1. HSI Dual Voltage Straightener // 2. Power Adapter & Converter in 1 // 3. European Adapter // 4. Bed Head Dual Voltage Curling Wand // 5. Portable Phone Charger // 6. Hand-held Luggage Scale // 7. Electronics Organization Case // 8. Pink Hard-Cover Cosmetics Case // 9. Travel Shoe Bags // 10. Set of Packing Cubes // 11. Silicone Travel Bottles Set// 12. Sleeping Eye Mask // 13. Memory Foam Neck Pillow
Hi everyone! This is the first post in my international travel focused series. I’m going to Italy for the first time ever this year! With that, I’ve been doing a ton of planning for what to pack, things to help me stay organized, and general essentials to “survive” in a foreign country.
Because I’ve already done a lot of the grunt work, I thought I would compile my findings in a blog post to help you guys with your future travel adventures! Keep in mind that most of these items are geared towards overseas travel, but many things are also relevant to national travel as well!
Okay, I’m gonna break things down into categories:
Hair Tools: If you do your hair and you’re going overseas–do NOT use your regular American heat iron because the voltage used in other countries will short-circuit your appliance. To solve this problem: you can either buy your hair tool while abroad or you can buy a DUAL VOLTAGE appliance that can handle the different voltage levels! For a straightener, I bought the HSI Dual Voltage Straightener (#1) and for a curler, I bought the Bed Head Dual Voltage Curling Wand (#4)!
Converters & Adapters: In Europe, they have differently shaped outlets (which is where the adapter comes in). BUT, they also have a different level of voltage running through their outlets. So, you need a converter to take the European 220 volts down to the standard American 110 volts. Honestly still confused by this whole concept so to make my life easy I just bought a 2-in-1 power adapter and converter (#2) with a bunch of outlets so that I don’t have to worry about converting and then adapting and then crying from confusion and yeah.
Since my hair tools are already dual voltage and can work at 220 volts, I just got some basic European outlet adapters (#3) for them since…the converter won’t be necessary because they’re dual voltage like I explained above.
Portable Phone Charger (#5): Everyone knows what a portable phone charger is, it’s 2018. So I’m just gonna say that they’re convenient to have while on vacation so that your phone doesn’t die when you’re out exploring LOL. Moving on.
Hand-held Luggage Scale (#6): If you’re like me and overpack, but also don’t like paying $100 at the airport because your luggage is overweight…THEN THIS IS PERFECT. It’ll weigh your luggage before you even leave your house so you’ll KNOW how heavy all your stuff is. Then you won’t have to get on the ground in the middle of the airport, open your luggage and move things into your carry-on while everyone stares at you and examines the contents of your suitcase, including your underwear…speaking from personal experience haha…
Electronics Organization Case (#7): I love using this to organize my phone charger, computer charger, camera cords, headphones…EVERYTHING that has a wire. Makes everything so easy to find and I highly recommend it!
Pink Hard-Cover Cosmetics Case (#8): Do you know how many times my makeup has ended up shattered in my suitcase? Like once, but it was one time too many! I put my glass foundation bottle in this along with any glass perfume to keep it from getting crushed.
Travel Shoe Bags (#9): Please do not throw your dirty shoes in with your clean clothes. Keep ’em in separate bags! Specifically, these bags.
Set of Packing Cubes (#10): THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT organization item. These will save you SO much space in your luggage just because everything is neatly compressed in cubes. Roll your clothes to make even more room within the cubes. If there’s anything you buy from this list—buy THESE!! Seriously, they make such a difference, especially if you’re an over-packer like me.
Silicone Travel Bottles Set (#11): These are self-explanatory haha. But because they’re silicone, they feel nicer than the cheap plastic ones from Walmart.
Sleeping Eye Mask (#12): I’m such a light sleeper that I would actually die from sleep deprivation if I didn’t have a sleeping mask to block out the light. It’s great for long flights.
Memory Foam Neck Pillow (#13): Another flight essential. This one is thickkk in the best way possible and provides great support for your neck! Plus it’s pink sooooo…I’m sold.
That’s all for my international travel essentials! I really hope this little guide helped and if I missed something that you consider a holy-grail travel essential, let me know!
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