I’ve had this list written on a piece of paper, folded up, and kept safe in a drawer for a number of years. I composed it before going to Europe for the first time with my husband Lee as a co-chaperon for a high school class trip. I’m headed to France again soon, so I wanted to go ahead and type this up because it’s only a matter of time before I lose the piece of paper, and I’ve already spilled tea on it today. Also, I thought it might be helpful for some of you travelers out there.

I’m not saying you HAVE to take all of these things with you on every trip, but I just consult this list and use it to plan out what I need to bring. I’ve also peppered the post with pictures of me on my various travels. Enjoy, and I hope this helps you! Safe trip, everyone!

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Chateau in Sedan, France

TECH:

Power converter (for European voltage)

Power cords/Chargers for devices

ipod/phone

headphones

camera/camera cards (if you don’t use your phone as a camera)

watch

alarm clock (if you don’t use the one on your phone)

flashlight (sometimes you have to get to the bathroom without turning on the lights!)

 

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Paris

TOILETRIES/SLEEPING:

earplugs

hair ties/clips/bobbypins

hair products

hairbrush/comb

pillow

face wash

makeup

sleep mask

toilet paper/wipes (sometimes you need something soothing for your bum like a wet wipe, or you might end up in a bathroom what doesn’t have toilet paper)

lotion

gold bond powder or anti-rub cream

razor and razor gel (I use lotion or conditioner instead)

shampoo/conditioner

q-tips

tweezers

tooth brush/toothpaste

floss

sunscreen

liquid detergent (for quick washes on the go, underwear etc)

nail clippers/file

soap (depending on where you go, some hotels/hostels don’t have soap or shampoo)

Sarna cream (great for bug bites and sunburns)

tweezers

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Paris Catacombs

MEDICAL:

Any meds you are on

nasal spray (decongestant or saline)

band aids

pain relief

bug spray

febreeze/wrinkle release spray

medicine tape (good to cushion blisters, keeps bandaids on inside your shoe)

dramamine

stomach medicine (sometimes you can get a doctor to send you somewhere with a course of antibiotics for in case you get a tummy bug/diarrhea)

eye drops

swimmer’s ear drops

tampons/pads

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Duh, you know where we are.

CLOTHING:

Obviously this will vary by where you’re going, how long you’ll be there, and the climate. Here are just some suggestions to think about:

Coat

swimsuit

socks

bandannas/scarves

poncho/umbrella/rain gear

shirts

pants

belt

long sleeved things

jeans

shoes (sandals/sneakers)

sunglasses

sarong (can be a shawl or for the beach, doubles as a blanket, etc. I always bring one)

leggings

bras/undies

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Crossing the English Channel on the ferry

MISC:

plastic or ziploc bags (for wet clothes, dirty clothes)

mints/gum

bottle and wine opener

passport/ID

copies of passport/ID in case stolen

money belt to wear under your clothes

emergency food stash

insurance card

luggage and luggage tags

backpack

guidebooks

travel documents and maps

pens

travel journal

plane reading material (magazines, books — often things you don’t mind throwing away when you’re done reading to create more room in your luggage)

shout wipes or stain removers

energy drinks

safety pins

addresses for your postcards

sewing kit

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Have a great trip! (This is me eating rice pudding on Pont Neuf)

 

 

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