My little brother has been over in England since August and I’ve only been able to see him once since he left. Steve and I decided to head across the pond to visit him, and I couldn’t be more excited!
We will be flying into Paris where Steve and I will spend a few days alone exploring, drinking wine, and relaxing. After that we’re meeting my brother, Matt, in Munich where we’ll spend a few days in Munich along with a day trip to Salzberg, Austria [which will probably entail a whole lot of Sound of Music sing alongs]. After Munich we will be flying over to Rome where we will spend a few days eating gelato and pasta, and attempting to get a glace at the pope. We’ll finish off the trip in London with fish and chips, pubs, sight seeing and hopefully a sighting of the queen!
Hanging with my husband and brother in some extraordinary locations! Words cannot explain how much I want this trip to be here today!
Since booking the trip I’ve been planning where to go, what to do, and obviously what to wear. I’ve been holding myself back from packing until the trip is closer but since we leave soon I finally get to give in a start packing!
I’ve been fortunate enough to travel abroad quite a few times, but this time I thought I would pack smarter, so I’ve been reading what seems like 1,000 blogs on packing a carry on, what to wear in Paris, and more. Now that I have this knowledge I want to pass it on to you so that you don’t have to read 10,000 blogs on packing for a trip abroad.
Ahh clothes… when you’re traveling light it’s important to pack and dress in layers. I’m bringing two pairs of jeans and a pair of leggings for those travel days.
Next, several neutral t-shirts. I’m bringing black, 3 shades of grey, and a white t-shirt.
Then a few cardigans. I’m bringing ones that pair with nearly every shirt. Pink, tan, and maroon. Plus I’ll be wearing a black one on the plane.
Top it off with several neutral long sleeved shirts. I’m bringing white, navy, black, and a black and white stripped.
Plus a few things that I didn’t see on those blogs:
First, a towel. True, many places provide towels, it’s always a good idea to bring a small one in case they don’t have them available.
Second, a resistance band. While you’re traveling it’s hard to squeeze in a workout, but if you bring a resistance band, you can get a great workout without packing dumbbells! [see a great resistance band workout here: Resistance Band Workout]
Third, a garment bag for all your dirty laundry. You don’t want your dirty laundry mixed in with all your clean stuff, so bring a bag to put it all in. Bonus: bring a few dryer sheets; one to put in the dirty laundry and one in the clean to keep things smelling great. Plus if you can find a laundry machine you can use one to keep clothes soft, smelling good, and smelling like home.
Fourth, a pillow case. Yes, I know this may sound silly, but there is something so comforting about having a piece of home with you while you travel.
Fifth, a small purse with a few compartments. It’s a good idea only to bring the essentials with you while you’re out for the day.
Sixth, an adapter. Ok, obviously this is a must, but many blogs don’t mention it.
And finally, a camera adapter. This one has a macro lens, fish eye, and wide-angle. This give you the opportunity to take great photos without having to lug around a huge camera.
Now to put all of these things into my bag and head out! See you when I return! Au Revoir!