39 Travel Essentials for Women

Traveling is amazing, and I want as many women to experience it as possible. But it can be a little daunting when you’re just getting started, and knowing what to bring with you, both on short-term and long-term trips, can be difficult.

So I thought I’d try and break it down and make a list of travel essentials for women that might make figuring out what you should pack easier, based on my own personal experiences. I’m not going to include the obvious like toothpaste and a charging cable, but instead will pinpoint items that are essential, particularly for women, and items that you really shouldn’t travel without.

So let’s get to it!

PRE-TRIP PLANNING

1. Travel Insurance

I don’t care who you are, I don’t care how careful you are, I don’t care if you’re as healthy as a horse, you should get travel insurance. Things happen – people get injured, things get broken, luggage gets lost, equipment gets stolen, and accidents happen. It’s just a part of life, and it’s better to be prepared beforehand rather than be left between a rock and a hard place when you’re at your most vulnerable.

A good travel insurance policy will provide these benefits, without breaking the bank:

  • Covering medical emergencies abroad
  • Covering emergency evacuation
  • Covering loss, theft, and breakage of your equipment
  • Reimbursement for lost baggage
  • Protection for identity theft
  • Reimbursement for canceled trips
  • Rental car coverage
  • Hotel/Cruise Ship Protection

2. All Your Vaccinations

Ensuring you’re fully vaccinated before going overseas is always a good idea. It’ll keep you safe, keep others safe, and make the world a healthier place. Get boosters for your routine vaccines like measles and the flu (and as of 2021, Covid-19) and before you start traveling, get vaccines for illnesses that don’t normally affect your country but are common in others such as:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid and paratyphoid fever
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Yellow Fever
  • Rabies
  • Japanese Encephalitis

These illnesses can lead to serious health issues (and a humongous hospital bill if you don’t have insurance) so stay safe and get your vaccines.

3. Virtual Mailbox

This was something that was always at the back of my mind when I started traveling – what happens if I can’t access my mail and get sent something super important? If you don’t have a relative back home who can hold and check your mail for you, things could get a little messy.

An easy fix for this is to invest in a virtual mailbox. Virtual mailboxes are a type of business who specialize in making mail accessible to anyone, anywhere. (at least, with signal that is)

What they do is provide you with a real physical street address that is unique to you, which is located in their facility. When they receive your mail, they scan the outside envelope and send a PDF of it to you. You then can decide whether you’d like to toss it, open it, hold it, so on so forth.

It’s particularly convenient for long-term travelers who no longer have a permanent residence, and is very affordable.

4. Digital Copies of Important Documents

Before you go on your trip, make sure you scan and upload all of your important documents to the cloud – things like your ID, passport, birth certificate, medical records, and social security card. If you end up needing them, having them available online will be convenient and will prevent any major headaches.

5. A Travel Friendly Phone Plan

So, I made this mistake the first time I ever traveled out of country. I was visiting Vancouver, and my silly self didn’t even think about whether or not international texts and calls would cost extra. It had never been something I had to worry about, so it didn’t even cross my mind.

Which turned out to be not so great, considering right before I went to Vancouver I was attending a festival in Seattle, where I made friends and exchanged contact information with a bunch of people. Who then texted me, and who I texted back, which led to quite the phone bill.

Anyways, moral of the story is always make sure you have a phone plan that covers unlimited international texting and calling. They’re honestly not that much more expensive, especially if you haven’t changed plans in the past few years. Always remember that when it comes to services like phone providers, loyalty is not rewarded! Switch plans regularly to get the best bang for your buck.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

6. Filtered Water Bottle

A filtered water bottle might seem like an unnecessary item to pack. There’s plenty of clean water around the world, right? Well, not really. There are many regions around the world that do not have potable tap water, and unless you wanna shell out money on water bottles constantly (which is both a waste of money and terrible for the environment) a filtered water bottle is definitely the move.

CamelBak’s Eddy+ is the bottle I use, and I’d 10/10 recommend it to anyone. It’s a high-end filtered water bottle without a high-end price tag, which you’ve gotta love. It filters out 99.99% of bacteria, 99.99% of parasites, 99.99% of microplastics, and also filters out chlorine, lead, chemicals like pesticides and herbicides, and unpleasant odors/tastes.

The thing that makes it my favorite filtered water bottle, though, are it’s vacuum insulated, stainless steel build and it’s complete leak proof design. I’m notoriously clumsy, and I need a bottle that’s durable and will help minimize spills. This one fits the bill.

7. Birth Control

If you’re someone who is single and ready to mingle, it’s very possible that you might have a fling or two while traveling, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Power to you, enjoy your life. That being said, when you choose to have said flings, please, please practice safe sex and use birth control.

Odds are the majority of you are not looking to spontaneously have a baby, and I’ll tell you right now, getting pregnant unexpectedly is going to completely up end your trip, and it’ll be the least of your worries. Just use birth control – the pill, the implant, the patch, condoms, an IUD, whatever fits you the best.

And another thing to keep in mind is that, even if you’re using some sort of hormonal birth control, it’s still extremely important to use a condom. Sexually transmitted diseases are so common – approximately one in five people in the United States has an STI, to put it into perspective. And they’re no fun to deal with.

Some can put you in the hospital, some will never go away, and some can even cause cancer. One of the most common, HPV (which is estimated to infect about 80% of all sexually active people at some point in their lives) can lead to anal cancer, oral cancer, oropharyngeal cancer, and most commonly, cervical cancer. You can be a carrier without even knowing it, particularly for men, so if you don’t want to protect yourself, at least protect your partner.

8. Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen is extremely important. Unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays causes of variety of awful things, including premature aging, eye damage, immune system suppression, and cancer, to name a few. And considering skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US, if you don’t wear UV protection, your odds of developing it are quite high. (especially if you’re on the lighter end of the skin spectrum)

It’s especially important that travelers wear some sort of sun protection because they are frequently out in the sun for extended periods of time, which is the prime opportunity for a serious sunburn. So apply your sunscreen!

La Roche-Posay is a fantastic skin care brand that carries my favorite sunscreen of all time, their Anthelios Mineral Ultra-Light Fluid. I have rosacea, eczema, and acne prone skin, and this is one of the only sunscreens that I’ve found that doesn’t irritate my complexion or cause clogged pores.

It’s a physical only sunscreen, meaning it has no chemical filters like oxybenzone or octisalate, and unlike most physical sunscreens, it’s consistency is runny, which makes it super easy to spread and apply. It also comes in a tinted and non tinted variety, and I have used and love both.

9. UPF Clothing

Now having said how important it is to wear sunscreen, unless I’m planning to be at the beach all day, I’m only going to apply sunscreen to my face, neck, and décolletage. There’s just no way I’m gonna spend the time (or money) lathering up my whole body every morning. So instead, because I still want to protect my skin from UV exposure, I wear clothes with ultraviolet protection.

It’s actually my favorite form of “sunscreen”. It’s just as effective at preventing UV damage as wearing a traditional sunscreen, it doesn’t have to be reapplied, it only has to be purchased every few years at most, and will last even longer if you buy durable, high-quality products. All in all, it’s just way more convenient and affordable. And it gets bonus points for the fact that it’s better than normal apparel at temperature regulation on sunny days.

I buy nearly all of my UV protection apparel from Coolibar, one of the few brands that make UV protective clothing out of sustainable fibers.

All of their products are UPF 50+ (which blocks 98% of the sun’s rays), machine washable and dryable, and a large section of them are made of an eco-friendly cotton/bamboo-viscose/spandex fabric blend.

This long sleeve top is one of my favorite products from them. It’s lightweight, soft, super comfortable, and comes in 16 different colors. It’s a simple top that’s easy to dress up or down, which is what you want in a traveler’s wardrobe.

10. Foldable Sun Hat

Out of all the UPF apparel I own, sun hats are the ones that I wear most frequently. I wear them pretty much everywhere, unless I need to be somewhere with neat hair.

I use them in combination with sunscreen for some extra protection on my face and neck, but primarily because my scalp is prone to sunburn nastily, and wearing a sun hat is pretty much the only thing I can do to prevent that. (my scalp is already oily enough naturally, sunscreen does not play well it)

This sun hat is collapsible and easily packable, making it ideal for travelers and backpackers. It’s made of a canvas that stores much better and has less issues with wrinkles than other common hat materials like recycled paper, is UPF 50+, and comes with a detachable chin strap, which is very important to me – I’ve actually lost hats before from strong winds, and now exclusively buy sun hats with straps.

11. Sunglasses

Your eyes are as vulnerable to sun damage as any other part of your body, but they’re often overlooked. Wearing sunglasses can help prevent wrinkles (hello crow’s-feet), prevent long term vision loss, and prevent the headache that comes with squinting. They are a necessity for me because I’ve got light eyes that are unreasonably sensitive to the sun, and without them on a sunny day, I’m a mess.

When looking for a good pair of sunglasses, find ones that offer 100% protection against UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. It also doesn’t hurt to get a pair that blocks glare and are shatterproof. They don’t have to be expensive either – I’m clumsy and forgetful, so I lose and break sunglasses way to often to be buying $100 pairs. $30-$50 will go a long way and get you some nice glasses!

12. Sleep Masks & Ear Plugs

What do loud children on airplanes, a snorer in your shared hostel, and midday sunlight have in common? That if you’re a light sleeper, you can kiss your chance of a good night’s sleep goodbye. Seriously though, if you aren’t a heavy sleeper who can sleep through just about anything, I’d recommend bringing an eye mask and earplugs.

I’m a comically light sleeper, so I’m pretty strict about the requirements my masks have to meet. They have to be able to block out at least 90% of light, have to have an adjustable fit, have to be comfortable, and have to be breathable. That might not seem all that unusual, but it’s harder than you’d think to find a mask that has all those traits.

Silk masks are favored by tons of people – they’re soft, comfy, and very sustainable. But despite how great they are, most that I’ve tried don’t effectively block out light.

This mulberry silk blackout mask, on the other hand, is the only silk mask I’ve ever found that truly blocks out light and I love it. Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s comfortable, gentle on the skin, lightweight, breathable, has an adjustable fit, and let’s me sleep comfortably in broad daylight.

As far as earplugs go, any reusable set will work. Just don’t buy disposable foam ones!

13. Menstrual Cup

If you’re a woman of reproductive age who isn’t on some sort of birth control that’s halting your periods, one of the most sustainable feminine hygiene products you can use, and the most travel-friendly, is a menstrual cup.

There are other options such as tampons and pads, but they’re not as practical for a traveler. If you’re a tampon girl, I’ll let you know right now that a large chunk of the female population around the world just doesn’t use them. Back when tampons were my number one choice, I remember it being an absolute nightmare trying to find them at times – stores just straight up don’t carry them.

And pads can be found virtually anywhere, but they are not anywhere near as convenient as tampons or menstrual cups, and make swimming much more difficult. This is why I prefer using a menstrual cup when I travel.

The one I use, and the one I recommend to anyone who is hesitant about the idea of a menstrual cup, is Flex’s Menstrual Cup. What makes it so special is that it’s built with a loop at the end, and when the loop is pulled, it breaks the suction seal of the cup and makes removal so, so much easier. No leaking, no mess, no difficulty getting it out, it makes the process 10x easier.

If you’re at all nervous about using a menstrual cup, but still want to give it a try, get this one.

14. Compression Socks

If you’ve been taking combined hormonal birth control for an extended period of time, I recommend you invest in a good pair of compression socks. I’m sure most of you know, but one of the most serious side effects of hormonal birth control is an increased risk for blood clotting, and combine that with sitting still in a confined space for lengthy periods of time (like when on a plane, long train ride, etc.) which makes your chances of developing a blood clot skyrocket, it’s a recipe for disaster. 

Seriously, safety is always the most important factor and compression socks are a simple and cheap way to alleviate some of the risk of blood clot formation during prolonged bouts of sitting. They work by improving circulation and keeping blood from pooling in the legs, where blood clot formation is most common.

Consider getting yourself a pair of compression socks and stay safe!

15. Solid Toiletries

There are a ton of reasons to switch to solid toiletries – they’re more sustainable, they last longer, they take up less space, they aren’t subject to TSA liquid limits, and they’re easier to carry around while traveling, to name a few. I’m not a fan of all solid toiletries (toothpaste tablets are heinous and you can’t convince me otherwise), but I do really enjoy a good solid shampoo and conditioner.

HiBAR’s Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner are my usual go to. They’re both packaged and shipped in zero waste materials and my bars typically last me at least 4 months, making them perfect for long-term travel.

They’re also sulfate-free, paraben free, silicone free, phthalate free, and cruelty-free. Also, just a quick tip that I’ve learned from personal experience – make sure you dry them as well as you can after each use so they last as long as possible without getting mushy.

16. Dry Shampoo

Another goodie that I don’t see many people packing, but that comes in extremely handy, is dry shampoo. There are gonna be days that you won’t be able to shower, whether it’s because you’re camping, are on a long plane flight, or just didn’t have the energy to.

And I don’t know about you, but I prefer to have a non-oily scalp whether I can bathe or not. A small bottle will last you forever, it’ll take up next to no space, and it will save you the trouble of having to make an oily mess look somewhat presentable.

17. Bug Repellant

I live in the Southern United States, and from mid-spring to late autumn, I can’t even open my front door without at least five mosquitoes slipping in. That wouldn’t be too much of a problem, except that for some reason, mosquitoes love seeking me out. You can only imagine how bad it gets when I’m camping during peak bug season or traveling through tropical regions.

If mosquitos like the taste of you too, and you’d like to pack some bug spray to protect yourself – both from the annoying aftermath of the bites and the potential viruses the mosquitos may be carrying – Repel’s Plant-Based Spray is a more sustainable alternative to your average insect repellent. It’s deet free and uses oil of lemon eucalyptus to repel insects. (which might sound ineffective, but has the CDC’s seal of approval)

It’s not greasy or sticky, smells good without being overbearing, and every time I’ve used it I had a huge decrease in overall amount of bug bites.

18. Lip Balm With SPF

Your lips are one of the most sensitive places on your body and are very susceptible to damage from UV rays. As such, they are more prone to skin cancer. They’re also one of the least protected parts of the body because most people overlook applying lip balm with SPF protection.

Wearing a lip balm with SPF won’t just prevent skin cancer, either – it’ll prevent a very uncomfortable sunburn. I can tell you from personal experience that it happens easier than you’d think and is no fun. Think chapped lips, but much worse.

Vanicream’s Lip Protectant Sunscreen is the balm I use daily, and I’ve been wearing it for years. It contains only physical sunscreen filters (gotta love sustainability), is cheap, and doesn’t make me look like a ghost in the way that many other lip SPF’s do. 10/10 would recommend. 

19. Wet Wipes

Wet wipes come in handy more often than you’d think. Just ate really sticky finger food and can’t wash your hands? Need to freshen up after a mid day hike? Need an on-the-spot stain remover? Wet wipes will get the job done.

I take them on most of my trips, and the ones I purchase the most are Surviveware’s Biodegradable Wet Wipes. They are 100% biodegradable and are unscented, alcohol-free, and hypoallergenic. What keeps me coming back is their size and durability, though. They’re the perfect size cloth for a full body wipe down, and they don’t disintegrate in your hands like some of the other biodegradable wipes I’ve used.

20. Vitamins, Pain Relievers & Antihistamines

Pretty much every traveler (especially women who go through monthly menstruation) should pack a bottle of multivitamins. Unless you’re carefully planning out each meal and limiting your take out consumption, a travelers diet isn’t exactly the healthiest, and it can be easy to become deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. It’s better to err on the side of caution and take your daily vitamin.

On that same note, it’s a good idea to bring along some painkillers and antihistamines. I promise you’d rather have them and not need them, then need them and not have them.

SAFETY & SECURITY

21. RFID Blocking Wallet

With identity theft becoming more and more sophisticated everyday, one can’t be too careful with how they carry and store their sensitive information. One easy, foolproof method of protecting your information is using an RFID blocking wallet, which protects your debit and credit cards from being scanned by RFID readers.

More and more wallets come built with it every year, so there are plenty of styles to choose from. It’s one of the easiest ways to prevent identity theft, and it’s the only type of wallet I use now, both abroad and at home.

22. Scarf With a Compartment

This is a rule that I live by when traveling – always, always stash cash somewhere other than your wallet, and somewhere that you wouldn’t be checked. In the unlucky scenario that you do get robbed, if you haven’t hidden cash or card somewhere on your person, getting back to your accommodation is going to be rough. (especially if you use a bank that is exclusive to your home country – don’t do that)

You’ll save yourself so much trouble if you just stash a couple of twenties. Scarves with hidden compartments are one of my favorite ways to do this, because they’re both cute and effective. This scarf is a constant staple in my travel wardrobe. It’s neutral, so it matches anything, it has two secret compartments, and it converts into a blanket, a normal scarf, and an infinity scarf. Multi-purpose items are a traveler’s best friend.

23. Socks With Hidden Compartments

Some of you might be thinking that scarves with hidden pockets have become pretty common and maybe you’ll come across a thief that’s well informed, and knows to steal your scarf too. That’s exactly why I always hide cash on at least two parts of my body, other than my wallet.

And my all time favorite place to hide cash is in my socks. A thief might want your shoes, but he’s not going to want your dirty socks. I used to stash cash in regular socks, but then I found these socks with hidden pockets and I use them whenever I can instead.

WARDROBE

24. Simple Mix n’ Match Wardrobe

As much as I love a vibrant, unique, complex wardrobe, it’s not practical for travel. You might love that pastel rainbow cardigan, but trying to match it with the few other articles of clothing you had room to pack is gonna be difficult.

I’ve found it best to stick with a simple wardrobe filled with clothing that I can mix and match easily. The goal is to have a wardrobe filled with 10 articles of clothing that can become many different outfits. Here are a few of the criteria I use when packing my classic mix and match wardrobe:

  • Each article of clothing is one color. No stripes, no patterns, just simple single color clothes.
  • Stick to your favorite colors. If you like jewel tones, buy that. If you like neutrals or earth tones, get them. Base your entire wardrobe around these sets of colors so you can mix and match with ease.
  • Plan out your wardrobe according to the styles you like. If you like button-down shirts, pack more of them and less of other types of tops. If you can’t stand cardigans, don’t bring them! You won’t end up wearing them and they’ll be a waste of precious space.
  • Bring clothes that are low maintenance. I love silk, but it’s not practical to have to hand wash all of your clothes while traveling. Linen is a strong, stylish fabric but I’m not ironing my clothes everyday.

25. Comfortable Shoes

My first-ever big trip was a trip to New York City, and because I had no travel experience, I made a few mistakes and learned a few things from that trip. But the one thing that ingrained itself in my mind forever is to always pack a comfortable pair of shoes that are well broken in.

During my trip I packed only one pair of shoes, a brand new pair of wedge sandals. I would definitely not recommend doing that. It was a week-long trip, and I had blisters from day one to well after I returned home.

My go to pair of shoes for every trip now is this pair of sketchers. They’re extremely comfortable, I can walk in them all day long, they take up very little space, they are easy to dress up and down, and they wash well. That’s really all you need, and they’re usually one of two, maybe three pairs of shoes that I pack.

26. Long Skirt or Dress

This is a mistake that I had to learn the hard way – always bring either a long skirt or dress with you when you’re traveling. There are plenty of places that will not allow you in if you’re wearing clothing that reveals the legs. Temples and churches are very prone to this. So, keep that in mind and always pack a maxi skirt or dress.

27. Bathing Suit

A bathing suit should be a necessity on every traveler’s packing list. It doesn’t matter if it’s 30° outside, bring a bathing suit. You won’t just use it at the beach, you’ll use it at saunas, indoor pools, hot springs, you name it. They’re very handy to have, and are a pain in the neck to not have when you need them.

28. Water Shoes

You know what’s worse than stepping on legos? Stepping on hundreds of tiny, sharp rocks on the bottom of a riverbed. I never used to wear water shoes, and would instead just grin and bear it. 

Now I look back, and can’t help but laugh at how silly I was. Why endure needless pain that can be avoided so easily? Just slip on a pair of water shoes and you’re good to go. These are a great example – they’ve got a durable rubber sole, are quick drying, and look like actual shoes.

EQUIPMENT

29. A Multitool

The often overlooked, but always useful multitool is a must have. You’d be surprised how often you’ll need a pair of scissors while traveling, but it’s not exactly practical to be carrying around the real thing.

Leatherman is the most famous brand of multitool manufacturers, and for good reason. Their tools last decades if well taken care of, and include pretty much every tool you’d ever need. This model of theirs comes equipped with 18 different tools – Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters, wire strippers, scissors, a saw, a ruler, a can opener, a bottle opener, a file, a knife, and a ton more.

They also come with a 25 year warranty which is pretty sweet.

30. Hanging Toiletry Bag

For a brief time when I first began traveling, I didn’t use a toiletry bag and instead opted to throw all of my products into my bag willy-nilly. That didn’t last long. They are a fantastic addition to any traveler’s checklist, and will save you the headache of having to ransack your carefully packed bag just to find your toothpaste. (true story)

Also, look for one that you can hang. A lot of accommodations don’t have vanity sinks, so unless you wanna put your toiletry bag on the floor or toilet, get one that hangs like this one.

31. Packing Cubes

I am a huge proponent for packing cubes, and recommend them to anyone who travels frequently. The longer your trip is, the more you’ll appreciate how helpful packing cubes really are.

They make staying organized 10x easier, make getting something out of the bottom of your bag much less frustrating, and help you utilize all the space your pack has to offer – I can fit a ton more stuff in my backpack when I use packing cubes.

These cubes made by Northern Olive are my favorite. They’re made of 100% organic cotton, are built with a focus on durability, and come with four different sized cubes.

One of the best things about them is the brand that they’re made by. Northern Olive takes sustainability seriously – all of their products are made out of sustainable natural fibers, they plant one tree for every product sold, and they package all of their goods in 100% biodegradable and compostable materials.

32. Universal Power Adaptor

Every international traveler will need one of these at some point, because each country has a different shape and voltage for their outlets. I’ve seen dozens of all-in-one adaptors that allow you to plug an item into an outlet, but that don’t convert the voltage, which is a recipe for disaster.

If you take an item from the US, intended for a voltage of 110-120V, and plug it into an outlet with a higher voltage, the item will in most cases be damaged beyond repair. There are a few items, such as phone chargers, laptop chargers and electronics with dual voltage, that will be unaffected by voltage differences. But for hairdryers, hair straighteners, game consoles, and more, you’d be destroying them.

BESTEK’s power adaptor is one of the only adaptors I’ve found that doesn’t do that. Instead it comes equipped with a patented voltage converter that converts high voltage into low voltage. It can also power 7 devices at once, has 4 USB charging ports, and is useable in over 150 countries around the world.

33. Portable Steamer

If you like to travel in style, I recommend buying a portable steamer. They unwrinkle clothing in minutes and make sure your outfits look fresh outta the wash. I wear a lot of button downs that tend to get crumpled easily, and steamers make quick work of them. Before I started using one, I’d hang the shirt I was gonna wear that day on the shower rod and let the steam help relieve some of the wrinkles, but travel steamers work 10x better and faster.

BEAUTURAL’s Travel Steamer is super compact, lightweight, foldable, and easily packable. It heats water quickly, has a complete leak proof design, and all-in-all is an awesome travel steamer.

34. Scrubba Wash Bag

Wash bags can be useful, especially when you don’t always have access to washing machines. (which is pretty often) They provide a machine quality wash with the convenience of being able to use them anywhere with a clean water source, and get clothes a lot cleaner than a regular handwashing session would.

The Scrubba Wash Bag uses hundreds of internal nodules to clean clothing similarly to old-fashioned washboards. It’s also made of durable polyether TPU, which means it doubles as a dry bag.

35. Foldable Hair Dryer

The first time you have to walk through 20 degree weather with wet hair, because your hostel doesn’t have a hair dryer and you’re late to the airport, you’ll hate yourself for not bringing one.

The Conair 1600 is the best for travelers because it’s super lightweight, has dual voltage, and a folding handle which enables it to fit into any bag.

36. A Towel

I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t leave the house without a towel. They are infinitely useful. They can be used as a makeshift sheet, pillow, blanket, scarf, bag, sunshade, cold/warm compress, tablecloth, hail windshield protector, and more.

I prefer linen towels over traditional cotton towels because linen fabrics are three times stronger than cotton fabrics, and they are more sustainable – fewer chemicals and less water are needed to grow and manufacture linen. This 100% linen towel is soft, durable, and highly absorbent.

37. Sleeping Liner

Not all accommodations are created equal, and if you travel frequently, it’s inevitable that sometime or another you’re going to stay in a bad accommodation.

Bugs, mold, dirty bedding, you name it. I carry a sleeping liner with me for this very reason. They’re like a sleeping bag, but are made of sheet-like material. They take up next to no room, will keep you from having to lay on a dirty bed, and will give you a little peace of mind while sleeping in a sketchy room.

If you’re interested in getting a travel sheet, look for one that’s made of mulberry silk, like this one. Silk is one of the most sustainable fibers (it’s renewable, biodegradable, and uses less water and energy during manufacturing than many other fibers) and mulberry silk is the highest quality silk you can purchase.

Thanks to the properties of silk, this sheet is naturally hypoallergenic, excellent at temperature regulation, and gentle on the skin. It’s also machine washable, and once folded and packed away in its pouch, is only the size of an iPhone.

38. Travel Clothesline

Hang drying your clothes is particularly convenient if you’re a traveler. Clotheslines take up very little space, weigh next to nothing, and give you the freedom to wash and dry your clothes without access to a traditional washer and dryer. Just hand wash (or use a wash bag) and hang.

This clothesline was designed for travelers. It’s retractable, has built-in clips, and comes with a waterproof carrying case.

39. Deck of Cards

A classic, and one I never leave for a trip without. Playing cards are universal, can be played anywhere with anyone (even if you don’t speak the same language) and provide simple, nearly endless fun. A nice, waterproof deck of cards are a must have in my book.

That’s it!

That’s my go to list of travel essentials for women. Thank you for taking the time to read this article, I really do hope there was some value in it for you! I’m sure there are things that I’ve missed, so if you have one you’d like to share feel free to let me know about it in the comments below!

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Hi, I’m Ash!

I’m a laid back traveler who loves experiencing new things and spontaneity. My favorite hobbies are hiking, gardening, skincare, and all things tea.

My biggest goal is to spread the word about sustainable travel and show everyone how easy it is to partake in. If you wanna learn more about that or get to know me better, feel free to click here.


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