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What To Pack for A Week Long Trip Checklist

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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 BRINGING ONLY A CARRY ON BAG.

Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a novice adventurer setting out for the first time, the task of packing for any trip can seem daunting. But once you understand the basics of a holiday packing list, everything else is a breeze.

So, what actually needs to be on a 7-day packing list for vacation?

Read on for tips and lists of what to pack for a week trip (or join the FTLO Community for even more inside info). We'll fill you in on how many clothes to pack for 7 days and provide in-depth info on how to pack for a week-long trip as well. Let's go.

How to pack for a week long trip

Pack Light

We mentioned bringing only a carry-on earlier, but it's worth restating as it's something we're super passionate about. Losing luggage sucks, and it doesn't need to happen to you.

If you're only heading off on a week trip, do whatever you can to pack light so you don't need to check a bag. Use packing cubes; they're an absolute life-saver, and wear any bulky clothes you need to bring, so you've got more space in your luggage.

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.

This isn't just for women either; it's one of those all-encompassing travel tips that men should think about when they travel as well.

  • 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.

Consider the Weather and Activities

Do some research on the weather and find out what activities you'll be doing so you know exactly how many outfits you'll need need to bring for your next trip.

Pack for the destination

  • 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 helping you maintain a chic wardrobe. Figuring out what to pack for a 7-day vacation in the winter may seem like a challenge, but with some research and preparation it can be done easily.

  • 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-shirts, 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 and gear. If you’re hiking a lot, then prioritize those socks, tanks, and hats, and consider sunblock and bug repellent. If you’re heading for the coast, you'll need a 7 day beach vacation packing list. Focus on the swimmies, trunks, and beachwear.

What to pack for a week trip

Packing essentials

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!)

  • Reusable tote

  • Snacks (dried fruit, granola, popcorn, crackers)

  • Sunglasses + prescription glasses

  • Earphones

  • Ear plugs + neck pillow

  • Notebook + pen

  • Toiletries (under 3oz: toothbrush + paste, deodorant, hairbrush, face wipes, tissues, birth control + condoms, makeup, razors, nail clippers, shampoos and soaps, lotions, perfumes or colognes, chapstick, hair ties)

  • Change of clothes (so you can feel refreshed after a long flight)

Things to Leave Behind

  • Too many books and magazines

  • Big bottles of toiletries (you won't get past TSA)

  • That weird shirt you’ve never worn (if you've never worn it, you're not going to wear it now)

  • Lots of the same thing (you don't need 50 underwear; rule of thumb: one set per day)

  • Other things you never use (leave that board game behind!)

  • Clothing that doesn’t match the weather (if there's snow, you won't need shorts)

Bag packed for vacation

Day Trip Packing Essentials

Depending on where your trip takes you, you'll almost certainly be heading out on day trips; it's important to think about these when you're packing as well.

City Adventure

A city day trip calls for lightweight, practical, and secure items.

Essential items include:

  • A lightweight backpack or crossbody bag for security

  • Portable phone charger to keep your device powered

  • Digital or print map of the city

  • Water bottle and snacks

  • Comfortable shoes for walking

  • Lightweight jacket or sweater for cooler indoor temperatures

  • Travel umbrella for unexpected showers

Beach Trip

When heading to the beach for a day, you should focus on sun protection and hydration.

Essential items include:

  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)

  • Beach towel or mat

  • Swimsuit and change of clothes

  • Hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing

  • Plenty of water and snacks

  • Beach umbrella or tent for shade

  • Sand-free bag to keep your belongings clean

Hiking Excursion

A day on the trails requires careful preparation to ensure safety and comfort.

Essential items include:

  • Backpack with plenty of storage

  • Hydration pack or water bottles

  • Energy-rich snacks (nuts, dried fruit, protein bars)

  • Map or GPS device

  • First aid kit

  • Layered clothing for changing weather

  • Sturdy, comfortable hiking boots

  • Bug spray and sunscreen

Remember, the key to successful day trip packing is to anticipate your needs based on your destination and activities planned.

What would FTLO Founder, Tara Cappel, bring on our eight-day trip to Tuscany + Rome?

Weather (in June)

Tuscany High: 81 °F

Tuscany Low: 59 °F

Rome High: 83° F

Rome Low: 62° F

Outfit Essentials

In a nutshell: Bring enough so that you have something to wear every day given that you might sweat most days but not so much that you don't have room for new acquisitions.

  • 4 tank tops or t-shirts

  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts

  • 3 summer dresses

  • 2 pairs of shorts

  • 1 maxi skirt

  • 1 pair flowy pants or boyfriend jeans

  • 1 linen onesie

  • 2 evening outfits

  • 1 sweater or shawl

  • 1 summer scarf

  • 1 leather jacket (that you may or may not want to purchase in Florence :)

  • 1 pair of day-to-night sandals (2-inch wedge or chunky heel)

  • 1 pair cute sneakers

  • 1 bathing suit (you never know)

  • 3 bras, 10 pairs of underwear, 3 pairs of socks (more if you want to work out)

Carry-on 'Must-haves'

The key here is to have everything you need to survive in case your bag is delayed!

  • Passport / ID

  • Phone + charger + adapter + *headphones*

  • Airline tickets / e-ticket confirmation

  • Itinerary / accommodation / transportation confirmations

  • Medical prescriptions

  • Camera + charger

  • Portable charger

  • Reusable water bottle

  • Sunglasses + contact lenses/solution if you need it (always carry this on!)

  • Ear plugs + neck pillow

  • Key toiletries (under 3oz)

  • Jacket + cozy socks for the flight

  • Change of clothes

  • Snackssss

  • Pen!

Tara's Luggage Picks

See more staff picks for luggage and carry-ons.

Now that you've nailed down all of your travel essentials and figured out what to pack for a week trip, you can let go of the stress and focus on the fun! Who knows, maybe you'll even be one of those people who love packing soon.

If you’re interested in exploring the world with FTLO and an amazing group of travelers, check out our upcoming trips or join our community by filling out a profile, and one of our Community Managers will help find the best destinations for you!

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