• Italy,  Packing and Gear

    What to Pack for Italy

    Packing for an Italian vacation is not easy – given the variety of things to do in Italy and places to see, you need to be ready for just about anything. From the sun and fun of the Italian Riviera to the crowds of Venice and Rome, an Italian vacation is always a whirlwind. So, what are the best things to make sure you have in your bag? Essentials to Pack for Italy 1. Sunscreen You might think you’ll be heading to museums all day, but you’ll be in the sun more than you think. Especially in the summer, the sun can beat down throughout Italy. Sunscreen is also a…

  • Inspiration,  Packing and Gear

    Wanderlust and Travel Gifts for Grads

    If you have a grad in your life who loves to travel, it can be hard to find the right travel graduation presents. For grads who are graduating and heading off to travel, or those who simply dream of it, here are options for you to celebrate their wanderlust and graduation! Travel Graduation Gifts Under $50 An Ultralight Nalgene Bottle ($6) All of the durability of a normal Nalgene bottle packing a few fewer ounces. I loved packing cords in mine – I knew they wouldn’t get crushed in transit! Even when you’re not traveling, these are perfect for workouts or just around town. Colorful World + Europe Throw Pillow…

  • India,  Packing and Gear

    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! 1. Cold Medicine Yes, India is well known for causing stomach issues. The pollution gave me a wicked bad sinus infection. Be prepared for both, and make sure you take something for cold relief! You can even find the whole first aid kit I took on my round-the-world trip.

  • Jordan,  Packing and Gear

    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.…

  • Packing and Gear,  Tips and Tricks

    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…

  • Packing and Gear

    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) An Ultralight Nalgene Bottle ($6) All of the durability of a normal Nalgene bottle packing a few fewer ounces. I loved packing cords in mine – I knew they wouldn’t get crushed in transit!