Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What to Pack???

My camera is ready, well not ready I mean I plan on packing it and buying several new SD cards, but you get the idea. I am generally pretty good at taking pictures while on vacation, and I am not claiming to be a professional. Overall I tend to take a ton of photos, I'm not great at it but I capture the memory or image I was hoping for and that's the important part. This trip has been in the works since January and I have been mentally preparing for it for at least three months. Only one problem, mental preparation is not the same as actual preparation. Fun facts about me: I work best under pressure (by work I mean pack), and I always make a million list before a trip and can not find a one when the packing actually starts. So overall I am uber awesome at traveling. NOT! I always over pack, and usually forget stuff and can not ever seem to manage my own luggage on my own. EEEKKKK I have a lot to work out before Sunday. Not to mention I haven't called the credit card company to say "oh hey I'll be in like 8 different places that are not in Texas for the next sixteen days." Probably need to add that to the list, that I will lose as well as adding an international plan to my cell phone.Oh...and find my passport.
Now to a few fun deets about the trip, I'm traveling with a friend who WON this trip because she is rocking awesome at her job. I might be a little jealous, lets me be honest..the only trips I've won because of my job are...NONE.  So my friend can apparently rock your friends socks off when it comes to insurance and being amazeballs at it. We will be in so many places I literally have to check the email (some are: Venice, Rome, Capri, Piza, Florence,and I am forgetting some), the other day I realized we were also going to Monte Carlo! 
Back to my list and managing the luggage, WHAT DO I PACK??? Sure the I get the basics: phone charger, passport, money, camera, special pill for the plane ride. YES, I am a nervous flier, I didn't say scared to fly because I get nervous all confined to one space for nine plus hours and I'm super chatty. I know that no one wants super chatty next to them on a nine plus hour flight...I don't! Right now I need to say, sorry to the person next me to for chatting you up till my special pill kicked in and knocking me out. My big plan is to make my pod into a bed, get into my sleep sack, put on eye mask and wake up with really bad hair and puff eyes in London.
Lets talk clothes, and sixteen ish days of them. I'm generally a big fan of dresses and will be packing a few new ones ( a Lilly Pulitzer maxi, EM dress and several sail to sable dresses) and several other basic dresses and separates. Jack Rogers and Tory Burch Reva's are the shoes of choice at the moment but I may need to pack something more practical. What kind of shoe is considered practical and perfect for travel that doesn't look like I work in a cafeteria?? Sperry's are not always blister friendly for me, and wedges are definitely not practical but are adorable. Eeek, I see problems with foot wear malfunctions.  Lets not forget jewelry, what's okay to take and not to take. I probably wear enough jewelry everyday to open a small pop up shop.  I don't know, I just want to pack and be prepared and have an incredible trip full of fun and great memories. The rest is gravy, right???  

Have any great tips on packing? please share.


  1. Very exciting!!! Have you figured out the best exchange rates/places to exchange cash? Generally not the best rates at hotels or ATMs. Have you looked at any locations on Trip Advisor? Probably lots of good information there. I would made sure that I packed Immodium for emergencies...but be careful not to overpack. Your feet will be worn out and I suggest wearing your cute shoes to dinner, and saving your feet all day long. Superga tennis shoes are my faves and they're made in Italy and are chic for tennis. Do you know the boundaries of your cell phone service and if the charges will be exhorbitant if you use your phone? Do you know if you'll need special tax forms if you purchase things in different countries (VAT in Britain, for ex)? I'd download some basic travel vocabulary apps on my phone. I wouldn't take any flashy jewelry, although it is tempting...makes you very vulnerable to thieves, and they won't know what's fake and what's not. Take lots of Bandaids and earplugs. Make sure any meds that you take are in their proper prescription bottle. Never let go of your passport and have a great time! LOL Can't wait to hear about it!

  2. Tikaa,
    What a grand time you'll have! I always pack less on trips longer than a week ( because you might end up being responsible for transporting your own luggage). My motto is 'I'll never see any of these people again, so who cares if I wear the same thing, often). Beware of gypsy's in Italy....our group had an 'incident'. Bon Voyage.

    Warmly, K