What to pack on a week long break?

So similar to the weekend break this post will show you what I recommend to pack on a week long holiday/break. Personally I wouldn’t take luggage, I would just save money and take the on flight option. I will make a video of the items in my hold all luggage to prove you can pack for a week away without spending money on luggage. You do have to pack light and maybe even wash clothes when you are away. Downloadable PDF’s can be found at the bottom of the page. You can download them and print off a check list to help you or your friends and family.

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My flag backpack. Just a few more flags to add.


Firstly the essentials to take on a week away.

  1. Passport – If you are staying within the country this doesn’t apply but if you will be leaving this is essential. Make sure its in date and is intact. Mine has been through the wash, caught up in monsoons, left in the snow. Its pretty fucked. It is still usable…so far.You can pick up a passport protector case here. I should of a long time ago.
  2. Travel Ticket – Nothing worse than arriving to the bus station or airport and you have forgotten that travel ticket. Tick it and pack it!
  3. Money – As soon as you get to your destination you’re going to need to get out of the airport and into your chosen hostel, home stay, hotel etc. Money helps, yes you can use your bank card but some places wont let you and you don’t want to exchange money at the airport, its atrocious. I use Moneysupermarket to find the best exchange rates.
  4. Spare debit card/credit card – The inevitable can happen and has to me. I’ve been places where my card won’t work or I know people who have lost their card.
  5. Insurance documents – Yeah a biggy, I wouldn’t risk travelling without insurance. Accidents can happen at anytime.
  6. Photocopies of passport – Always useful if you lose your passport.
  7. Carry on suitcase/Small Backpack – No need for anything bigger you can easily fit it all in.This suitcase has been approved to be accepted on most flights.

Toiletries (Small Bag)

Make sure everything is put into 100 ml bottles or it just gets taken off you.You can get a pack of 10 for £3 here.

  1. Toothbrush – Speaks for itself
  2. Toothpaste – Make sure its under 100 ml.
  3. Soap – I would recommend a bar instead of liquid.
  4. Sun cream – Again make sure its under 100 ml
  5. Shampoo – 100 ml You can pick up little 100 ml bottles here.
  6. Conditioner – You can use a shampoo and conditioner if you want.
  7. Lip balm – Especially in colder countries were your lips may get chapped.
  8. Make up bag w/make up – Make sure everything is under 100 ml, ladies you look good without it, this isn’t essential.
  9. Contraception – Last thing you want is a kid from a random person you met in Austria… Lads herpes is a keeper, wrap up.
  10. Baby wipes – Comes in handy for make up removal, if you have the shits, having a sweaty day etc.

First aid pack

Its always useful to take a first aid pack with you on any trip. you never know when it may come in handy. You can get the whole portable first aid kit here. Just add the extras too it.

  1. Paracetamol Pack – For those dirty hangovers
  2. Plasters – For minor cuts.
  3. Antiseptic wipes – Helps stop infections from minor cuts.
  4. Iodine – Came in useful when I stood on a sea urchin, and costs a lot more abroad than it does at home.
  5. Hand sanitiser – Some places don’t have hand wash so this one is a big thing.
  6. Scissors and Tweezers – Pick out splinters and cut up bandages etc.
  7. Imodium and dioralyte – Sometimes you cant stop shitting sometimes you can’t shit, either way they come in handy anywhere.
  8. Anti Acids – For me this is massive, for the past three years I get indigestion if I’ve been drinking for a while without stopping. Also you may have to help someone out with there acid problems.


Yeah you obviously need clothes. Packing for a week away means a week away. Don’t waste space on extra clothes you don’t need. Save the space, save the money. The PDF created shows what I would recommend taking. This of course is up to you.

  1. Underwear – No more than 7 sets less can be taken if you don’t mind washing.
  2. Socks – Again no more than 7 pairs if you are in a cold climate if however you are visiting a warmer climate this can be reduced to 3 or 4 pairs. I spent 4 weeks in Vietnam with one pair, i just lived in sandals.
  3. T-Shirt/long sleeve T-shirt- 3 should do it, this can be changed for girl tops if you don’t want to wear T-shirts again for colder climates take long sleeve T-shirts.
  4. Jeans – 1 pair, just wear them on multiple occasions if you have to, if you’re going to a warmer climate don’t bother stay in the shorts.
  5. Swim-shorts 2 pairs – If you’re going away to a hot place these are a must, again girls take swimwear.
  6. Thermals – If of course you are going to a cold place thermals come in handy. If its winter wear them on the plane and save some space.
  7. Jumper/hoodie – This can be worn on the plane as well. Planes can get cold so wrap up warm.
  8. Jacket – Even in a warmer place a light jacket can be taken. I went to Santander in sunny Spain and took shorts and T-shirts, mistake, it rained the whole weekend and was windy as fuck.
  9. Shoes/Trainers – Well something has to be worn to protect those feet of yours.
  10. Flip Flops – Protects feet in showers. Can be worn around warmer places.
  11. Shirt/Dress – Nice night out, dress up, look good feel good.
  12. Winter boots – Protect your feet in the colder climates with a good set of boots, wear them on the plane to save space and don’t bother with trainers.
  13. Woolly hat – Again if its cold.
  14. Gloves – Cold climate

Helpful Items

So these aren’t essential but they will help the journey run smoothly.

  1. Phone w/Charger – Yeah fill it with films for the flight. Always handy to take pictures and make calls. Don’t be British and ask what the weather is like back home. I use a Samsung Galaxy S6 which has done me well for the past 2 years and takes great pictures.
  2. Tablet w/Charger – Again like a bigger phone, mines used to write blogs and watch kodi on. I use the Sony Xperia Z5 tablet which i don’t think you can buy anymore, maybe second hand. but they’re awesome.
  3. Camera – Keep it safe, but make sure you snap along your trip. Something like a Canon EOS 1300D DSLR is good, no attachments so its portable and you can take amazing shots with it.
  4. Go Pro – Literally one of the best things ive ever bought. Got mine in Vietnam 3 years ago and its still going strong. Handy little item to have to make cool videos of your trip and its waterproof! you can pick up the new GoPro HERO5 here or go for an older version. You can opt for the cheaper GoPro HERO Session which is half the price and looks really good, I met a guy in Bali using one.
  5. Portable battery pack – These things have saved my life plenty of times, I mean while writing this on the train I have it plugged into my tablet. Pick one up here.
  6. Headphones – I would say essential, nothing better than chilling out listening to music, using them to watch films and there’s nothing worse than sitting by someone who doesn’t have them and are blasting shit out you don’t want to hear. I have the Sony MDR-ZX770BN Wireless and Noise Cancelling headphones which are really good for the price. Obviously if you pay more you get more. Have a browse.
  7. Plug adapter – I mean how else were you going to charger all these items.
  8. Travel Towel – I know they are shit but they save space, a lot of space. You don’t essential need one especially if you pre-plan and find out if the places you are staying provide towels.

I hope this has helped

I hope this was useful. Remember this is only a week away try your best not to take too much, it seems like a lot but its not and you will fit it all in a small backpack/ carry on suitcase. For colder climates you may need more clothes but you can just layer up on the plane. If you think i may have missed something out please write in the comments below.

Please feel free to download these PDF’s made by myself.

Download here –> Packing list-1 Week Cold Climate

Download here –> Packing list-1 Week Hot Climate

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8 thoughts on “What to pack on a week long break?

  1. Alice ford

    Always great to have an extra packing list so I don’t overpack. Love the downloadable lists.

    • Dan Campbell Post author

      I hope the lists get used.

  2. Liberty

    This was useful, thanks for all the detail! I agree, GoPro has to be on the list! 🙂 x

    • Dan Campbell Post author

      Thank you for the comment, glad it helped.

    • Dan Campbell Post author

      I understand the “no brainers” but you have to remember not everyone has been away before. Thanks for your comments though i will take them in to consideration.


  3. Amrita

    I’m hopeless when it comes to packing! So I keep collecting tips and tricks from other travel bloggers…I’m bookmarking this!

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