Packing List: Brazil

Nothing can ruin a vacation like getting to your epic destination and realizing you forgot an essential item. 

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Below is a list of items you may consider taking with you on your next trip to Brazil. This packing list should be used only as a general guide and was made for most people traveling to Rio. Even if you are going to different cities in Brazil this will be helpful. You don't have to take every item on this list - use your best judgement to determine what you will need and try to pack light. It will definitely help you along the way.

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I always try and do every trip with a carry on only. Not only is it lighter and easier to travel alone but I save time not having to wait in lines to check my bag and pick up my bag after a flight. You'll be surprised just how much stuff can fit in a carry on!

I travel with an Away carry on and LOVE IT. You can see my review of it here. These are a little pricey but I still recommend them. I have linked Amazon brand similar bags below.

A quick note on packing light: To help pack as light as possible I try and bring clothes that serve multiple purposes. A maxi skirt that can be work over a bathing suit as a cover-up and also be worn with my heels for a nicer dinner. I also pack the same general colors throughout my bag so that everything matches easily.

Clothing to pack for Brazil

Obviously, you will want to look at the weather before heading out to Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro the days are pretty hot and you'll want some tanks, shorts, and bathing suits.

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Bathing Suit

You'll want to pack lots of bathing suits to lounge in. I love one pieces because then I don't mind indulging in the awesome food and drinks most beach hotels serve.

Cover ups

An easy way to look cute and put together is by wearing a maxi skirt on top of a plain one piece. There are also so many super cute dresses these days that are technically cover-ups.

Casual Shorts and T-shirts

You'll want a great pair of shorts and lots of breathable shirts. Especially for walking and hiking around. Don't underestimate how hot it gets - make sure you have breathable cottons or something that wicks away moisture.

Sundresses and Going out dresses

Dress up or down in Brazil, it's up to you. 

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Other clothing essentials

Best Shoes For Traveling Brazil

Depending on how light you pack, you'll want a versatile shoe. Brazil can get dirty and dusty real quick, or extremely sandy. During a normal trip, I'll pack three pairs of shoes in my carry on: sandals, light-weight sneakers, and nude low heels. Like I stated in the beginning of this article, I try and pack everything in the same color scheme so that I match effortlessly.

When it comes to sneakers, I stick to black - they hide dirt the best. Also, black sneakers match leggings and a sweatshirt, my normal plane attire. They have to be lightweight though! Look for sneakers that are mesh on top, this will help squeeze them in your bag.

When it comes to fancy shoes I always carry nude low rise heels. I have linked my absolute favorite ones below. A low heel helps me walk in them and (more importantly) fit into my bag easily. 

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Below are the exact shoes I carry with me on all my trips. All are bought through amazon.

Toiletries, Medication, Personal Items

Don't forget that if you're only bringing a carry on all of these will have to miniature sized. Also, when it comes to toiletries - the less you pack the better. Anything you don't bring can easily be bought abroad. Often times for cheaper than in the states!

For example, when I recently went to Tulum Mexico my travel sized toothpaste ran out. I went to a store and a full sized Colgate bottle was less than a dollar! (In the states, that same bottle is $3-something.)

  • Ear Plugs

    • Why is this first you ask? Because it is the most important thing that should be in your toiletry bag. I can't even tell you how many times I have been SO THANKFUL I had earplugs on me.

  • Hairbrush or comb

    • Some of you are going to think I'm crazy but I literally travel with the tiny brush I've linked below. I've found normal brushes take up SO much room and having a tiny one is totally fine. Especially for short trips

  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash

    • If I know I'm staying at a nice hotel I only pack Conditioner to save room. Shampoo and body wash at hotels work perfectly fine for me. Also, stop buying those mini bottles of brand name shampoo. They are so expensive. Buy reusable bottles and fill them up before you go.

Things I don't ever pack and simply buy (or ask the front desk) if I need them:

  • Nail file/clippers

  • Tweezers

  • Shampoo/Body Wash (I wrote about why above!)

  • Aloe Vera (I try and apply sunscreen so I don't need it but if you do get a bad burn you can simply buy it while you're there)

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Good news for Americas, you won't need a converter for most hotels in Brazil! But make sure you don't forget all your chargers.

My full list of travel gear, that I take on every trip can be found here.

If you want to take photos underwater make sure you have the right equipment. For the best photos use a Go Pro - but make sure you have a red filter all your photos will come out super blue. You can also put your phone in a waterproof case.

Money and Documents

  • Cash

  • Credit and/or debit cards

  • Passport

  • Drivers license

  • Airline tickets, hotel reservation and car rental info

    • I use an app called Tripit to store all my travel itinerary information.

Final Thoughts

One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. Here are some books I recommend...

And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email ( 

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