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

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