28 Oct Packing is HARD

[caption id="attachment_2145" align="aligncenter" width="300"] We've all been here, haven't we? Photo by Carly Peil[/caption] So, I can't be the only one who puts off packing for a big trip until the last minute. I read up on all the tips on Pinterest and watch countless videos about the best packing methods. Yet somehow, when I go to pack, I end up with a terribly heavy, overpacked suitcase and a stressed out mind. Packing is just hard, and it always sneaks up on me. I think packing, especially for a long trip, is different for each person and adventure--however, I do have some basic tips to offer! 1. Start early. Stop putting it off, okay? I know there's a lot to do in the weeks and days leading up to a trip, but if you start setting aside items a few weeks ahead of time then they are out of your way and you won't forget them. Keep a notebook with you and write down things you randomly remember you need to get or pack--don't just rely on your memory to keep track of it all, especially with all the other things you probably have on your plate with a big trip coming up. 2. They mean it...

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07 Jun Traveling Abroad Anxiety

[caption id="attachment_2166" align="alignnone" width="660"] Don't ruin your travels before they start![/caption] "Will I have to use my elementary-level French? Will I be speared with a triton for being American? Will there be peanut butter???" These are just a couple (of probably a thousand) worries I had before I went on my college study abroad program. These anxieties are felt by almost everyone before you go abroad to study or intern; so don’t feel like you’re alone! Internally I was a wreck before I left because I am a planner; I want to know every single detail, but you can’t and that’s okay. Here are a few tips to help quell your anxiety. 1. Do not over pack!!!! This is big deal! Trust me you do not need to bring 20 pairs of shoes.  You need a pair of flip-flops, tennis shoes and a pair of going out shoes. Bringing too much means you don’t have room for souvenirs to bring back with you. Also, if you pack too much, the airlines will charge you extra; and not just a little, a lot extra! Lucky enough for a past travel mate, I had room in my bag to put her shoes in my bag. 2. Keep a small copy of your itinerary in your wallet. I do this anytime I am traveling. This way you have everything in arms reach. Do not feel nervous going through customs! Just state why you are there. You can also...

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