Every traveler has a unique personality. What type of traveler are you?
There’s the “Type A” traveler… always fussy about how things are done. The “No Fuss” traveler who’s the exact opposite and goes with the flow. The “Girly Girl” who’s always a little extra (I bet you 20 likes on your Instagram feed you know a girl like this, comment below). She packs like she’s vacationing for a year even if it’s just a week.
Then, there’s the “Techie”. They have to have the latest gadget and can’t confidently go on a trip without having all their devices packed and ready. The “Medical Needs” traveler needs their medication fully stocked before a trip and sometimes needs help remembering when they took their last pill.
And then you have your “Nature Lover”. This person is always looking for the next outdoor thrill. They’re so adventurous that they’ll even wear “last chance” clothes that they can throw out as the trip progresses.
So, whichever traveler you identify with whether you’re Type A, “No Fuss”, a Girly Girl Who’s “Extra”, a Nature Lover, a Techie, or a Traveler with Medical Needs,I’m going to give you the “extra essentials” to bring with you on your trip!
In this blog, I’ll share packing list essentials for:
- The Type A Traveler
- The “No Fuss” Traveler
- The Girly Girl Traveler Who’s a Little “Extra”
- The Traveler Who Loves Nature
- The Techie Traveler
- The Traveler with Medical Needs
- Clothing for every traveler
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[This post was originally posted September of 2021. Updated May of 2022]
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Essentials for Every Type of Traveler
Here, you’ll find essentials that every type of traveler needs whether they’re going on a roadtrip, catching a plane or taking a train.
Below you’ll find clothing essentials which I’ve kept separate from each type of traveler’s packing list. All items are shoppable and can be purchased on Amazon.
- Shirts and Blouses
- Shoes & Boots
- Workout Wear
- Winter Wear
- Summer Wear
- Credit Cards & Cash
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- Pepper Spray
- Sun Gun
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Which Type of Traveler Are You?
The Type A Traveler
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could just pick out our cutesy outfits, throw them into an oversized bag, and call it a day? This is not what things look like for a Type A traveler.
In fact, anyone who’s going on the trip with them anticipates that they’ll take at least a week (if not a month) to pack. Luckily for the other person, they don’t have to do all the work of the trip because Type A always has a plan. 😉
They’re the ones on Google late hours into the night, researching all the best tips on Trip Advisor. Because you know… God forbid something awesomely spontaneous happens… think that would give Type A a major heart attack.
No… This type of traveler is a bit more practical. They want to have everything they need and are the types to have every type of app- the weather app and plan activities, OpenTable to make reservations in advance. They always pack earplugs and eyemask so they can get a 5-star snooze.
They’re often called “buzzkills” at parties because they think too much about how much alcohol is in things and hit the town way too early, a hangover would just be an inconvenience.
On the other hand, they’re probably the ones that need a drink to relax the most.
Packing List for Type A Travelers
- Planner / Journal
- Eye mask
- Ear plugs
- Foldable travel hangers
- Laundry bag dirty clothes
- Travel pillow
- Lavender oil roller for optimal sleep
- Packing cubes
- Car organizers
- Car garbage
- Backseat car caddy
- Garment bags
TYPE A TRAVELER
The “No Fuss” Traveler
You’re the type of traveler that will will happily re-wear the same clothes over and over as long as they don’t smell. You don’t want to have to spend more money on new clothes and lug around a big suitcase. I’m lookin’ at you Girly Girl. 😉
Hey, nothin’ wrong with any of that. You still want to be efficient and know what you’re in for. That’s why you’re here, no? Let’s cut straight to the basics! You got stuff to do.
You’d be more likely to carry a lightweight bag full of “last chance clothes” you can leave behind at the end of a trip. In fact, knowing you, you’ve probably opted for some camping and might even decide to backpack you’re way through the Appalachian Trail to get a glimpse of the scenery.
Packing List for “No Fuss” Travelers
- Plastic storage bags
- Fanny pack
- All in one jacket
- Foldable reuseable bag
- Multi purpose shoes
- “Last chance clothes”
Pack clothes that are durable enough for another wear but that you can easily throw out after wearing. You’ll have less to carry through the duration of your trip.
NO FUSS TRAVELER
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The Girly Girl Traveler
This girl wants to look amazing no matter where she is and always seems to become one with her environment while standing out.
She’s the girl who will wear a cutesy “Pumpkin Spice” sweater just to be in the theme with Fall.
She knows what to wear, how to do her makeup so the sun catches it in just the right light so her photo sess is flawless, she might even get her hair colored before she leaves for a Fall road trip so that it matches the foliage (I know I have) and will most definitely have her nails done in Fall shades so it looks good when she’s holding her pumpkin spice latte in hand.
Packing List for the Girly Girl
- Purses & Bags
Beauty: Hair & Makeup
- Shampoo & conditioner
The Techie Traveler
Packing List for Techies
- Portable Wifi
- Portable Speaker
- Portable Hard Drives
- Go Pro
- Go Pro Accessories
- Camera batteries
- SD cards for camera
- Selfie Stick (single and multi device)
Luggage for the Techie Traveler
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The Traveler with Medical Needs
Packing List for Those with Medical Needs
- Medical journal
- Insurance cards, doctor letters, and any other medical documentation
- Numbers of doctors, emergency contacts, insurance companies, etc. written down on paper
- Pill chart
- Antibacterial wipes &/or spray
- Dial hand soap
- Sock warmers (plug in & battery operated)
- Foldable chair
- Medication bag
- Ace bandages
Luggage for the Traveler with Medical Needs
There is a lot to consider when a person with medical needs is choosing their luggage. Is a TSA lock included to protect irreplaceable valuables? Does it have a hard shell so medical equipment isn’t damaged? Is it big enough to fit all your things? Is it a luggage set so they can have a carry-on bag for their medication and immediate supplies to be handy?
And then for when you’re too lethargic or can’t carry things, there’s the option to have an auto-follow smart luggage. Check out my full shoppable Amazon list of travel essentials for those with medical needs including luggage options and disinfectant supplies for the plane.
For more info on what to pack, check out my blog, “Traveling with a Chronic Illness”.
TRAVELER WITH MEDICAL NEEDS
The Nature Traveler
I know you’ve seen this traveler everywhere… it’s the backpacker on the side of the road who just came from their tent, it’s the hiker at the local brewery who’s just finished a trail with their Camelback still proudly strapped to them, it’s the yogi who walks into the health foods store to grab their kombucha and flaxseed protein bars.
They’re all around us… maybe even you. This is the type of packing list I’d bring if I were a nature lover.
But since I’m a “nature in small doses” kinda gal, you’ll have to excuse me if I’m missing some major items. I’d be more than happy to add any additional suggestions you have me. Leave a comment below!
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Packing Lists for Nature Lovers
- Camping Hygiene Kit
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- Waterproof shoe bags
- Reusable water bottle
- Hiking backpack (Camelback)
- Insect repellent
- Toilet paper rolls
- Pepper spray (check state laws)
- Waterproof Watch (Fit bit)
- Head lamp
biodegradable for eco friendly nature lovers
- Track suit
- Car attachments
for bikes, etc.
- Kayak or canoe
- Waterproof bags
keep clothing, blankets, electronics, etc. dry
Check out my Fishing Trip Packing List!
Luggage for the Nature Traveler
You need rough and tumble luggage… waterproof, material dirt can get on, sturdy, comfortable to carry. Check out my full shoppable list of travel essentials from Amazon for nature travelers including luggage options.
And there you have it.. a packing list for every type of traveler! Thank you for reading! I hope you got some great packing ideas for your next road trip. If you think I missed any items, let me know and I’ll add them.
Now, I want to know! Which type of traveler are you? OR, are you a little bit of each type? I’d love to hear! Drop a comment in the section below!
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