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3 More Things You’ll Forget to Pack

1 Jun

Note: This post was written two weeks ago and scheduled to post today. As you read this, I’m currently at the end of my two week school trip to Israel, and getting ready to go visit family in France. Please leave some comment love and let me know you stopped by… although unfortunately I won’t be able to catch up on your blogs or respond until I return to the United States. Wish me luck, I can’t wait to share my adventures with you!

Over here I posted about 5 things you’ll forget to pack while abroad. Here are 5 more things I thought of while getting ready to head overseas for a month with only one 50 pound bag. Enjoy and let me know if you think of anything else that might be useful!

1. A travel sized umbrella. Apparently it rains randomly a lot in Europe….

Product Image Automatic Open/Close NYC Subway MTA Sign Umbrella - Black

Target, $29.99

2. An old swimsuit. A cute one, but one you’re not in love with… salt water wrecks expensive bathing suits. If you’re planning to just lay out and look cute (which is a perfectly valid pastime in my opinion…) feel free to break out the Free People bikini.

Forever 21, $9

3. A large, reusable, foldable totebag. For the beach, out shopping, general shlepping, and buying things and carrying them on the plane later.

BAGGU, $32

What else did I forget? Anything? What all are you guys up to for the summer?

5 Things You’ll Forget to Pack

13 May

As you can probably tell, this week has a bit of a travel theme. On Monday I’ll be headed on a school trip to Israel for 2 weeks, followed by a week long visit to France to visit family. Now, I’m going to tell you about the 5 things you absolutely must have when in a foreign  country. Let me know if I’m missing something, I only have 2 more days to stuff everything I own into one bag under 50 pounds!

1. A long skirt and a cardigan. Churches and religious sites throughout Europe (especially France and Italy) and The Middle East often require women to have their knees and shoulders covered to enter. However, I usually trek around during the day in shorts and a tank top. Keeping these items in my day pack allows me to throw them on when necessary, and remove them when I’m in metropolitan areas. Bonus: fancy restaurants and hotel dining rooms are always cold, good thing you brought a cardigan.

Calypso for Target skirt, $34.99

2. A set of sturdy adapter plugs. Many countries each use a different type of voltage, and in most places in Europe they’re on direct current. (Us Americans are on alternating current.) So don’t plug your curling iron directly into the wall socket or you’ll short a circuit and cause a black out throughout the entire hostel. (I may or may not know this fact from experience. Shhhhhh!) TJ Maxx, Steinmart, or Marshalls, especially, has stuff like this really cheap.

Adapter plug set, $29.99

3. Photo copies of your passport, itinerary, ticket receipts, maps, and other important documents. Losing your passport is not something you want to have happen. But, in a worst case scenario, you’ll be glad you put a copy in your carry on, your checked bag, and gave a copy to your travel buddy to hang on to. Make your way to the nearest relevant embassy and they’ll help you out as best they can. (Thankfully I would like to say I’ve never personally experienced this scenario. But I do always travel with copies.)

Make copies!

4. A travel diary and a pen. You’ll definitely want to remember that amazing coffee shop with the best iced coffee, or patisserie with delicious macarons. You’ll also want to remember the metro shortcut a passerby told you about, and that one day when your favorite museum is free. These are all instances when having a travel diary comes in handy. Make sure to write down where you went, when, the people you met, where you ate, shops and other nearby points of interest, special purchases, and where you stayed. You’ll love looking back on this in the future, and it’ll probably even help you out on trips to come! Bonus tip: Some have special folders and pockets inside for storing tickets, receipts, and other memories :)

Barnes and Noble, $12.99

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One Month, Four Pair: Shoes You Need Abroad

11 May

I’m still rapidly running around the city of Austin like a crazy person trying to do last minute packing before I leave for a 2 week school trip to Israel followed by a trip to France to visit family on Monday. One issue I’m having is that I need to fit everything I need for 4 weeks into one 50lb bag. And for this fashionista, that means weeding out the shoes. After much debate and deliberation, here are what I’ve determined are the four must-have pairs of shoes when traveling aboard for a month or so.

1. The athletic/hiking shoe. For outdoor adventures, nature hikes, other general athletic activities.

2. The everyday walking shoe. For shopping, metropolitan areas, riding the metro, museums and such.


3. The evening shoe. For nice dinners, the theater, opera, or night life/clubs.


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