Every time I travel I’m competing with myself, trying to pack even less than I did the last time. It’s weird I know. But because of this quirk I think I really got this what do I absolutely need when traveling thing down.
Quick rundown on the absolutely needed/mandatory: Clothes, duh. I might do another post about this because I have so much to say on loafers alone (recommend!). Basically I brought 4 grey shirts and I wish I had brought more. I didn’t realize how into this whole “uniform” thing I was/how seriously I appreciate a good grey tshirt. After I packed I looked at Natalie’s packing list because she is the ultimate cool girl and I was surprised I had unknowingly packed the exact same items! Does that make me the ultimate cool girl too?
Sidenote: Don’t bring a scarf. Unless you are going somewhere uber cold like Russia where it’s snowin’ and a blowin’, it’s more of a hassle. I find when I’m walking around a city I warm up quickly and then the scarf becomes too much and it won’t fit into my purse because my water bottle ahhh! scarf= not worth the trouble
Ok on to the Absolutely Necessary Travel Accessories Or You Will Regret Life
1. Water bottle, preferably the small camelbak. This baby will fit into all decent size purses and now you don’t have to pay crazy amounts for water. sidenote: guys, bring this empty bottle through airport security and then fill it up before the plane. I was shocked when my friends didn’t know this so I’m spreading the word!!
2. Spare phone battery charger. Life Saver. Seriously. Using maps and looking up yelp reviews (ok and instagramming) will drain your phone. My sister gave me mine and it’s was the most useful present I’ve ever received!
3. You will never regret bringing a neck pillow. Even for a domestic 3 hour flight. For real.
4. Ziploc bags. Hi, I’m actually your mom. and mom’s are always right ;) I’m constantly surprised by how often I use these when I travel, for make up, snacks, dirty clothes, pesto from Italy that might stain a coffee table… you just never know.
6. E-reader device. A nook or download the Overdrive app to your phone, aren’t you happy you packed your spare phone battery charger? No matter where I go, I’m going to want a little down time and I’m going to want to read during that time. Bringing books doesn’t make sense and yall they are heavy. With Overdrive I could read a book in the evenings and have so many options to choose from depending on my mood.
These are things I learned the hard way that I absolutely need for any trip one month or shorter. Longer trips (3 months +) have the same back bone but will need a bit more, i.e. a spare hiking backpack. Seriously, I always end up hiking and never remember to bring one.