The Ultimate Summer Packing List

Packing List

This past weekend Levi and I were able to get away, and what’s even better is that it was for a great friend’s beautiful wedding. In the rush and excitement of getting ready, I forgot some of my most basic items! Not having them ended up really throwing me off.

Contrary to what I always say, I could NOT just pick these things up when I got to my destination. Who knew a Bavarian inspired vacation town wouldn’t supply Beauty Blenders and bronzer?

I’m headed to LA this weekend for a bachelorette party and I thought of the idea to make a “master packing list” so I can avoid repeating this situation, and hopefully help you avoid my silly mistakes. Keep reading for a detailed list of things that I almost always pack regardless of the trip, be it on the beach in Hawaii, or the streets of various European cities.

You can certainly adjust to your travels and lifestyle! Also, these are items in addition to pre-planned outfits, so what you’ll find here are the essentials that we can sometimes forget. I tried packing light, it didn’t work out. I have split the items out by category for your convenience!


  • Hair dryer (the ones in hotels usually suck, and I have thick hair)
  • Curling iron/Straightener
  • Hairspray
  • Dry shampoo
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Claw clips
  • Hair brush


  • Face/makeup wipes
  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Serum
  • Moisturizer
  • Zit treatment
  • Cortisone cream
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton balls
  • Face mask

Other toiletries:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Body lotion
  • Tampons
  • Perfume
  • Body wash
  • Loofah
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Nail clippers


  • Beauty blender!
  • Brushes (contour, blush, bronzer, highlight, eyes)
  • Foundation
  • Setting powder
  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Eyeshadow palette
  • Highlighter palette
  • Mascara
  • Brow pencil
  • Brow gel
  • Lipstick
  • Gloss
  • Eyeliner
  • Setting spray
  • Nail polish

Clothes (in addition to planned outfits):

  • Pajamas
  • Several pairs of underwear (double the days of trip, includes thongs and comfortable underwear)
  • Nude bra
  • Extra bra
  • Bralette
  • Strapless bra
  • Shapewear/Spanx
  • Bathing suit
  • Extra outfit for evening
  • Extra outfit for day
  • Heels
  • Slides/Sandals
  • Tennis shoes


  • Lint roller
  • Phone charger
  • Phone
  • Sunglasses
  • Everyday jewelry
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Advil
  • Benadryl/allergy meds
  • Vitamin B (for hangovers)
  • Headphones
  • A good book (esp if you’re doing any travel by plane)
  • Gallon size ziploc bags (for used undergarments + toiletries-esp if flying!)
  • Fashion tape (aka boob tape)
  • International adapter (for international trips)

I hope you find this list helpful on your next vacation, and let me know if there’s anything else I need to add! Have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend, and as always thank you so much for reading!



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