As the World is getting back to normal again. Most countries are beginning to lift travel restrictions both locally and internationally. I am excited that we can travel soon. Although before you plan your vacation or travel, you need to know countries that are now open for travel. You can check out the list of destinations that are now open for travel. Asides the excitement to see and discover new places, packing is something I dread most. I always forget to pack one or two travel essentials. It can be as important as my hair care needs or makeup. You can read my post on 5 packing mistakes to avoid. So, in order to share my experience and help you with your travel, here is a list of 15 travel essentials for women.

Basics outfit

Just we need basics for our closet, this are a must-have travel essentials. Basics are easy to transition and versatile. For your next trip, add some basics to your travel needs. Basics like tank tops, shorts, tee shirts, bodysuits, jackets etc. You can wear your tank top with jeans for a casual stroll to explore vacation spots, local markets, or a dash to the local bar. The whole essence of vacation is to explore the local of the places you visit. To make your travel more fun and explore the best places in the city, use travel tour services. One of such travel tour is TakeMeTour. They to tourists to Southeast Asia like the Philippines, Bali, and Australia. Also, you can shop for basic outfits from Misguided.


Another travel essential for women is a durable backpack. Most of my travel or vacations are very short like a 2-4 days trip. So, I basically travel with a backpack. A backpack is a weekend road trip essentials. So, if you need to go on short stay, you need a backpack. This makes it easy to fit in all the things to pack for a trip. The good thing is that a backpack is already in sections. So, I place my clothes on the main bag while other small zippers are for things I need quick access to. Like a toothbrush, makeup bag, phone chargers, or loose cash. Although the backpack makes traveling super easy. I recommend you look for a bag that is durable. You don’t want your backpack to give in the middle of a strange city. It can quite embarrassing and unsettling too. One of the best cheap online store to shop for travel backpack is YesStyle. They offers stylish backpack you easily fit in what you need for a weekend road trip. You can click here to shop backpack for your next vacation. Also, you can use my code: STYLEZ20 for 5% off your order.

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One pair of heels

Every lady needs at least a pair of heels in her closet. You never know when you need to party. So, for your travel add a pair of heels to travel luggage. You may why you need a pair of heels for a vacation? Well, you need one for a party, a date or family get together. Heels make you look classy and put together. There are several lengths of heels you can opt for depending on comfort. So, opt for heels that you can walk in and dance in too. For parties, I prefer a pair of sandal heels. It is very chic. You can shop for a pair of strap heels from chime.

Travel luggage

15 travel essentials for women on your next vacation- Luggage or duffel bags

Are you a luggage or backpack girl for travel? For me, it depends on my length of stay. I am a light traveler so I try as much to fit all my essentials into a backpack. If need be, I pack luggage too. Luggage is a travel essential you need as a lady. You know we woman feel the need to take our homes with us everywhere. So, we pack for travel to be self-sufficient.

Although, I sometimes forget to pack basic stuff like toothbrush or hair product. As a woman, you need luggage as a travel essential. Shop for luggage that is durable and can withstand stress. You don’t need luggage that will fall apart while in transit. OMG! , this can be so embarrassing. There are so many options you can shop online on Amazon or in your local market. You can shop for luggage with wheels if you don’t like stress like me or opt for a duffel bag.

Hair Products

Another travel essential for women is hair products. A friend uses to say that your hair is a crown that you don’t take off. It is so easy to forget your hair product while packing for travel. Hair product your need includes hair cream, oils, straightener, and curler, etc. Since the lockdown, I have made my own mini salon at home. So, I don’t need to look for a salon for anything. I discovered a foldable 3 in 1 hair gem on Jumia that is perfect for travel. It is has a straightener, curler, and hairdryer that cost me just 2500naira. With these, I don’t have to worry about messy wigs or bad hair days on my travel. You can shop for lovely handy hair products from Jumia or Amazon. Also, if you’re new to shopping on Jumia, read my review on my fashion haul from this site.

Flat shoes

The whole essence of vacations or travel is to explore the new environment. You can go to a new place wearing uncomfortable shoes. So, you need flat shoes as a travel essential. I love flats like sandals or sneakers when I am traveling. Also, I pack extra flat shoes so I can have options while on vacation. You can wear your flat shoes on a walk at the beach, for breakfast or to stroll.


Swimwear is top of my travel checklist. Most of my vacation spots that I plan for are places that either have beaches or poolside. So, I pack at least one bikini in my backpack or luggage. I am not a good swimmer but I love to get wet in water. You can click here to shop tye-dye bikini swimwear set to stay on trend from Zaful. Also you can use my code: HJDW to get extra 17% off your order. (P.S. This is at no extra cost to you). You can read my post for the best summer swimwear trends for 2021. Also, they have swimwear options that are modest or for plus size women.


Loungewear is another travel essential for women. Why do need loungewear as a travel essential? The answer is obvious, to the lounge of course. The whole reason for a getaway or travel is to let your hair down and relax. So, you need outfits to lounge at your hotel or Airbnb apartment. Loungewear is not just stayed at home outfit but you also wear them as a casual outfit. You can shop for loungewear from Missguided. Missguided is an online fashion brand you can trendy fashion pieces . Their outfits are very affordable and you can shop for all your fashion needs from this brand. They have several options like a two-piece top and pants or skirts or bikers shorts. I prefer a two-piece loungewear set-top and biker shorts. It is super comfy and perfect for staying in for a movie treat.

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Make up bag and make up

Makeup bag is a must-have travel essential for women. I normally have all my make up in a makeup bag. This is to make it easy to have quick access. Moreover, you didn’t want your eye shadow palette spilling on your powder on your packed clothes. This can be so depressing. So, for your travel, pack your makeup in a make up bag. You can pack a handful of your make up in a makeup bag to make it compact and accessible.

Other accessories

Another travel essential for women are accessories. Accessories can help you add an omph! to your outfit. You can dress up your outfit with accessories. Accessories you need for travel are hand bags, scarves, hats etc. You need your handbag to carry your basic essentials for a stroll or just to dress your outfit. Also you need hats to shield you from the sun as well as sunshades. It is very easy to pack and not add accessories to your luggage or back pack. Especially handbags, sometimes I just miss them out.

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You never know the importance of packing a cardigan until you’re freezing cold in your travel destination. I easily catch cold so it is an essential travel must-have for me. Cardigans can sometimes be heavy and add extra weight to your luggage. So, always check for the weather of your travel destination. This is one of the 10 things you need to plan for before packing for travel. For me, I prefer to layer my cardigan on other outfits so that I can pull it off easily as the temperature becomes warmer. This will help you keep warm in the event of cold or rain at your travel destination.

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Sleep-in wear

One of my top 15 travel essentials for women is a sleep-in wear. O gosh! sometimes I sleep in my outfit for the day from my trip. This we all know is very uncomfortable. So, you need to pack a sleep in wear for your travel. This is to give you feel of your home. For me, I love to travel but find it difficult to sleep well in a new environment. So, my way of getting a nice sleep is to put on a night dress or pyjamas to make me feel like I am home.

Your sleep-in outfit can be night robe, pyjamas, night gowns or an oversize tee shirt. Missguided has so many options of sleep wear to choose from . Also, you can shop for sleep wear from your local market or opt for thrift night wear. You all know I love to thrift most of my outfits. I have bought some nice designers as well as vintage gems from thrift. You can check out my guide to thrift shopping if you are a newbie to thrift outfits.

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Little Black dress

A little black dress a must-have for your travel packing list. Every lady needs a little black dress in their closet. It is a versatile outfit to own. Also you can easily transition this outfit from day to date night. This one of the easy tips to transition your outfit from day to date night. For a day look, you can wear your little black dress with a pair of sandals, sun shade and handbag. A night out look is to switch the sandals for heels , add jewelries for a pop and a red clutch for contrast. So, as lady you need to pack a little black dress just in case you need to hit the club or go for a date on your travel.

Books or Magazines

A good book is another of my top two travel essentials for women. In all my vacations, I love to read a relaxing book on my ride or for my stay. Sometimes, you may feel like resting after the long trip by taking a day off to be by yourself. So, a good book to read will be a great stay at home companion.

Books suggestions you can read can be fashion, personal development, business or polities. Also, you can choose to read magazines instead for your travel. You can subscribe to Genevieve mag, or Vogue to stay abreast of luxury fashion. For me personally, I prefer paper back books but hey, we are in a digital age. So, if you don’t need extra weight for your luggage, you can opt for an e-book. You can shop my budget babe handbook of fashion from Amazon or subscribe on Amazon kindle to have unlimited access to all their books.

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This round up list of 15 travel essentials for women is incomplete without Jeans. Jeans are a must-have for every travel for me. This is because I can get so many uses from my Jeans. So, it enables me pack light. You can wear your jeans with a casual top, body suit, Bralette, Crop top, One-piece bathing suit etc. So, for a 5-day trip, I need at least one jeans to carry through. You can shop for a Jeans from Missguided or Chicme.

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