Overseas Travel: What To Pack In You Backpack And Purse
Posted February 22, 2023 by Prairie Wife -
My recent posts about overseas travel have become quite popular, and I particularly love hearing from readers that it has helped encourage them to begin to make plans of their own.
The more prepared we are when heading into the unknown, the more confident we are that we can handle whatever comes our way.
With my recent 3-week trip to England (with a detour to France), I learned a ton about what you should and shouldn’t do. Because more than two weeks of the trip was solo travel, I had to be thoughtful about what I took with me as I went out and about.
What I took to store my things varied depending on the activity.
I’ve broken the article below into two sections, one about what to pack in your backpack and the other about what to pack in your small purse.
This Ospry bag was purchased locally from Gear Up (use PRAIRIEWIFE15 for 15% off) and is the best backpack EVER for traveling. Not only is it a laptop case, but it’s water-resistant, easily washable, has tons of pockets, and has a waist clip which means it can be comfortably worn for miles of hiking. I used this as my carry-on for the plane and found it equally practical to take everywhere I went in Europe.
What To Pack For Day Trip Use
In A Small Inner Pocket: ID, Money, Credit Card, Lip Balm and Gum
Medium Zipper Pocket: Bandaids, Basic Meds (Tylonol, Allergy, Stomach), Chargers (if overseas, don’t forget an adapter), Battery Pack
Large Pocket: Jacket, Sunscreen, Bug Spray, Snacks, Extra Socks, Sandals (you never know when a shoe malfunction can happen)
Outer Pockets: Bottle(s) of Water
NOTE: There should be some extra room in your pack to place purchases, and souvenirs gathered as you explore
What To Pack For Carry-On Use
In A Small Inner Pocket: ID, Money, Credit Card, AirPods, Lip Balm, and Gum
Medium Zipper Pocket: Necessary Prescription Medication, Bandaids, Basic Meds (Tylonol, Allergy, Stomach), Hair Brush, Precious Jewelry You Can’t Wear, Chargers (if overseas, don’t forget an adapter), Battery Pack
Large Pocket: Zipper Pouch with Small Size Beauty Basics (Face Wash, Lotion, Eyedrops, Makeup, Hair Ties), Extra Outfit Including Underwear and Socks, Laptop, Kindle/Book, Sandals
Outer Pockets: Bottle(s) of Water, Snacks, More Reading Materials
NOTE: I also have a purse when I fly, and that is where I keep my Passport
Cross Body/Belt Bag
What I loved about the crossbody/belt bag above was that it looked chic with my formal outfits and was cute and comfortable to wear with my casual looks. It fit everything I needed without looking overstuffed and bulky, a total WIN in my book. And BONUS it was made by a Wyoming Woman Owned Small Business, Alexis Drake. If you’re looking for something a bit more casual and budget friendly you can find similar styles pretty much anywhere, but I love the look of this belt bag that comes with two zipper pouches.
What To Pack For Day Use
What To Pack For Nighttime Use
Phone, ID (I use a passport card), Money, Credit Card, Gum, Lip Balm, Makeup for Touchups, Bandaids, Basic Meds (Tylonol, Allergy, Stomach)
NOTE: Keep your Passport locked in your hotel room’s safe during your trip. You likely won’t need it unless you are traveling across the border. I recommend purchasing a passport ID card or keeping a photocopy of your passport with you at all times.
Is there anything you think I missed? Let me know in the comments!
Planning some solo traveling for 2023? Take a look at this post for ways to keep safe.