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What to take on vacation for a week

What To Take on Holiday for a Week – A Complete Morons Guide

Whether this is your first holiday or you’re a well-traveled globetrotter, it’s essential to have a checklist of the things you should pack. Here is our comprehensive list of what to take on holiday for a week.

What to take on holiday for a week

It might be a good idea to bookmark this list so that you can refer to it a week or two before you intend to leave.

Our list covers the travel essentials you may need to enjoy your trip and our recommendations for the best products in each category.

What to take on holiday for a week.

Choose the right luggage.

  • Rolling LuggageLuggage on wheels is probably the best option for most trips. There’s no need to break your back carrying a cumbersome backpack or uncomfortable duffel bag if you’re traveling to a relatively modern city. You’ll probably need a conventional backpack if you take a more adventurous trip somewhere without roads or sidewalks. If you are unsure about the terrain in your intended destination, a wheeled backpack may be a good compromise.
  • Carry-on luggage – Always travel with a carry-on bag or backpack. This means you can keep your most valuable items and anything you may need for the flight close to hand at all times. It’s also sensible to carry a change of clothing in your hand luggage in case you need to freshen up before you arrive at your hotel.
  • Name tags for your luggage – Those sticky airline tags can easily be lost or even printed with incorrect info, so attaching your secure luggage tags is a good idea. Remember that you want to distinguish your luggage from all the others on the carousel, so choose tags that stand out and can be seen from a distance.
  • A day bag –  You may well be able to use your check-in bag as your day-trip bag. Don’t get stuck using plastic shopping bags; this will trash your cool image. A cheap, lightweight backpack that can fit a few items for the day can be a worthwhile investment, and it will keep your gear safe. You can read our article to find which size backpack you will need.

Travel Medication

Along with any prescription medicines you usually take, a few other items could save you a heap of discomfort on your vacation. You may be able to find all these items when you arrive, but if you aren’t sure, you can grab them before you embark on your trip.

  • Malaria prevention – If you are visiting a high-risk country.
  • Over-the-counter medicines – Anything that you take daily should come with you.
  • Antidiarrheal medication – Enough said
  • A decongestant or antihistamine – For emergencies
  • Motion sickness medication – If you often get sick when traveling.
  • Pain relief medicine – In case of injuries or fevers.
  • A mild laxative – Might be useful if you eat food your body isn’t used to.
  • An antacid – Much the same reason as a laxative.
  • Antiseptic cream – For any little cuts or scratches.
  • A top-quality sun cream – This should always be in your day bag. You can get sunburnt in as little as 20 minutes in tropical countries.

What should go in your toiletry bag?

  • Toothbrush & a small tube of toothpaste
  • A small roll-on (or can) deodorant
  • A razor & a small tube of shaving gel
  • Wet wipes  – They come in very useful, so ensure they are always with you.
  • Your contact lenses & solution – And a spare pair of specs if you are as blind as a bat!
  • Condoms – These should be on every single guy’s travel checklist. You never know your luck when you hit the open road. Always be prepared for a bit of intimacy.

What clothing to pack for a week

Every man has differing clothing standards, so there is plenty of wiggle room for you to make your clothing checklist. But if you want our advice, here’s our list of what we suggest for what you should take on holiday for a week:

  • 11 X sets of underwear –  11 pairs of socks and boxers/briefs. You will have one clean set every day and a couple of spares.
  • Three pairs of shorts/pants – Depending on the climate of your destination. If it may get chilly, always have a pair of jeans on standby.
  • 8 X shirts / T-shirts – Use your judgment based on the climate. Ensure you have at least one warm jumper or cardigan if it gets cold.
  • 1 X shoes/trainers + sandals – Besides your everyday footwear, a pair of sandals can be handy. There’s nowhere you can’t go in a pair of decent sandals, and they could save your new trainers from getting ruined.
  • 1 X raincoat – Often forgotten, a decent quality raincoat is worth its weight in gold! It saves carrying around a bulky umbrella and takes up virtually no space in your luggage.

Keeping your documents safe

  • Debit/credit cards – These should be kept in a good quality RFID-blocking wallet.
  • Passport – The essential travel document should be kept in a travel belt or a secure pocket on your carry-on bag. This should be easily accessible at all times.
  • Driving License – Even if you don’t plan to drive, your driving license is a valid form of identification. It saves having to always carry your passport with you.
  • Email all documents to yourself – Not something to pack, but a helpful tip is to photocopy/scan all of your travel documents. If the worst happens and you lose something, having copies in your email account will save you time and trouble.

What you need in your carry-on

  • MP3 Player – While not essential, having access to tunes can make your vacation much more fun.
  • Headphones – Whether you use them for your phone or MP3, it’s better to take the smallest and lightest earbuds you can find.
  • Sunglasses – A good-quality pair of polarized sunnies should be on every guy’s packing list.
  • A good book – There is often a lot of waiting time with international travel, and a good read can kill time.
  • Pen & paper – Don’t get caught out by something so simple as a pen and a small pad. Useful for so many reasons, keep these items easily accessible.

Travel security items

  • Money belt – There are tons of options to keep your valuables safe. It doesn’t matter which one you choose as long as it has a secure locking mechanism and can be hidden from sight.
  • Travel lock – Why wouldn’t you want to lock your bags? A small padlock can be used on your check-in luggage and avoids the chance of some shady character slipping something into your luggage!

Other travel items that you shouldn’t forget

  • Adapters & Chargers – Take a universal adapter to charge your devices. A little bit of planning will ensure that you know which kind of adapter is suitable for your destination country.
  • P.M.A – You can’t pack it, but P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) is probably the most essential thing to take when you go on holiday. Traveling can be the most fantastic experience but also stressful and scary. Remember that a smile will get you a lot further than a frown.
What to take on vacation for a week

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Matt Francis
Matt Francis

Hi, I'm Matt Francis. A digital nomad, blogger, web developer and all-around good egg! I am the brains (and brawn) behind Everyday Ape. My website features a wide range of topics, with a focus on travelling and working online.