The Darling Nomadess: 5 Travel Must-Haves

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

5 Travel Must-Haves

In case you haven't heard yet, I've returned to the good 'ol' USA! It was quite the last minute decision but with a quickly draining bank account, and a perfectly timed job offer, I knew it was time to return. I loved every second of my wild 5 month European adventure and can hardly wait to start traveling again...where ever that may be! 

I learned a lot about myself while traveling. One thing that stood out to me from the beginning: I overpacked. While I do think that I'm a much lighter packer than most women my age, I definitely packed too much! Even though I overpacked, there are 5 things that were the MVP's of my travels and items that I highly recommend you take with you if you are planning to go on extended travel!

1. Flipflops
If you plan on staying in hostels at any point in your trip, you had better bring your floppy floppies. Hostels, and even some of the cheaper hotels, may not have the best housekeeping staff so it's absolutely imperative that you wear your flip flops while showering...unless you like germs and the potential of getting athletes foot (ew.). Bring these to shower in, but please do not wear these out and about while sightseeing!

2. Outlet Converter
This is especially important if you're traveling through Europe! If you plan on bringing your laptop with you on your travels, I would recommend you also get a voltage converter, otherwise, you will kill your laptop battery!

3. Journal
Above are two of the journals I had during my travels. While the Notes one was for more of to-do lists, places I wanted to see, etc, I had filled one journal of my time in Rome and then purchased a gorgeous leather journal in Florence (above, below the Notes journal). Personally, I enjoyed reflecting on each day, and my thoughts on each place I visited. It's definitely something I go back and read to relive my memories and recall details of my trip.

4. Small Backpack
While I had a huge 60 Liter Backpack for carrying all of my stuff, I also had a day backpack for walking around the cities. I always carried a bottle of sparkling water or regular water, some food, and my camera. It also came in handy if I purchased any souvenirs! While in Paris, I would purchase a baguette from the grocery store near my hotel every morning and keep it in my backpack to munch on through the day.

5. Feminine Products
I'm so glad I did heavy research on Germany before I left. While researching, I learned that many women use tampons, just like in America, however, German tampons do not have the plastic applicator. Umm...what? I guess Germans are pretttttty comfortable with their bodies (or just super eco-friendly). Knowing this, I made sure to pack lots of my favorite pads and tampons into my backpack. My favorite brand has always been U by Kotex. Seriously though, my bathroom is well stocked with the little black boxes!

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What are your travel must haves?

With Love,

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  1. Welcome back to the states! I can't wait to hear more about your experiences. I have been using U by Kotex for ever, I love them!

  2. Congrats on your job offer and welcome back to the states. I'm going to miss all of your travel instas, but I'm looking forward to reading about this new chapter of your life. When I head back to Europe, I'm definitely going to hit you up for some advice!

  3. Welcome back!! I definitely agree with having all 5 of those items on hand throughout your trip. I don't use anything but U by Kotex. Their products are great!

  4. Welcome back! I loved those notebooks/journals! Where are they from?

  5. Those journals are absolutely beautiful.
    I am addicted to jotting down little notes throughout the day.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  6. I hope that your return to the US means that you will be blogging again more! ;-) I've missed your posts! This one cracked me up. (U by Kotex is also my favorite feminine products brand! I'll have to pack them for when I study abroad this summer!)

    xoxo A

  7. My travel musts are a blanket scarf to wrap up in on the plane & evian facial spray! I really enjoyed reading your tips :)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  8. I can't even imagine being overseas and not able to find normal feminine products (how they can use them without applicators I don't know!), I know in any bag I carry its always one of the first things I make sure to have. You never know when you, or anyone else for that matter, will need one!

    Can't wait to hear more about your travels!

    Pick Your Beau

  9. Welcome back! I can't wait to travel outside of the US and into Europe someday! I've only been to Mexico, and that isn't as exciting as some long travel adventure across the Atlantic! I'm glad you had such a great time!

    xx. Brittany
    Life Like a Twenty Something

  10. I love U by Kotex! I used to be more an Always girl, but after trying the Kotex samples I fell in love!

  11. Welcome back, Ashleigh! Great picks for travel essentials and good to know about packing flip flops for hostel stays - I probably wouldn't have thought about that!

  12. Welcome back! The flip flops are one of the best ideas ever. Some places are, to put it kindly, icky...

  13. YES number 5!!! When I moved to Australia I was so confused by this and now I stock up obsessively when I make trips back home to the States!

  14. Ok yes to the flip flops and journals. I don't write in my journal as much since I started blogging back when, but when I travel I don't tend to blog so the journal comes back out. Thanks for joinin the club! (even if I am a week late, sorry!)

  15. These are great travel must-haves! I love the idea of the journal and of course the female necessities :) XO


  16. I've been in Europe twice for extended amounts of time and I ended up having to use the applicator-less products both times. I kind of wish that were the culture in America--it's definitely more eco-friendly--but it's not, and I had a hard time getting over it xD This list is great though!

  17. Great tips! We are traveling abroad this summer so I'm looking for all the tips I can get!

  18. I always forget flip flops, unless I'm traveling to a warm location. And I always regret it. Great list!

  19. Great tips! I agree with the small backpack, while traveling anywhere I think it's super useful to have a bag where you can store lots of stuff and have your hands free!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista


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