11 Million Things Every Girl Knows She Needs When Travelling

And some more.

There are essential items that you need to bring when you're traveling and then there are things that you think that you might need "just in case." Sure, you might end up not using them at all but there is a very good chance that if you don't bring one of these things it will be exactly the thing you need.

In short, guys have no idea that packing for a woman can be a task that's daunting and borderline impossible. For every girl getting ready to go on a trip is like a minefield. We do not only have to pack triple of what an average guy needs, we also need to comply with crazy luggage restrictions. And when you finally acquire skills that bend the time-space continuum and let you fit half of your closet into one little bag you find out that it's much too heavy.

Every woman traveler needs to learn how to become a wizard much like Hermione Granger to be able to fit the entirety of her life inside a tiny bag. We're never "just going on a trip." For every woman any journey including the possibility of: getting lost in the woods, getting lost at sea, accidentally ending up invited to a red carpet event, or ending up having your period right in the middle of a beach party. You must be prepared.

1. Shoes, shoes, shoes, and more shoes


A woman needs shoes for every occasion to be right with her wherever she goes. When you find that one pair of booties that match your soul and every single piece of clothing that you own you are the happiest person in the world. That doesn't change the fact that when you go on a trip you will need: said booties, dress shoes, flat sandals, heeled sandals, loafers, flip-flops, flats, running shoes, and that one pair of worn out boots that is literally the only thing you can wear for twenty hours straight without wanting to kill your feet.

2. Mini versions of everything


Since a trip is like a mini version of your life you need everything that you use each day packed into tiny bottles that can pass through airport security. You need them in your hand luggage so you end up having at least five makeup bags in your handbag alone. You categorize them according to the needs: a) brushing teeth and washing face b) moisturizing every part of your body c) cleaning and disinfecting d) tools (like earplugs, wipes, bobbins, eyemask etc.) and e) everything else.

3. Your pet


Who wants to leave Mr. Fluffers home? You never know if your mom will end up giving him the cat food he doesn't like or, even worse, letting him play outside. Even though you leave detailed notes about how many hugs he needs per day, it's still the toughest separation of all and you just wish that you could stuff him inside one of your shoes.

4. An outfit for each day of your trip plus some

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And you must remember that each one of these days can either be sunny or rainy, you can either be chilling by the pool or exploring the city. Also, you will most certainly need a separate outfit for the night - and you just don't know; are you going to be sitting in another dive bar sipping on a martini or letting go in one of the clubs with the rooftop bar and a dress code stricter than your grandmother?

Coming up next: even with all this stuff, you still need more!

5. Preparation for all scenarios in any weather you can think of


I touched on this subject above. Having an outfit for each day is not as simple as it seems. They all need to cross-match so that you're able to create new outfits on the spot. You scarf needs to be able to become a dress if needed, and your swimsuit will double as lingerie or a piece of regular clothing. "Multifunctionality" is what you're looking for from your clothes. Your tops need to be long enough to be dresses and your leggings need not be see-through so they can double as pants.

6. All your makeup


How is it even going to happen? As oppose to toiletries, makeup is usually in pretty small tubes and bottles but there are so many of them! When you pack your makeup you feel like your life story should be called "Fifty Shades of Everything." There is truly no way to decide between twenty shades of red lipstick. Which one is going to be left behind? You need everything, plus you need to remember all the duty-free deals so there needs to be space for more!

7. Books that you aren't going to read


You need books for when your phone battery is down, for when you cannot use your wifi, for when you're alone by the pool for even five minutes. There is nothing worse than appearing like you're doing absolutely nothing alone just in case some random person thinks that they can invade your space or (even worse) they'll look at you with pity because they think you're alone!

8. Swimsuits (even if it's not a beach holiday)


Let's face it, if there is no chance of using your swimsuit at least once then it's not a real holiday. There are pools at the hotel, there are spa services, saunas - a lot of opportunities to slip into this glorious piece of clothing that has been sitting in your closet all winter.

Coming up next: sure you need more stuff than this? Yes!

9. Medications


If you're anything like me you need to make sure that you have all the meds that you can take with you without airport control looking at you like you are going somewhere to make the drug sale of your life. The list is crazy - ibuprofen, Pepto, antihistamines, cortisol cream... You never know what's going to mess up your stomach or bite you and cause an allergic reaction.

10. Jewelry


That's a tricky one. You want to make sure that you have all your favorite pieces to be able to accessorize. At the same time, you must absolutely not lose anything because you will be heartbroken. It takes some careful packing to be able to accomplish that.

11. Literally, everything else that's not on this list


You will decide what else can fit into your suitcases. By this stage, I hope that you realized that you need more than one and gave up on trying to save space.

A girl I know once said that there are only two things that you really need when traveling - passport and a credit card. And although I have to say that I agree with that in theory, I would also like to point out that for those of us who pay their own credit card bills this might not be an option.

However, once I make that first million, this is something that I'm definitely going to consider. Because, man, this is just way too much work.

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