Hey guys!  I hope you all are having a lovely day!  So, as you may have noticed, this week’s post is coming a little earlier in the week than normal, and that is because I am going on a trip to Europe this weekend! I will be gone for ten days, so if my blog goes a little quiet for a while, don’t worry, I’ll be back posting regularly come July!  Anyway, I thought, oh, I could just schedule this post to go up for when I’m gone, but I decided against it because I would LOVE to hear tips you all have that you think myself and anyone else would enjoy, so if you have any, please leave them in the comments.  This is my first time going out of the country, and even though I’ve gathered ideas from past trips in the United States, I’m a little clueless when it comes to international travel.  But, I think I have gathered some great tools that I plan to use on my trip, but would really be great for any trip, whether it’s travelling a long distance or a short one.  Let’s get to it!

PREPARE:

This one should go without saying, but OH MY GOODNESS I did not realize how much preparation has to go into a longer, international trip.  Thankfully for me, my parents have done a lot of the sorting, but there’s still SO much each person needs to account for even if they aren’t the designated trip-planner.  What I would recommend: SO. MANY. LISTS.  One for what you need to do well in advance (renew passport, book hotel, etc.), one for what you need to do the week-of (clean the house, pack, confirm reservations), one for what to pack, one for what you want to see when you get there, you name it, there’s probably a list for it.  Also, as odd as it sounds, hold a little “meeting” (or maybe even more than one) with your family or whoever you are traveling with to go over EVERYTHING, and just make sure everyone is on the same page- worth it to avoid confusion and arguments later when you should be having fun.

ENTERTAINMENT:

When I am traveling, it’s so important for me to have something to do.  But, it can be really tough to bring around a bunch of stuff to do, especially when you are only allowed so much space on a plane.  So, go digital!  I am bringing one book (which happens to be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), but other than that, all of my entertainment is either on my phone or laptop.  Pre-download loads of movies on a laptop, and if you think you will need more than one book, download audio books or e-books.  Do a quick check of your favorite apps and see which ones you will be able to use without Wi-Fi or data (just turn off your Wi-Fi and put your phone on airplane mode for a bit).  It’s never fun if you plan to play a favorite app then realize mid-flight you can’t, so just make sure you have a few good ones to go to!

CHILL TIME:

Being able to relax is very important when traveling, and definitely something I struggle with.  But, there are some great ways to chill out in an airport or plane that are super easy and travel friendly.  First, listen to something, whatever you enjoy.  A favorite podcast, some music, or even a relaxation/ meditation app (I have been loving Headspace).  You can do this while you’re in line, walking around, or just sitting down, and all you need is your phone and some earbuds.  Also, bring some products that you find comforting, whether that’s a face mask, a lotion, or an article of clothing.  For me, that is one of my favorite blankets, some Bath and Body Works Stress Relief lotion, and fuzzy socks.  Also, choose what you bring for entertainment wisely- for some people, a new, thrilling book or movie may be fun, but for others (like me), an old favorite is quite comforting and cozy.

CARRY-ON BAG:

As I mentioned with entertainment and chill-time, what you bring with you can really help make the trip a lot nicer, so the carry-on bag is everything.  Let’s first talk about the bag itself: this one is actually from a sale Bath and Body Works had a while back, but as long as your bag is not too big or small (around the size of a large backpack or small duffel bag) and closes completely (not technically necessary, but really helps), it is good.  For me, what I have in my carry-on is SUPER important, even more so with a longer flight.  So for this trip, I have sorted out what I need into categories, and put them into plastic bags (which due to my love of organization, I think look absolutely adorable):

Sleep and Relaxing-

  • headphones and earbuds
  • pillow
  • fuzzy socks
  • sleep mask
  • lotion
  • scrunchie (to tie together socks and mask, but also to use for my hair)

Makeup/ Hair-

  • nail file
  • brush and hair ties
  • concealer
  • brow product
  • mascara
  • brushes
  • makeup remover wipes

Miscellaneous:

  • hand sanitizer
  • chargers
  • eyeglasses wipes
  • pens
  • phone

And then as I mentioned, I am also bringing a pillow, blanket, book, and my sunglasses. Also, I didn’t forget about the laptop, my sister and I are sharing a laptop so she is bringing it in her bag.

So there you have it!  I really hope you guys enjoyed another packing and travel tips post, and if you did, check out my first Packing and Travel Tips post!  And of course, let me know what you thought and any tips you guys have in the comments!  Thanks for reading!

Xx Grace

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