Travel Tips For Your Next Trip

Next week I will be taking off to Europe for my last Spring Break as a college student! I am visiting Madrid, Spain and Florence, Italy- two places that I have never been before. This trip will be exciting and fun once I’m there, but the prepping for it has been a little stressful. Just like any trip that involves taking a plane, there is a lot of different concepts to think about and airline restrictions to meet. I am here to share some of the tips and tricks that I have learned while getting ready to take off to Europe.

The Basics:

Make sure to always have a copy of your documents, such as your passport if the trip is international. If the trip is not international, it is also a good idea to have a copy of your license because you never know what will happen. It is so important to be prepared for every single type of situation that may come your way. Be sure to have all your trip information written down somewhere besides your cellphone. If something happens to your phone, or you don’t have good service, you may end up in a sticky situation. I like to carry around a planner in my purse.

Flight Tips:

Once you are on the flight, whether it is two hours or twelve hours, there are many basic facts to keep in mind. The first and foremost is to make sure you are wearing COMFORTABLE CLOTHING. This means jeans, skirts, stiff tops, heels/flats, are out of the question. Stick to comfort clothing like leggings, sneakers, and a hoodie. This makes all the difference. Additional comfort items like neck pillows, eye masks, and an over the counter sleep aid can never hurt. These will make you feel more rested once you land. You will also want to feel refreshed, and to do this to the best of your ability you should stay hydrated, bring a small (3 oz.) container of lotion, and hand sanitizer to avoid icky flight germs.

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Packing Essentials:

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Now to the most important part of a trip- what to pack! Personally, I always like to carry on all of my luggage because it is quicker and more reliable. In order for this to happen, I have to accomplish the (almost) impossible task of packing light. I have become better at it, learning the hard way that I do not need 15 pairs of shoes for every trip. To put it simple: only bring as much as you will absolutely need. I am going to Europe for 11 days, but in those 11 days I know I will be able to mix and match outfits. I will only bring a few pairs of pants because I can continue to re wear pants with different tops. I would say to let your top:pant ratio be uneven. Bring a lot of light tops that you can layer when needed, and bring 2 pairs of jeans and 2 leggings. When it comes to shoes, I try to stick to three pairs of shoes. Since my trip is in the spring time, I will bring one pair of boots, one pair of sneakers, and one pair of more “formal” shoes. When packing, it is also important to check the weather so you know what type of conditions to dress for.For example, if rain was in the forecast I would swap out my riding boots for rain boots!

Miscellaneous Tips:

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The number one thing I have to say when writing a guide to travel, is to enjoy yourself. This sounds a lot easier than it is. There is so much noise in our everyday lives, that we sometimes get caught up in the planning too much (guilty as charged). I have learned that when it comes to vacations it is important to be meticulous when planning. But it is just as important to let go and have the time of your life. Being safe becomes second nature, and you are able to enjoy yourself while taking care of yourself.

Another aspect of traveling that I wish someone would have told me is to bring a journal. Whether you write in it every night or once throughout the entire trip, you will never regret packing one. When I visited Paris and London, I brought a journal where I wrote down every place that we visited (I knew I would never remember the names otherwise). Now, if I ever go back, I can look back on my journal. It is also nice to have to remember the trip that you had the time of your life on. Safe travels


- Reanna Pergolizzi

River Island - US