What to pack for a week trip in summer

If you search for “what to pack for a week trip in summer” you will have thousands of results. Some of them are out of date, some are redundant, and others have too many items, which makes packing unreasonable and leaves you with bulky luggage. 

That’s why this guide on “what to pack for a week trip in summer” will be as practical as possible and will focus on essentials, and essentials only. 

What to pack for a week trip in summer

Whether you’re the kind of person who packs weeks before your trip or the one who gets it together right before, you have probably forgotten a thing or two that was really needed during travel. 

No matter how focused you are during packing, you end up missing something. That’s what makes a packing list or a packing guide essential, especially now, when tech products are so important and no one can simply afford to travel without them.

When you think about it, packing could be divided into the following sections:

  • 1- Clothing 
  • 2- Personal Care
  • 3- Tech products 
  • 4- Documents

What to pack for a week trip in summer Arbo wearing his backpack in Malmo Sweden and ready to travel

Below I’ll talk in detail about each section and give you exactly what to pack for a week trip in summer.

1- Clothing

A lot of people tend to undervalue the importance of the weather factor when packing for their trips. I recommend that you make some research on the weather and find out what activities you’ll be doing. 

Maybe you booked your ticket to one of the southern hemisphere countries and you forgot that July there is as cold as December here. Maybe you did not pay attention to that hiking activity that requires special hiking shoes or water shoes. 

Another important question is are you going to have access to laundry? Because if not, you will have to be covered for the length of the trip. Here is a list of clothing essentials with some suggested options.

packing clothes for a one week trip. What to pack for a week trip in summer

Clothing Essentials:

  • 5 shirts 
  • 2 pairs of jeans/chinos/joggers/ shorts 
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 athletic outfit
  • 1 Pajamas
  • Socks
  • Underwear

Clothing options (according to destination/ type of travel):

  • Rain jacket/rain boots
  • Bathing suit
  • Formal wear
  • Hat(s)

As a general note, try to pick neutral colors to make mixing and matching easier. Finally, purchasing clothes could always be your last resort in case you have to.

2- Personal Care 

Toiletry bag personal care items

Some people tend to forget about toiletry bags. The reasons why toiletry bags are a perfect solution for your travel are enormous. If organized, they allow you to always know where to find your stuff. Also, a hanging toiletry bag frees up space in a small bathroom. 

When you think about it, toiletry bags are a packing list by themselves, because you know what goes into each pocket/mesh compartment 

What is most important when packing for your personal care items is to check with your accommodations to see what amenities and toiletries they offer. You don’t wanna pack something that you will have offered in your room. 

Another thing to account for is that if they don’t offer in-room ironing, do not pack clothes that need to be ironed.

Personal Care Essentials:

  • Prescribed meds 
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste/floss/ mouthwash
  • Hairbrush/ comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner 
  • Mosquito repellent 
  • Your First aid kit (Band-Aids, a sleep aid, a digestive aid, vitamins, and immunity boosters)

Personal Care Options:

  • Moisturizer/Makeup 
  • Skincare 
  • Lip balm
  • Perfumes 
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer/ wet wipes

Quick tips:

Two quick pieces of advice here. First, if you are crossing international borders, take the official bottle with medical information on it for safer travel through customs. 

Second, if your medications are life-critical, pack for a few extra days to allow for changes in plans.

3- Tech products

Packing I-phone, I-pad, Smartwatch, mac & AirPods for travel.

If you are a frequent traveler, you know how frustrating it is trying to go through your adapters trying to figure out which adaptor is the right one for the next country. That’s why I recommend investing in a universal travel adaptor that has everything you need in one compact plug. 

On another note, with suitcase space/ weight always at a premium, I highly recommend multi-functioning devices. Think of a power bank that has a light torch that could be used in the tent.

Tech essentials:

  • Phone/ charger 
  • Cellphone travel case (Shockproof)
  • RFID-protected case/ wallet for your passport and bank cards

Tech Options:

  • Headphones 
  • Smartwatch 
  • Kindle 
  • iPad 
  • Travel luggage scale

4- Documents

Passport travel documents travel insurance

I recommend bringing a waterproof/ fire-resistant document folder and safely keeping a photocopy of the following in it:

  • Your Passport
  • Your Birth Certificate 
  • Your Airline Ticket
  • Your visa(s)
  • Your Travel insurance

In case you are having a road trip in the summer, here is another list of items you have to have:

  • Automotive insurance policy and the number for auto claims
  • License and registration
  • Your car’s manual
  • Contact number for Roadside Assistance
  • Roadside emergency kit

Highly recommended:

Carry your passport only with you when you need it – otherwise, it should stay locked up in your hotel room. 

If you’re going to take your passport with you, make sure it is always kept in a waterproof/fire-resistant RFID-Protected case.

Travel advice

I want to close this guide with two pieces of advice that could be of enormous help. First, when it comes to packing clothes, vacuum bags/ Compression bags make a huge difference, especially since nowadays most airlines are gradually decreasing their luggage allowance. 

They can make packing more efficient and more organized. It is the perfect option for freeing more space for those long hiking or camping trips, where every tiny space really matters. I recommend a reliable option that does not require a vacuum machine (rolling and expelling air). 

The other piece of advice is to watch for the TSA liquid rules. According to the TSA official website, you are only “allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item”. 


We have all seen so many confiscated items at travel checkpoints, you do not want to be the ones who throw their precious stuff away.

I hope you benefit from the above list and tips regarding what to pack for a week trip in summer.

If you’re wondering where to go next for a 7-day trip in the summer, check out our article about what to do in Oludeniz in summer here.


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