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Do you carry everything but the kitchen sink in your purse? At any given time here are some things you might find in mine (besides the usual stuff): clothespins, kids meal toy, business cards, diaper (unused!), and various receipts. In other words, sometimes my bag is just a mess of hodge-podge items! It remained to be seen how well I could succeed at packing a handbag for overseas travel.
But traveling to Europe, I knew I’d have to scale back and only take essentials. We were going as light as we could – trying not to check any bags. I know that sounds impossible for a three-week trip, but we did it!
When traveling out of the country, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Keep your passport and ID on you at all times. The world is a crazy place. Make sure that you can prove who you are at any given time.
Keep cards and cash secure – and carry as little as possible. Take a credit card (for large purchases like air and train fare, hotels) and your debit card for getting local currency. ATMs are all over Europe. Most are in secure locations, and it is generally less costly to use your debit card to withdraw cash than it is to exchange currency (often for a hefty fee).
Travel with small sizes – of everything, not just liquids. Although it’s true that you have to take small size liquids on the plane, you’ll be glad if you scale back on the sizes of most of the things you carry. It works really well to condense items to save space while not sacrificing the things you really need and want to take!
Packing a Handbag for Overseas Travel
In light of these tips, these are some of the things I chose to pack in my theft-proof bag:
- Passport and ID
- Bank and check cards
- Itinerary and maps
- Paperback or puzzle book
- Compact, lipstick and lip balm
- Hand cream
- Ear plugs
- Pain Reliever
- Gum and/or mints
- Comb or small brush & ponytail band
- iPhone and charger (as well as currency adapter)
- Fake wedding rings
I know that last one sounds weird, but I left my real rings in our safe deposit box at our bank before we left. I just didn’t want to take the chance of losing them or having them stolen. I figured if I took every precaution possible, it would lead to a safer and happier trip, should we encounter theft.
Airlines offer ear pugs and eye masks for overseas flights, but I like a particular kind of ear plugs, so I tossed some of those in as well.
Of course, for air travel, you need to stay hydrated. You can purchase water after you pass through security, and you should definitely drink lots of it before and during travel. I also like to make sure I have lip balm and hand cream to fight off dryness. Also handy is pain reliever for headaches and motion sickness pills, if you’re prone to that.
I struggle with dry mouth even when I have water available. What helps me deal with that is gum and my favorite is Extra® Gum. Chewing gum also helps me with the pressure changes in my ears at take-off and landing.
I truly do use this gum every day – it is the only brand of gum I will chew. I carried it in my travel handbag… and I made sure I had extra packs in my luggage. Here’s where I tell you about this new packaging for Extra® Gum! I didn’t have this in time for the trip, but I wish I had! I just popped into my Walgreen’s store to pick up a few packs of Extra® Gum Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice® in the new 35-stick pack.
The new Extra® 35-stick packs not only feature more gum, but are convenient to keep in your luggage and/or your purse. Our trip was 3 weeks long, so with more than 2 regular packs in each of the new packs, I would have had plenty to get me through, with enough to share with my family (I would have packed one in my luggage and one in my handbag)! Even with the packs I did carry, I was down to just a few sticks of gum when I got back, which is just as I planned it!
I really love the new packs for travel because the gum is protected in durable, recycled packaging. No accidental unwrapping or squished pieces of gum… no matter how much stuff you pack in your luggage!
My packing method worked great for me, and I carried on my luggage totally everywhere I flew. I hope this list of essentials will help you as you pack for your overseas vacation. And do get to your local Walgreen’s to try the new packs of Extra® Gum! I think you’ll love it as much as I do!