Traveling Essentials {European Study Abroad}

In keeping with the spirit of traveling, I decided to post a study abroad version of my traveling essentials, after my cousin mentioned her 2 week study program in Romania. I’m so excited for her, yet slightly jealous. It’s one thing I wish I would’ve taken advantage while I was back in college. Definitely an opportunity everyone should take if they’re able to! So I decided to freshen up my go-to traveling packing list for a new season and new experiences. Hope you find this helpful Cathia! Screen shot 2013-05-16 at 11.22.00 PM

You need a cute, but sturdy carry-on that is large enough for your necessities. I just can’t get enough of this Calypso one, it carries all your handbag essentials too, and a cross-boddy bag for easy sight seeing. A light striped sweater, a flowy top, a flirty lightweight dress and a selection of tanks and blouses that pair with all your items. The important thing about bottoms is to pick pieces that are versatile to mix and match with fun tops. I’d bring my favorite pant of the moment in a fun hue, summer’s white pant, a pair of dark skinny jeans and jean shorts, and a skirt than can be worn during the day and for a night out. Lastly shoes…bring a cute, but comfortable pair of sandals in a fun bright color for days of touring the city, a dainty nude flat for dinner on a brisk evening, and the perfect wedge. Oh, don’t forget your favorite accessories,  sunglasses and notepad to jot down all the places you visit, the restaurants you’ll enjoy meals you can’t spell, encounters with interesting people meet and any other moment of inspiration.

Here’s a few other helpful tips, even if you’re just traveling to a new country:

  • When building your wardrobe, base it on a single color scheme, that way you have more variety to mix and match with fun prints and colors.
  • Take a lot of pictures! You might not get the opportunity to be in the city you’re visiting again.
  • Make sure you have the correct adaptors plugs for your electronics, as you are changing them from USA to Europe.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings at all times, as much as you don’t want to appear like a tourist, natives somehow always now
  • Be respectful of the different cultures and customs in Europe. Culture, food and customs vary from the US and respect goes a long way where ever you are.
  • Knowing simple greetings and phrases are important and will show an interest in the country’s language and customs.

But the MOST important thing is to have fun and enjoy this new and exciting experience! Savor every moment, and the country you are visiting. I stumbled upon this quote, and felt it was fitting…”Try Europe on, it will look good on you!”

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