10 Essentials to Pack for a Trip

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These are the 10 essentials to pack for a trip. This is how to pack essentials for a minimalist trip. Pack these essential items for every trip you take.

These are the 10 essentials to pack for a trip you are taking. No matter where we are headed, there are a few essential pieces I have noticed always land in my bag. We chatted and mulled over this list about what the items were that no matter if you were going to Antarctica or Phuket it wouldn’t matter, you would still need these. I think we nailed it, but we would still love to hear yours. OBVIOUSLY, you need certain things like underwear (well maybe not depending on personal preference) and your own toiletries, but those are givens. We get asked all the time about what things we would pack for certain trips, but to be honest, if you take these items whether male or female you will be set. Sure toss in a sandal for a warmer climate or dress if you are a lady, but for the most part, this is it.

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These are the 10 essentials to pack for a trip. This is how to pack essentials for a minimalist trip. Pack these essential items for every trip you take.

Top 10 Essentials To Pack For A Trip

1. The white button-down

white button down shirt

Every trip has a moment where you need to get dressed up on some level. There is nothing that can make you look put together like a nice crisp white button down with a good pair of jeans. Or if you are at the beach layer it over your bikini as a cover up.

2. Shoes to walk a mile (or ten) in

slip ons shoes

Style only goes so far when you are traveling. Shoes take up a massive amount of space in your bag so I always am on the look out for shoes that not only are cool, but I can walk forever in. Sneakers are in style these days so take advantage and rock some slip ons such as these. They will work well in airport security and they will keep you comfy while you try to see a city in a day.

3. Chambray shirt

chambray shirt

It is an absolute staple of any closet. The lightweight cotton fabric will keep you cool and dry even in hot locations while also providing a key staple for even colder climates. This is an absolute necessity no matter where you plan to head on your trip.

4. Lightweight jacket

lightweigh jacket

I am a strong believer in the lightweight army jacket. If you are in a cooler location, layer a tee, button down (chambray), and your sweater under this jacket with a scarf. If you are in a warmer location, use it in the evening to place over your dress or short and tee combo.

5. Scarf

scarf

A scarf can do so many things. If I was on Naked and Afraid I might consider this as my one item that could come with me. But for real. You can use it as a pillow on the flight or train, a top in a warm location, a skirt, or even just as a scarf. It is amazing what you can do when you have a good scarf.

6. Your favorite jeans

jeans

I never leave home without my favorite jeans. I have tried many pairs of pants, but I still come back to Gap. They fit the best, wear well, and well just are darn good for the price.

7. A gray sweater

No matter what I don’t leave home without one. I don’t suggest using a wool one, but a cashmere or cotton sweater that breathes well and can be used in varying climates is the way to go.

8. White v-neck

white vneck

Nothing more classic. Jeans a white tee is the go-to outfit for Mike and I. Enough said.

9. Your bag of choice

travel bag

The bag is the key thing. Finding one that works well for your trip is essential. Bonus if you can fit everything in a backpack that you can use during the day while you are seeing the sites.

10. Sunglasses

sunglasses

Even if you are in a cloudy city a good pair of sunnies can make all the difference in the world. We are always bummed when we leave home without our favorite pair.

Most Commonly Forgotten Things to Pack

You might think that you are prepared for your next big trip, but there is always something missing. The following list will help ensure nothing goes amiss on any adventure!

  • Don’t Forget Travel Documents. …
  • One of the Most Commonly Forgotten Things to Pack Are Snacks. …
  • Keep a Hand Sanitizer Close By. …
  • Remember to Bring Your Medicine and First Aid Kit. …
  • Fill a Small Bag With Toiletries. …
  • Don’t Forget Glasses and Sunglasses. …
  • Pack Chargers and Headphones.

We would love to hear what you would add to this list or takeaway! We always find it interesting what people consider important essentials for travel.

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Hello! I’m Megan Gilger,

A strong believer that nature and the seasons are our greatest teachers. We live on a hill in Leelanau County, Michigan just a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. This land we are responsible for is where we are focused on building a life around the seasons and intention. We spend our days here building a regenerative model of living and focusing our garden on native plants and intensive polyculture planting styles. My focus is less on self-sufficiency and more on community-sufficiency through how we grow and connect through the seasons.
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