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Google Trips and packing tips

Google Trips and packing tips

My upcoming trip to Copenhagen and Torshavn (Faroe Islands) is the first time I’ve used Google Trips to plan my own trip. If you read a previous post, you remember that my friend used it to plan our trip to Central Europe last fall (Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, and Prague). We really were able to see a lot in all cities because of Google Trips, recommendations, and using the maps and points dropped on the map to plan our days. It is really such a fun and useful tool! 

I’m very excited to plan some daily itineraries in order to maximize my time in Denmark. For Torhavn, since it is very small, it will be more helpful as a map and a guide to eating, drinking, and coffee-ing. :) Since I’ll be spending about 24 hours in Reykjavik, I’m also using it as more of a map there too but it was nice to see that my hostel’s bar (I’m staying in a hostel for one night!) was listed as a fun place to have a drink. I also want to hit up a coffee place that I missed the first time I was there. Reykjavik Roasters, I’m coming for you!

Finally, addressing the packing. As usual, I’m going to carry-on and pack light. It will be fairly cool while I’m there and I will need a half marathon ensemble. I’m planning on bringing three pairs of shoes - maybe buying a pair of hiking shoes/trail runners late in the game - I don’t know, we’ll see. They’re certainly useful but also hideous and huge and take up space. I will definitely bring my trusty Adidas’s, maybe a pair of black ballet flats that I just got from JCrew that seem comfortable (but probably are not),  and maybe my little pair of black booties that I bring everywhere. 

I like to wear comfy clothing on the plane, so leggings of some sort and a comfy cardigan tank combination with an infinity scarf. I’ve written about all of these before. I usually wear my heaviest shoes on the plane. I’m going to try very hard to only take 4-5 shirts and two pairs of jeans (black and grey), one black dress, black tights, a leather jacket, my North Face down-style jacket that is great in the rain, a second scarf for variety, all of the important unmentionables, socks, and pjs. My Copenhagen Airbnb has a washer and dryer but I am not sure if I will need to wash anything that early. 

I try to keep my beauty routine minimal in everyday life, so on vacation, even moreso. Quite honestly, I forgot my makeup when I went to Panama and Medellin. I had a tube of lipstick in my carry-on and that was all. I did not miss it. I also barely wore a bra. Those might have been the two greatest parts of vacation, being FREE! But I digress. I have a very strict skincare routine and I will bring that (oil, moisturizer, serum, sunscreen, facial wash). My travel beauty routine is usually mascara, brow gel, a bit of foundation, creme blush that can also go on my lips, a tiny travel size rollerball perfume, one daytime lipstick, and one bright red for evening. But to be quite honest, there have been some days that I’ve only dabbed on perfume and walked out the door. I also am very lax with my hair and let it do its own thing - so it is usually wavy. I have a travel sized bottle of seat salt spray, travel sized dry shampoo, and travel sized shampoo and conditioner. I am lazy in real life when it comes to a beauty routine and even worse on vacation. I will do a REAL LIFE packing list post for the day I leave, but this is the anticipated plan. It is pretty similar to my Warsaw-Riga-Vilnius-Amsterdam-Paris trip last year in May. I packed really well for that and expect to have similar luck. :

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