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A printable, basic packing list for surviving a two-month trip with one suitcase. For a more complete list, please visit

In your carry-on personal item:

  • Charger (and adapter, if necessary)
  • Headphones/earbuds
  • Chapstick
  • Travel pillow
  • Sweater/scarf
  • Change of undergarments in case your primary luggage doesn’t arrive with you.
  • An empty water bottle for refilling once you have cleared security.
  • Wallet
  • Identification
  • Cash
  • Important flight/hotel/ticketing information
  • A pen
  • Laptop/kindle/tablet

In your suitcase:

  • Three pairs of shoes, all of which are comfortable to walk in – Two should work for every day with a specialty pair (sandals, heels).
  • Seven basic tops – Two or three tank tops, two or three short sleeve tees, and two long sleeve shirts that can be layered over a tank or under a collared shirt.
  • Four woven tops – A sweatshirt, a sweater, and two collared shirts in cotton, denim, or flannel (or a lightweight jacket)
  • One medium-weight jacket, even better if it’s rain-resistant
  • Two pairs of pants
  • One dress or skirt that can be layered with the tops, or a third pair of pants.
  • A set of loungewear that is cozy enough to sleep in, and prudent enough to not be embarrassing if you step out to grab ice
  • A bathing suit and travel towel (if not staying in a hotel)
  • Underwear and socks for a week
  • A scarf – It can be used traditionally, but can also fill in as a beach coverup, or be placed over shoulders or on the head to respect customs in more conservative locales.
  • Sunglasses (with a case)
  • A belt
  • A foldable bag for use as a second carry-on if necessary
  • A laundry bag


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