Ultimate Vacation Packing List

Happy Fri-yay, gorgeous people! Summer has finally come to a wrap and my favorite season is coming up…FALL! The leaves, the scents, HALLOWEEN…all of my very favorite things happen during the months of September-November. Lots of us are going to be gearing up to start school and head back to work after a much-needed summer holiday, and some of us were busy taking a last 60+ hour-long road trips with their husbands (not even a joke). When I got home from my trip, I realized that at this point in my life, I have packing down to an actual science. And today, my dear friends, I am sharing that knowledge with you.

Never forget anything when packing again!

How To Pack Like A PRO.

This post was sponsored by CalPak Luggage. All opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone.

Packing doesn’t have to be the worst thing in the world. In fact, I quite like packing. I am one of those people who have their bags packed a week before I have to leave. Below you’ll find my comprehensive packing list for any vacation:

Travel Checklist: Never forget anything while packing again!

Now that you know WHAT to pack…..I’m sure you are just begging to know WHERE to pack it in. I’ve partnered up with CalPak to review their ~b e a u t i f u l~ luggage set: Astyll 2-Piece Luggage Set  in Petals. It is quite honestly the prettiest set of suitcases I have EVER owned. The quality is amazing and who doesn’t want to look ultra chic when jet setting off to their next vacation destination? I always had really ugly-but-durable duffles and definitely didn’t look chic while traveling. These are hard case luggage sets, which I love. I am always worried about my stuff being squished. Don’t just take my word for it though, take a look:

CalPak Luggage: Never forget anything when packing again!

They are not only gorgeous on the outside, but they are incredible beautiful and well made on the inside. They have pretty navy blue fabric lining with so many secret pockets I will never be able to fill it all (that is a joke because lol I pack for 10 years at least when I go on vacation). The luggage also expands so you can stuff in even more things. 

Never forget anything when packing again!

The luggage also has a TSA approved lock on the side so that your belongings are always secure. I have never seen a suitcase with a built-in lock, but I am NOT complaining. My husband and I always get nervous about our items being ruffled through so this is a great way to make sure your private items stay private. 

Never forget anything when packing again with Blonde & Ambitious TRAVEL CHECKLIST

I don’t know about you, but having pretty luggage makes me want to take a trillion more vacations. I can’t stop staring at these beautiful floral pieces…it might be time to start planning my next trip! Florals will always and forever be popular, in my book. The colors are bright enough to work for spring and summer but the black background makes them perfect for fall and winter, as well. CalPak is stunning, versatile and functional?! Count. Me. In. That sounds like three solid wins in my book.

Never forget anything when packing again with Blonde & Ambitious TRAVEL CHECKLIST

Packing for vacation doesn’t have to be a chore. It doesn’t have to be stressful. It certainly doesn’t have to be something you put off to the last-minute!! With this easy checklist, your stress can be eliminated and you have one less thing to worry about. Print it out and mark off each thing as you pack it. Then right before you go to leave, run over it one more time. There is nothing worse than forgetting your phone or laptop charger plugged into the wall.

Never forget anything when packing again with Blonde & Ambitious TRAVEL CHECKLIST

And while you’re at it…pick up a set of these incredible suitcases. They have so many colors and styles to choose from. Remember when I posted about everything white marble (click here if you accidentally missed that post)? WELL. CalPak has this exact luggage set in white. marble. So I would hurry up and get on that if I were you.

Last but not least… CalPak has generously offered to allow me to host a GIVEAWAY for you beautiful people! One lucky winner will receive their very own CalPak luggage. Head over to my instagram (@blondeandambitiousblog) to get instructions on how to win a CalPak carry on!

Thanks for stopping by Blonde & Ambitious today. I am SO glad you did!

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Taylor Mobley


  1. Nicole Leffew | 2nd Sep 16

    Thanks girl, this is perfect because I will be leaving for NYFW next week and I’ll save this list! You’re the best xo

  2. Lisa K | 2nd Sep 16

    Nice checklist and love the look of the luggage set.

  3. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins | 2nd Sep 16

    The luggage is so pretty! One thing I always look for with luggage is how easy it is to spot when I’m picking it up after a flight. This would make it so easy to know exactly which one is mine.

  4. Stephanie | 2nd Sep 16

    Love this! This checklist is so key and works for a variety of different vacation trips!

    • Taylor Mobley | 2nd Sep 16

      Stephanie thank you so much! Hopefully you’ll be able to use it πŸ™‚

  5. April | 2nd Sep 16

    It looks like really nice luggage! Great photos of it as well. It certainly won’t get lost at the airport. Such an organized packing list too.

    • Taylor Mobley | 2nd Sep 16

      Thanks April! I hope you will be able to get use out of it! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway πŸ™‚

  6. Amanda Rinehart | 2nd Sep 16

    Those ARE gorgeous!! Pretty luggage definitely makes traveling more fun. I have a GIANT aqua blue suitcase. haha. And I (like basically everyone) cant wait for fall either!!

    • Taylor Mobley | 2nd Sep 16

      I know!! I will never fear about losing luggage again!

  7. Kait Elizabeth | 2nd Sep 16

    Loving the little cheat sheet! Hugs, Kait

  8. Larry and Jaala | 3rd Sep 16

    That is a great checklist!

  9. Becky @ Disney in your Day | 3rd Sep 16

    I’m reading so many packing lists right now because we leave for Europe in less than two weeks! I don’t want to forget anything!

  10. Emily | 3rd Sep 16

    That is such a great packing list! And the luggage is so so cute! I hope I win the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  11. Patricia @ Grab a Plate | 3rd Sep 16

    Love your checklist – so helpful! This is the most beautiful luggage I’ve seen — I’m obsessed! Hope I win the giveaway πŸ™‚

  12. Kari (Happy Coconuts Travel Blog) | 3rd Sep 16

    Awesome list, super helpful, I love lists! πŸ™‚

  13. Kiara Catanzaro | 3rd Sep 16

    Great post on travel essentials! I always need to back versatile clothes that work for any occasion, and comfortable shoes!

  14. Kathie Bulvin | 3rd Sep 16

    This list is great! It seems the essentials are the things we sometimes forget, this will be a handy printout for any type of travel. πŸ™‚

  15. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons | 3rd Sep 16

    I’m SO excited for fall! And I’m even traveling also!

  16. candy | 3rd Sep 16

    I’m heading out Monday, perfect timing on the list.

  17. karen | 3rd Sep 16

    Love your packing checklist! That will be super helpful for my next getaway and I will love using it since it looks so pretty!

  18. Brooke | 3rd Sep 16

    I’m going to England for three months! So this is a great place for me to start! Plus it helps that you made everything look super cute as usual. Thanks!
    XOXO Brooke at Dailylifewithb.com

  19. Cricket | 3rd Sep 16

    I’m always forgetting things, this is so helpful

  20. Jill Wiley | 3rd Sep 16

    OH my! That suitcase is ADORABLE!! And the packing checklist is great!

  21. Meaghan | 3rd Sep 16

    What a cute little packing list!! I’m all about those whenever I travel or I’ll mange to forget something haha. The luggage is adorable! I’ll have to go enter.

    Meaghan xx

  22. Jenni | 3rd Sep 16

    Perfect packing list and I love the luggage!

  23. Tawni | 3rd Sep 16

    OH MY GOSH YOUR LUGGAGE IS THE CUTEST!! And so is your purse! I’m gonna need both. πŸ˜‰

    • Taylor Mobley | 3rd Sep 16

      Lol!!! That purse is my ride or die! And the luggage is just awesome.

  24. Lisa | 3rd Sep 16

    Beautiful luggage! And I may just print out that packing list for future trips. πŸ™‚

  25. Nellwyn | 3rd Sep 16

    Great checklist! And I love that luggage! So easy to pick out off the airport carousel.

  26. Susana | 3rd Sep 16

    Great post! Informative and gorgeous photos. Great list.


  27. Sheena Tatum | 3rd Sep 16

    This is awesome! I make my own similar packing list every time we go on a trip. Of course, it has to be different every time, depending on the trip details.

    • Taylor Mobley | 3rd Sep 16

      That is so true…especially for clothes πŸ™‚

  28. Ivonne | 3rd Sep 16

    LOVE the luggage! Great read and check list! I always pack way too much and don’t wear half of what I bring with me.

  29. Sona Sethi | 4th Sep 16

    The luggage looks so exclusive! After various rounds of traveling, I have figured that less is more when it comes to travel. It makes you so much more agile.

    • Taylor Mobley | 4th Sep 16

      That is very true!!! I somehow still manage to bring my whole closet! LOL

  30. Hayley | 4th Sep 16

    A useful list for anyone who is not very good at remembering to pack everything!

  31. jill conyers | 4th Sep 16

    You’ve thought of everything to take on vacation. I can’t think of anything I’d add to the list. Now. I need to enter the giveaway.

  32. Anna nuttall | 4th Sep 16

    Wow I’m envious of your gorgeous suitcase. Love it! xx

  33. Kim | 4th Sep 16

    Love this packing list! O.K., i’m a natural list lover !! But wow.. this luggage is well, i’d want to keep it out all the time to enjoy seeing it, so pretty!

    • Taylor Mobley | 4th Sep 16

      I know! I didn’t want to put it away but my husband said he kept tripping on it LOL

  34. Rachel Ritlop | 4th Sep 16

    Great checklist and luggage!!!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

  35. Maaya Legaspi | 4th Sep 16

    I like the design of the luggage! Travelling often during the first months of the year has always been my passion. The checklist would help me a lot to pack. πŸ™‚

  36. Janine Good | 4th Sep 16

    Great Packing list! I particularly love the floral luggage πŸ™‚

  37. Stacey | 4th Sep 16

    I always pack with a list in hand! Or else I will forget something. I need new luggage – I really need to check these out – they are beautiful!

  38. Jenn | SingleMomWorksFromHome | 4th Sep 16

    I totally procrastinate packing, but if I had cute bags like that I might pack even when I didn’t need to. Going to the grocery store? Ooo…I better pack. Going out to dinner with the family? Yep…I might need to pack for this. Haha. Thanks for sharing!

    • Taylor Mobley | 4th Sep 16

      LOL! This made me laugh. YEP. I feel the same way!

  39. Idriss | 4th Sep 16

    Awesome Post, Thanks for sharing !

  40. Erin | 4th Sep 16

    Great checklist! This will come in handy for our trip in November. Thanks!

  41. Shelby Bromley | 4th Sep 16

    I love the list and the pictures!

  42. andrea | 4th Sep 16

    Super good list. I love your suitcase too:)

  43. Sylvia | 4th Sep 16

    Thanks Taylor, this is a great checklist! I love the patterns on your suitcases, wish I had them on my last holiday πŸ™‚

  44. Rebecca Bryant | 4th Sep 16

    i need this checklist. No many how often i travel I always forget something whether it’s toothpaste or a hair clip i forget. also cute luggage.

  45. Kim | 4th Sep 16

    Awesome checklist! I always need the reminders when I’m busy packing. The kids don’t help!

  46. Andrea | 4th Sep 16

    Thank you for the printable!

  47. Ana De- Jesus | 4th Sep 16

    Can I have your luggage pretty please, it is the most gorgeous piece of luggage I have ever seen. I love the floral print it is stunning!

  48. Toughcookiemommy | 4th Sep 16

    This is some very helpful information. I always spend way too much time packing and take along a lot of things that I don’t really need.

  49. Amanda | 4th Sep 16

    Terrific post. I love the travel cases.

  50. Ty | 4th Sep 16

    Love the super cute luggage πŸ™‚ And great checklist

  51. January | 4th Sep 16

    Ok, that is about THE cutest packing checklist ever and those floral suitcases are darling!! I NEED one in my life ASAP!!


  52. Cynthia @craftoflaughter | 4th Sep 16

    This is a great checklist to keep on hand for those tho travel frequently, like me! It would sure help me from forgetting anything

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Sep 16

      Thanks Cynthia! Glad you found it useful πŸ™‚

  53. Ronda Bowen | 4th Sep 16

    I love lists like this. I’m always forgetting random things when I travel. I too LOVE your suitcases. Thank you for putting this together

  54. Borei Design | 4th Sep 16

    Beautiful luggage and great checklist.

  55. OurFamilyWorld | 4th Sep 16

    Having a checklist is very important to ensure you won’t forget anything. The travel suitcase set is si gorgeous.

  56. Amanda Love | 4th Sep 16

    It’s really important to have a packing list especially if you’re going to a place that’s completely new to you. These are all essential when packing! Love that list. I also love your luggage, the floral design is just really pretty!

  57. Sharon Wu | 5th Sep 16

    Amazing list for packing! Can’t wait to refer to this list when I travel again. Going to bookmark it πŸ˜‰ xo, sharon


  58. Amanda | 5th Sep 16

    Omg!!!! I love this luggage!!! I just bought new luggage from Vera Bradley though πŸ™ I don’t think no my husband would understand the need for this set!!! It is soooo cute! I am adding to my want list!!!

    • Taylor Mobley | 5th Sep 16

      Thanks girl!!! You always need more luggage πŸ˜‰

  59. Heather | 5th Sep 16

    That luggage is gorgeous! I have a very plain blue carry on suitcase that I got when I started traveling for my first job many years ago. I don’t travel nearly as much anymore, but I could definitely use a luggage upgrade.

  60. melanie | 5th Sep 16

    Your luggage is too cute!! I need to buy pretty matching luggage myself. I always just find whatever is at the house and it’s usually all mismatched LOL This is a great packing list. I usually make a list before I go on a vacation but I end up forgetting something anyway. I’ll use this next year for vacation. This year was a staycation with a few day trips.

  61. danielle | 5th Sep 16

    will use this list in the future I’m sure!

  62. Jess | 5th Sep 16

    Obsessed with those bags!! They are so cute!

  63. Whitney S. | 5th Sep 16

    I think this is a great packing list! I usually overpack when I go on vacation, because I’d rather have more than I need than not enough!

  64. katrina gehman | 5th Sep 16

    great checklist. it seems no matter what i do, i always forget something in my suitcase.

  65. Yulissa | 5th Sep 16

    We recently went to a little summer vacay at New England and hubby got a Calpak luggage. He managed to fit everything and he loves it. I was a little envious!

  66. Jessica French | 6th Sep 16

    Great list and I absolutely LOVE your luggage set. It’s beautiful

  67. Ali Lang | 6th Sep 16

    Your floral luggage set is so beautiful!! I’m sure you’ll get tons of use out of it!! Hope I win the marble suitcase!! Thanks for hosting a fabulous giveaway!

  68. Kathleen | 6th Sep 16

    I am determined to go to Europe for 10 days in a carryon this fall. Bookmarking this.

  69. Lauren Ruehl | 7th Sep 16

    Stunning luggage! Loving that there are so many compartments as well. Thanks for introducing me to a great brand!

  70. Lay | 7th Sep 16

    That white marble suitcase is gorgeous! I wish I had read your review before all the traveling I just did in August. I’ll definitely be checking them out before my next trip.

  71. Paula | 8th Sep 16

    I love the pattern on this suitcase, and I love how beautiful it looks on the inside too. Thank you for the handy packing list!

  72. Debra | 12th Sep 16

    Such a great list! I was mad at myself on our trip last week to the beach for forgetting beach towels. Who forgets beach towels?!

  73. Elisa | 25th Mar 18

    Beautiful pair of suitcases there, love it! It is true that inside looks as stylish as outside.

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