9 Important Travel Items for Women Over 50 to Pack

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9 Items Every Woman Over 50 Needs to Pack When Traveling

One of the hardest (and most annoying, in our humble opinion) things about traveling is the packing—and it only gets more difficult with age.

As we grow older, figuring out what to bring along with us can become even more of a hassle. There are more items you should think about taking with you, that you may never have needed to when you were younger.

So, what are the items that ever older female traveler should bring with her on her next trip?

We spoke with Heather J. Gibson, Ph.D.—a Professor in the Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management at the University of Florida—to gain better insight into what every woman over 50 should make sure she packs no matter where or when she travels.

Have your suitcase ready, because we're revealing the top nine items to pack for your next trip below!

1. Clothes That Are Easy to Care For

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Clothes are obviously one of the most important things to think about when packing for your trip. Though most of what you bring with you will depend on when and where you go, Heather notes that it's important to bring clothing that can be cleaned with the greatest of ease.

"[You should pack] clothes that are easy to care for and can be washed in the sink and dry quickly," she says. "In hot climates, make use of light cotton tops that can be washed and worn without ironing."

When it comes to colder climates, a rain coat is definitely a must.

"For a trip that may encounter a cold climate, take advantage of the puff/down coats that can be stuffed in the corner of your bag," Heather mentions.

Heather also points out the importance of knowing how they dress where you're visiting.

"Be aware of the cultural norms regarding dress," she says. "When it is extremely hot, you may need short or long sleeves and capri pants or a skirt below the knees." 

2. Good Shoes

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You can't travel anywhere without the proper pair of shoes, so it's important to know the weather to pack the right pair.

"A good pair of sandals [is best] for sightseeing in hot climates, whereas a good pair of walking shoes [is best] for the colder climates," Heather notes.

3. Insect Repellant and Sunscreen

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No matter where you travel, these two things must come with you. They'll protect your skin from sun damage and pesky insects.

Heather recommends purchasing insect repellant with DEET, a chemical already found in most bug sprays. 

4. Airborne

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Nobody wants to be sick while they're on vacation, which is why Heather recommends packing Airborne or another immune system booster.

"Take it as soon as you feel a tickle in your throat," she says. "But also, get some good sleep."

5. A Bag With Wheels

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As far as what to pack all of your stuff in, Heather says a bag with wheels is your best bet. They're easier to maneuver around on your own than a heavy duffle bag.

"You [may] need to carry your luggage up and down stairs by yourself," Heather notes. 

You know what you can handle better than anyone, but a mobile suitcase that won't be a hassle to drag all over town is always the safest option.

6. Ziploc Bags

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It's best to always be prepared, which is why Ziploc bags are one thing you shouldn't forget.

"[They have] a multitude of different uses," Heather notes. And she's not wrong. You can store plenty of your belongings in them and so much more.

7. Hand Sanitizer, Wipes, and Tissues

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For some extra precaution, bringing hand sanitizer, wipes, and tissues will be more helpful than you know. But Heather was quick to call out their importance for a particular reason.

"Many places do not have toilet paper, so be ready," she says. 

8. A Phone Battery Charger

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This might sound rather obvious, but it's easy to forget when you're packing the necessities. And since we're all on our phones all day, especially when we're in vacation mode and taking plenty of photos of our surroundings, your phone battery will drain rather quickly.

"You don't want to run out of power," Heather states.

9. A Small Bag

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Apart from your luggage, a small bag or purse is also needed to carry your belongings when you're exploring your new surroundings.

Heather recommends one that "goes around your waist or over your body," so as to keep it close to you at all times. You don't want to lose important items while you're in a world unknown, do you?