Jae Marie’s Journeys: Travel Essentials

Traveling for the holidays? Your trip is booked! Now it’s time to pack. What are you going to bring? If you’re like me, you need at least a week to pack, re-pack and pack a third time. Don’t worry! I’m here to help smooth out the process.

Cute vs comfy

Of course, you’ll want to take cute pics for your Instagram, but also remember you want to enjoy the moment. This means being comfortable. If you’re going to be doing a lot of walking, sensible shoes with support are ideal. Save the heels and wedges for a dinner or brunch and leave them at the hotel. A simple pair of Ked-like shoes or combat boots will save your feet!

We all have those dresses or jeans that look cute, but aren’t the most comfortable. Find a comfortable walking outfit for exploring and set aside a time for a photo shoot.

Outfit repeater

To save space in your luggage, consider packing staple items that can be used in multiple outfits. One pair of jeans can be paired with multiple tops. The same goes for shoes. My rule is: one pair of heels and one pair for day time walking. Travel light, return with souvenirs and memories

Can’t live without it

Go through your day, morning to evening. What products do you use? More than you think! If you’re flying, you’re restricted on what you can bring. Save room for the items you absolutely need. If you can go without it, or find a travel size, this is your best bet. You’ll also want to check with your hotel or host to make sure they’ll have the essentials – towels, soap, lotion. This might sound funny, but not all places will. Air B&B hosts have become more involved in providing toiletries, but don’t assume they will have everything you need.

Music to my ears

An epic playlist is a must. Whether it’s filled with throwbacks or current hits, make sure you update your music selections prior to hitting the road. Don’t forget your car charger!

Travel buddy

Traveling is fun, but it can be exhausting. Invest in a pillow and blanket for the ride. Are you an artist? Don’t forget your sketch pad and drawing utensils, guitar or journal. No road trip is complete without snacks. Be sure to stock up on your favorites.

You’ve got the power

Remember, outlets in different countries can vary. You’ll want to pick up a multi converter so you don’t have to worry. They can run about $15 and work around the world.

It’s a photo shoot

A camera, duh. While you don’t want to be on your phone the entire time, a camera to document the memory is a must. Whether Polaroid, throwaway, phone, or DSLR, make sure you throw it (and film or batteries) in the bag.

Remember, pre-iron and roll your clothes to maximize space. Fill shoes with socks and other small items. Utilize every nook and cranny of your bag, and weigh and measure it prior to arriving at the airport. Nothing is worse than baggage fees! Most importantly, enjoy your trip. Take pictures to share the beauty of the world with those who haven’t been able to get there themselves.

Jae Marie

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