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!
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!
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?
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