The Smart Traveler's Guide to Packing Your Travel Day Bag

Scheduling a day trip full of adventures is exciting!

Narrowing down what to bring with you on your trip can be tough.

You don't want your bag weighing you down all day, so knowing what you need is important. But how can you tell the essentials from the nonessentials?

Whether your trip is in a foreign country or just across the city, you need to know what to pack! Here are some important things to include in your travel day bag.


Of course, you can't go anywhere without money to pay for food and souvenirs! It's good to have both cash and credit cards on your person just in case.

Split up your cash and cards and place them in different areas. For example, your purse, travel belt, and inside your phone case are all good hiding places. This is to ensure that if one of these locations is targeted by pick-pockets, you're not left without money in an unfamiliar location.

Passport or ID

Among one of the most important things to put in your purse as you travel, your identification is necessary wherever you go. Buying a drink or having a run-in with law enforcement will require identification, so it's a good idea to pack it.

In a foreign country, you shouldn't go anywhere without your passport. If you're prone to losing things, lock your passport safely away in your room and carry a copy of it instead.

Water Bottle

A reusable water bottle will keep you hydrated and ensure that you won't have to stop at a restaurant every time you need a drink. Simply bring water with you and fill up at public fountains as needed.

If your trip involves being outside in the heat, freeze a bottle of water overnight so you have cold water all day.

Phone and Charger

When traveling, you should bring your phone with you wherever you go in case of an emergency. A charger (and a phone adapter, if necessary) will help out in a pinch if your phone dies. You'll likely be able to find a public outlet where you can charge your phone.

Your phone doubles as a camera so you can document your traveling experiences without the hassle of packing a camera into a bag that has limited space!

Anti-Theft Handbag

Your day bag itself should have anti-theft features to ensure that your possessions remain safe during your trip. Quality anti-theft handbags have locking straps and zippers, RFID shielding pockets, and slash-proof lining.

It's a good idea to keep an eye on your bag at all times, but the anti-theft features are an essential added security measure.

Travel Day Bag Essentials for Women

What you include in your travel day bag will vary depending on the activity you are participating in for your day trip, but these items are necessities. Be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast so you can pack anything else you might need.

If you're planning a trip abroad, read up on how to stay safe in a foreign country!