Ultimate Travel Gear Packing Guide

Updated 9/2017

One of the most common questions I get from readers is, “what do I pack for a trip?” So, I’ve put together a series of packing guides for female travelers. This travel gear packing guide covers all of the essentials, electronics and camera gear I bring on each of my trips.

While I may not pack the same clothes for every trip, these are the things I bring no matter where I go.

As a frequent traveler, blogger and photographer, I invest in high-quality gear that is also lightweight and will last for years to come. The last thing I want is an uncomfortable backpack for a long-term trip or cheap electronics that are going to break shortly after the first use.

I learned (the hard way) that constantly replacing worn-out gear ends up costing a lot more than investing in high-quality gear from the start. Get durable gear, even if it costs a little more, and you’ll see that it actually saves money in the end!

This is a list of gear I personally use and not everything is suitable or necessary for every trip of type or traveler.

In particular, I travel with a lot of electronics and photography equipment to keep this travel blog up to date. Use this guide to determine what you need at the very most and eliminate from it to create your own packing list.

Below you’ll find my travel gear packing guide that I personally use and love!

 – – – Travel Gear – – ✈

These travel essentials are perfect for nearly every type of trip.

Travel-Backpack-SquareCairn 68L Women’s Travel Backpack

My main luggage on most trips


Hobo Roll Compression Bag

To organize and compress clothes inside my travel backpack

Case-Logic-Backpack-OpenCase Logic Camera & Laptop Backpack

For my equipment and used as my carry-on

Bakoda Micro Lock

Retractable Cable Lock

For locking bags and/or locker at hostels & hotels


For a quiet night’s sleep

Eye-MaskEye Mask

For a good night’s sleep

Neck-PillowNeck Pillow

For a comfortable journey

Vapur Anti Water BottleVapur Water Bottle

Rolls up so you can carry it anywhere

TRUFFLE-Clarity-Pouch-Small_Raspberry-Aqua-Mint_grandeTRUFFLE Clear Pouches (x 2)

Durable & clear pouches for organizing small items

Clear Cosmetic Bagclear cosmetic bag

For makeup & toiletries 

Toilettries-BagPack-It-Flat Bag

For toiletries


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– – – Electronic Gear – – ✈

In order to maintain this blog, I basically travel with a virtual office. I definitely pack more electronics than most people would ever require. So, again, assume this is the most you’ll need and eliminate from it to make your own packing list.

Macbook-Pro13″ Macbook Pro

Where the magic happens

Macbook-Power-ExtensionMacbook Power Adapter + Extension Cord

Extra-long power cord for charging my Macbook


4TB Portable External Hard Drive

This hard drive is durable and awesome for backing up photos

iPhone-6-PlusUnlocked iPhone 6 Plus 64GB

Go big or go home. Unlocked cell phone allows you to switch SIM Cards as you travel

urBeatsurBeats Earphones

For in-flight dance parties

Gold Lightening-CableLighting Cables for iPhone (x 2)

Always pack a spare- just in case

Aux-CableAUX Cable

To be the hero in the hotel room when nobody else packed one

USB ChargerUSB Wall Charger Travel Kit

For charging multiple devices via USB

Universal-Charger-FrontUniversal Charger & Surge Protector

Surge protected so I don’t fry my Macbook

Travel Power-Strip4-Outlet Power Strip

Sharing is caring – especially with outlets

Anker Portable Charger PowerbankANKER power bank

For USB charging on-the-go

Car-Charger-USB3 USB Car Charger

To be the hero in the boat or car when nobody else packed one

Skyroam WiFi HotspotSkyroam

For a WiFi connection wherever you are


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– – – Photography Gear – – ✈

This is the camera equipment & photography gear I use for travel photography. For a complete list of cameras and lenses, check out my photography gear for travel post!

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 OIS LensFujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 Zoom Lens

Compact and powerful for every day shooting

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 OIS Camera LensFujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 OIS Lens

Wide-angle for high impact landscape images

Lens PolarizerFujifilm lens polarizer

B+W Polarizers increase color saturation and reduce reflections

Camera Cleaning Kitcamera cleaning kit

For spot-free photos & clean equipment

Manfrotto Compact TripodManfrotto Compact Tripod

The perfect tripod for stable video and travel photography

GoPro HERO5 BlackGoPro HERO 5 & Accessories

For adventures

61fisr7oxkl-_sl1500_GoPro 3-Way Mount

This mount can be used as a camera grip, extension arm or tripod for ultra versatility and a variety of shots with you GoPro.

71s1uf5kngl-_sl1500_GoPro Jaws Clamp Mount

Clamp your GoPro to objects ranging in size from 0.25” to 2”– great for extreme sports.


Lexar Professional 2000x 64GB SDXC UHS-II/U3

Best for shooting 4K video, a read transfer speed up to 300MB/s

Lexar ProfessionalLexar Professional 633x 32GB SDHC UHS-I Card

High-speed, UHS-I technology for a read transfer speed up to 95MB/s


– – – Photography Accessories – – ✈

Fuji Instax PrinterFujifilm Instax Share Smart Phone Printer

Print Instax photos by sending images straight from your phone

Camera Bag ONA The Bowery Camera Bag

Fits your camera, a lens and a few personal items 

Camera Strapcute camera strap

Made of durable cotton and PU, equipped with high quality buckle

Camera Caseprotective camera case

This formfitting case will protect your camera while allowing you to easily remove


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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.