Planning a girls trip can be one of the most exciting times of your life (okay, second to actually taking that trip). However, it can also be pretty stressful trying to find the perfect items to bring along with you. To help, we’ve put together a list of ten items every girl needs on her girls trip packing list in order to have the most memorable trip possible. Once you’ve decided where you’re going, it’s time to pack your bags!
Girls Trip Item #1: Hydration
It’s important to stay hydrated when traveling, especially if you’re exploring or taking in a wine tour. But how do you know how much water is too much? A good rule of thumb is to aim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses of H2O a day. (And if it seems like that much would weigh down your luggage—don’t pack it, bring your favorite reusable bottle to fill once you arrive.)
Girls Trip Item #2: A Good Pair of Shoes
Depending on where you are going and the activities you will be encountering, this could range from a sturdy pair of hiking boots to sneakers to flip-flops.
For me, no matter the trip, I’ve always got flip-flops with me. Forget spending hundreds of dollars on designer sandals; good old flip flops are a must-have item for any girl’s trip. Throw them in your beach bag and you’ll have no problems getting from point A to point B—and, unlike your new Louboutins, they won’t ruin if you happen to step in some mud or puddle. Taking a ski trip instead of hitting the beach? I WISHED I had packed my sandals for our recent ski trip… what better way to get around the hot tub and pools. Suffice it to say, flip-flops will always be with me.
Girls Trip Item #3: A Wallet, Purse or Backpack
When traveling I like to keep my important items (ID, Passport, Credit Cards, Cash, Insurance Card, etc.) with me.
My go-to method is either a purse or a small backpack, but I have a few friends, that tend to lean toward minimal accessories, and they swear by their phone wallets. No matter your preference, it is important when traveling to make sure that whatever you are using to carry your belongings that it is secure.
When choosing my purse or backpack, I like to look at what I’m packing to wear for the trip and I choose the purse that coordinates with a range of outfits. It tends to be more neutral.
Girls Trip Item #4: Sun Protection
Whether you’re going to a beach for spring break or taking a winter vacation to the mountains, it’s important to pack some sun protection in your suitcase. It is also recommended that you pack a hat and sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection.
Girls Trip Item #5: Snacks
You’ll be hungry while traveling and doing activities, so you want to pack snacks. Whether it’s trail mix, nuts, or granola bars—you’ll want a couple different options to munch on for when you get peckish. No one likes a hangry friend!
Girls Trip Item #6: Phone Chargers
These little devices can be lifesavers when you’re traveling, especially if you plan to do a lot of site-seeing or shopping. Check out our guide to packing light for tips on how to fit everything into your suitcase while keeping it light. When you’re done packing, don’t forget to snag a handy power strip (or two!) so you have access to all your electronics at once!
Girls Trip Item #7: Camera & Extra Memory Cards
The number one thing you should pack for your girls trip is a camera. You never know when you’ll stumble upon that perfect shot or meet someone worth snapping a photo of (celebrity sightings maybe or even manatee friends like on my recent girls trip to Crystal River!). It also helps to have an extra memory card for your camera, so if you run out of space on one, you can switch it out and not miss any opportunities. Plus, having pictures from your trip to share with friends will help remind you of all those good times!
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Thankfully phones now sometimes have the best cameras, so that means less space taken up in your suitcase… but either way, make sure you’ve got a camera handy!
Girls Trip Item #8: Kindle, Tablet or Book
One of my favorite things to do on vacation is finally making a dent in my TBR (to be read) list. With 6 kiddos and constant projects on my docket, I rarely take the time to read for enjoyment. I know some vacations are jammed-packed with activities, but if you are like me and enjoy the slower-paced getaways be sure to pack your e-reader of choice or your TBR paperback.
On a budget? A great app to check out is the Libby app, it allows you to add your library card and check out digital copies of books and audiobooks at no cost.
Girls Trip Item #9: Headphones
While there will definitely be moments on the road trip where everyone is jamming out and singing along as a group, I find that it is best to make sure everyone has headphones (AirPods) on hand. They come in handy when you are wanting to take a break from the noise, have to take a phone call or if you have an audiobook or music that you want to listen to separately. They also come in handy in the evenings – depending on your sleeping arrangements and sleep patterns, if you are a night owl and sharing a room with someone, headphones are a must-have to respect the sleep of the other person while still being able to enjoy yourself.
Girls Trip Item #10: Sunglasses
You can’t go wrong with a pair of shades. No matter where you are, they will always be appropriate.
Also, there are so many different types of sunglasses available now that it’s hard to go wrong. From cat-eye sunglasses to aviators, it’s difficult to lose with a pair of shades. And if you don’t already have a good pair, we recommend spending money on good quality ones; they could last for years or until your next girls trip! Of course, if you’re trekking through mountain trails or taking an extra-adventurous trip? I’d actually recommend a less expensive pair so you’re not worried about losing them.