I thought I might try my hand at a favorites list.  Since I had so much plan on my trip this summer, I thought I’d do a round-up of my favorites.  I admit it… I am a chronic planner/list maker when it comes to travel.  So I will also include some of the tricks and tips to make planning a bit easier.  

Tip #1- go where the food is!

Basically, due to my husband and my love of food — we plan our trips around where we can get good food and drink.  Call me crazy, but a girl’s got to eat! I often rely on my friends & family for referrals and they rarely disappoint! So tip #1 ask your people for ideas.  I make a list on my phone (that I share with my travel companions) for easy access on the road.  

Tip #2- Packing

So as a person who loves fashion, this one is hard for me.  I have already written a post on packing tips, so I won’t go into that kind of detail here.  I will just touch on some of the items that I loved using this summer during our Europe travels. 

  • Suitcase: A good suitcase is a must! With size and weight requirements and cobble streets, you MUST have a case you can rely on.  I know there is some debate between the soft & hard shell camps, but I have found the hard shell to be lighter when empty which means I can bring more stuff. We picked a large Away Suitcase for our 2.5 week trip (of course mine is pink!). 
  • Packing support: Flight 001 makes my favorite packing/travel stuff. They are investments, but I have had some key pieces for several years and the cost per use  make them worth the cost.  My key pieces from Flight 001 are packing cubes, Clear 1 Quart bag and Seatpak (a zip pouch that organizes my carry-on accessories. Links are below. 

Tip #3 – Necessary Travel Supports

  • Travel essentials: You will definitely need a plug adapter.  Most power cords for our essential electronics are Europe dual voltage (all my Apple stuff), so I just needed the various adapters.  The Flight 001 5-in-1 was super handy. 
  • Don’t forget your cords for your electronics! If needed, bring an adapter with a converter if your plugs are not the correct voltage. 
  • Also, I always take an eye mask for long flights and Flight 001 makes cute ones. Links are below. 

Tip #3 The Right Shoes

  • This one was tricky for me of course. I am a shoe lover, but I have plantar faciitis so I know that I have to pick the right shoes when on vacation.  One pair are sneakers suggested by Oprah because of their supportive insoles. I got the Splendid Syra Leather model in white.  Oprah was right! I also brought a pair of Nike Running shoes. I also brought a pair of Dansko Sandals in pewter and Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats in black.  As a shoe girl, that is slim for me, but they covered all of our occasions and activities. 

Women’s Nike Air Presto Se Sneaker, Size 8 M – Grey
Women’s Tory Burch ‘Minnie’ Travel Ballet Flat, Size 8 M – Black
Women’s Dansko Vera Sandal – Metallic
Women’s Vionic Splendid Syra Sneaker- White

I will write about my travel wardrobe (including clothes, handbags and accessories) in a future post. Hope this was helpful! 

 

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn