Goth Packing: But I NEED Them!

Sometimes it just isn’t possible to take everything you envision. I think there are a few keys to remember and questions to ask yourself for every-trip. So that even in the most spontaneous trips (I had less than twenty-four hours to pack and be gone) you’ll always be prepared.


Things you might want to be weary of bringing:

  • Parasols
  • Boots can generally be heavy, bulky and large. I prefer to wear them while traveling rather than bring them – since mine are good walking boots.
  • Petticoats are large and space consuming plus you wouldn’t want to be wearing that while seated closely to another person.
  •  Corsets need to be stored appropriately – you wouldn’t want to mix it in with makeup or your stainless steel and very pointy teasing comb.

Airport security:

I can’t be the only person that goes to the airport worrying that I’ll have to take out all my piercings and hand over all the safety-pins in my bag. So, here are some tips for Goths on a plane (I’m suprised that doesn’t have it’s own Tumblr by now!).

  • Be weary of the levels of security in the airport you’re traveling to because they’ll be certain to vary depending on how large the corporation is and whether you’re traveling domestic or international.
  • An annoying personal experience was with a small pair of rosary pliers that I had kept in my bag were taken. I’m glad that that was the worst of my experiences. All in all just try to think ahead for what might be taken and what you really wouldn’t want to be and leave it at home. While not I’m a bit annoyed to have to buy another set of pliers it’s was nothing more than inconvenient.
  • It’s a given but don’t wear a lot of jewellery and metal pieces. Piercings generally are an exception – but in worse situations you can replace them with retainers.
  • If you’re wearing too many petticoats to fit through a metal detector you might be doing something wrong.

What’s Your Destination:

Obviously what you bring depends on your destination. My partner and I were on the beach a lot and there was sand all over the town so I oped to not wear my beloved Doc Martens but ruin my cheaper flats. Remember to use your common sense and remember things like sunscreen!

My Keys to Packing A Goth-friendly suitcase:

  • Section off different items. We had a whole bag dedicated to laptops, mouse/pads, hard-drives and another for a combination of cosmetics and chargers for phones, laptops and batteries. You would not want sandy boots to be packed with all your fancy blouses.
  • There are no such thing as too many stockings. Trust me, I know. The same goes for intimates, camisoles and socks.
  • Check out more at the Five Packing Tips From Kent And Vyxsin by Lacarmina here.
Do you have any tips for Goth Packing? Or what’s been your worst experience?


  1. January 8, 2013 / 12:14 am

    Space bags! I cannot emphasize enough – being able to pack all your favorite clothes and actually fit them in your suitcase can actually happen if you literally suction all the air out of the bags!

    Also, delicates like undergarments can be saved by packing them in plastic bags away from the rest of your clothes and such!

  2. January 8, 2013 / 3:03 pm

    My best tip is to bring a lot of some types of clothing and the bare minimum of others.

    For a week away I'd pack one dress, one skirt, one pair of shorts and one pair of jeans. But close to ten different tops. That way I can put together a different outfit every day by re-using some clothes but still wearing something new every day.

  3. January 9, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    I've had my bag looked through EVERY time it goes through the x-ray machine because it picks up the steel boning in my corsets. They're always like "WTF IS THAT?" when they see it on the x-ray screen so they make me take it out and they're like, "Ohhhh, I see….." I also dress very "normal" when I go on the plane. Many people hold stereotypes regarding drugs and alternative types so I just get hassled less in the end if I am dressed normal.

  4. January 18, 2013 / 10:31 pm

    lol! Your post title describes my packing process perfectly. I am not a fan of traveling, for MANY reasons, one of which is that I like to be able to decide what I am going to wear based on how I am feeling on a particular day – and you can't always plan feelings out in advance. 😉

  5. January 19, 2013 / 6:43 pm

    Oh, those tips are really useful ^^ I really need to get me a good suitcase. I only have one really big bag now, which I use to stuff all my clothes into, but it always ends up super messy, because it's made of a really soft material. I also don't think it's waterproof, although I haven't had the experience of testing it unwantedly.

  6. February 3, 2013 / 3:22 am

    Great post! lol @ the petticoats. I actually had problems with security pre-9/11…I had to unscrew spikes out of my bracelet and hand them over. I live in New York City and travel pretty often, and I haven't had any problems since (though I definitely don't wear the spiked bracelets anymore). I never take out facial piercings and never had a problem. Boots with buckles aren't a problem since you take them off and they get scanned separately. The only time I got searched was when I had about $1000 in cash in an envelope in my suitcase. Traveling with makeup is a hassle due to the fluid restrictions, so I don't travel with that. lol traveling is a pain for everyone!

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