I can’t believe it has already been EIGHT months since I have come back from London… So bittersweet that this time last year, I was mentally preparing myself to leave home for over three months. It was only right to make a packing list of what YOU can bring when you travel abroad.
I was doing my research and asking friends and family that have been abroad before, what their greatest advice was to me while I was traveling and what are the most important things for me to pack. I was blessed that I was able to travel with my dad and he was able to drop me off and make sure I was settled. That being said, on top of my 2 check-in luggages, a carry-on, and a backpack.. I asked my dad if I could back an extra bag to put MORE of my stuff in. Safe to say that I for sure OVER PACKED and did not think to leave more room for my stuff when I had bought clothes and items to bring back with me. That would probably be my #1 piece of advice: You do not need as many clothes as you think you do.. Try and be as minimalistic as you can. Pack shirts that are versatile that you can dress up AND dress down.
The Ultimate Packing List When You Travel Abroad:
- Journal: I was very good about writing in it almost everyday — how I felt and what I did when I traveled to other countries. Every ticket I had from the plane to the museums I visited, they were stuck into my journal!
- Polaroid/DSLR/GoPro: I created the most adorable video of my highlights being abroad, here!
- Comfortable sneakers: A pair that looks fashionable yet comfortable enough to walk in for miles!
- Travel sized toiletries: Airports are very strict with liquids when you are traveling from country to country
- Outlet (European) adapter: I brought a few with me to plug in my phone, laptop, straightener, etc!
- Rain jacket: Something compactible so you can easily pack it in your bag or backpack
- International phone plan: I have been with T-Mobile for years! My family and I love it because our unlimited data works everywhere around the world (free calls only on WiFi!). If you don’t have an international phone plan, a lot of my friends bought a new sim cards when we landed in England. Which had a specific amount of data on it for the month!
How to be prepared:
- Ziplock bag in your luggage: whenever you travel from country to country the airport security is VERY strict. ALL liquids MUST fit into the ziplock bag…
- Portable charger: you never know when you are navigating around a city you have never been to, you should always be prepared.
- Bring BASIC and VERSATILE outfits. I definitely did not pack warm enough clothes for the time of year that I had been abroad, London is fairly chilly during the season of autumn and winter. Pack the basics so you can mix and match outfits to make them all look a little different!
- Ryanair and Airbnb will be your BEST FRIEND when you are looking for flights and places to stay!
- My friend’s mom had packed me an essentials oils kit! Helped me when I had a headache, when I was sick, when I couldn’t sleep, needed a kick of energy, etc.
- Don’t be afraid to overpack medications: DayQuil, NyQuil, Advil, etc. Unfortunately I got sick almost every time we came back from a trip. Shoutout to my mom for sending me all of these in my care packages! Probably from lack of sleep, traveling on a lot of public transportation, etc.
xoxo — Bree