I’m am so excited for my upcoming Europe trip that all I want to do is plan and shop for it. Since this is my first trip abroad, I’ve been doing tons of research on what I will need and came up with these initial essentials:
1| The Perfect Travel Purse – I want a durable purse that is light weight for all day use as we explore the sites. The last thing I need is a bulky, heavy purse that is going to make my shoulder hurt by the end of the day, so the lightweight LeSportsac Classic Hobo looks perfect. It’s small enough that it won’t get in the way, but big enough to hold my essentials. Plus it’s a cross body purse, making it harder for someone to try and snatch it.
2| A Lightweight Carry-On – I’ve been told to bring an empty duffle with me since I will likely come home with more than I took. I’m going to need somewhere to pack all my European purchases, and again, LeSportsac seems to be the best solution. Their bags are so lightweight and fold up easily for travel. I love the Abbey Carry On since I could easily use it for all my other travel in the future. Plus it matches the purse and I’m a sucker for leopard print
3| A Card Case – I’ve read on several sites that it’s a good idea to have a small card case to hold your credit cards and cash so that you can safely zip it up in an inside pocket of your purse, making it harder for pickpockets. Apparently it’s easier to grab a big wallet. I’ve had my eye on this little Coach Card Case for a long time, and this is the perfect excuse to buy it!
4| Mini Straightener – I am not lucky enough to be one of those people whose hair looks good when it dries naturally. Instead I look like I have a frizzy, wavy rat’s nest on my head. I’d like to be able to straighten my hair every day, and while a regular sized straightener isn’t so big, I’d like to have a small one to save as much space as possible.
5| A Non-Hiking Backpack – We are going to be taking a trains and traveling around from city to city. The thought of wheeling a suitcase behind me sounds miserable, so I’d like to get a non-hiking backpack. These travel backpacks open on the front like a regular suitcase instead of hiking backpacks where you have to load everything in from the top, making it easier to find and organize your stuff. I don’t think I need a big fancy one, since we won’t literally be backpacking around Europe. Just one that can hold all my stuff and keep my hands free.
Do you have any suggestions on what other essentials I might need?