what to pack when traveling for a week

When traveling for a week or more, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough clothes and toiletries to last the duration of your trip. You also need to be able to carry everything on your own so that it doesn’t add weight or bulkiness to your luggage when going through airport security. This guide will show you what items are essential and which ones can stay at home in order to keep things light and easy during travel.

carry on bag

A carry-on bag is essential for any traveler. It allows you to pack all of your necessities in one convenient place, so you don’t have to worry about dragging around a heavy suitcase or having to check bags at the airport. Plus, with more airlines charging fees for checked baggage and more stringent rules on what can be brought onto flights, it’s best to have a smaller bag so that you don’t end up paying extra fees or getting stuck without something that might be important during your trip (like your toothbrush).

Some people think they can get away without packing their own bags because they plan on staying at hotels and other accommodations that offer laundry services—but this isn’t always the case! For example: there are some places where keeping dirty laundry may not be allowed or wouldn’t even make sense; also, many hotels provide linens but not towels—and even if they do provide towels, those might not always be very thick ones (which makes drying off after taking a shower less pleasant). Packing some extra clothes will ensure that both of these concerns are taken care of!

tote bag

A tote bag is a large, shoulder-strapped bag that you can stuff with everything in the world. It’s great for travel because it:

  • Holds more than a backpack, but less than a suitcase.
  • Can be carried on your shoulder or rolled behind you like a duffle bag. (You don’t want to haul too much stuff with your arms.)
  • Has lots of pockets for stashing snacks, phones and other small items that are easy to lose track of in larger bags (more on this below).
  • Carries heavy things without weighing down your hands or shoulders as much as other types of bags might do (think backpacks and suitcases).

comfortable shoes

Many people think that comfortable shoes are not important when traveling, but they are wrong. You will be walking a lot, so you need to make sure your feet feel good at the end of each day. Even if you’re not planning on doing lots of sightseeing or hiking, there’s no telling what kind of terrain might come up in your daily life while traveling. You can buy shoes in the country you are visiting; they’ll almost certainly be cheaper than they would be back home and will probably also fit better! If all else fails, wear your hiking boots or running shoes—or flip flops (sometimes there just isn’t enough time for socks).


Scarves are a versatile travel accessory that can be used to keep you warm, cover your head in places where it is required, and accessorize any outfit. If you’re traveling to a place with snowy weather, a scarf can also help keep the chill away.

If you’re not sure whether or not you want to check a bag when flying with only carry-on luggage, think about how much space you need for all of your other items and then decide how many shirts and pants will fit into that space without being crammed together. There’s nothing wrong with checking some bags if it saves money on airline fees or makes things easier for security checks at the airport (in case there’s one item in particular that needs special attention).

clothes for all occasions

First, you should be aware that the weather can change fast. Pack clothes for all occasions and layers are the best way to be prepared for any type of weather.

  • Dress in layers! This is especially important when traveling in Europe because it tends to be cold but then warm up fast. A light jacket or cardigan is a must when traveling abroad because it will keep you warm when needed without adding bulk to your luggage.
  • Wear comfortable shoes! You’ll want something that’s easy on your feet and doesn’t require a lot of breaking in; otherwise, they may bother you after hours of sightseeing or walking around town all day long (especially if those days stretch into multiple weeks). I always pack at least one pair of sneakers, just in case the weather changes drastically while I’m away and there are rainstorms or snowstorms happening instead of sunshine like usual—and sometimes even during summertime seasons too!


  • A jacket is a must.
  • It can be a raincoat, or a lightweight jacket.
  • You’ll want to wear it in the airport and on the plane, but also on your bus ride as well.
  • If you’re traveling to an especially cold destination, you may want to bring an extra layer for cool evenings.


Guidebooks are great for learning about the places you are visiting. You can get a lot of information before you travel, such as history and culture of the country or city. You can also learn about their food and drinks in the guidebook. Guidebooks are also very helpful when you arrive at your destination because they give exact directions on how to get somewhere.

travel-sized toiletries

Travel-sized toiletries are a great way to save space in your carry-on bag. As such, it’s always ideal to bring travel-sized bottles when you’re traveling for a week (or less than that). Travel-sized toiletries are small enough to fit inside your carry-on and easier to carry around than full-size bottles.

Traveling with full size bottles of shampoo and conditioner is going to be a lot more difficult, especially if you’re staying in hotels or AirBnBs where there may not be an extra sink for you to use. In addition, bringing along individual items like conditioner or sunscreen can help cut down on waste too!

day bag/backpack/fanny pack/cross body bag

For those of you who don’t want to carry a big backpack or purse, but still need to have your hands free for hiking, climbing and other activities that require both hands, consider bringing a smaller bag or pouch. A day bag is the perfect size for carrying essentials on short hikes or day trips.

A fanny pack is a small waist bag that you can easily wear around town while out exploring—it’s also very light and easy to carry. Simply put your phone in it (and any other items you might want quick access to) and tighten the straps around your waist so they’re snug but not too tight! This way you won’t lose anything because there’s no room for things to fall out when jostled around as you’re walking around town during sightseeing excursions with family members or friends from work/school groups.”

iPad or tablet

You’ll want to find out what your accommodations have for internet connectivity. If you’re staying in a hotel, it will probably have free Wi-Fi and you won’t need to worry about that. If not, there are other options available like renting a hotspot or bringing your own MiFi device so that you can connect multiple devices at once.

The advantage of this approach is that you don’t need to deal with changing SIM cards when traveling through different countries which makes the process faster. You may also have access to cheaper rates if using local providers rather than roaming on your home carrier’s network via international SIM cards (although using an international data plan may be easier).

This is a list of things to pack when traveling for a week.

When packing for a week-long trip, you’ll need the following:

  • Carry on bag. This is the bag you will be taking with you on the airplane. Make sure that it’s large enough to fit your clothes, but small enough so that it can be stowed underneath the seat in front of you on your flight.
  • Comfortable shoes. You’re going to be walking around all day and night, so make sure your shoes are broken in and supportive of your feet! The last thing you want is blisters on top of jet lag! If they’re not already comfortable, wear them around before buying them or wearing them out somewhere (like at work).
  • Scarf. It can get chilly at night depending on where you’re going; plus scarves are just an easy accessory that instantly makes any outfit look cooler! Plus if something does happen during travel (such as having no WiFi), then scarves can double as blankets for napping comfortably at night without worrying about dirtying up sheets from sweat or dirt from walking around all day long without showering properly (which leads me into my next point).


It’s important to be prepared for your trip and pack smartly. This blog post has given you some ideas for what you can bring along with you on your next trip so that it will make things easier to handle when traveling. I hope these tips were helpful!