TRAVEL TIP EDITION – @THISGIRLGIGGLES
1/ NIKON D5500
This Nikon d5500 has been perfect for my travels. Many travelers complain that a DSLR camera is too heavy and bulky, but I am very happy with my choice. It’s perfect for beginners as this camera kit comes with two lenses to start out with. Be sure to get a good camera bag or a camera backpack to protect the camera body and lenses.
My small recommendation is that do not carry a camera bag that has ‘Nikon’ or ‘Canon’ written on it. Your bag will draw too much of an attention to your beloved expensive camera- especially in Athens! Other than that, go for it!
or your favourite black leggings/tights
I am “that” girl. Because of my petite body figure with thunder thighs, most blue jeans are uncomfortable and it does not hug my body like how I want it to. I own about 40+ pairs of leggings that I purchased from $2 to $200. Here is my take: quality matters. I personally recommend you to pack Lululemon‘s full leggings and 7/8 pants. I bring two types of leggings: athletic + simple dressy leggings.
No space to pack? Wear one and pack one. You seriously need a couple that you can dress up or down.
Okay, I know. This Birkenstocks screams “I’M A TOURIST!” – but it’s SO comfy. I choose comfort over blisters any day out of the week!
CHEAP FLIP FLOPS to shower – cheaper the better
Why cheap flip flops? If you’re staying at a hostel, this is very important. Many shower rooms are shared with other travellers in the same hallway. And… they don’t get cleaned until the next morning.
Grab those $2.00 flip flops from Old Navy that you can easily throw away after your last shower.
I am still one of those weirdos that don’t walk around the hotel rooms or hostel rooms without shoes on. So, flip flops work both times for me for hostels and hotels. I personally LOVE these Roxy flip-flops.
4/ LARGE SCARF & BABY WIPES
No matter what the season is… You will get hot and cold very quickly, especially at the airport and during your 6hr+ flights. Trust me, your scarf will come in very handy when you are freezing on the plane! Also, scarves are always good to cover your shoulders before you walk into churches abroad. And why take baby wipes? There were so many times that I had to wash my hands and face and I couldn’t. Germaphobe over here. You don’t want to use the water on the plane to clean your face as well. Keep these wipes in your purse and feel refreshed on the plane.
In Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris.., these zara scarfs saved my day!
Some women will tell you to always pack an LBD. This is one advice I’ve never understood. I’d like to go with a statement top piece, simple black leggings and statement necklace or earrings. I’m a Zara and ASOS fanatic, so most of my pieces are from there.
Do you overpack like I do? It happens sometimes. I carry a separate travel purse and I keep my folded Longchamp tote bag in my suitcase. I know you don’t plan on buying anything that you don’t need. I’ve said that before and used this tote bag on my way home at least 10 times. My mum collects mugs, so I buy at least 3 mugs in each country to bring back home. Yes… my tote bag came in handy on many occasions.
7/ PLUG CONVERTER (USA TO EUROPE) & PORTABLE USB CHARGER
I carry a makeup bag that has all of my cell phone chargers, earphones, converters. This is very helpful when you’re on a plane, so don’t have to dig through your suitcase. The portable USB charger I’ve bought from Amazon is a bit larger and heavier than others but this thing saved my butt so many times. Can you imagine being in middle of Barcelona at 2 a.m. without Google maps?
8/ MY FAVORITE SUITCASE:
9/ EMPTY ZIPLOC BAGS, PLASTIC BAGS, LAUNDRY DETERGENT, LOCKER LOCKS
These 3 items are important if you like to stay at hostels. I like to do laundry at hostels and you don’t want to spend 11 euros just for laundry detergent at the reception desk. Also, you have to lock up your belongings under your bunk, be sure to buy one before your trip- get the lock with a combination (no keys)! If you don’t, that’s another 11 euros just to buy the lock at the hostel.
I pack at least 2-3 clean grocery plastic bags to pack my dirty laundry or wet swimsuit in the suitcase.
Oh, and why the empty zip-lock bags? In case you want to carry some left-over snacks to divulge into after your hike or maybe to cover up your toothbrush? Whatever it is, it’s always good to be prepared.
10/ TRAVEL INSURANCE
I’ve had various of times when I had to cancel my hotels, round-trip flights fully booked tours due to certain circumstances. My travel insurance saved me a lot of time and money when these things happened.
I’ve only used Allianz travel insurance before but the note is that as long as you’re covered, you’re good!
My top tip to get your $$$ back if you decide to cancel your flight and you did not purchase a travel insurance: “I just lost my full-time job that I’ve had for 4 years.” – this has worked for me every single time. Then I decided to be a responsible traveller in a case of sickness and lost luggage. So, travel insurances are a must.
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