Pack With Me – France 2018

In a few days, I am heading to Europe to spend some time with family and friends. We go on this trip each year for a few weeks so packing comes easy to me now, and I wanted to show you how I do it! This year, we are traveling for 3 weeks, so I need to pack quite a lot of clothes. We do have washing machines however, so keep that in mind. So sit back, relax, watch the video or read the post below!

Clothes: 

2 jeans, 3 flowy pants

1 Long sleeve shirt and 2 flowy beach shirts

4 Tank tops

1 black romper, 2 jumpsuits

3 flowy shorts, 3 jean shorts

1 hat

1 drug rug

4 dresses

22 shirts:)

2 Pj shorts

4 Pj shirts

Toiletries:

Essentials (toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, hair ties, deodorant),

Shoes:

Nike sneakers, Adidas, converse high tops, cute sandals, rainbow flip flops

I hope you guys enjoyed my first ever video/blog post combined, it’s definitely a work in progress, and something new that I’m trying.

~Eva

What’s In My Carry On?

This summer, I have truly perfected the art of packing my carryon because I have gone on so many trips. In fact, I am in France visiting family as you read this. When going on long trips, with long airplane and car rides, what is in my carry on is essential to my entertainment and survival on the plane. I love watching these videos and reading blog posts like this, so I thought I would share with you what I keep in my carry on!

Toiletries:

In my bag, I keep many little toiletries and bits and pieces that I will need easily accessible to me during the flight. In this little bag, I keep chapstick, gum, ear plugs, hair ties, and my retainer.

Clothing:

I always keep an extra outfit in my bag incase my suitcase gets lost on its way to my destination. This is something my mom has taught me since I have been very young, and it has come in handy sometimes. I also always carry a sweatshirt because it tends to get cold on flights, and socks or slippers to slip on once were in the air.

Electronics: 

I carry all of my electronics in my carry on, so that they are on me at all times. On this specific trip, I brought my GoPro, my drone, my canon, my computer, and my kindle. I also have a huge bag full of chargers and wires. I also always have headphones handy on trips, for listening to music or for watching movies!

Entertainment:

Books are an essential for me on long flights, so I keep them stowed away in my carryon. I also always bring a sudoku, a magazine, a deck of cards, and my journal. I also keep some pen and pencils in a pouch.

Snacks:

Airport food can be pricey, so I always try to bring some granola bars, or an applesauce with me on my trips.

Other:

Some other knick knacks I carry are my water bottle, my phone charger, some gum, a head pillow, a seat cushion, an eye mask, some ear plugs, and my glasses.

Let me know in the comments what  are some of your carry on essentials. Hope everyone is having a fantastic summer!

~Eva

Travel Day Essentials

Traveling has always been a huge part of my life, and so far I have been to 20 countries. Along with the beautiful views, famous landmarks, and new adventures, comes the travel days. Airports have always been my favorite, airplanes are not. For some reason turbulence really gets me, and being trapped in a seat for hours on end is no longer fun.

I have been on some pretty long flights, and these things have helped me survive them. Everything below is always packed in my carry on, and are essentials for my travel days. Some things are linked, and I highly recommend checking them out!

  1. Seat cushion: I tend to get extreme pain when sitting for a long time, and on planes it’s always horrible. This cushion relieves a lot of the pain, and makes the seat feel much more comfortable.
  2. Lip balm/chapstick: This is an essential that I always bring with me when traveling. The change in climate/air pressure always dries me out, and I reapply so many times.
  3. A long book: I usually read on my kindle since it’s lighter, but a book is definitely a must for me. At some point, I get sick of watching movies on those tiny screens and a good book can have me entertained for hours.
  4. My journal: I just recently started using a bullet journal, but I also bring my regular journal along. I love writing about my days, crossing things off my bucket list, and brainstorming blog ideas while on the plane!
  5. A sweatshirt: Planes are so cold. I wish I knew why, but every time I step onto a plane I am freezing. A sweatshirt is always a must for me, even if it’s the middle of summer!
  6. Headphones: I always listen to music on planes, or use them for watching movies. These are also essentials for long layovers in airports.
  7. Gum: This is super useful for when your ears pop on planes, and is also great for freshening up once you land!
  8. Makeup remover: I tend to wear light makeup to the airport, but once I get on that plane, I want to remove it right away. I try not to have any makeup on for long periods of time, so this is a must.
  9. Socks/slippers: One of the first things I do when sitting down on a plane is slipping off my shoes, and putting on some socks and slippers. These are important for when going to the bathroom, and keep your feet warm and cozy when flying.

Let me know what you pack for your long flights down below! Wishing everyone a happy summer, and safe travels!

~Eva

 

A Day In DC

A few days ago, my roomate and her friend came down from Ohio to hang out with me and her roomate for a few days. It was a coincidence that we lived so close together so they decided to come visit for a few days. One of the days we took a day trip down to DC which was super fun so I wanted to share what we did!

 

After riding the metro down, we visited the capitol building and took a few pictures. Despite living so close to DC, I had never been to the capitol and it is beautiful! Definitely something to see if you ever visit.

 

We headed to the air and space museum since it was free, and walked through a few exhibitions which were amazing. It’s so cool that they have actual planes and rockets from world war 2.

We headed to lunch and had nandos, since they don’t have it in ohio and it was delicious. Definitely one of my favorite places to eat.

 

We passed an Urban Outfitters and decided to walk around, and I loved all the clothes inside but it was pretty expensive for my taste. We then walked to the natural history museum which I loved. The exhibitions are all so amazing, and they had a special temporary exhibit on epidemic diseases which was so cool to walk through since I had taken a class on infectious diseases this past year in school.

Afterwards, we did a little shopping at Forever 21 and H&M, but again, I am practicing restraint and not buying any clothes at the moment, but it was still a fun girls trip!

Overall, it was a wonderful day, beautiful weather, and I had a great time. I 100% recommend DC to anyone who’s never been, and loved being a tourist for a day.

~Eva

The Dominican Republic

Three days ago, I got back from a trip to the Dominican Republic (Country 20!) with my family. It was truly an amazing trip, and I loved getting to meet new people, and experience the Dominican culture. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite parts of the trip, and why I loved the Dominican so much.

(As a side note, I made a video of our Dominican adventures which is up on my youtube channel, so go check it out! Dominican Trip 2018)

The first few days of our trip, we spent some time at the beach and at our resort. We stayed at the Paradisus Punta Cana which was beautiful, and I highly recommend it. The water was so clear and warm, and the weather was so nice. We also met a few families from the US, as well as from Chile, and got to learn about them and form some new friendships!

The first adventure we went on was to Santa Domingo, the capital city of the country. We stopped at Los Tres Ojos national park and saw some beautiful caves where movies such as Jurassic Park, and Tarzan were filmed. We then went to the Zona Colonial in the city, and I’m not going to lie, I was hesitant at first. It’s a very poor city and since my sister and I are tall, white girls we stood out, and got stared at and cat called a lot. However, it ended up being a really eye opening experience and I’m glad we had the chance to experience how the locals live and what their culture is like, which is something I try to do in every new country I visit.

The next adventure we went on was probably my favorite day of the entire week. We went on a tour to Los Haitises National Park which was about 3 hours from our resort. First, we took a truck up a mountain, which was kinda scary but so fun. The views from the top were so beautiful. Then we drove to a ranch where we had an authentic Dominican lunch which was delicious, the best meal of the whole trip, and we also got to jump off a waterfall. We then drove to the park and got on a catamaran. We got to ride through the mangroves and saw the rock formations in the bay. (One of only four places in the world that has this!) We also got to explore caves and see drawings done by Los Tainos which were pretty cool.

Finally, my favorite part about this trip was the staff at the resort. They were so kind and funny, and really made this experience wonderful for us. They danced with us at night, and I learned to merengue and bachata, which was 100% the highlight of my trip. Some of them didn’t speak English, so I got to practice my Spanish which was also so nice. I really really miss them, however we still communicate over facebook and WhatsApp.

The Dominican Republic was so beautiful and I definitely recommend it. I am hoping we get to go back soon. Have an amazing day!

~Eva