In a little over 24 hours, I’ll be hopping on a plane to see my best friend, Kasey, and Europe! I’ve been counting down the days since I booked the ticket. The most important things for me when considering the trip were:
#1) Having fun #2) Taking a million photos #3) Eating lots of food (directly related to #1).
With this in mind, as well as all the plane and train hopping we’re going to be doing (7 flights, and 2 trains)- we’ll be kinda-sorta backpacking through Europe! I didn’t want to bring a giant suitcase that I’d have to check into baggage and roll on old cobblestone while walking from hostel to hostel- so I opted to purchase a Kelty 44-Redwing backpacking backpack! It’s the perfect size! It’s big enough to hold a TON of stuff, and small enough that it’ll still be able to be a carry-on. I’m not a girly girl, but I’m definitely not a carefree hippy child (although I wish I was cool enough to be one). I love dresses and shoes and all those fun things- but I also don’t mind if I have to stay in a hostel, re-wear a couple tshirts, and kind of bum it every now and then. Kasey’s the same way, so using a backpack is the perfect option. I’m still able to bring lots of cute clothes, but I’ve had to limit my shoes to just 2 pairs (ahhh). I have so many liquids that I was afraid it wouldn’t fit into a quart-sized back, but I jammed those suckers in there and I’m good! I wasn’t sure how to carry the liquids, but I ended up going to the travel toiletries section at Target and bought SO MUCH STUFF. I even bought a mini mirror/hair brush for my camera bag because my hair gets crazy tangly- as in I-get-dreadlocks-in-a-couple-hours-tangly.
I had so much fun prepping and planning for this trip, that I thought I’d share my packing list for anyone that may be inspired to go on a trip over the pond, too!
Things I’m Packing:
Passport, ID, Business cards (to make new friends!), Cash, Credit/Debit cards (call your bank and see what your best option is while travelling internationally), Photocopies of important documents (passport, flight info, etc)
Shirts (5), Jeans (1), Maxi skirt (1), Misc. bottoms (skirts, shorts) (2), Dresses (3), Jammies + misc (4), Bathing suit, Socks (5 pair), Shoes: comfy shoes/boots, sandals, Towel
Crossbody bag, Watch (mine has two faces on it, so I can always know what time it is in Maryland!), Sunglasses, Journal and pen, Eye cover, Padlock, Travel umbrella, Mini flash light, Earplugs
Makeup: (all can fit in a small makeup bag)
Blush, Powder, Bronzer, Concealer, Eyeliner, Mascara, Eyeshadow palette (small one of your favorite colors), Lipstick/chapstick
Nikon D800, 50mm + 24mm lenses, Batteries (2) + charger, Memory cards (all of them.)
Shampoo + Conditioner, Body wash, Face wash, Razor, Makeup remover pads, Toothbrush and cover, Hair brush, Straightening iron, Deoderant, Toothpaste, Chapstick, Contact lenses (disposable), Glasses, Tums, Motrin, Hand sanitizer, Lotion, Downy wrinkle release
If you’d like to see more about what to pack/what not to pack- this site helped me a bunch in preparing what to pack for this trip. I’m definitely not an expert backpacker- but this is what works for me so I figured I’d share it!
I packed up everything a couple nights ago so I’m alll ready to take off. It’ll just be me, Kasey, my Kelty, and my Kelly Moore camera bag! I can’t wait to get over there and share photos with you guys! Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@CJKvisuals)- I’ll be posting lots of pics of our travels on there.