(The photo above, is the Eiffel Tower made out of chocolate– how awesome and delicious is that?!)
Hello Beautifuls! In honor of it being Thursday, also known as #throwbackthursday, I thought it would be fun to list 7 items that I learned to pack with me when I did my first international adventure studying abroad in Paris!
In June of 2012, I hopped on a commercial flight to fly overseas for the very first time to the beautiful city of Paris! Actually rewind about 36 hours…the morning I was suppose to leave, my friend arrived and as I was about to walk out the door when my dad jokingly commented, “Don’t forget your passport!” I paused in distraught for, wait–where was my passport? As we tore the house a part, we came to the conclusion that it was not going to show up. In tears, I stayed home and my friend had to catch the flight alone. I was fortunate that the following morning my dad was able to take me to the city to rush a new passport, and I arrived to Paris shortly after (10+ hours kind of shortly).
I bring up this tragic part of my adventure because if you have never flown overseas, packing a passport isn’t as second nature as making sure you packed your cell phone. But now let’s fast-forward to when I got to explore the city of Paris, meet tons of great people, experience the beautiful architecture, art and wonderful culture, attend the Moulin Rouge, and eat escargot!
7 Tips on What to pack when traveling internationally:
- Adapters / Dual Voltage Heating Tools (ie. straightener, curling iron, etc)
- Comfortable Shoes!
- Versatile Wardrobe Pieces. Depending on how long you’re traveling, sometimes it’s easier to bring a few items that are versatile. For example, one of the tanks I brought I was able to wear it with a statement necklace, pants, and flats during the day and at night swapped out the pants to a skirt, tucked in my top and threw on a pair of heels!
- Crossbody bags– with zippers. No matter the destination, you always want to take precaution. Crossbody bags are an essential when traveling. With the long straps, it enables you to throw it across your body and allows you to position it in front of you verses having it on your side in crowded areas.
- Moisturizing Cream. Going to new places, you never know how your skin will react to the different humidities and climates.
- Money. This may be a personal preference, but while in Paris, I would go to the ATM and take out enough cash that would last me a couple days, so I wouldn’t have to use my credit card as much.
Bonus Tip: If you don’t overpack before your trip, you’re giving yourself more room to bring back goodies on your return!
Are any of you Beautifuls planning any fun vacations with Spring/Summer approaching? Whether it is internationally or locally, I would love to hear!