9 Things I Wish I Would Have Taken to India

India is commonly described as a whole different experience, even for seasoned travelers. That’s no lie, and there is a lot of stuff I wish I’d taken!

The Taj Mahal

What to Wear Visiting Jordan

Jordan is an open country, but it’s still a conservative one. Women should plan to cover up just a bit, especially outside key tourist attractions.

At tourist-heavy places like Petra, it’s normal to see women in shorts and t-shirts, or even tops that have bare shoulders. In the cities, plan to wear sleeves and cover your legs (at least to the knees).

At the resorts, resort-wear is expected and normal. A good pool coverup is essential, and don’t hesitate to wear a bikini. (Do NOT, however, wear a bikini at a public beach.)

This is a post that’s focused on roughly April – October, when the weather is mostly warm. You’ll want a whole different set of things if you’re visiting in the winter!

When you’re in Jordan, you could be hiking, at a spa, floating in the Dead Sea or riding a camel. You need a wardrobe that’s flexible (and breathable!).

So what should you wear in Jordan in the summer? Read more

A Round-the-World Trip First Aid Kit

As I was preparing to leave, one thing my mom offered to do for me was put together a first aid kit for me to take with. I gave her 16 oz to work with, and let’s be honest – that did not work out so well! But for what I took, I’m glad I spent the weight on it.

My mom is an RN, and a hospital administrator, so when it comes to first aid, her advice is pretty trustworthy!

One governing idea for her as she built the first aid kit was trying to think of things that would be difficult to get abroad. There wasn’t as much Tylenol or Ibuprofen (yes, had those, but small amounts), and more things to help in a true pickle (ie, filling repair and tooth saver). And she didn’t pack normal Band-Aids – but she did pack the big band-aids and blister band-aids that are a bit less common. Read more

Gift Ideas for the Traveler on Your List

It’s that time of year again! It’s Christmas time, and time to figure out what to get friends and family. From useful travel gadgets to fun ways to remember travels, here are a few options to delight the traveler in your life!

Stocking Stuffers & Small Gifts (Under $35)