Packing for a 2-Week Trip and Checklist

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Since hanging my backpack, a holiday that lasts for 2-weeks is one of my favourite kinds of vacation. Since it’s shorter than I’m used to, I always make sure that no work-related emails, calls, or texts are coming to my phone. I want this holiday to be all about exploring, relaxing, and myself.

Another thing I love about this type of holiday is how easy it is to pack. While full-time travelling lets me pack the same stuff I brought for endless time on the road, it still gets frustrating. Especially when I’m going from a warm place to a colder one.

Bringing swimsuits feels silly if I’m going skiing while buying new winter clothes is a waste of money if I’m only there for a week or two. But with a 2-week holiday, I know exactly what to pack. What I’m trying to say is that your packing list changes depending on where and what season you plan to spend your 2-week vacation.

I’m going to show you what my packing for a 2-week trip looks like. Since I’m a woman, I had to ask my friend and one of the main contributors of this site to help me write one for men. I will also show you the extra things to remember if you are going on a specific holiday (i.e summer, winter, hiking, etc).

It’s also helpful to write your 2-week travel itinerary first before you start packing or creating a packing list. Having some sort of travel plan will give a visual idea of activities you will be doing which will help you pack accordingly.

HOW MANY CLOTHES TO PACK FOR 2 WEEKS

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About 4-5 clothes are plenty for a 2-week trip assuming you will be doing laundry. If not, I recommend at least 8 clothes including what you wear on the flight. This should be enough assuming you can wear the same clothes a few times.

This is true for a beach holiday, normally, people wear the same swimsuit and a simple summer dress or a t-shirt that you can use for the next 2-3 days on the beach. What you normally wear after spending time on the beach, showering, with a plan to go back the next day, can be worn multiple times.

It is also true for winter vacation. Most people don’t sweat that much in their jeans, shirts, jumpers/pullover, and overalls. These clothes can be worn a few times.

As long as you have 8-14 underwear, you will be just fine. If you run out of clean clothes, there are always easy-to-use laundry machines or services in popular tourist destinations.

WHAT TO PACK FOR A 2-WEEK TRIP CHECKLIST

I will write a separate checklist for men and women and later on, I will list the items that are applicable to all genders such as gadgets, documents, first-aid kits, etc. Please remember that even though this is a 2-week packing list, it’s applicable to people who intend to acquire laundry service while on a holiday.

Packing for a 2-weeks trip for women

This list is for the general type of holiday, mostly applicable for spring, autumn, and summer. If travelling during winter, the list might change dramatically.

Clothes and footwear

  • 3 tops
  • 1 casual pair of short
  • 1 long trousers
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 walking sandals/flipflops (choose something that’s okay for getting wet at the beach)
  • 2 bras/sport bras
  • 1 pair of walking shoes (or hiking boots if serious hiking is on the itinerary)
  • 1 jumper or pullover (don’t pack this, wear it during flight or hang on your personal bag)
  • 7 pairs of underwear
  • 1 pair of swimsuits (if this is summer vacation, bring an extra one, disregard if going to a colder place)
  • 3 pairs of socks

Toiletries

Check if there are items you can simply buy at your destination. I don’t normally bring toothpaste and mouthwash. Instead, I buy a travel size at the airport or when I arrive, this gives me some extra space in my luggage. If you decide to bring liquid, I highly recommend using a high-quality ziplock.

  • microfibre towel (if staying in hotels, there’s no need for this)
  • a small bar of soap (better than shower gel)
  • a bar of shampoo and conditioner
  • 100ml toothpaste
  • toothbrush (bring the charger if you use electric)
  • 100 ml mouthwash (you can also buy this when you land)
  • deodorant
  • 1 pocket-size loofah
  • tampons/menstrual cup (tampons and period cups are not available worldwide, if you use a pad, you can get one when you arrive)
  • comb/hairbrush

Makeup/skincare

I’m sure our skincare routine and makeup items are very different. I’m not at doing makeup, hence I only bring basic items. My skin is quite sensitive, I make sure to have space for those items. It might be different for you.

  • eyebrow liner and angled brush
  • foundation
  • finish powder
  • mascara
  • lipstick
  • pocket mirror
  • lotion/moisturizer
  • facial wash
  • niacinamide
  • vitamin c serum
  • toner
  • tea tree oil
  • tea tree daily serum

Packing for a 2-weeks trip for men

I can imagine that when a man thinks of “what to pack for a 2-week trip checklist”, it’s much different than for women. That’s why I asked Ryan to provide his personal packing list when he travels for a short period of time like 14 days.

Clothes and footwear

  • 3 cotton/lightweight shirt
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 pair of trousers
  • 4 pairs of underwear
  • 1 jumper/pullover
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of walking sandals or flipflops
  • 1 walking/hiking shoes

Toiletries and shaving kit

  • 1 toothbrush
  • 1 small tube of toothpaste (I also started using tablet toothpaste)
  • 1 deodorant
  • 1 bar of shampoo
  • 1 bar of soap
  • 1 lightweight loofah
  • shaving kit (handheld razor, small shaving cream)
  • microfibre towel (or not, but it’s useful for the beach)

Others/unisex

  • 20ml perfume
  • lip balm
  • sunnies
  • eye mask
  • neck pillow
  • reusable ziplock (you’ll never know when you need one)
  • reusable water bottle

Gadgets and documents

Nowadays, when packing for a 2-week trip has to include gadgets and electronics even though you don’t really use any smart or new devices. You probably still want to bring your Kindle, fitness watch, or even just an extension cord that is really helpful in hotels.

  • passport (valid for another 6-months, no broken parts)
  • digital and photocopy of your passport
  • visa/evisa letter (if needed, print this)
  • digital copy of your flight ticket/booking confirmation
  • digital copy of your hotel bookings – I have a separate folder in my personal email titled with the destination and year (i.e Europe 2023) and have all email confirmation there
  • travel insurance card/letter – check your destination if you need one that covers COVID-19
  • yellow fever card/certificate – this is needed for some places in Latin America, Africa, and sometimes even Australia
  • fight ticket home (many immigration officers at your destination will ask for this)
  • address of your first hotel (this is required when filling out “arrival cards”

COVID PACKING LIST AND CHECKLIST

Travel became a little bit more complicated now. Many countries will require your packing for a 2-week trip with a COVID-19 test result and masks. Hopefully, we all be able to go back to pre-covid times in the travelling world. But for now, here are things you should remember that are related to COVID-19 when travelling:

  • check if your destination is open for tourists – lookup “is country A open for tourists” which should give you the answer
  • look for entry requirements – before it was only visa, flight home, etc, now vaccination or even quarantine might be a requirement
  • a quick antigen test upon arrival might be required
  • vaccination card – many countries require tourists to be fully vaccinated, some allow “proof of recovery in the last 90 days”
  • PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival or taken 24 hours before departure
  • travel insurance that covers COVID-19
  • masks – even if your country/destination doesn’t require it, the airline might
  • bring hand sanitiser
  • pack some home test kit

PRINTABLE PACKING LIST FOR 2-WEEK TRIP (FREE)

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BEST LUGGAGE A FOR 2-WEEK TRIP

I used to travel with a backpack only and a small daily backpack. But this changed when I decided to have a home and go on shorter vacations like 14-days. With this change, my luggage choices also changed, mostly due to my back getting old.

I want to share my now, list of favourite travel luggage. The sizes of these are amazing, it’s not too small nor too high that slow me down when running around the airport. If you like flying with one bag only or luggage that fits above the overhead cabin, these luggage might be suitable for you:

BEST PACKING CUBES FOR A 2-WEEK TRIP

I’m not sure how I travelled without packing cubes before. These tiny cubes helped me stay organised, packed smartly, and unpack efficiently. There are even packing cubes with velcro tape so you can attach each cube together and hang like a travelling wardrobe. You can also get ones with a separate section for dirty laundry.

EFFICIENT TOILETRIES BAG

I actually didn’t use a proper toiletry bag until recently. I only used separate pouches that I get on a free flight or as free stuff when buying cameras, makeup, etc. But then I decided to invest in my skincare, which means, I have now a handful of bottles that are harder to pack.

My unintentional collection of power cables is also out of control. The charger for my phone doesn’t work for the camera. Then I also need a charger for my Kindle, a charger for my smart/fitness watch, and a charger for my power bank. Using a proper toiletry bag doesn’t only a good job for the bathroom but for all the charger cables too.

SUMMARY OF PACKING LIST FOR 2-WEEK TRIP

Packing may not be the most fun part of going on a holiday (wait until you have to unpack after), but if it’s done properly, you can save a lot of time and even money. You can even have enough space for a souvenir to take home.

I’ve been travelling for nearly a decade now and I still have a lot to learn to get to the point that I can say “I’m an expert at packing”. Especially with the pandemic, I realised on my first trip after lockdown, that when I get to my destination, I forgot to pack so many things! I survived though, but having a checklist that I used regardless if I’m travelling for 14-days or 3 months is definitely a lifesaver.

I hope that I was able to help you with packing for a 2-week trip list and that I made your life easier and got you excited about your upcoming trip.

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