For the most part, my packing was successful. With such small and lightweight luggage, I managed to carry them around the airport, train station and through the subway system with ease. Elizabeth struggled with her two heavy 21" carry-ons plus a nice camera. I didn't have to wait at baggage claim for myself, even though I did for my travel partner. I highly recommend traveling this lightly, or even lighter, with just a backpack if possible. Imagine how easy that would be going through turnstiles! Why be burdened with luggage, with stuff? I did sink laundry once and used the majority of items I took. Furthermore, I felt like I almost fit in with my clothing. We saw a khaki trench worn with a scarf and ballet flats everywhere.
There were a few items that I didn't use, but I still couldn't see not taking them. Sometimes you just don't know what will happen or what to expect. For example, I didn't wear my dress. I obsessively checked the weather in the days leading up to the trip and it promised a warm day on my 30th birthday. But, it was simply too cool and breezy that Tuesday to change into it. I wore a fancy camisole under a cardigan with dark jeans instead that afternoon and evening. I also didn't use my travel-size hair dryer with the European plug pins (which I purchased when I was living in Italy) because the hotel had a hair dryer in the bathroom. In addition, I didn't use my flips flops that were intended for use as shower shoes. The bathtub looked very clean to me despite hotel reviews about shabbiness. I will likely pack these for my next major trip again.
And now... for the failures. Oh my. Please pack aspirin. Remember my foaming-at-the-mouth incident with the effervescent variety (if not, read about it in this post)! My feet ached so badly and it would have been nice to simply swallow a couple pills instead of forcing myself to drink a half of a bottle of water with dissolved medicine which tasted horrible. I haven't read about it, but perhaps that is how Europeans take pain reliever.
It is difficult for me, traveler over tourist that I am, to say I should have worn more supportive sneakers over my ballet flats. I was confident in my shoe choice for walking on all those cobblestones and marble floors before the trip. My Naturalizer pair are known for their padding and comfort. I walk a lot daily. Plus, with a cap toe, I felt they were chic enough for Paris too. Since I endured so much pain, I will definitely research non-white sneakers for my next European excursion!
I love cobblestones.
These are in Rouen.
It would have been great to have had my sleep aid as well. I think I was just so excited that I didn't sleep that much the whole trip. As a result, I got sick at the end. I suppose I didn't take these things because I don't use them on daily basis but they really would have helped me. Luckily, medicine is small so it doesn't take up much room inside of a suitcase. What can I say? I now know for next time.
I know that I don't usually post on Saturday, but I actually have something scheduled to publish, so see you here tomorrow!
Have a fabulous kick-off to your holiday weekend!