Well, it’s here! Planning for a month-long trip with just a month to plan it is not for the faint at heart.

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We haven’t even left the country yet and we’ve already made mistakes and learned
lessons. We’ve walked into stores, forgetting why we we are there. Target is the biggest offender; you just can’t leave without spending $100 on nothing you actually need…

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We have Google Docs about everything— budgets, itineraries, activities, contact information, the list goes on and on. We’ve pinned exotic, beautiful places on our Pinterest boards and sent so many emails back and forth to each other that our inbox didn’t know what hit it. But most of all, planning a trip with your best friend is an absolute blast. We enjoyed every second. Now we get to experience our plans as they play out in our big adventure.

Altogether, we probably spent well over 40 hours just planning this trip. We’ve stayed awake until 4 a.m. and woke back up at 6:30 a.m. only to plan some more. In the week leading up to our departure, any minute spared lying on a couch felt like a waste of time.

But, I think we’ve grabbed the bull by the horns and have a few good ideas up our sleeve in terms of travel preparation, so we’ll share them with you.

We’re both carrying on all of our baggage: one backpack and a “purse” (pray that this part goes smoothly today), which limits our outfits, accessories, toiletries, etc… immensely.

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For our 28-day trip, we’ve packed:

– 8 pairs of underwear
– 5 pairs of socks
– hat
– sunglasses
– sweatshirt/cardigan
– rain jacket
– regular jacket
– scarf
– leggings
– 6 dresses/skirts
– 3 T-shirts
– 3 nice shirts
– 3 tank tops
– sandals
– hiking/gym shoes
– shower shoes
– towel
– cute little mini toiletries
– mini alcohol bottles
– umbrella
– B-12
– melatonin
– prescription meds
– advil on advil on advil

That’s it. We’re not even sure if that’s enough. One HUGE advantage? We pretty much wear the same size clothes and shoes, so we essentially have double the options.

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Each one of us have maps for each country/territory. We also have travel locks along with protective sleeves to store our passports, IDs and credit cards. We have some Euros, our Eurail train pass, plane ticket confirmations, a AAA card, health insurance cards. Just for overkill, we also printed every confirmation email along with directions and Google images of what our destination lodging looks like from the street, and how to get from the train to our lodging in each place. We also spent a great deal of time aligning with AAA to get the necessary travel equipment/accessories we’ll need. We organized all this information into our TripIt App so we could have it on our phone.

Last minute, we also renewed our International Student ID cards. It provides great discounts at select stores, transportation, museums and entertainment across the globe.

We are also registered at all the U.S. Embassies in the countries we’re visiting. Which we hopefully won’t need…

We’re only taking Cori’s phone, with minimal tools and applications, so we had to set up a global plan for a month, which meant turning off data and text for a month.

Hopefully all this planning will help us get to and through Europe with only a few minor speed bumps.

Of course none of this could have been done without the relentless help of our parents and friends.

Hopefully we can update this once we get over there! Pray for safe travels and we’ll be thinking of ya’ll the whole time! You may even get a postcard…if you’re lucky.

If you want to contact us, we’ll have access to email anytime we have Wi-Fi. As mentioned, we’ll also have Cori’s phone. If you have an iPhone, you can iMessage Cori when we’re in Wi-Fi. If you don’t, download WhatsApp and find Cori on there.

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For now, all the love to those we love. Other than that, ciao!!

Craving spontaneity,
C&J

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