Traveling is by far one of my favorite activities and I am always itching to go on an adventure or experience a new place! Last summer I had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain and I kid you not it was the trip of a lifetime. They say when you go abroad you return dying to go back. So immediately when I returned I went searching for other study abroad programs. Now here I am leaving for Europe in two days to experience all new places. Last year, I learned quite a bit when it comes to packing that I thought were important to share.
1. Find the Perfect Suitcase
So last year I had a tiny suitcase that I had to shove 6 weeks of stuff into. It end up being too heavy to check on the plane so I was forced to drag the suitcase, a back pack, and a duffle bag around. Keep in mind I was having to walk up and down stairs constantly because there were barely any elevators!
This year I found this suitcase for about $100! It was a great find because the brand normally ranges about $400-$600. Mine is the 29" but there are various sizes for different types of trips. Due to being gone about 6 weeks this year, this 29" will be perfect for fitting in everything I need!
2. Packing Cubes
Let me start by saying these are a game changer.
My friend showed me this YouTuber, Ingrid Nilsen, that used packing cubes to organize her suitcase and maximize the space. It is pure genius and honestly one of the best investments I have made. They are quite pricey depending on what you get but I found a pack of three various sized cubes, a toiletry kit bag, and dirty clothes bag on Amazon for $26.52!
3. Check the Weather
Before I leave on a trip I always check the predicted weather because while I may think the weekend will be hot and sunny, it could actually be horrid thunderstorms. Since I am leaving for over a month and going to different countries, I checked the average temperature during June to get a rough idea of what I would need.
For example, I am primarily going to be in colder rainy countries, so even though it is summer I will need rain boots and a rain coat! In case there are sunnier days I packed items that are more versatile that I can wear with a jacket or with shorts.
4. Know What is in Style
Before I went to Europe last year, I imagined every one walked around looking like Kendall Jenner in her best attire. So I packed my brightest and loudest patterned clothes to take full advantage of this fashion opportunity. Boy was I so wrong. I stood out like a sore thumb and that is what you don't want to do when traveling in a foreign area. The majority of people wore what is considered street style; basically jeans, tennis shoes, and a basic solid color top.
Therefore, this year I did my research. I am packing items such as my converse, leather jacket, distressed denim, and darker comfy tops.
5. Don't Overpack
This might be the biggest tip of them all for many many reasons. First being it just isn't necessary. When I am putting together outfits for a long trip I won't bring any item that I will only wear once. I pack versatile items that can be recreated into multiple outfits and also good for different types of weather.
Layering is the key! I pack simple tops for possibly warmer weather and bring 1-2 light weight jackets that can go with anything in case of cooler weather. Trust me you will not need 15 different pairs of shoes. For me I only need a pair of rain boots, converse and/or tennis shoes for walking around, booties for nicer educations and my Tory Burch sandals for warmer weather!
Lastly, don't over pack because you will want to do some shopping. Whether it be souvenirs or the unique boutiques! Also, if you forget to pack an item of clothing take advantage and get something new that no one at home will have!
Come back this week for more traveling tips!
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