In 33 hours I will be taking off for France. I’ve packed everything, printed my ticket, and checked off most of my list, but it still doesn’t feel real. Going to France has been a dream of mine and it’s actually happening. This is going to be incredibly life changing and I can’t wait to share my journey with you.I spent all day getting ready today. I made check lists, packed clothes, shopped for extras, and I only have a few things left until I’m ready to go. I am so excited and of course nervous, too! You guys have saved my life throughout all of this. You’ve helped me with phrases, what to pack, where to go, and safety precautions. I know I’ll be leaning on you again during my trip. I’m even meeting up with some of my readers which will be exciting!
I decided to put together a little packing guide for my trip. Maybe I’ve missed something that you can help me add or maybe I packed something I won’t need! I’ve flown a lot in my lifetime, but never this far. This is going to be a new experience and I’m so anxious to jump into it.
After packing all of my bags, I pack my carry on. I also plan and keep my airport clothes out before I go to bed the night before a flight. Sometimes traveling is stressful; so stressful it keeps me up at night. I like to make sure everything is done and ready to go. That way I feel at ease. Some people can wake up, pack an hour before a trip and never stress. That’s definitely not me. I stress out before two hour flights, and this one is a huge flight.
WHAT TO CARRY ON YOUR CARRY ON:
Make Up: If you lose your luggage, buying makeup won’t be fun. Bring some of your basic makeup pieces with you in your carry on. I’ll be bringing my blush, my mascara, and lipgloss.
Sleep Necessities: Sleeping on a plane is hard, but when your plane is longer than twelve hours, you’re going to have to figure a way to do it. Bring a travel pillow, a sleeping mask, headphones that drown out noise, and maybe a small throw blanket. Fill your iPod with classical relaxation music to hep you relax and fall asleep. Also, try to get “crappy” sleep the night before your flight.
Things to do: Books, Puzzles, Magazines, A Rubik Cube, Phone, Notebook & Pen, Computer, Ipod. etc. You may get lucky and find a seat partner that is super talkative, but most of the time, people like to keep to themselves on the plane, so bring something to entertain yourself. I have a french language book I plan on reading the entire flight.
Camera: Don’t forget to take your camera with you on the plane. That is one thing you will not want to lose with your luggage! Imagine going all over Europe and not being able to snap good photos. And if you’re a blogger, you’ll want to take picture on the plane.Fresh Products: You’ll need a way to freshen up without showering, so bring some wipes to freshen up. Bring lotion and lip balm just incase the plane is dry. Make sure you pack antibacterial soap with you. Planes are full of germs. Wipe down the drop desk, the armrests, the windows, your seat, and your hands every time you use them. Just wipe everything.
Documents: My exchange partner, Lucie, had a brilliant idea of making copies of all important documents and credit cards to have with you. Make sure you have your money, your cards, your passport, tickets, important documents, and any other paperwork with you on the plane.
Clothing: You never know what will spill on you, so bring an extra shirt. Bring some under garments, bring socks, and extra hair ties. Don’t forget your sunglasses because you’re obviously closer to the sun 🙂 One time I was stuck on a plane in the middle seat and the guy next to me kept the blind up the entire time. I normally wouldn’t mind but the sun was reflecting off of his iPad right into my eyes. I never forget my sunglasses now.
Food: Don’t bring food into the airport. It’ll most likely get thrown out at customs. If you want to bring food on the plane, wait until you get past security. Buy your healthy trail mix, junk food, fast food, or whatever you want and bring it on the plane. I don’t think eating bad food is a great idea on a long flight. Having an upset stomach would be miserable. I plan on buying water, trail mix, and a couple other snacks. They feed you on the plane, but you never know how good it’ll be. I also buy gum before getting on the plane because it prevents your ears from popping at take off.I know buying all your toiletries and extras before packing may seem like the right thing to do, but I disagree. I like to pack everything and then make a list of the things that are missing. You don’t really know what you need until you realize what you don’t have. So after you’re done packing what you have, make a list of what you need and go get it! If you shop first, you may forget items and have to go back, or you may buy something you already have.I usually pack all of my make up with me. I take some on the plan and I keep the bigger bag in my luggage.
Makeup I keep in my bag: Foundation, Powder, Bronzer, Blush, Mascara, Concealer, Remover, Eyeshadow, Lip Liner, Lip Stick, Eyebrow Pencil, and Brushes. I don’t normal wear this much make up, (partly because I’m lazy) but you never know when you’ll need it in France.
You’ll need a chip in your credit card in France for most purchases. The downfall to having a chip in your card is that it makes it much easier for thieves to steal your information. I bet you’re thinking “I never lose my card or it’s always hidden”, but that won’t matter. The crappy thing about nowadays is the technology used for theft. Thieves can scan your pockets with a piece of technology and grab all of your credit card information. That’s why I bought a identity theft protection case for my credit cards.
I’m a very basic person when it coms to jewelry. I wear the same diamond and gold cross necklace, crystal stud earrings, and a gold bracelet. I decided to pick some extra pieces to dress up my outfits for France. I put them in a bag and placed them in my luggage. If you keep them together in a bag, they won’t tangle as easy or get lost in your luggage.
I brought my prayer bracelet with a guardian angel on it and the Saint Christopher Patron of Travelers. It was blessed by our priest to keep me safe during my journey.
Instead of packing giant bottles of shampoo, conditioner, perfume, shaving cream, and other toiletries, you can go to Walmart, CVS, Target or other stores and buy travel sized bottles. I also picked up a lock for my luggage. You’ll need to buy your lock in the travel section because TSA has an access key to them.This is something you’ll need to do in advance. Our outlets are different than the ones in France. I had to order an adapter for my plugins. It came in three days, and they’re pretty cheap on Ebay. I’m sure you can buy them at the airport, but I would imagine you’ll save more money doing it in advance.Now as for the clothing goes…
I tried my best not to overpack, but not under pack. I have a huge problem with overpacking. I regret it every time I do it and this time I’m learning from my mistakes and taking all of your advice. I packed all of my clothing in a suitcase and then packed an extra carry on bag with my clothes for the flight home. I plan on doing a lot of shopping in France.I’ve heard that wearing dark colors makes you look less like a tourist. I tried to pack as many dark colors as I could, but couldn’t resist some of my fall pieces.I looked up the weather for the upcoming days so I could pack accordingly. While I’m there, it’ll be 55-70 degrees and so I packed for both temperatures.
For the cold: A burgundy leather jacket, a black jacket blazer, a black leather jacket, and a puffy vest, two scarves, two pairs of gloves, umbrella and earmuffs.
For Shoes: two pairs of flats, Sperrys, sandals, boots, slippers, and sneakers.
Tops: I’m bringing 10-14 tops that include button ups, tanks, cardigans, dresses, and sweaters. They all fall under the “fall” colors and will look good mixed and matched together.
Other: I’m bringing bras, underwear, socks, hats, jewelry, tights, leggings, and pajamas.
For the plane ride, I laid out a white seater, purple skinny jeans that are super duper comfortable, flats, a scarf, and a vest. I plan on bringing an extra shirt on the plane just in case! Don’t wear uncomfortable clothes on a long flight! If you want to look cute when you land, bring extra clothes and change in the airport bathroom.
I hope these tips help you and me on the next flight!
Have advice for my readers and I? Leave them in the comments.