Hey cornflake dreamers!
Megan from Across The Pond here.
I have been an avid reader of Jillian's blog for a very long time..
and now frequently e mail her to tell me about her upcoming wedding
and at times force her to send me pictures..
She likes it.
Jillian asked me to come over here since she is going to be traveling
to MY side of the world.
And being that I am an American living in Europe,
she thought i might know a few things about international travel.
It just so happens..
that i do.
All by making mistakes.
So here is my short little guide to international travel..
or how I like to travel.
a. i don't trust airlines to not lose my luggage. Call it wise, or paranoia, whatever. I pack all my "what i would grab in a fire situation" belongings in a small carry-on. aka my makeup, computer, and camera.
You know, the essentials. Then I cross my fingers and pray they don't weigh my carry on.
b. If im going to be gone a long time (which in one of my cases turned into over a year) then i pack the rest of my "i would cry if you got lost, but could live without you" luggage in a large suit-case that I trust the airline to put on the right plane.
c. If im going to be gone a long time, I layer my body up with the ish that wont fit in either of my suitcases..then de-layer once i get on the plane. I kinda like this because then my layers make for great extra pillows..But can be a pain when going through security.
d. Although its a pain, i wear my shoes that would take up the most room in my suitcase on my feet at the airport. So usually these are boots. However, when doing the whole backpacking thing, flats like Toms are essential to the walking traveler.
e. i am not the above type of traveler.
f. pack light, dress comfortably, and if staying a short time, bring the basic clothes that can be mixed and matched. jeans, t-shirts, leggings, one "night out" outfit, flats, boots in case of cold, one coat, sweater, etc.
g. know where you are going. research the weather during that time of year, and bring one thing in case the weather freaks out and changes. (this is usually/always the case if coming to the UK)
h. i love airplane food. i don't know why. but once through security, load up on some snacks and magazines to help you through long flights. I find eating can distract from the stir crazy feelings.
i. bring.an.adapter. if you are bringing your computer/cell phone/camera/bring an adapter for your chargers. It will only cost you like 10 bucks. Do.it. Don't forget. because the last thing you want to do is try and find one in a foreign country, especially if you don't speak the language.
j. lastly, for international flights (aka flights longer then 5 hours) bring some sleeping meds. or drink some wine (its free on international flights) or do both. trust me.
megan from across the pond
megan from across the pond