Top Knot Travels: Palm Springs Packing List

Top Knot Travels: Palm Springs Packing List

Last weekend, I was filling my instagram feed, with pictures from my trip to Palm Springs. Every year, D and I head south to warmer weather in February. Last year we headed to Las Vegas. This year, we chose Palm Springs.  There will be more trip details to come, but today I want to talk about a Palm Springs packing list.

It’s vital to pack well, in order to have a great vacation. Palm Springs is a desert community, which means warm days and cool, cool nights. Set yourself up for success by packing items for both scenarios. I hope this list helps for your next warm weather vacation! (p.s when is summer?)

Here is my Palm Springs Packing List:

palm springs packing list

travel essentials

  • wallet/id/plane tickets
  • lodging information, contact info, directions
  • travel books or tourist information

technology gear

  • phone + phone charger
  • camera + lens + charger
  • tablet/laptop + charger
  • headphones
  • memory cards


  • make-up (not a ton, it’s hot!)
  • face wash
  • sunscreen (SPF SAVES LIVES!)
  • deodorant
  • lip balm (spf!)
  • hair products (hair spray, mousse, oil, frizz tamer)
  • hair tools (curling iron, straight iron, etc)
  • perfume
  • toothpaste + toothbrush
  • contacts/glasses
  • razor
  • hair brush/comb
  • tweezers
  • nail clippers + nail polish
  • Shampoo/conditioner (our hotel had these on hand)
  • body lotion/aloe
  • vitamins/ prescriptions


  • swimsuit (I brought 2 )
  • sunglasses
  • swim cover up (I brought 2)
  • shorts (I brought 1 denim/1 linen)
  • jeans (1 pair)
  • maxi dress (1)
  • sundress/mini dress (1)
  • v-neck t-shirts (I brought 1 black, 1 white)
  • sweater (this is KEY for cool nights!)
  • work out clothes (D and I actually worked out every morning- check to see if your hotel has a gym)
  • sleeping clothes
  • pool flip flops
  • sun hat
  • dress shoes/sandals (I brought 1 pair of ankle boots + 1 pair of fancy sandals
  • intimates (bras + underwear for each day)
  • purse/handbag
  • any jewelry (I don’t ever bring anything REALLY expensive when I travel)


Every person has some special requirements they like to bring while traveling. I always like to bring 1 extra set of clothes in my carry-on just in case luggage gets lost. I also will bring extra camera equipment depending on the location. Tailor this list to best fit your needs. Overall, it’s a great foundation for a Palm Springs packing list. Stay tuned for more trip details!

palm springs packing list

Rachel xo



  1. February 11, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    This is a great list! I always struggle with packing it might be because I’m a procrastinator, haha! But list are always so helpful. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • February 12, 2016 / 5:51 pm

      Of course! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. February 11, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    The photos from Palm Springs looked incredibly relaxing and beautiful – can’t wait to see how it recharged you! And that swimsuit is so cute!!!

    • February 12, 2016 / 5:51 pm

      Thanks Pech!!

  3. February 11, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    I’m one of those odd people who absolutely loves making packing lists, so obviously I love this!

    • February 12, 2016 / 5:50 pm

      haha obviously!

    • February 12, 2016 / 5:50 pm

      We had a perfect time!

  4. February 11, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    I used to live in Palm Spring in the late 80’s (now I’m telling my age) It was a fun and exciting place! Hope you had a chance to ride the tram…it’s beautiful up in the mountains!! Have a great day!

    • February 12, 2016 / 5:49 pm

      WE did! IT was a great vacation.

    • February 12, 2016 / 5:49 pm

      Thanks Erin!

  5. February 11, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    My goodness, that swimsuit is too adorable. Also I second your rec to bring lip balm with SPF. So many of us forget, and burnt lips are no fun!

    • February 12, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      Thanks! It’s from ASOS!

  6. February 11, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    This is a great list! I’m a huge advocate of bringing extra clothes in a carry on, or just bringing a carry on. Totally saves your sanity if a flight is delayed or canceled!

    • February 12, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      I agree, I try to stick to carry-on, but if I can’t extra clothes is a must. I’ve been burned too many times! ha

  7. February 11, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    Cute suit! Great packing list, too. I usually try to fly with just my purse and one carry-on, but when I do have to check a bag for longer travels, I also always pack at least one extra change of clothes in my carry-on. Palm Springs sounds soooo nice right about now! .

    • February 12, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      I know, it was 80s, pool, cocktails! TAKE ME BACK 😉

  8. February 12, 2016 / 12:44 am

    Great list. I may use it when I travel to Arizona next month.

    • February 12, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      OOO AZ sounds fantastic!

  9. February 12, 2016 / 2:00 am

    Love that swimsuit!!

    • February 12, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      Thank you! It’s from ASOS

  10. February 12, 2016 / 4:21 am

    its always a great idea to keep an extra outfit in your carry on

    • February 12, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      It’s saved me a time or two!

  11. February 12, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    Looked like you guys had such a great trip! I was jealous of all your pool time. Glad you had fun!!

  12. February 12, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Awesome detailed list. There’s just something about lists that I love! and I love packing as well but the budget says no to travel for now 🙁 How long were you out there?

  13. February 13, 2016 / 3:07 am

    Great packing list! I’m always trying to make one but there is just so much to remember. So thanks!

  14. February 22, 2016 / 5:54 am

    Great list! We’re heading to Mexico in a week and a half so my packing list will be very similar!

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