I honestly had very little time to sort out what to pack for a trip to Portugal. With back-to-routine season already occupying 99.9% of the brain it was hard to think about anything else. Then, a friend had mentioned how she had used ChatGPT to help her with her recent trip to the UK. Like her, I only planned to take a carry-on on the trip.

ChatGPT has been an interesting discussion lately amongst my friends and family. Will it take over our lives? I guess it depends on how one uses it. Some are reluctant but then some of us are exploring the ways it could actually help us be more productive and efficient.

What is ChatGPT anyway?

I asked ChatGPT to explain itself LOL… but it came back a little too technical. So, I asked if it can explain itself for the average person. This is what it came up with…

Certainly! ChatGPT is like having a smart computer program that can talk and understand language almost like a human. It can help you with all sorts of things, like answering questions, having a conversation, writing things for you, or translating languages. It’s designed to make using computers and the internet easier by letting you talk to them in a more natural way, like you would with a friend. Think of it as a really helpful and smart digital assistant that’s great with words!

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So, I asked ChatGPT to help recommend a checklist of what I should pack and here’s what it came up with…

Packing for a casual vacation in Portugal in the Fall season can be relatively easy since the weather is usually pleasant during this time. We had planned for stops in the city as well as seaside. Using carry-on luggage is a great idea to avoid baggage fees and make your travel experience more convenient. Here’s a packing list ChatGPT generated to help make the most of my recent trip:


  • Lightweight Tops: Bring a mix of short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts or blouses for layering.
  • Bottoms: Pack a few pairs of comfortable shorts, skirts, or lightweight pants. A pair of jeans can also be versatile.
  • Dresses: Consider bringing a sundress or two for dinners and outings.
  • Swimwear: If you plan to hit the beach or pool, pack a swimsuit and a cover-up.
  • Outerwear: A light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings or unexpected rain.
  • Undergarments and Socks: Enough for your trip’s duration.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: A pair of comfortable walking shoes for exploring cities and tourist sites.
  • Sandals: A pair of sandals for warm days or beach trips.
  • Hat and Sunglasses: To protect yourself from the sun.
  • Pajamas and Sleepwear: Choose lightweight options for warm nights.


  • Scarf or Shawl: Useful for cooler evenings or covering up in religious sites.
  • Belt: To mix and match outfits.
  • Jewelry: Keep it minimal to avoid losing valuables while traveling.


  • Travel-sized toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste.
  • Toothbrush and dental floss: Don’t forget these essentials.
  • Cosmetics travel-sized
  • Hairbrush or comb: Keep your hair in check.
  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the sun.
  • Prescription medications: If needed, pack an adequate supply.
  • Basic medication: Just in case, for headaches, colds, motion-sickness.


  • Smartphone and charger: For communication and navigation.
  • Camera and accessories: Capture memories of your trip.
  • Travel adapter: Portugal typically uses Type F outlets.


  • Passport and ID: Ensure they are up-to-date.
  • Travel insurance: Important for emergencies.
  • Airline tickets and itinerary: Store digital copies on your phone.
  • Wallet: Cash, credit cards, and travel money card (notify your bank about your travel plans).


  • Reusable water bottle: Stay hydrated on the go.
  • Guidebook or maps: For exploring the local area.
  • Umbrella: Just in case of rain.
  • Ziplock bags: Useful for packing snacks, keeping items dry, or organizing.
  • Travel-sized emergency kit: Just in case.
  • Travel pillow and eye mask: For more comfortable travel on the plane or in transit.

ChatGPT also gave me this reminder…

Remember to check airline carry-on baggage restrictions to ensure your luggage complies with their rules. Packing light for a casual vacation in Portugal in September will help you enjoy your trip without the hassle of heavy baggage.

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I can see ChatGPT becoming more popular in various useful ways in our lives. Like most technology there’s good, bad and downright ugly. It all depends on the intent of the user, right? This was a fun way to explore and get organized.  The more details you give it, the more specific it will get.

BTW, try using it to help you plan out your travel itinerary!

In the meantime, Carole has already shared her vacation trip to Lisbon here. Take a look!