Packing & preparing for overseas travel

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Are you planning to travel to a foreign country? We’ve got tips to help you pack smart!
Professional Fashion Stylist Trish Eigenbrode joined us with more.

1. Check the weather forecast!

2. Google to see what “locals” are wearing so your clothes don’t scream “tourist”.

So in Paris, they wear a lot of black (in the winter) & basics. Not a lot of jewelry, love scarves, carry designer (or structured) handbags & wear good shoes!

3. Roll some of your clothes to make more room in your suitcase & to ward off wrinkles.

4. Put blazers/suits in dry cleaning bags to keep from wrinkling.

5. Put earrings in weekly medicine container.

6. Put necklaces in small baggies with part of chain hanging out to keep them from getting tangled.

7. Shoes: 1 pair of flats, 1 pair of low heels (wedge heeled shoes are better for cobblestone sidewalks)

8. Take basics that you can mix and match. Bring scarves, belts & jewelry to accessorize and change up your look.

9. If the area is known for beauty, make an appointment for a facial, makeup lesson, etc.

10. Bring a washcloth or bath sponge because most European countries don’t use washcloths.

11. Get an electric outlet adapter (or several) if you are going to a foreign country. Your curling/flat iron, phone charger won’t work. Also get one that can recess into the outlet – most you have to push in to activate them.

12. Pickpockets: be aware of their scams (US Embassy, Fodors Travel websites give specific examples of pickpocketing techniques in the area you are visiting)

13. If you are traveling to a foreign country, attempt to learn a few phrases in the native language. A little goes a long way! Bonjour (Good Morning/Good Day), Bonsoir (Good Evening), Au Revoir (Good Bye), Merci Beaucoup (Thank You), Tres Bien (Very Good), Parlez Vous Anglais? (Do you speak English?)

14. If you’re going to be on social media posting pics & videos, check into getting an international cell plan for the time you are there.

15. Make sure you have cash in local currency if you are taking taxi’s. They normally don’t take credit cards.

16. Tipping: In Europe, it is most times included in the bill (when you pay with a credit card, there is no place to add a tip). If it’s not included, you have to tip in cash. In most European countries, 10% is a big tip.

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