Summer Suitcase Essentials

Jessica Peterson

Have you booked your next getaway for the summer yet? Whether you’re planning a stylish city break, a summer staycation, or an adventure-packed holiday, it’s important to bring all the essentials!

Of course, this is often easier said than done, which is why we’ve put together a handy checklist of all the necessities you need to pack into your suitcase the next time you’re out and about exploring the world. So, grab your plane tickets, set out your suitcase, and start packing!

The Essentials

No matter where you are going, there are a number of essentials that you simply can’t forget! These include the following items:

  • Your passport
  • Flight details, booking confirmations, and travel insurance documents
  • Your mobile phone, charger, and a plug adaptor if necessary
  • Money for your trip, whether it is your card or local currency

Beach Essentials

If you’re going away during the summer, the chances are that you’ll be visiting a beach – or you’ll at least have access to a swimming pool! If not, feel free to skip this section and move onto the next. Your beach essentials should include a swimming costume, cover up, beach towel and beach-appropriate footwear like flip-flops or sandals. If you plan to spend most of your time at the beach, multiples of these things will probably be needed! Add to that any inflatables you fancy bringing along and a good book or magazine to get stuck into, and you’ll be well away!

Finally, last but certainly not least, you need to ensure you stay safe while out enjoying the sun, so don’t forget to pack your sunglasses, a wide-brimmed sunhat, sun cream (which should be regularly reapplied throughout the day) and moisturiser to keep your skin looking and feeling its best after a full day spent in the sun. The latter two will most likely need to go into your hold luggage during the flight in order to comply with airline regulations.


Is it even a holiday without an album full of Insta-worthy snaps to look back on? Aside from your trusty mobile phone (don’t forget the charger!) there are a number of other tech-related essentials you should pack into your holiday bags. If you’re a keen photographer, a camera better than your phone’s standard offering is a safe bet. Similarly, a Kindle, tablet, or portable games console is a great way to pass the time while travelling or to wind down as you relax before bed. One last tech essential that you definitely don’t want to forget is a favourite pair of noise-cancelling headphones to keep you sane during the flight!

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It’s important to keep looking stylish while out and about, so some carefully-chosen jewelry essentials are key to your holiday checklist. To avoid overloading your travel jewelry box, make sure to coordinate your chosen accessories with the outfits you have packed. Similarly, versatile accessories in neutral colors that can be worn with multiple outfits make a great choice for your suitcase. See here for some great examples of necklaces that will dazzle wherever you go! As a final note, if you are bringing luxury jewelry on your holiday, it’s best to keep it in your carry-on luggage for the flight to ensure it stays safe while you travel.

Hopefully, this handy list will help you stay on board and bring all the essentials you need to have the best holiday yet! Depending on your destination and the length of your trip, you can then easily customise your holiday checklist to suit your next getaway.

Once your suitcase is packed full and ready to go, all that’s left to do is to have an amazing holiday!

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Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island.
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