While planning my trip, I’ve also been taking breaks to find travel accessories I must get my hands on before I leave. I’ve been steady bookmarking items on Etsy, mostly because Etsy is the best thing to ever happen to the world, but also because I love the idea of having something handmade with love.
1. Leather travel backpack
I’ve realized that I’m going to need a backpack. I just cannot imagine having to roll my giant suitcase across Europe over cobblestone streets. But you know me…I don’t want just any normal backpack. I’m imagining a huge leather one like the one I found Etsy…or maybe a vintage military style backpack with leather embellishments. I have my eyes the one above (you can fnd it here), but it’s just not big enough. Maybe I’ll put in a special request .
2. Vintage Style Travel Journal
I obviously plan on blogging while on my trip, but since I can’t lug my laptop with me everywhere, I plan on carrying a journal with my to capture my most awesome moments. One look at this journal on etsy and I completely fell in love. Charms? Vintage style envelope inserts? Stamped luggage tags? Just give them my debit card now!
3. Personalized leather luggage tags and passport holder
I kind of don’t care what I have to do to own these two items, but I will have them. How incredibly luxe and beautiful! I love the small details on the luggage tags: the gold buckle, the hand stitching, the color of the leather, just EVERYTHING. The passport case is just as awesome. If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m slightly obsessed with leather. Give me leather everything!
4. Sleep Mask
I don’t know about you, but there is one thing I absolutely cannot travel without and that’s a sleep mask. I’m the kind of person that has to have complete darkness to sleep. Airports, hotels, hostels, bus rides, train rides… sleep masks are essential for getting a rest anywhere. Of course, I love anything super glam, and this boudoir style sleep mask is just the thing I need. It also comes in handy when I might need a blindfold. Bowchikawowow!
These are just a few of the things I’ve been lusting over in between almost driving myself crazy planning this trip. I always thought trip planning would be easy and fun…and while it’s been fun (in between the moments of hot mess craziness), it’s definitely hasn’t been easy. The element of having a boyfriend traveling with me adds a whole different perspective. Making decisions together, trying to decide what apartment to rent, what time our flights should leave, how long in each country. It’s daunting. But I wouldn’t trade any of this for the world.
We’ve finally finalized our European leg of the trip (so far). On Monday I’ll announce our official itinerary. Now we’re basically just trying to figure out where to go from there. Bangkok? Costa Rica? Buenos Aires? The possibilities are endless!