Trip Essentials + FREE Packing List Printable

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Travel season is here and I am so excited! In October we are planning a mini weekend outside of Washington D.C. My goal this year is to see the leaves after they change color. We live in Florida, and I had never experienced ‘fall’ until last year with Kyle.

I have collected a list of my travel necessities that I currently can’t go anywhere without. The items that I cannot travel without. The list is a small purse size list guaranteed to make your travels easier. The best way to be sure you never are without an item is to keep a packing list.

P.S. I created a basic fall packing list for your upcoming travel plans. It’s FREE to print out. You can find it at the bottom of this blog.

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Noise Cancelling Headphones

Whenever I travel I like to bring a cheap pair of headphones to watch the in-flight entertainment. Usually the airline we fly hands them out for free for or a small price depending on where you are seated.

Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer

When finding the right-hand sanitizer I tend to lean more toward an organic brand, or one that is alcohol-free. 

Travel size deodorant

I like to refresh throughout my travel day. Having a travel size deodorant is something I never leave without even when we are not traveling. 

‘Down there’ wipes

I have a refresh routine that I do in the bathroom after the flight. I also shower the day we get in, but usually, we explore the area or grab a bite to eat before I have the opportunity to shower. Out of all of the feminine wipes, these bad boys are my go-to.

 

             

Hydrating lip balm

My lips dry out every time I fly. If you like something that has a hint of color and shines as I do, I highly recommend this item. This lip balm by Smith’s Rosebud is the real deal.

A Page Turning Book

A good book makes the travel time pass by. When I travel I like to read and take breaks in between my reading. I can’t read for long periods on planes because I begin to feel a little woozy from looking down. I am currently reading a book written by J.K. Rowlings. Check it out here

Basic Hair Accessories 

I usually wear my hair down everyday even when I fly. Every once in a those unexpected long travel days sneak up on you. I am always prepared with a stash of hair ties and bobby pins in my purse. The stash is perfect for when ‘i just can’t’ anymore. 

 

 

Do you have an upcoming trip? Do you not know what to pack? Download and print my FREE basic packing template. 

 

Fall Packing Checklist

You're in luck! I already planned your basic packing list for you. You can always add more or less to this list as your pack. All you need to do now is screenshot, download or print this list and get started! Safe travels.

Clothing 

1 pair of leggings

2 pair of jeans

Dress

2 Sweaters

Short sleeve top

2 Jacket (wear the second on the plane)

Pjs

Undergarments

2 pair of tights

Bralette

Underwear

Socks

Shoes

Walking shoes

Sandals

Booties

Misc

Phone charger

Makeup

Hairbrush

Toothbrush

Blow dryer (if needed)

Jewelry

Sunglasses/glasses

St. Thomas Travel Guide

St. Thomas Travel Guide || Beach photography inspiration, island food, island itinerary and much, much more! || IG: @pearlsnplanes

Are you heading to the Caribbean islands soon? This trip took us to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. After spending a few days there we are in LOVE. I have visited a few islands in the Caribbean and St. Thomas was so clean and beautiful. I have been looking forward to sharing with you our tips, experiences and itinerary with you all.

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St. Thomas Travel Guide || Beach photography inspiration, island food, island itinerary and much, much more!

Day one (check-in day)

St. Thomas’s airport is the picture-perfect airport. The airport is one of those that the passengers exit off the plane onto the tarmac. As you unload off of the plane you are instantly shown the beauty of St. Thomas. Once we received our rental car we headed over to our Airbnb. we enjoyed the ocean view while grabbing a bite to eat at the Margaritaville (this place becomes a frequent spot for us during our stay).

Day two (St, John day)

The next time we stay we will be staying on the island of St. John. The beaches are beautiful and there was a lot more to do as far as dining and shopping than St. Thomas. Maho Beach is a must-visit when visiting St. John! As soon as we got off of the ferry we rented snorkeling gear at a snorkel shop (it was $20 for the day for 2 people). We got on a taxi and headed over to the beach (it is NOT walking distance we tried). This cove is home to lots of wildlife including donkeys and sea turtles. We snorkeled all day with sea turtles and it is my favorite travel memory thus far. It was incredible to see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat enjoying seaweed.

St. Thomas Travel Guide || Beach photography inspiration, island food, island itinerary and much, much more!

Day three (Island tour day)

On the third day, we toured the island of St. Thomas. We hopped into our Jeep around 9 AM and took off. At first, we had a destination but after navigating with the spotty service we just drove until we ended up at a beach. The first beach we landed at was Magnus Bay, which is known to be the most beautiful public beach on the island. We brought chairs and sat in the shade for a while before heading out. Some of the beaches that we had planned on visiting were not open to the public. Be prepared to take a few wrong turns, be mindful of that. Roads can easily turn into someone’s private driveway. Once we completed our island tour we had lunch at the Margaritaville (we liked their drinks the best on the island) and we hopped on the ferry to St. John for one last stroll around the local shops.

St. Thomas Travel Guide || Beach photography inspiration, island food, island itinerary and much, much more! || IG: @pearlsnplanes
Day four (Go Home Day)

Our flight did not take off until 2 PM; we usually do not have late flights like that so we took the time to walk around the bay and boat marina that the Airbnb was apart of. Once we packed up and headed back a little early to the airport we took the scenic route for one last view of the beautiful island.

Tips:

Where to shop:

The shopping area in St. Thomas was not open when the cruise boats were not there. We drove up to the cruise port to check it out but were disappointed to find most of it closed. We headed over to St. John to shop at the local shops we love hand made art. Have you heard about the local fishing hook bracelets? It is a local signature look. The hook bracelets tell the story about a fisherman who kept losing his wedding band leading to his wife creating this bracelet that represents that they are both ‘taken’. If the hook is faced toward your heart that symbolizes your heart as taken. If it faces away from you then you are available. I am a sucker for a story like that; I got mine in sterling silver!

Airbnb vs resort?

We went with an Airbnb! The resorts on St. Thomas are great! The Airbnb options were cheaper for us. We found the resorts to be a little out of date for the price. You can find a beautiful Airbnb in a great location for half the price of an all-inclusive. 

Should we rent a car?

YES! The taxis tend to be unreliable and pricey. They charge you for everything (per person, bags, waiting fee etc).  We rented a Jeep, which was the coolest ride we have ever rented. The top came off and we immediately became Caribbean natives. (So we thought after driving around we realized only tourists have jeeps for the most part).

**They drive on the left side of the road and I do not recommend renting a car if you are not a confident driver

Phone service

AT&T has the best phone service on the island. If you have Wi-Fi connection all carriers work fine. My phone only worked when we had an Internet connection (I have Verizon Wireless). With that being the case when locating a restaurant or destination be sure to mark it on your phone before you leave your Airbnb or resort. We followed the maps by following the satellite.

Passport

Arriving at St. Thomas you do not need a passport to enter the island. However, when exiting the island you will need to show your passport. Make sure to stay ahead and arrive at least 2 hours prior to departure the lines get long. They do have TSA Precheck by the way.

Traveling to a new destination is always an unforgettable experience with my travel buddy. We are forever grateful to have the opportunity to see the world. In addition, thank you for following along with our travels. 

P.S. My heart goes out to the islands. I wish them a speedy recovery from hurricane Dorian.

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How to meal prep for the week || Our favorite meal prep products || Affordable meal prepping || Meal prep for people on the go

Favorite Meal Prep Products For Pilots

 

How to meal prep for the week || Our favorite meal prep products || Affordable meal prepping || Meal prep for people on the go

Eating healthy while traveling is hard work! It is a challenge finding the time to prepare the meal while figuring out what you can and can not bring. Finding the easiest travel food hacks have not been a walk in the park. In fact, we are still working on perfecting the art of meal prepping. As we learn I want to share with you the hacks that are GAMECHANGERS for us!

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When it comes to space we do not have much to work with. Packing for a 4 or 5 day trip means you have to get creative. After trying many reusable container options I found these gems on Amazon.

Vremi Silicone Food Storage Containers with BPA Free Airtight Plastic Lids – set of 4

These food storage holders are collapsible. This feature allows the container to provide more space in a lunch box and easy storage after use. Yes, they are microwave safe!

 

The other container I love is this camping bowl. It is perfect for all kinds of travel. It collapses providing you with that kind of room we all need when packing lots of food. Kyle uses this bowl for his oatmeal and soup he packs on his trip.

 

Ecoart Silicone Expandable Collapsible Bowl for Travel and Hiking- Green

Common foods you can find in Kyle’s lunch box:

  • Kind bars
  • Oranges, apples, grapes (hardy fruit)
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Tuna or chicken salad
  • Honey wheat bread
  • Chocolate or something sweet (he deserves it!)
  • Granola
  • Meal prepped chicken and rice

Now that you have your food and containers how on earth can you keep it from going bad?! We are currently trying out two solutions. The first is this freezer foam it acts as dry ice and lasts up to 48 hours until needing to be frozen again.

Polar Tech RB15 RE-Freez-R-Brix Foam Refrigerant Pack – Case of 6

The second coolant we have been trying out is an old school ice pack. Most of the hotels have ice machines and he refills the ice packs once before bed and once more before he catches the van to the airport.

 

Koo- Care Pain Relief Hot Cold Therapy Reusable Ice Packs  (9″- Pack of 2)

I hope you enjoyed my few meal prep hacks! As you know we are no masters behind it all. We are all in it together! This is what makes my blog so fun! Look out for hassle-free meal prep recipes. I will be sharing a few of my ‘go tos’ soon. Have you recently prepped a meal or have a hack you want to share? Reply to this blog post or message me on my website! Whatever you have to say or recommend I am HERE for it!


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Leave your comments and questions below! Let’s chat!

What to do in Paris || Travel Hacks

Tour De France

What to do in Paris || Travel Hacks
I love the jet-setter lifestyle!

Last weekend Kyle and I were itching to go somewhere. School is starting to get stressful  (so I was ready to get away for a few days to relax) and we love to take the time he gets off to go do something memorable…he made it a surprise.

Well…a surprise up until the day before we left because obviously, I needed to know what to pack. (I am also super persistent)

To begin- Paris was a dream come true.
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Landing early morning on Friday we made the spur of the moment decision to rent a car and threw our bags into the car and headed to the Eiffel Tower.

As expected we were a little jet-lagged and full of excitement.

The FOOD was a dream

The first night we walk to this local hangout spot for dinner. We were unable to read the menu so we told the server what we were in the mood for. Let me tell you the server for sure pleased our hunger.

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Kyle and I enjoy finding a local hole in the wall everywhere we go. For breakfast we ate at a local favorite bakery named “Coquelicot” we both shared a traditional French breakfast with great coffee and lots, and lots of bread.

Unreal destinations:

Paris is a place with so many places to be and lots to see! We visited Napoleon’s tomb which was beautiful the inside of the church was astonishing. We went to the Louvre Museum where we saw the Mona Lisa. My personal favorite was the Eiffel Tower- as a child, I have always dreamed of the day I got to visit. Finally being able to see it in person made it almost unreal. We walked by the Arc De Triumphe many times, but we never got near it mainly because we couldn’t figure out how to get to it without being run over by a driver.

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Eiffel Tower
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The Louvre Museum
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Notre Dame
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Hi Cutie
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Tips:
  • Pack light Kyle and I always make sure that we travel only by carry on. When arriving in Paris be prepared to have to carry your luggage to your vacation stay. Too much to carry would have been a bummer.
  • Before you depart make sure to read up on your French history- something I know Kyle and I wished we would have done.
  • Be mindful that you are no longer in your home country. 🙂
  • The temperature is now dropping in Europe pack warm!!
  • BRING UNIVERSAL WALL ADAPTERS FOR THE ELECTRICAL OUTLETS – we forgot about this and had to charge our phones in the car we rented…oops!!

Overall, Paris was a dream. It was so much fun I feel like it was not real. Paris is a perfect weekend trip we were able to do in three days. I wish I was sipping tea and eating macarons now.

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Until next time Paris, Ciao

XO, M

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Things to do in California || Travel guide || Oceanside California

California Dreaming

Things to do in California || Travel guide || Oceanside California

To start off the New Year Kyle and I took a trip to California. This was my first time traveling to SoCal. Everyone told me I was going to fall in love. (they were right) After 3 long flights, we finally landed in California. I was stoked.

TIPS:

  • Go grocery shopping and buy supplies such as; PB&J’s, crackers, and granola bars. Visit a Trader Joe’s nearby, and set up a picnic and enjoy the view.
  • Rent a car or RV (we wished we would have rented an RV) that way you can drive, sleep, eat, and whatever else all in the same place.
  • Create a budget before you go to stay mindful of your spending and desires.
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San Francisco:

Our first two nights we stayed in San Francisco, and I fell in love. We saw the golden gate bridge and the bay bridge. We climbed down (and UP) several stairs to get a better view of the bay area. The view was worth it after being winded from all of the steps. We sat up on top of the viewing platform and had a small picnic.

Our Airbnb view: If you look closely you can see the horses enjoying the sunrise. I didn’t want to leave this place. Do you blame me?

My favorite part: I loved having a picnic with a beautiful view of the SanFran Bay area.

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The Pacific Highway:

For two days we drove down the Pacific Highway and it was beautiful. We could have arrived in San Diego in less than a day instead we stopped along the way to admire the view. This was my favorite part of the trip the view was unbelievable.

My favorite part: Watching the sunset

We watched the sunset together; it’s the little things ya know?
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San Diego

Finally, we arrived in San Diego. We visited during a rare rainy weekend in southern California, it was still amazing. We visited the Gas Lamp district, San Diego Zoo, toured the U.S.S Midway and checked out the various shopping areas.

My favorite part: Our Airbnb was amazing. The video can be found on my Instagram profile in my travel highlights. I was too excited to worry about photos (sorry).

We had a wonderful time in California. Watching sunsets, laughing, and enjoying memorable moments. I think California might be my favorite trip so far. Overall, having the time to do everything made the visit more enjoyable.

Where should we travel to next? I would love to hear your suggestions.

As always, with love XO,

M

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Travel Guide London || Travel Hacks || Travel London

First Time In London

Travel Guide London || Travel Hacks || Travel London

London…ah what an eventful trip…

This past trip we learned a lot about travel. We wanted to be a little more adventurous… when I say ‘adventurous’ I mean we made our final destination decision in the airport.

We hopped on a plane departing from JFK and ended up in London.

The Beehive regulars

Day 1: Airbnb upset

We landed in London and as soon as we deplaned we received a notification that our Airbnb in Notting Hill had CANCELLED. It would not have been as bad if we were still in our home country, but being in a country that we have never been to before the panic sort of set in. After looking through the few that were left we found ourselves in East London.

East London is like the Brooklyn/Queens of NYC. We really enjoyed the ambiance of East London. Our only complaint was that it was not our original choice. Where we stayed was once an old hospital, little scary I could have lived not knowing that, ha.

We enjoyed the area, every morning we window shopped and we visited a coffee shop on the street corner named “The Beehive” it was a great way to really get the taste of living like a Londoner.

**Sidenote: Airbnb not only gave us a full refund of the cancelled Airbnb; they gave us a coupon to use on our next stay.

Day 2: Touristy things

We got up early the next day and headed to the tube. The tube took us to Waterloo that is where the London eye and the Big Ben can be found. For those planning to travel to London soon, the Big Ben is still under construction and you can only see the clock itself.

On this day it was very windy, we jumped from shop to shop to stay warm. On this day I witnessed my first in person protest. I am not sure what they were protesting, but it was kind of crazy.

We wandered around the beautiful Abbey Temple, and hung out in the courtyard behind the church and enjoyed the view.

We were in the mood for an afternoon pick me up, we headed to Elan Cafe near the Buckingham Palace. This cafe is Instagram famous for its chic floral decor. The desserts were delicious! I got the hazelnut creme cake and Kyle got the German Chocolate. Be prepared for a short wait due to its limited seating and high popularity.

 

Day 3: London Fever

I have never been sick before while traveling…there’s a first for everything right? The night before I felt that feeling you do before you get sick and I thought I was a little jetlagged, I woke up the next day and I was not feeling my usual self. As bad as this is, I took some medicine and I powered through it I did not want to waste the day laying in bed. By dinner time I was about as useful as a white crayon, but hey at least we got to tour London.

Getting sick in another country is very frightening no matter where you are in the world. I recovered quickly, within 24 hours I managed to feel somewhat back to normal. Hallelujah!

We took time to tour a few museums a the Trafalgar plaza is a beautiful destination to visit while in London. Take the time to visit the National Gallery the architecture and artwork is breathtaking. After, we found ourselves in a pub down the road, you will notice that every day of the week after 4 PM the pubs are full of people.

Day 4: More touristy things + our pub experience

Oxford Street is the place to be if you love to shop! We spent most of the day cruising around the shops. We did purchase a few things during our shopping spree. In was the most windy day and our coats were not breaking the wind, stopping into the Uniqlo we purchased two windbreakers (that we wished we had from day 1). After, I purchased a Longchamp bag for travel. P.S. A lot of stores do the VAT tax refund in store, when you arrive back to the airport you must provide them with the form filled out completely to receive your refund.

Day 5: Last day in London- the London Tower

This was by far our favorite experience in London. The Tower of London is beautiful with a lot of history to take in. Be prepare to spend between 2-3 hours touring the Tower. There is a lot to see and it is very popular. We went on a Sunday, there were a lot of people touring the tower too. Week days may be slower, either way the place is huge you won’t notice the crowd.

RECAP:

Overall we had a lovely time in London, as I said in the beginning though we did learn a lot about travel on this trip. The learning part is what makes traveling fun and we are happy to share with you our thoughts and experience. We will share with you the things we wished we would have known before we touring London.

  • Buy an OYSTER pass tour the tube- totally worth it (for the most part you will only need it for zones 1-2)
  • Buy a round trip for the train when you are leaving the airport the day of because prices change and the round trip is the CHEAPEST option
  • It is OKAY to not stay in an Airbnb when traveling. The last night we stayed in a hotel that was in a more central location, the hotel had better heating, was a comfortable size and was the same price as the Airbnb we stayed in. We wished we would have done the hotel sooner because it would have been a better living experience (London is cold in March)
  • DO YOUR RESEARCH

Can’t wait to see where we end up next- do you have travel suggestions? Email them to me! I would love to hear.

XO, M