Let’s be honest - travelling becomes so much more comfortable with the right preparation and packing. Selecting the right female travel essentials is an important part of this preparation… and make sure you don’t leave packing until the last minute!
Travel essentials for women are also not just about the look and fashion. These essentials include a mix of functionality and convenience to be able to support you on your trip. From luggage to clothing, we’ve put together a list of female travel essentials you should include when preparing your trip.
Fashionable, functional luggage is essential!
Stylish Checked Luggage
If you’re planning on a long trip, checked luggage is a must: bags or suitcases that are stored in the cargo hold of the plane and aren’t accessible during the flight. It’s a good idea to invest not only in durable and well-designed luggage but also in fashionable options that reflect your style and aim to stun.
Compact carry-on luggage or suitcase
Carry-on luggage can be a backpack or suitcase. Your ideal carry-on luggage should fit your immediate travel essentials conveniently, while at the same time maintaining your aesthetic appeal - just the way you want it.
As the name implies, it does exactly what it says: to provide a chic, functional bag for your weekend getaway. It should carry enough clothing, toiletries, and other essentials if needed. A good weekend back will also come with a long, adjustable strap that you can drape across your body for comfort when carrying.
Foldable Tote Bag
Single-use plastic bags are (thankfully) a thing of the past. They’re bad for the environment, and bad for style. A foldable tote bag is reusable, provides more space and durability, and can accommodate everything from books and clothing to groceries. Plus, it doesn’t contribute to pollution!
No more rummaging through your suitcase - packing cubes let you become a more organised traveller by streamlining your packing process.
Eliminate stress and improve your organisational skills with a sleek travel wallet. This type of wallet will keep your documents, cash, and cards safe at all times. Plus, it looks great.
A passport holder makes your passport accessible and easy to reach whenever you need it, be it at airport security, when you board the plane, or when you’re filling out entry forms.
A luggage tag is a smart idea to keep your belongings safe inside or outside the airport. Some luggage trackers even utilise GPS to give you the accurate position of your luggage.
Stay comfortable in-flight.
Travel or neck Pillow
Long flights can turn into a nightmare when your resting moments are disturbed by a sore neck. A neck pillow keeps your head in place and your neck comfortable while resting.
Wherever you travel, you might want to pack some cozy socks to keep your feet warm and make your flight even more relaxing.
The AC on an airplane can send a chill down your spine at times, making it harder for you to rest. A blanket is another addition to your cozy flight recipe as you’ll be more comfortable resting in your seat. Choose something that packs up tight to save space.
Complete your comfy flight formula by adding a sleep mask to your list – a good piece of cloth to block out light completely. Find a sleep mask that offers soft material and make sure it fits on your face with the utmost comfort.
Reusable water bottle
It’s no secret that a bottle of water can be two to three times more expensive when you buy it at the airport. Don’t pay for the same mistake again, and use a reusable water bottle to take care of your hydration throughout your journey.
Whether you’re enjoying music, videos, or podcasts, you need a decent noise-cancelling headphone to do the job. You can use earphones or AirPods if you prefer something more compact, but for the most relaxing and comfortable experience, opt for ones that cover your whole ear comfortably.
Reading a book in the air is a great way to pass the time. But, fitting a paper book in your backpack can be a waste of space, especially if the novel is thick and heavy. That’s where an e-reader comes in handy. With an e-reader, you basically bring along an entire library with you!
Tech is a must on any journey.
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Universal plug converter
This handy essential is a must-have if you travel across countries with different power plugs. If you have a universal adapter in your bag, you won’t have to worry about buying different plugs. It provides you with an all-in-one solution to your electricity needs.
Multi-port charging station
Modern travellers, both women and men, are always equipped with multiple devices. To save some space for gadgets to charge these devices, opt for something more compact - a multi-port charging station.
Portable charger or power bank
Having your phone die in the middle of a trip is never a good thing. That’s why you’ll always want to have a power bank handy. With this, you can charge your devices anywhere, any time.
Travel power strip
If your multi-port charging station is not enough to keep all your devices charged, a travel power strip will do the trick.
Having gadgets in many different places, with messy cables here and there, can be stressful, especially when you need to grab them ASAP. An Electronics organiser can help you with that, making sure every important electronic device is within reach.
Travel without taking photographs or videos is a sin. You need to take the best pictures you can capture, and a tripod can greatly improve those pictures with ease, especially in low-light situations.
Health and Safety
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First aid kit
A small first aid kit is an excellent addition, just in case you experience a minor injury. It’s not the cheapest of the ladies' travel essentials we’re mentioning here, but it definitely will come in handy in certain situations.
Always pack any medicine you may need while you’re travelling. This may be a prescription drug for allergies, sleeping tablets, and or other medication. It’s essential that you make sure that you are not breaking any laws by bringing certain medicines across borders.
Keep your pills and other supplements within reach with a pill organiser.
Key chain alarm
While pepper spray is far easier to carry, unfortunately, it isn’t passable in every country. The loud noise from a key chain alarm is effective for scaring off would-be attackers, while at the same time alerting nearby people to your situation.
Staying in a villa, in the middle of greenery or forest is beautiful and enchanting. The thing is, it’s also a home to many bugs, including mosquitoes. Mosquito repellent can help keep them away from you and eliminate the potential spread of diseases such as malaria and chikungunya.
A keychain flashlight is super useful for lighting up dark areas at night, whether that’s inside or outside.
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Folding toiletry bag
While you’re travelling, digging into the bottomless abyss of your bag to find your toothbrush or razor can be a pain in the neck. Say goodbye to that frustration with a folding toiletry bag.
Refillable travel pouches
Not all lotions or liquid-based products come in small travel sizes. Invest in refillable travel pouches to store them. They are cheap, easy to carry around, and also come in a range of colours and styles.
Maintaining hygiene during travel can be really challenging if you don’t prepare carefully. Make sure to always pack essential hygiene products while travelling, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap or body wash, perfume, deodorant, pads or tampons, and other sanitary products.
Travelling is no excuse to neglect your skincare routine! It’s important to pack a few extra skin care products to make sure your skin is taken care of. That includes daily sunscreen, moisturiser, toner, face wash, and make-up wipes or remover, and all your usual products.
Keep your hair healthy and shining by putting the best products into it. Don’t rely on your hotel shampoo or conditioner, as these tend to be cheap, and not exactly ideal for certain types of hair.
While sorting what to wear on your trip, you also need to take into account the supporting make-up to make yourself look even more dashing. From eyeshadows to mascara, try to fit what you think is gonna mix well with your clothing, and pack them in nice, reliable organisers.
When you travel, you won’t be simply staying at your hotel the entire time. A separate travel towel will come in handy, especially if you’re visiting a waterfall or beach. Most hotels will not let you take their towels outside the premises.
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Going tropical? A beach hat provides you with some much-needed shade and protects you from the sun's harmful UV rays. Plus, we know you’ll choose a hat that looks fantastic!
Easily one of the most important travel essentials for women, sunglasses can complement your look and enhance your style to no end. Sunglasses are also, obviously, incredibly functional.
A scarf is a must-have in your travel inventory, thanks to its versatility.
No list of travel essentials is complete without comfortable clothing. While it’s you may simply want to choose the clothing that makes for the cutest photos, comfort is a must.
Stylish swimwear is a must if you plan to visit the beach or a swimming pool. You might even want to pack a few sets!
An anti-theft travel purse
The extra safety features of an anti-theft purse are incredibly useful when it comes to protecting your money and your bank card data.
Bike shorts or leggings
Everyone loves bike shorts. They are easy to carry, comfortable, and available in many flattering colours – great for biking, hiking, or simply hanging out.
A cardigan is another versatile travel essential for women you don’t want to forget. You can style it to look casual or formal if you want, and it’s also a low-maintenance piece of clothing - most cardigans are wrinkle-resistant and easy to clean or dry.
Shorts are a must, wherever it is you plan to go. They’re comfortable, breathable, and can be a very stylish piece of clothing when well-chosen.
Hiking shoes are a tricky one to pack since they are heavy and bulky. Depending on where you plan to go and what you will do, they are essential. They’re durable, giving you an added layer of comfort and protection in remote or rugged terrain.
Comfortable walking shoes
The key takeaway here is comfort. Enjoying your destination often means walking a lot and taking in the sights. You’ll want to enjoy those experiences with the utmost comfort.
A flip-flop or sandal
No matter the destination, packing a pair of flip-flops or sandals can never go wrong. These are irreplaceable for places like the beach, saunas, or hot springs.
Travel laundry bag
Keep your used clothing away from all the clean stuff with a travel laundry bag.
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Travel insurance covers practically everything from medical emergencies to flight disruptions, giving you peace of mind and financial support should something go wrong on your journey.
Important travel documentation
Passports and visas are some of the most important documents you carry when you’re travelling. In case the worst scenario happens, always create a digital backup of the physical copies as proof of identity.
Credit card and cash
While credit cards are easier to carry and more secure, you should always hold onto some cash, just in case.
About travel essentials
A poorly prepared vacation can become a nightmare for travellers. But by incorporating these travel essentials for women, you'll be well-equipped to handle the challenges and embrace the joys of travel. When you’re confident with your preparation, you’re guaranteed a hassle-free vacation.
Be even more confident with Eminent’s range of travel suitcases and accessories today.