Friday, June 12, 2015

My Travel Must Haves

I still remember the moment during one of our planning meetings about our trip to Italy when my professor said that they were only allowing us take a carry-on size bag for 18 days. My jaw dropped and I didn’t think he was serious.

Unfortunately he was, and for an over packer like me, it nearly triggered a full blown panic attack.  I take a carry-on size bag for weekend trips, not 2 and half-week trips.

Well I did. I managed to fit everything I needed (plus a little more) in a carry on size bag. Looking back, it was a good lesson, but it did require some careful planning. I learned how to only pack the necessities and the must haves.

After exactly a month in Europe today (didn’t I just leave?!?!) I have narrowed it down even more and I’m here to tell you what I think are my absolute travel must haves.


BAND-AIDS | I am the girl who always has band aids with her. You never know when a new shoe is going to give you a blister or you have a bad hang nail!

IPHONE CHARGER | This is essential for me and something I always have in my bag. Especially now that I’m working in Paris and I’m not always with a group. I use my phone a lot to figure out the metro so having it die is not an option! Definitely worth every penny.

HAND SANITIZER | I’m addicted. After the metro? Before you eat? After a long day of touring? Won’t leave the house without it.

CHAPSTICK | The number of chapsticks I have laying around at home is kind of ridiculous. I think I have one in every purse and then a few extras just to be safe. I had to limit the number I brought over to Europe!

HAIR TIES | Everyone has those days when your hair just won’t seem to cooperate no matter how much hairspray you use.

RICK STEVE’S GUIDE BOOK | I swear by this man. We had a bit of a bump in the road when we were at Pompeii and our tour guide fell through. Thankfully one girl had the Italy Rick Steve’s on her phone that included a guided tour and maps of Pompeii! Literally a life saver. I had never really heard of him before this past trip and now I don’t know if I’ll go to a city without buying his book! He has amazing suggestions and guided tours for most of the big attractions. He’s funny and makes the history about everything so interesting!  

PILLOW/ BLANKET | My mom bought me this handy gadget before I left and I was hesitant to take it. I didn’t want to have to tote it around with me. Thankfully I took it because I used it more than I ever imagined. Most of the hotels would get cold during the night and I would sleep with it on every single night. It was also perfect for our long bus rides in-between cities for sleeping. Could not recommend one more.

PEARL EARRINGS | You never know when you’ll need an extra pair of earrings. I feel absolutely naked without earrings in so I always travel with a backup.

HEAD PHONES | Make a fun playlist before your trip to jam out to before your long flight or car ride! You’ll thank yourself later.

TIEKS | I swear by these shoes. If I was rich and not a broke college student, I would by a pair in every color. Not only do they fold up super small, they are also the most comfortable flats you’ll ever wear. I ordered the navy right before I left and I think I wore them the majority of the trip. I don’t think I could get through Italy without them. I also wear them probably 2-3 times a week for my internship and made my mom send me my pink pair! I have definitely gotten my money's worth in these flats.

What are your travel essentials?

Remember,

Shannon




7 comments:

  1. I definitely need to invest in some Tieks. Everyone I know raves about them, but they are just so expensive. I think they might be worth it though from all the reviews I here.
    -Dani
    The Postcard Journals

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  2. Rick Steves also has the besttt travel videos!

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  3. I've been pining (is that how you spell it?) after Tieks for so long. It's the price tag that keeps me from buying them, even though I've heard great things and I think I will really get my money's worth!
    xo
    Syd
    http://www.sincerelysyd9.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm going on a trip next week and this travel guide will definitely help me pack! Thanks for posting!!
    xo ClassToCloset

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  5. This is the perfect list of things to have while traveling! Will for sure have to come back to this when I go on my next trip.

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  6. I loved this! I'm traveling on a plane for the first time next weekend and I love seeing what you thought was essential!

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