3 Things You’re Probably Forgetting to Pack

When it comes to packing, it can be really easy to forget things. Here are 3 Things You’re Probably Forgetting to pack:

3 Things You're Probably Forgetting to Pack

And isn’t that a big fear that most of us have before we depart? Just as you’re boarding the airplane or reaching your destination you suddenly remember that one {probably not that important but it seems really important at the time} item you forgot to pack.

Then comes the frustration and annoyance of having to either live with it for the duration of your trip or having to fork up the money for something that you already own but unfortunately left behind.

I’m with you! I’ve totally been there, and will likely continue to be. So I’ve created a little cheat sheet for us to use before we head out the door. Here are 3 items that you most likely forgot to pack:

 

 

  1. YOUR PHONE CHARGER

3 Things You're Probably Forgetting to Pack

You probably saw this one coming. Yep, I’ve done it too. How can something so crucial in today’s world be so easy to forget?? Honestly, I have no clue. We’re all practically glued to our phones.

I think the reason why I personally forget to pack it is because I always plan to wait until the last-minute to pack it because I need it to charge my phone the night before. If you do this, here’s a tip that I’ve found can really help: keep your phone on the charger until you’re ready to walk out the door. You’ll probably quickly realize that you don’t have your phone, so you will scurry around looking for it. When you remember that it’s on the charger and go to get it, you’ll have a visual reminder that you need to pack your charger. Option number 2: buy a second, travel only charger

 

*HONORABLE MENTION: OUTLET ADAPTORS
Traveling overseas? Keep in mind that other countries typically have different power outlet designs! Next time you’re packing for a European getaway, do not forget your European outlet adaptor! Otherwise that phone charger is useless!

 

 

  1. PASSPORT / DRIVERS LICENSE

3 Things You're Probably Forgetting to Pack

Okay this probably depends on the type of trip and/or your mode of transportation. If you’re flying internationally, then you absolutely can’t forget your passport. I’m hoping that you’re aware of this because you already planned this big international trip. But you may have forgotten to bring it if:

  • you were in a hurry packing, laid it on the table, and just didn’t grab it
  • you decided to fly internationally spontaneously and didn’t think about it
  • you didn’t even know that you needed one (boy what an unfortunate surprise that would be!)

As far as drivers license go, it can be easy to forget them if you change your wallet or you aren’t planning on driving. But you still should bring it with you! It’s important for verifying your identity to pick up your rentals, proving you’re over 21 (if staying in the U.S.), identifying you in case of an emergency or accident, and so much more. You need it. Don’t forget it.

My tip here is to plan ahead and add these onto your packing list! Get your wallet fully ready to go and stash it (in your purse or backpack) until you leave. I always keep my wallet and passport in a special pocket in my backpack so I always know where they are!

 

 

  1. BATHROOM PRODUCTS

3 Things You're Probably Forgetting to Pack

How many times have you gone somewhere and left your toothbrush behind? Way too many to count, right? It’s easy to forget things that we store in odd places like bathroom drawers, cabinets, showers, or toothbrush holders.

Here are some common things you might forget:

  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • soap/body wash
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • contact solution and case
  • hairbrush/comb
  • hair products or styling tools
  • shaving cream/razor

An easy solution for this is to create a toiletry bag and keep it handy at all times. Lucky for you, I already wrote a post all about how to do this and what to put inside! You’re welcome 🙂

 

This isn’t a comprehensive list by any means, so always double-check to make sure you have enough underwear, socks, etc. and that you bring a raincoat or umbrella just in case it rains!

 

Have you ever forgotten to pack something? What was it and what did you end up doing about it? Share in the comments below!

 

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20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts

Instagram is pretty addicting. It’s easy for your feed to get cluttered up with all sorts of things (pictures of food, babies, animals, etc.) So why not use IG for inspiration to reach your travel dreams? If you want to travel more, then it’s time to follow some incredible travel bloggers who post gorgeous pictures to help quench your inner wanderlust and inspire your next adventure. Check out my list of 20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow:

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

HOW DID I GET THIS LIST? I picked them out myself 🙂 Please keep in mind that this list is numbered for convenience, but there is no ranking! The numbers given were chosen at random. In fact, I’d say one of my favs is last!

When searching Instagram, my criteria for this list included:

  1. Diversity (I wanted this list to encompass a wide range of travel. Everyone’s travel experience is unique and I didn’t want to create a classic list of all the accounts with huge follower numbers. If that’s what you’re looking for, then I do apologize because this list isn’t for you!)
  2. Genuineness (These people are real. I’ve communicated with each of them personally. More than that, their photos tell stories of real travel adventures. They are authentic and relatable.)
  3. Worth a Follow (As you read the individual descriptions, you’ll see why I believe a particular account is worth your follow. They each have something special about them that I think makes them belong on this list.)

But don’t just take my word for it! Click on the account names for a direct link to the account’s instagram page.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The photographs you see are not 100% up-to-date on the accounts. Their numbers and feed will likely look different, as it is impossible to keep photos that are constantly up-to-date due to the nature of social media. Please click on their links to see the most accurate visual of their feeds, bios, and number of posts/followers/following. Thank you for your understanding in this!

 

20 TRAVEL BLOGGER INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW:

 

  1. WHEREINTHEWORLDBLOG 

What I love about this account is the wide variety of pictures that it shares. There are some great shots of Europe including cities like Paris, Copenhagen, London, Bruges and many more. There are also shots from the Middle East, the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean. Basically the possibilities are endless, so give them a follow to spice up your (probably) boring newsfeed!

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2. SEEJADEFLY

Stephanie has such a talent for photography! Her shots are all incredibly artistic. She doesn’t have a large amount of posts, but she doesn’t need to because they are unique and tend to capture even the smallest of details. You should definitely follow her if you’re looking for photos that are anything but ordinary!

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3. FLY_ISABELLA

Liz is delightful! And her pictures are just as lovely. She’s currently in Australia, so if it is on your bucket list (like it is mine) then following her is a must because she captures such a wide range of Aussie cities. Her photos are colorful and vibrant, so it’s a perfect choice for your newsfeed if you need a little pick-me-up!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

4. TALESOFTRAVELLINGSISTERS

Hema and Suma are positively beautiful, and their pictures capture it so well! They photograph classic landmarks at unique angles, but they also have a knack for capturing the beauty of a wide variety of art. Some of their most popular pictures are when one or both of them are featured! Give them a follow!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

5. FROM_TEXAS_TO_BEYOND

I may be a little partial to this account because its bloggers are not only from the United States, but also from a city in Texas that is special to me! If you take a look at their photos, then it seems that they’ve been practically everywhere! Their pictures are beautiful and diverse, and they truly take you along for the ride! (So don’t miss out – follow them!)

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

6. THENIFTYTRAVELER

Well this account is certainly nifty! It really caught my eye because of the consistent, high quality photos. Everything on here is beautiful, whether it is an artistic sightseeing shot or a close up of some waffles. You should definitely give it a follow because it is so lively and refreshing! You won’t be disappointed!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

7. SARAHBLUEASH

Sarah’s account makes me think that she must truly be living the wanderlust dream! Her photos are full of color, and she also takes some of the greatest selfies. I love the unique perspectives that her pictures showcase, and I’ve also decided to go on a dog sled adventure on my next trip thanks to her fun videos! Go give her a follow!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

8. ROADUNRAVELED

If you want to follow someone who’s seen it all, then I would definitely encourage you to follow Stephanie and Adam and their crazy awesome adventures. Scroll through their feed and you’ll see snippets of Italy, Japan, the United States, Iceland, and so much more. Their pictures inspire me, and I’m sure they’ll do the same for you!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

9. SHEWENTTOSPAIN

Hey shewentospain, Iwenttospaintoo! When I think of this account, I think of color. And I love it! Her feed consists of gorgeous photos that capture amazing people and splendid sights. Looking at her photos just makes me happy, so soak up some happiness by following her today!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

10. EXPATANDTHECITY

Samantha is the cutest! The photos of hers that really stood out to me were the ones where she was scuba diving. She’s had some incredible adventures that I would love to replicate someday. Her pictures are both relatable and inspiring, and she is definitely deserving of a follow!

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11. LIVEYOURLIFEINSPIRED

My bucket list is basically a replica of Laura’s account! She has breathtaking photos of glaciers, famous cities, spa days at the pool, beaches, colorful buildings, and so much more. Her Iceland photos will make you want to pack your bags right away, so go ahead and give her a follow….then book a plane ticket!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

12. THE_FLYAWAY_GIRL

They say the best Instagrammers have a way of creating a cohesive and beautiful feed. Penelope has definitely mastered this! Her photos of Europe are stunning, and I love the way she easily incorporates human subjects to give her photos an extra edge! Go follow her!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

13. HAPPYTRAVELLINGFEET

I’m obsessed with waterfalls, and I think I watched this account’s video of a ferocious Iceland waterfall a billion times. Their photos do a great job of making you feel like you’re actually right there with them on all of their adventures! This duo is relatable and fun, so go click the follow button for them!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

14. CAMWONDERLANDS

If I could be one of these IGers in real life, I’d probably want to be Camille. She always seems to be having a blast in beautiful locations all over the world. Her photos are vibrant, unique, and full of life. I can promise that you absolutely won’t regret giving her a follow!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

15. GO4TRAVELBLOG

This account is different in that is operated by a collective group of travellers who are passionate about what they do. I think this is super special because it makes their account interesting and varied. You’ll never get bored looking at their stunning photos so go ahead and follow!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

16. THEGLOBALWOLFPACK

When I first started blogging, this account was one of the first travel blogger Instagram accounts to really catch my eye. They have created an amazing community of travel photographers, and they consistently post magnificent photos from members of this community. Join in on the fun by following them and using #globalwolfpack!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

17. WYLD_FAMILY_TRAVEL

Family travel is super special to me, and I love the brilliant photos that the Wyld family posts to capture all of their adventures. If you travel as a family, then this would be a great account to use for inspiration for your next trips. I know I always enjoy seeing where they will go next!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

18. JUSTINPLUSLAUREN

This account is like a melting pot of all things that are good in the travel industry. You can find cute animals, breathtaking waterfalls, and delicious looking food all in one place! The photos are lively and the couple’s relationship is precious. Follow along!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

19. THATGIRLSLIFESTORIES

This girl has got life figured out. She’s been everywhere, writes amazingly, and also keeps up with a fabulous IG account that perfectly captures her adventures. I think all of her travel goals that she mentioned have now become mine as well! Check it out for yourself and give her a follow!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

20. PESKINADVENTURES

Wow am I obsessed with this duo. Their pictures are phenomenal and such high quality. The landscapes that they capture are breathtaking, and their adventures look too amazing to even be real. Also, it features some fun yoga talent! Go show them some IG love; you won’t regret it!

20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

Hope you enjoyed reading 20 Travel Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow and finding new accounts to follow! I definitely enjoyed creating it.

Do you have an Instagram travel account? Leave your links below so other readers can give you a follow as well! It was/is never my intention to hurt feelings or leave anyone out of this list, and I apologize if I have! There are SO many amazing travel blogger accounts out there, so I 100% know that this list isn’t comprehensive of everyone deserving a follow! So please leave a link below 🙂

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Toiletry Bag – Why You Should Always Have One Handy

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For only being on Earth for a little over 2 decades, I’ve traveled quite a bit. My parents love to travel, and they’ve provided me with amazing opportunities to do it multiple times each year. One of their best pieces of advice is something I’m sharing with you today…keep a toiletry bag handy!

 

Always Have a Toiletry Bag Handy

It’s simple. It’s necessary. (Well the items in it are!) Just grab a small bag. (Men, you might call this a Dopp kit. Ladies, a typical make-up bag should suffice.) You want it to have pockets so that you can keep all your stuff a little organized, and you probably want it waterproof since it will be spending a lot of time in the bathroom. It can be any size, but you preferably want it big enough to hold everything that you need but also small enough to easily fit into a backpack or small duffel bag.

 

So Why Do You Need One?

  1. It holds everything you need to use in the bathroom in one convenient bag.
  2. It keeps all your liquids contained and prevents spills into your luggage. (Aka that stylish new shirt you just bought!)
  3. IT’S PERFECT FOR TRAVEL. It fits in all of your luggage and is great for when you don’t have a lot of room or you don’t want to unpack everything when you get there. Disclosure: I’m mostly speaking about travel that isn’t on an airplane! There will be a separate airplane tips post later on! (So don’t forget the 3 oz rule!)

So Why Should You Keep One Handy At all Times?

  1. Weekend trip? No worries, already got all toiletry items packed.
  2. Big vacation coming up? No worries, already got all toiletry items packed.
  3. Spending the night somewhere? No worries…(Do I really need to repeat? It’s stress free!)

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It’s so convenient. While your travel companions are running around trying to remember every little thing to put it in there, all you have to do is take a quick peek and you’re good to go! It’s so easy. And once you pack it the first time, you don’t have to try to remember everything that should go in it ever again! You just replenish whenever something is running out. It makes packing a breeze!

 

So What Should You Include In Your Toiletry Bag?

Here’s a list of things that I recommend:

  1. Shampoo
  2. Conditioner
  3. Body Wash and/or Soap
  4. Medications
  5. Toothbrush
  6. Toothpaste
  7. Floss
  8. Deodorant
  9. Shaving Cream
  10. Razors
  11. Lotion
  12. Hair Product
  13. Feminine Items if needed
  14. Contact Case if needed
  15. Contact Solution if needed
  16. Special Face Wash if needed
  17. Retainer or other dental items if needed**

**likely will have to add each time because you may only be able to have 1

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The key is to use small containers for everything! You don’t need to lug around your regular sized shampoo bottle for a week’s worth of travel. Invest in reusable bottles then fill them up with your favorite shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hair product, special face wash, etc. I recommend investing in travel size contact solution and toothpaste. (Sold in Wal-Marts and other popular super-centers.)

Yes you will have to pay for an extra one of everything, but this is all stuff that you run out of anyway! (For the most part…but I lose my contact cases all the time!) Most of it is cheap and won’t expire, so you will get plenty of use out of it!

Pack your bag, then leave it in storage in your bathroom. (Under the sink works well!) Next time you start to pack a travel bag, just whip out your pre-made bag and you’re ready to go!

There ya have it. A simple way to save time and prevent stress.

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Do you have a toiletry bag handy at all times? Why or why not? What would you add to the list?

 

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12 Reasons Why You Should Travel More

12 Reasons Why You Should Travel More

12 Reasons Why You Should Travel More- I’ve heard it all before. I’ve even thought of a few of them myself. The excuses that we tell ourselves about why we can’t travel. I see beautiful pictures of snow covered mountains and think to myself, “Wow I would love to go there someday!” Sometimes I see pictures of pristine beaches, and I start to imagine the warmth of the summer sun on my face and the golden grains of sand between my toes. And just when I start to get hopeful, a little voice inside me quickly shuts me down.

You don’t have enough time.

You don’t have enough money.

You can’t walk away from all of your responsibilities.

The list is endless. Stick with me, because I’ll be tackling each of these excuses in the upcoming months. But for now, why is travel even worth the hassle?

Here are 12 Reasons Why You Should Travel More:

 

1. It Makes You Humble

The world is a really big place. We often forget that we are just tiny droplets of water in the middle of an unending ocean. Travel wakes us up from our egocentric slumber. It reminds us that there is more to life than just our suburban homes or the United States. There’s other cities, oceans, landscapes, and ways of life. The world doesn’t consist of just us. (Thank goodness!)

Photo by Jose Murillo/ Reasons Why You Should Travel More

Photo by Jose Murillo

2. It’s Really Really Fun

This is so obvious, but it still needs to be stated. Travel is just plain FUN! If you do it correctly, then you can plan a trip that is specifically designed for your personal definition of fun. Do you enjoy relaxing and reading a good book? Do you want to check out the nightlife in a major city? Do you like to be active and ski? Do you like watching Broadway or visiting museums? No matter what you do for fun, I can guarantee there’s a city out there that can help make it happen.

 

3. It Makes You more Open Minded

Another one of the reasons why you should travel more is that it makes you more open minded. We all have opinions, and if you’re anything like me, you love to be right. Traveling the world continuously shows me that there is more than one way to do something correctly. The culture of a new city or country shows us that different perspectives are interesting and refreshing. Your mind will soon open up in the most rewarding way.

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Photo by Skyler Smith

4. It Teaches You Things That You Never Knew You Never Knew

Pocahontas said it best when she sang; “You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” There are always things to learn and explore. Traveling to a  new place is the perfect way to learn how to navigate, problem solve, appreciate history, interact with different people, and so much more.

 

5. It (Usually) Tastes Delicious

The lasagna in Italy doesn’t exactly taste like Olive Garden. The Subway in Ireland tastes nothing like it does in the States. McDonald’s in Switzerland is surprisingly like 5 star dining. You’re in a different city/state/country/continent. Food is going to taste different. It’s going to be weird and intimidating, but you MUST give it a try. Eating at chain restaurants exclusively will rob you of the chance to experience authentic native cuisine. So always give it a try; your taste buds will thank you!

 

6. It Reminds You of All the Good in Humankind

If you watch or read any world news, then it is easy to get sucked into the notion that the world is a dark and evil place filled with people who only want to hurt you. Thankfully, this isn’t true at all. The world does have mean and hurtful individuals, but it also has men and women that are brave, sacrificial, forgiving, kind, generous, and hospitable. Travel can give you a fresh perspective on humankind and help you see the goodness in others. This is why it is one of the more rewarding reasons why you should travel more. If your first interaction in a new city is a negative one, then please do not get discouraged. There are more people out there, and they will likely give you a friendly smile if you offer one to them first.

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Photo by Daniel Roe

7. It Can be thrilling or relaxing (or both!)

Sometimes all we want in a vacation is to sit back and relax. We want a getaway from our stressful and busy lives. On the other hand, there are times when we want an exciting and jam-packed trip that is full of fun activities and sightseeing. Depending upon the itinerary that you create, you can enjoy a trip that is thrilling, relaxing, or (if you want a little variety) both.

 

8. It shows you all of the things that you can (or can’t) live without

Materialism is rampant in the United States. According to a recent survey by Pew, 8 in 10 Americans have debt, and 7 in 10 say that “debt is a necessity in their lives.” When you get the chance to experience other cultures, you start to appreciate their values and lifestyle. Also, being away from home makes you start to miss things. And these “things” probably won’t include your designer handbags or fancy jewelry. You’ll start to realize just how important your family, friends, and pets are to you. (Maybe that big comfy bed too!)

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Photo by David Marcu

9. It can strengthen relationships

On that same note, it’s possible that the distance might be good for some of your (ahem how should we say this?) more delicate relationships. You know, that person that drives you crazy, and you are able to better love him or her from far away. Even if that’s not the case, it’s possible that absence really does make the heart grow fonder. And if you don’t travel solo, then you will make hilarious inside jokes and memories which will grow your relationship with that individual(s) even more.

 

10. It pushes you outside your comfort zone

Never been on a plane before? No problem, we were all there once. With travel, there’s basically endless possibilities for never-have-I-ever statements. That’s what makes it so fun and exciting! Get ready for a little adventure and doing something that scares you or makes you uncomfortable. Stretch yourself. You’ll be amazed at the growth that will take place.

 

11. It helps you figure out what you want out of life

What do you want? To see the world? To have an adventure? Maybe it’s to stay at home and never leave. If so, that’s great. You know what you want. If you don’t know, give travel a try. If you hate it, oh well, you figured it out. If you love it, awesome, welcome to the wanderlust club!

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Photo by Sebastian Gabriel

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12. It creates memories that you can treasure forever

Memories are often the most valuable thing that we ever own. It allows us to remember loved ones and think fondly back to our crazy fun adventures. It leaves us with a sense of satisfaction, like we really soaked up every ounce of this life. Experiences shape who we are, and our overall happiness with life. Let’s commit to making memories. Let’s open our eyes to what’s beyond our doorstep. There is so much out there to experience; let’s live out the reasons why you should travel more.

Do you have any more reasons to add? Why do you want to travel more? Let me know in the comments! »»

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