Are you super excited about your summer vacation? Are you planning to spend time at dreamy beaches, hiking in stunning landscapes, or doing some sightseeing in one of the pretty towns and cities throughout the world?

Flights are booked, accommodation is safe (or if you are like me, you book last-minute?), and now you only need to make sure you have all you need, your packing list for a summer trip is complete, and you have not forgotten anything? Well, here is: the complete packing list for a summer vacation.

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Check out my list to see which things you should not forget to pack for your next trip. By the way: if you are still looking for travel inspiration, check out my post about 15 colorful cities in Europe or my favorite top 10 cities in the world.

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Okay, let´ get started with the ultimate packing list for your summer vacation.


As a traveler or tourist, luggage is essential. Cheap is more expensive – sometimes, and this can be applied to luggage. Though I would not spend thousands of $$$ on luggage, I prefer buying decent luggage, so it prevents me from buying it twice.

  • Depending on where you are traveling to and what kind of traveler you are, either a suitcase or a backpack is the better choice.
  • A wheeled carry-on suitcase or a weekender is also always part of my travels.
  • Handbags or a small backpack?  It really depends, on what kind of traveler you are. I love my handbags, but I actually have a backpack as well. When I do short hikes, etc. prefer cross-body bags (it is more practical and secure). Click here to see some more affordable bags, or here, if you are looking for more extravagant and luxurious handbags, find some cool, stylish backpacks here.
  • Cotton Bag – Cotton what? If you decide to travel to Europe (and particularly in Germany), you will notice that plastic bags most often cost money- for groceries or other kinds of shopping. Actually, this is great for the environment (and travelers), though not very handy. So, some cotton bags are very cool and fun, so this is actually a good “investment,” and you could also use it for the beach as well. Check out some cotton bags here.
  • Have you noticed that many people (aka bloggers) recommend packing cubes lately? It is because travel packing cubes are actually convenient, so get the packing cube before your next summer trip.
  • Laundry bags are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up.
  • I constantly lose stuff (also jewelry), so probably I should put a small travel jewelry case on my list, so it does not happen anymore.
  • If you travel abroad, you probably need your passport – my passport does not fit into my regular wallet, so I have a passport holder wallet which I take with me. This travel passport wallet comes in great, fun colors, too (p.s. talking about passport holders, your passport/ID is, of course, the most important item you have to take).

General / Electronics to Pack for a Summer Trip

Traveling the world is amazing. However, some items help make traveling even better: Whether it is a camera that helps you capture beautiful moments or some entertainment gear to keep you alive if you have a long-distance flight, etc.

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly, as I can work etc. New TSA regulations are stricter now, so you can probably not take your laptop as a carry-on item, so double-check before you fly.
  • A while ago, I thought my tablet was the most useless item I bought in a while – since I can download it from Netflix (and thus watch my shows offline), I have found one good argument for bringing my tablet with me whenever I travel.
  • My phone– without doubt one of my most useful and important (travel) item
  • A power charger – how long does your phone battery last? Not long? Neither does mine, so this is essential.

Beauty/Health/Hygiene Products to Pack for Summer Holidays

If I travel for 10 days or shorter, I take travel-sized toiletries that I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home (shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water, and cleansing milk). If I travel for longer, I take the original sizes.

More products that I recommend for a summer holiday (okay, that looks like a looooong list, but most items are just small things that do not take a lot of space)

Forget all the different small bags for shampoo etc. – get them all packed in a Toiletry Kit.

  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair)
  • Refreshing towelettes– though they are not eco-friendly, they are sometimes just essential and a must.
  • Face cream (which I also use as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream)
  • A small cosmetic bag for your makeup
  • Peppermint drops or chewing gums (though I heard chewing gums are not good when you fly, so probably stick to peppermint drops.
  • Deodorant– I don’t think I need to explain this further 🙂
  • Invisibobble hair ties – I hate my hair open when I am on the plane
  • Toothbrush & paste  should also be self-explanatory as well as mouthwash
  • I do not wear much makeup normally. Rouge & mascara are my lifesavers.
  • I have dry eyes, and so eyedrops are a must for me
  • I am normally sick when I fly (not sure why this happens, but I always have a cold!) and always have some tissues with me

Clothes to Pack for Your Summer Trip

As you have probably noticed from my Instagram pictures, I love beautiful dresses and clothes – and I like to be dressed nicely when I get my pictures taken. These pictures are everlasting memories and will help me remember places and moments – in case I should forget them.

  • I had a yellow skirt with me on my last summer trip to Italy/Switzerland – I think it was one of my most loved clothes by my followers. Summer means to wear bright colors, so pack a bright and fun skirt for sure.
  • Pack some colorful and lovely dresses
  • Oh, my favorite part is to pack colorful skirts, tops, and dresses. White (or bright) tops and pants are essential – it seriously helps not to melt sometimes 🙂
  • Since I lose regularly lose jewelry (it is really awful) and thus mostly wear watches and bracelets, I love tops that are so beautiful that no jewelry is required.
  • Summer in jeans can be horrible. I prefer lighter clothes – and again, I try to avoid black as much as possible (not always possible, I know) and prefer white pants.
  • Summer usually means more casual dressing, but it can never harm to have a lovely cocktail dress, or?

You will also need underwear, some socks (probably?), pajamas, etc., but I think I do not need to go into detail here :).

What Fashion Accessory to Pack for Your Summer Vacation

Sometimes fashion accessory is not only a fashion statement but also essential for health.

  • To me sunglasses are more than an accessorize – it protects your eyes and can help you stay healthy. So invest in proper sunglasses which actually really protect your eyes from sun rays.
  • I am not a hat addict. But when it is really hot and sunny, a hat can be a lifesaver, so a hat should be in your bag even when you aren’t a huge fan.

 Footwear to Pack for Your Summer Trip

  • Summertime means flip-flops time – so don’t forget to pack at least one pair (or, as I do, several of them).
  • Sandals and flat shoes should be on your list well because, as cool as flip-flops are, they are sometimes inappropriate to wear.
  • If you plan to do a lot of walking, consider getting Birkenstock sandals to treat your feet. I own two pairs of Birkenstock, and after one day breaking in time, they do a fantastic job.

What to Pack for a Rainy Summer Day

Summer does not always mean sun and heat- at least not in Europe. In Europe (at least in the northern parts), summer can also mean some (or a lot) of rain once in a while, and it can get chilly.

So, check the weather forecast and be prepared to take:

  • A jacket
  • A scarf
  • A rain jacket
  • Rubber boots & trainers
  • Mini umbrella

Though many people might expect rainy days in the UK, the truth is that even Switzerland and Germany (and other countries) experience (heavy) rain during summer. The umbrella can serve as sun protection (I wish I had one back in Dubai – but that is a different story).

What to Pack for a Day at the Beach

  • Beach bag – I love bags. It´s like a wonderful addiction. Beach bags are so cool because they are light, big enough, and fun. So a day at the beach without a beach bag is only half as good, so
  • If you have a great hotel with a private beach section, you probably do not need a towel. If this is not the case it should also be on your list, if you do not have a beach towel yet.
  • Do you prefer lying at the beach all day, or do you like to be more active? Though I do not do a lot of sports most of the time, beach sports are much more fun, and if you agree, bring your beach ball or a floating unicorn. Unfortunately, this is not part of most hotels’ essentials yet, so you need to get them yourself.
  • I am in love with kaftans – a perfect item for the beach
  • Last but not least: A bikini, Burkina, or any swimsuit should not be missing from your packing list for some lazy days at the beach.

P.S. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen & co to the beach as well.

What Else to Pack for Your Summer Holidays

If I travel for longer, I get a travel guide -the internet is not always guaranteed throughout the world, so this is actually great to have. Lonely Planet guides are more detailed guides, while Marco Polo ones are less comprehensive.

A foldable, reusable water bottle is pretty handy, which you can get here. In countries like Switzerland, there are fountains with free clean water, which can save you money and it´s much better than plastic bottles.

Do you have more items on your summer vacation packing list? If so, what does your ultimate packing list for a summer vacation look like?

So, wherever you are headed – enjoy your trip and stay safe! Arzo

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