What type of traveler are you?
Every traveler has a unique personality.
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: (click to jump)
- 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
- Shoppable Amazon Idea Lists with items from each different traveler’s packing list (below)
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Which Type of Traveler Are You?
The Type A Traveler
What Does This Traveler Value? Organization
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 this person will take at least a week (if not more) to pack.
Luckily for the other person, they don’t have to do the leg work because Type A always will. 😉 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.
What to Pack if You’re a Type A Traveler
- 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
How to Carry it All
LUGGAGE FOR THE TYPE A TRAVELER
The “No Fuss” Traveler
What Does This Traveler Value? Convenience
NO FUSS TRAVELER
I’m not going to show you how to pack like the Type A traveler that you aren’t… It would be completely unconducive to this road trip you’re going on. You’re the type of traveler that doesn’t care so much about fashion or beauty.
You’re proud to be a basic b**** and will happily re-wear the same clothes over and over as long as you don’t have to spend more money on new ones and have to lug around a big suitcase. I’m lookin’ at you Girly Girl. 😉
You’re more likely to want a lightweight bag that has a few shirts and pants full of “last chance clothes” you can leave behind.
No, that’s not you. In fact, knowing you, you’ve probably opted for some camping and might even decide to backpack you’re way through the Appalachian Trail while getting a glimpse the scenery.
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.
What to Pack if You’re a “No Fuss” Traveler
- 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.
How to Carry it All
Luggage for the “No Fuss” Traveler
LUGGAGE FOR THE “NO FUSS” TRAVELER
The Girly Girl Who’s a Little “Extra”
What Does This Traver Value? Beauty & More Clothing
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.
What to Pack if You’re a Girly Girl Who’s a Little “Extra”
- Purses & Bags
SUNGLASSES & PURSES
- Nail polish
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton balls
- Brushes / Combs
- Hair ties & bobby pins
- Head scarfs
- Hair Product
- Dry shampoo
- Texture spray
- Shampoo & conditioner
- Shower cap
- Hair dryer
(depending on where you go, they may not have it)
How to Carry it All
Luggage for the Girly Traveler
When it comes to taking a trip, you’ll want a sturdy piece of luggage that fits everything you need.
But I’m the type of girl who wants to match her environment when she’s on a trip. I even want my luggage to look cutesy! I love that vintage look, but, it doesn’t have to break the bank!
- Garment bags
- Trunk luggage
- Makeup train case
I have this exact set by Urecity that I ordered off Amazon. I love the fact that it comes in different colors and patterns. Both the makeup train case and trunk suitcase have locks on them which is great! I can’t tell you how many things I’ve had stolen from hotels (Tiffany sunglasses, Tiffany bracelet, fedora, etc.)
REVIEW: The luggage is super cute but be forewarned, it’s not the most sturdy. If you’re looking for something to take on a road trip, it works. If you’re taking this on the plane or across the globe, don’t bother. This is for the cute girl, not the practical girl. Even so, I’ll still continue to use my luggage set. It works for me!
LUGGAGE FOR THE GIRLY TRAVELER
The Techie Traveler
What Does This Traveler Value? Electronics & a Good Signal
What to Pack if You’re a Techie
- Portable Wifi
- Portable Speaker
- Portable Hard Drives
- Camera batteries
- SD cards for camera
- Selfie Stick (single and multi device)
How to Carry it All
Luggage for the Techie Traveler
There are moments in every techie’s life where they remember the first time a groundbreaking product was launched. It changed the way they did things forever… Now they can’t go without it.
Why do I have a feeling that’s the world’s first-ever auto-follow smart luggage? Right now, there aren’t many on the market… but if there were, the techie traveler most likely wants it and will have it at any cost. Even if it’s quite the pretty penny.
LUGGAGE FOR THE TECHIE TRAVELER
The Traveler with Medical Needs
What Does This Traveler Value? Comfort & Accessibility
What to Pack if You Have Medical Needs (or Autoimmune)
- 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
How to Carry it All
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? 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.
LUGGAGE FOR THE TRAVEL WITH MEDICAL NEEDS
For more info on what to pack, check out my blog, “Traveling with a Chronic Illness”.
The Nature Traveler
What Does This Traveler Value? Adventure & Minimalism
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!
What to Pack if You’re a Nature Lover
- Camping Hygiene Kit
A 26-pc set that includes everything you need to bathe in the wild!
- Waterproof shoe bags
- Reusable water bottle
- Hiking backpack (Camelback)
- Insect repellent
- Pepper spray (check state laws)
- Waterproof Watch (Fit bit)
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- Head lamp
biodegradable for eco friendly nature lovers
- Track suit
- Car attachments
- Kayak or canoe
- Waterproof bags
keep clothing, blankets, electronics, etc. dry
Check out my Fishing Trip Packing List!
Luggage for the Nature Traveler
LUGGAGE FOR THE NATURE TRAVELER
And there you have it! Whether you identify as a Type A traveler, “No Fuss” traveler, Girly Girl Traveler, Nature Traveler, Techie Traveler, or Traveler with Medical Needs, I hope this packing list was useful to you!
Let me know if I missed any items and I’ll add them.
Now, I want to know! Do you identify with any of these types of travelers I’ve listed? OR, are you a little bit of each type?
Would you like more of this type of content? Or maybe there’s something else you want me to write about?
I’d love to hear! Drop a comment in the section below!
Thank you for reading! I hope you got some great ideas for your next road trip!
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