The Best International Packing List

Here’s the best international packing list with tips and necessary travel accessories linked below! Feel free to share, save, and/or print out!

An international packing list to help travelers prepare for trips.

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Clothes and Accessories

  • The first thing I do before I pack, check the weather! Once I check the weather, I pack outfits according to my itinerary to ensure I pack appropriate clothing for specific events and activities. This method keeps me from overpacking my carry-on. I prefer a carry-on because my worst nightmare is for my checked luggage getting lost in transit.
  • Socks aren’t only in my luggage, but in my purse or backpack to avoid being barefoot during the security checkpoint. I also like to wear socks on long haul flights for comfort and warmth.
  • As a black woman with natural hair, traveling with a bonnet is a must!
  • When I pack jewelry, I am packing cheap accessories that will not catch anyone’s attention for being flashy. If you do not want to be a target for thieves, leave the expensive jewelry at home.

Toiletries and First-Aid

  • When traveling to Asia, bring your lotion! While in Thailand, I noticed every product on the shelf read “ultra whitening,” and this melanin wanted no parts in that!
  • Always be prepared for the worst! Imodium is an over-the-counter oral medication taken to treat travelers’ diarrhea. Travelers’ diarrhea is caused by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.
  • If mosquitos love you as much as they love me, then insect repellent is a must! Mosquitoes can spread Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria. I recommend packing OFF!‘s travel size aerosol spray because it protects well, is not greasy, and doesn’t have a horrible smell.
  • Once again, as a black woman with natural hair, a shower cap is a must!
  • The more I’ve traveled, the more I have noticed face towels are an American norm. I always pack a face towel or two.
  • Beautiful brown skin kissed by the sun also needs sunscreen! Sun Bum Original SPF 30 is my favorite sunscreen because it is mild enough for sensitive skin, moisturizes, and has a pleasant smell!


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  • A portable charger is a lifesaver, no one wants a dead phone or camera while abroad. If the power goes out or if the wrong travel adapter is packed, a portable charger will solve that! If you are camping, I recommend INIU Portable Charger because it can charge two devices and includes a flashlight! For backpackers, I recommend the Portable Charger Power Bank 25800mAh because of the long battery life. For everyday use, I recommend Anker Astro E1 because it is compact and perfect for carrying in pockets.
  • The most recent camera I bought to capture my adventures is the GoPro HERO8 Black! I wanted a lightweight action camera equipped to capture my escapades.
  • I recommend purchasing an all in one travel adapter to save yourself time and money. I like the NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter because it has dual USB charging. When traveling to South Africa, I bring my South Africa Power Adapter, which is not included in the all in one travel adapter.
  • Being a healthcare worker, the only other thing I would recommend for sexually active travelers is to pack condoms!

I hope my international packing list and recommended products will help you prepare to take flight! Comment below and let me know if there is anything you cannot leave home without.

An international packing list to help travelers prepare for trips.

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