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Top 10 Things To Pack For A Trip Abroad

Top 10 Things To Pack For A Trip Abroad

Even if you’re a Type A planner, you can’t guarantee everything will go according to your strict itinerary. Mostly, what you pack will depend on your location, but here are 10 things you should definitely bring, wherever you go.

  1. Sunglasses. A good pair are essential! Even if the forecast says it’s going to be cloudy and rainy throughout, you can never really predict it- and besides, they look good in pictures. If you’re super jet-lagged, and have bags under your eyes that wouldn’t pass as carryon (we’ve all been there), sunglasses will hide them nicely.
  2. Rain jacket. Similarly, if the forecast says it’s going to be sunny, with nary a cloud in the sky, take a rain jacket. You’ll thank me when it’s pouring rain and you have to walk 10 blocks to the nearest museum.
  3. Swimsuit. Just do it. No questions. Pack the swimsuit. They’re extremely lightweight, take up no space, and it’s better to be with one than without it.
  4. Warm jacket. Last year, I went to Boulder, Colorado in June. It was 80 degrees everyday, but my mom made me bring a jacket. And that jacket came in very handy on top of a mountain. We had no plans to go above the timberline, but when we did, I was happy for my fleecy jacket.
  5. First aid kit. Self explanatory! Always carry some painkillers, band-aids, a cleanser like hydrogen peroxide, and any medication you need.
  6. Walking shoes. Trust me- as good as your new suede pumps may look, they’re going to be PAINFUL on a cobblestone street. Take the sneakers. As nice as your new shoes may be, they’re not worth the blisters you’re going to get after a few hours of walking.
  7. Snacks. Why would you need snacks in a new place, where you want to try all the food? Well, if you oversleep and all the breakfast places are closed, you’ll have a granola bar to keep off hunger til lunchtime. And if you’re sightseeing, and don’t have time to stop for food (because you once again planned too much for one day), munch on some almonds until you’ve crossed a few more things off your list.
  8. Phrasebook. Yeah, I know, you have Google Translate. And I love Google Translate. We have a deep bond. But if you’re out of cellular range, or don’t have your phone on you, it’ll help to be able to whip out a little book, so you can order your iced double espresso with a pitcher of warm milk on the side with ease.
  9. Sunscreen. I can’t stress how important this is. You NEED sunscreen. I don’t care if it’s a cloudy day in December, those UV rays are there, just waiting to give you skin cancer. I’d recommend bringing something over SPF 50
  10. Aloe Vera. If you choose to ignore me and not put on sunscreen, this will help with the awful sunburn. It comes in a gel or liquid form- but if you have an aloe plant, just bring some cuttings. Even if you used sunscreen, it’s a good idea to use some of this. I always slather on the sunscreen, but I also have an aloe spray I use religiously. Take care of your skin, people!