Essential Tips for Packing for Your Vacation

Prepare your Suitcase like an expert!

Packing for a vacation can seem like a puzzle. What to bring? How much to pack? And, how to make everything fit in the suitcase?

If you are someone who always ends up forgetting something important or a frequent traveler, this guide for pack light is for you.

We're talking about the essence of packing, making sure you have everything you need without having to lug around the kitchen sink. So, buckle up and let's look at the packing list and some tricks to make packing a suitcase for your next vacation a breeze.

The Essentials: What to include in your vacation packing list

When packing you have to start with the golden rule: Distribute as much as you think you need and then divide it in half. Seriously, mix and match is your best friend, you're going to need:


Opt for layering instead of bulky clothing and focus on easy-to-mix combinations. Do not forget:

  • Underwear (plus extras).
  • Socks (for those cold flights or cooler nights).
  • Swimsuit (even if you don't go to the beach, most hotels have a pool).
  • A jacket, light jacket or sweater, no matter the destination.
  • For footwear, limit yourself to the following pairs of shoes: something casual, something dressy, something for adventure, and sandals.
TIP: During your trip on the plane, it's always a good idea to wear heavier clothing (pants, tennis shoes, jackets), this will help you make your travel suitcase lighter and therefore avoid paying extra.

Toiletries travel pack

  • Toothbrush.
  • toothpaste.
  • Hilo dental.
  • Shampoo and conditioner.
  • Moisturizing cream (your skin will thank you).
  • Personal hygiene items.

Keep it simple and compatible with your country and airline regulations. Keep in mind, liquids must be in containers of 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less, and they all need to fit into a single quart-sized clear toiletry bag.

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These are non-negotiable and must always be with you or in your carry-on luggage:

  • Passport or Visa.
  • Personal identification.
  • Travel insurance details.
  • Tickets and travel itinerary.
  • Emergency contacts and important addresses.

Technology and entertainment:

  • Smart phone and charger.
  • Travel adapter and power bank.
  • Headphones or hearing aids.
  • E-reader or a good book.
  • Leave your laptop behind to fully enjoy your vacation. But if you really need it, you can bring it as a personal item.

First aid kit:

  • Any prescribed medication (plus a copy of your prescription).
  • Some over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, headache pills, dizziness pills, stomach pills, band-aids, hand sanitizer, etc., are advisable because drug names can vary from country to country, even if they contain the same active ingredients. This helps avoid confusion and saves money, as medicines tend to be more expensive in tourist areas.

The extras that make the difference:

  • A reusable water bottle (stay hydrated and eco-friendly).
  • A compact umbrella or raincoat (because the weather can be unpredictable).
  • Some reusable bags (for shopping or visiting the beach).

Essentials for international travels:

Be sure to pack things for the flight that will make you more comfortable, such as a neck pillow, earplugs, headphones, sunglasses, and some snacks like an energy bar.

Things you shouldn't pack

You must consider where you travel. Do you sell most of the things you will need, and you can Buy upon arrival: sunscreen, tanning lotion, mosquito repellent. There are a few other things you can get at the hotel, once you request them, such as some toiletries such as razors, towels and beach towels, bottles of water, be sure to ask what is available before you take your flight to avoid packing unnecessary things.

Tips and tricks for packing better:

Roll, don't fold: Rolling clothes not only saves space but also reduces wrinkles.

Make essentials accessible: Keep your documents, important medications, and a change of clothes in your luggage or carry-on bag, in case your luggage gets lost.

Frequent questions

With How much anticipation Should I pack my bags?

The ideal is a week before departure. It gives you time to remember any last-minute items and avoid the stress of packing the night before.

Can I carry snacks in my luggage or hand bag?

Absolutely! Just make sure they are not liquid and be aware of restrictions if you travel abroad.

What should I do if I am prone to over packing?

Try to plan your outfit in advance and apegate to a list. Allow a couple of days to pass and make a strict selection about what you pack. This will do that you remove at least half of the excess that you will not use on vacation.

We hope this small guide, can help you in your future trips to Solaris Resorts, either for a fun holiday weekend or for a quick getaway vacation, remember life with less is simpler.