How Much Should You Pack for a 7 Day Vacation?

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**A note from team FTLO**

The airline industry is still feeling the effects of the Covid pandemic. As flights continue to be delayed, the risk of losing a checked bag increases dramatically. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND CARRYING ON all your luggage if you can.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a novice adventurer, the task of packing for any trip can seem daunting. But once you understand the basics of a travel packing list, everything else is a breeze.

So, how much do you actually need to pack for a 7 day vacation? Read on for tips and lists of what to pack for a week trip.


Consider the weather + activities

Do some research on the weather and find out what activities you'll be doing.

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  • If it’s cold: You don’t necessarily need to pack much “more”, but your luggage could get bulky very quickly, so selecting a few key basics (versatile jacket, great pair of jeans, day-to-night shoes, a few long sleeves, all neutral colors) could make a big difference in minimizing your luggage, while still maintaining a chic wardrobe.

  • If it’s hot: If you’re going somewhere where you’ll be sweating profusely, you might need a variety of basics to stay fresh. Packing mix-and-match items, like light tank-tops, blouses, shorts, t’s, or dresses, will not take up too much space and will ensure that you stay clean and trendy every day.

  • Activities: If you know what activities you’ll be doing, this will help you plan your clothing + gear. If you’re hiking a lot, then prioritize those socks, tanks, and hats, and consider sunblocks + bug repellents. If you’re heading for the coast, you'll need a 7 day beach vacation packing list. Focus on the swimmies + trunks, and beachwear.

Opt for less through Versatility

At the end of the day, when you're thinking about what to pack for a week trip you could get away with taking very few items...just as long as you have your staple, versatile pieces in your travel packing list.

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  • Clothing basics: Focus on nailing down the things you will definitely need at your destination. Is this a 7 day beach vacation packing list? Do you need a rain jacket and rain boots? Bathing suit? Formal wear? Hiking clothes? For everything else, focus on versatility. A dark pair of jeans, for example, will take you from a day full of adventure, to an evening out on the town. Also, stick to neutral colors to facilitate mixing and matching. Finally, just remember, you can always reuse, mix-and-match, layer, wash, or even purchase clothes.

  • Toiletries: In most cases, 3 ounces of your basics (toothpaste, shampoo, face lotion, body wash, etc.) will probably be enough. After all, it’s only 7 days and it’s likely you can purchase those items locally if you need. Do, however, consider if there are certain items you might need for your destination that you don't normally use, like bug repellent, sunscreen, ear plugs or face wipes.

Packing Lists

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Essentials Packing List

  • ID (driver’s license for local trips, passport for international)

  • Airline tickets / e-ticket flight confirmation

  • Itinerary / accommodation / transportation confirmations

  • Medical insurance coverage (copies)

  • Prescriptions or medications

  • Phone or laptop

  • First aid kit (mini ones available at your local pharmacy)

  • A pen (will always come in handy!)

Useful Carry-on Items

  • Electronics (phone, computer, camera)

  • Chargers + adapters

  • Portable charger

  • Reusable water bottle (empty before TSA!)