While our flight is tomorrow, we have yet to start packing and will have to squeeze that in somewhere. In accompaniment to my earlier post on packing for a weekend vacation, I'd like to do a full post on packing for a long vacation. Particularly with international travel there are a few things I think are absolutely essential:
1. Language Dictionary - It's nice to be able to understand and speak several key phrases in the country you're traveling to if English is not their first language. The local residents will really appreciate your effort!
4. An iPad, Kindle, and/or other device for reading/watching videos during a long flight.
5. Common sense and a small carrying case you can hide in addition to your purse. Don't travel with all your money in one place! Watch out for people (sometimes gypsies in a few countries) who pray on tourists and always keep a hand on your purse and make sure it has a zipper closure. I've noticed people have carrying devices that are small and they can wear under their clothes to hide money and identification. Definitely you do not want to lose your passport!
And while I'm gone, here are few topics for upcoming posts on my mind: my European vacation style, Italian fashion up close, Oktoberfest, why I don't like wearing pants on a rainy day, dressing for back to school when you're already a post-grad with a good job but taking additional courses (clearly that'll be whittled down a bit), and I still have to follow up with a fabulous August wedding I was a bridesmaid in as well as the outfit I ultimately wore for my date night on my birthday. Discuss!
Finally, since I haven't really done the traveling in Europe thing before, (I've been through London for a few days and I've been to Berlin for a summer abroad program) I always imagined myself having a bit of the Clark Griswold approach to Europe, a-la National Lampoon's European Vacation.
See you in a couple of weeks!