The Essentials Packing List By Emma Murphy

(Inspired by Tracy Murphy Travel Hacks and All the Things I’ve Forgotten Over the Years)

The Real Important Stuff:

    • Take a picture of your passport on your phone and also make a hard copy
    • If you’re someone who feels more comfortable having your passport with you at all times, consider a passport belt/small fanny pack that can be worn under your clothes (this is safer than carrying it in a purse or backpack)
  • Credit/debit cards and currency
    • Make sure to include small bills of the local currency for tips!
  • Itinerary and all travel documents, reservation confirmations, etc.

Toiletries and Stuff:

  • Glasses and extra contact lenses
  • Sunglasses. I forget them every time.
  • Travel sizes of toiletries if you’re only taking carry-on
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Deoderant is generally a good idea
    • Facewipes are great for trips where you’ll be physically active
    • Femine hygeine products
    • Face wash and moisturizer, and all of your other daily regimen items
    • Razor
    • Medicines
  • FAMILY TRAVEL PRO TIP: dramamine for the little one that gets motion sick and an easily accessible plastic bag if it fails:)  it happens to the best of us.

Clothes are Cool:

  • Underwear. Socks. Sleepwear. All have been forgotten before.
  • Some sort of hat because trust me you will not be pretty after a 10 hour flight and should cover you’re hair.
  • Layer clothing!
    •  Even if you’re going to a tropical paradise you’re going to want a jacket and some options with sleeves, make sure to bring that along with the tank tops.
    • Tracy Murphy herself is a BIG scarf girl when it comes to planes- its a style piece, a blanket, and a pillow all wrapped into one!
  • Wear comfortable shoes when you travel! I promise the airport security guards are not judging your less stylish shoe choice. Flip flops are not good for sprinting through the airport to make your connecting flight.
  • Rain coat

Airplane Things:

  • Download all your netflix shows onto your phone before your get the the airport because airport wifi is terrible.
  • Chewing gum
  • Earbuds, headphones, airpods, something. No one wants to spend $30 on the really terrible airport shop earbuds that break half way through your first episode and the left side never worked to begin with.
  • Reusable water bottle. Be nice to the environment. Don’t spend $6 on a plastic water bottle in the airport.
  • A book