hair before a flight. That’s when baseball caps come in handy. I’ve been eyeing this one from Abercrombie, which is perfect to wear throughout the spring and summer months.
Travel Tech Essentials
There’s nothing worse than facing complete boredom on a flight. Plan ahead by packing any tech finds that will keep you entertained during your trip.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Whether you’re jetting off on a 10 hour+ flight or there’s a screaming kid in the row next to you, noise canceling headphones are a non-negotiable for airplane travel. I bought these headphones years ago and can confirm that they’re well worth every penny, especially if you travel a lot.
If big headphones aren’t really your thing then I’d recommend the Airpods. These also do a decent job at drowning out unwanted noise. Just make sure they’re fully charged before you take off!
Power Bank Portable Chargers
Power banks are totally essential when traveling, whether you’re flying four hours away or 14. This is the tiniest one I’ve come across, so it’s really easy to toss inside of your carry on.
Keep your computer safe by tucking it into a laptop sleeve during travel. This one is so chic and it comes with a small pouch for your chargers.
This travel adapter works in over 150 countries and it’s under $12. It has two USB slots and is super lightweight.
Put these in your suitcases so you can track their whereabouts during your trip. Trust me, you’ll be able to relax more on your flight knowing your luggage made it onboard with you.
Travel Toiletry Essentials
It seems a bit unfair that guys just throw some clothes and a few toiletries into their suitcases and they’re set for a week long trip. Women’s travel is *much* more involved. You have to pack hair products, skincare product, and makeup, leaving little room for your actual clothing. Travel-sized toiletries are key in this situation, and luckily, so many brands have started to make more products that are TSA-approved. These are my faves.
Elemis Cleaning Balm
This is one of my all time favorite skincare products. I rely on it so much that I actually keep it in my carry on at all times so I never forget to pack it! It’s perfect for sloughing off makeup after a long day.
Supergoop Glow Screen
Sunscreen is always important to wear but it’s especially crucial that you have it on while flying. This is one of my favorites because it leaves your skin with a bit of shine.
Wet Brush Detangler
If your hair usually looks like a hot mess after a long haul flight, keep one of these little brushes in your carry on or purse. They’re ideal for toting along on the go.
Bum Bum Cream
My hands always get SO dry when I’m traveling. This lotion has been a consistent repurchase of mine lately. I’m so glad they make it in a TSA-approved size!
Gillette Mini Razor
Mini razors are the MVP in the travel toiletry game. This is the best brand I’ve tried.
Women’s Travel Essentials List
Just looking for a quick list of travel essentials for women? You’re in the right place! Here’s what to pack with you on every trip.
- Passport holder
- Phone charger
- Laptop charger
- Laptop or iPad
- Lip balm
- Eye mask
- Baseball hat
- Hair ties
- Water bottle
- Travel pillow
- Travel size toiletries
- Skincare and haircare products
- Hair dryer, flat iron, or curler
- Comfortable shoes (sneakers, flats, sandals, boots, heels, athletic shoes)
- Tops (tanks, shirts, blouses, sweaters)
- Bottoms (denim, pants, shorts, skirts)
- Jackets/coats (don’t forget waterproof jackets if you’re going somewhere rainy!)
- Athleisure clothing