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Buying Guide: How to Find the Best Luggage Sets

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How to Find the Best Luggage Sets for Travel

Wondering about how to choose and find the best luggage sets for travel? I don’t know about you, but there’s something incredibly satisfying about beautiful luggage – and the best luggage sets are those that match! Strolling into the airport with coordinating baggage feels luxurious in a day and age where air travel (unless you can afford first class!) is anything but. 

What to Consider When Buying Luggage Sets:

  • Why a Whole Set of Luggage?  Now if you’ve never purchased matching luggage sets (in fact, you sometimes still use your college messenger bag as your personal item and that duffel bag from high school basketball as your carry-on), you might be wondering why on earth you’d invest in one.
  • Right Bag for the Right Occasion: You won’t always need to travel with a full set, but now you’ll know that you have a bag that fits. Need a carry-on for a budget flight? You know you have one that fits the dimensions. No more trying to pass a too-big-backpack as a personal item. Just grab the smallest bag from your luggage set. And if you’re planning a long getaway where you need to check a bag, you have a piece that can fit 5 (or 10) pairs of shoes.
  • Easy to Locate: When all your bags match, it’s easy to find them at the end of a long transcontinental flight. You know what’s yours and what you’re missing — especially if you pick a color or pattern other than black (which I highly recommend).
  • High Quality Can’t be Beaten: Let’s face it, trying to make do with the mishmash of hand-me-down and ancient luggage that you currently own isn’t working. Getting something better quality that will last you is always a wise idea, especially if you plan on traveling extensively!
  • Better For Storing: I can’t promise that all luggage sets fit together like Russian nesting dolls, but many do. If you live in an apartment or small house, it can be a huge help if you can tuck all your luggage pieces in one another and store them under the bed.
  • Price: Getting a full set of luggage is always going to be an investment, even if you choose something on the least-expensive side of the spectrum. Make sure you know how much you can spend before going shopping, or you’ll probably end up overspending!
  • Material: Hard shell? Soft shell? Which do you prefer? Do you need something water-resistant? Do you want something leather? In general, hard shell bags are the best for protecting your valuables from spills and bumps, although they are more challenging to stuff into the overhead bins.
  • How Many Pieces: Using the phrase “travel luggage sets” can be a bit misleading — What makes up a set? In general, you should look for a set with at least two pieces: A carry-on, and a larger checked bag. Want to go above and beyond? Get a set that includes a personal item and something for suits and dresses.
  • Sizes: Which airlines do you fly on most frequently? Look up their size restrictions for each size bag (personal, carry-on, and checked) and make sure the luggage set you choose meets those requirements. Then you’ll never need to stress out at the ticket counter wondering if the airline personnel will let those extra 2 inches slide this time.
  • Brand: Are you loyal to a particular brand? Are you buying this luggage as a statement? Do you want a great warranty or certain durability? Getting something from one of the best luggage brands can save you money and headache in the future.
  • Color: Please don’t buy black luggage! Yes, it goes with anything. Yes, it won’t make you stand out in an airport full of strangers. But it’s so hard to find your black bag among millions of other black bags on the carousel. I’m not saying go with lime green but think of finding something refined AND unique (okay, I admit black looks great but try to be braver this time).

What Makes A Good Piece of Luggage?

The short answer: Something durable and easy to maneuver.  The last thing you want is to break a wheel on cobblestone streets or discover the zipper won’t zip hours before your flight. You need to look for something durable (and if possible, something with a warranty or easy-to-return policy). While some bags might look great, if they don’t stand up to the wear and tear of travel they aren’t worth purchasing.

But second to durability comes maneuverability. Wheels are a MUST unless you don’t mind backpacking it. I prefer four wheels to two because those bags stand upright on their own and are super easy to weave in and out of crowds. You can push it in front of you and rest a smaller bag on top of it.

Part of luggage being easy to move around is how lightweight it is. With the weight restrictions on bags getting more and more stringent, you don’t want to waste even an ounce of luggage. Plus, you should make it a rule that if you can’t lift/carry it, you shouldn’t bring it with you: If you have lightweight carry on luggage, you’ll be able to put it in the overhead compartment without too much trouble.

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Where To Buy Luggage Sets

Yes, you could go from store to store to browse luggage sets and hope to find one at the right price, but it’s hard to beat Amazon. Not only do you have tons of options, but you can also read reviews and get the pieces shipped to your door.


Best Budget Luggage Sets

Looking for awesome luggage set deals that will help you afford to travel? Here are my recommendations for inexpensive luggage sets:

American Tourister Luggage Fieldbrook II 4 Piece Set

No, this isn’t a luggage set you’ll pass down to your children, but if you’re looking for something incredibly basic and versatile, this complete travel luggage set is a good choice. You get a personal item, a carry-on, a checked bag, and a wheeled duffle bag all for under $90.

It comes in red, purple, and blue (all great for standing out!) as well as basic black and grey. I don’t love that these only have two wheels, and I prefer hard side luggage sets, but if you’re on a tight budget these should get your belongings from point A to point B without much trouble.

Check out prices for the luggage set here

Coolife Luggage 3 Piece Sets PC+ABS Spinner Suitcase

These are pricier than the Tourister set above, but for good reason: You get a stunning hard shell (in either red or ice blue, both of which look sleek and are easy to spot) and 4 wheels. This is only a three-piece set and you don’t get a personal item, but if you typically carry a purse then it’s still a good buy. The set comes with TSA-approved locks included and they nest inside each other for easy storage when you aren’t traveling the world.

Because the luggage opens in the middle, you can fill each side separately and there’s an internal zipper to keep clothing positioned on one side or the other — very helpful for staying organized on the go.

This is my favorite in terms of inexpensive spinner luggage sets – check out prices here.

Best Buy Luggage Sets

The best luggage to buy is the luggage that meets all your needs and will last, but is still affordable. That’s what this section is all about: No, these aren’t cheap, but they are a good value.

Samsonite Winfield 2 3PC Hardside

In general, I think Samsonite is a great brand for affordable luggage sets that still offer durable quality. In particular, this suitcase set is impressive: Not only is the hard shell exterior incredibly modern and stylish, but you also get TSA-approved locks and two easy-to-fill compartments in each bag.

Again, this set doesn’t offer you a personal bag (not overly surprising since hard shell personal items are rare), but you can purchase it in burgundy, red, blue, green, navy, teal, purple, black, and grey — amazing options.

They’re incredibly lightweight and store inside each other when not in use. If you happen to pack too much, they even expand in the middle to allow you a couple of extra inches of packing space.

To find out more about the prices click here.

Steve Madden Luggage Honey 4 Piece Spinner Collection (Purple)

Here’s my pick for unique women’s luggage sets: You will definitely stand out with this set! This Steve Madden set comes in an interesting purple floral with honey leather (faux) accents.

The interior is fully lined and comes with a number of pockets and you even get cute tassels and luggage tags. It’s not hard-sided, but the pieces each have four wheels for easy maneuverability, and this is a four-piece set including a fashionable personal item that can fit a laptop. It might not be the lightest luggage since it’s not ABS, but they’re still easy to carry and you can fit them inside each other.

You will easily spot this on the carousel and you’ll look awesome wherever you travel. If you are wanting something stylish and practical for a reasonable price: Pick these.

Check out prices for the luggage set here

Top-Rated Luggage Sets: Best Luggage

When you can spend the money on something high quality, do it! The best travel luggage doesn’t have to be expensive, but you know what they say: You get what you pay for.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Reverb 3-Piece Luggage Set

If you have the money to spend, consider this amazing 3-piece set. It’s some of the best hard-side luggage on Amazon, made from lightweight ABS and including a fully-lined interior. Although the sleek exterior is great, I think the inside of this bag truly delivers with a myriad of compartments and pockets for smaller items — you get 5 pockets (including a mesh one) in addition to two elastic shoe pockets and garment restraint panels.

Each of the corners includes protective feet so you can lay the bag on its side, and the pieces nest together so you can store them easily. You can expand the bags by a couple of inches, as well, so all around this could be the best luggage to buy for your next trip.

My only complaint is they only come in grey/silver — I’d love a more obvious color.

Check out prices for this luggage set here.

Briggs & Riley Transcend VX Medium Spinner & Rolling Cabin Set

Made with nylon twill fabric in a beautiful cranberry color that resists moisture and dirt, this two-piece set speaks luxury!

Open up the large rolling bag that features 4 wheels and you’ll find a built-in tri-fold garment compartment for dresses and suits.

The personal item has a handle and two wheels making it easy to board the plane! While you’re traveling around the airport or to your destination, you can put the smaller bag securely on top of the larger one and roll them as one item. You’ll get 2.5 extra inches of packing space when you expand the middle zipper.

No, it’s not one of the hard luggage sets I love, but Briggs & Riley bags come with a lifetime guarantee: “Our simple as that® guarantee means if your bag is ever broken or damaged, we will repair it free of charge, no proof of purchase needed, no questions asked.

Wow! In that case, this may be the best suitcase for international travel — you never know what will happen while you’re on the road.

Click here to find the best price for this luxury luggage set

Here are more travel tips for you:

So what about you? Which luggage set do you love the most? Which one will you travel with?

Safe Travels, Arzo


Summer packing list for Europe


Are you wondering about a perfect packing list for Europe in summer? Then read on, as I share my tips which hopefully will be helpful for you, too.

If you have decided to spend your summer (or at least some time of it) in Europe, you will have plenty to look forward to. Europe in summer is definitely a good choice – whether you head to the beautiful beach in Greece, busy cities like London, or hike in places like Switzerland.

You definitely cannot go wrong with Europe – find out what to pack for your summer trip to Europe.

Click on this link to find a checklist with all the important things to do before your trip.Hastings Beach Points of Interest


Here is what to pack – of course, it depends whether you are a light-packer or tend to pack a bit more and on many other things, but hopefully, this Europe packing list will help you remember the important things for YOUR Europe packing list.

Luggage in Europe

  • Suitcase: Though it depends, where exactly and for how long you travel, I recommend taking a good, light, and quality suitcase with you where all your clothes and most of your toiletries fit in. If you are a backpacker, you´ll find plenty of your equals in Europe.
  • Carry-On: I normally always have extra carry-on luggage with me. I normally research if a destination in Europe is considered as safe (meaning, I do a quick research about the crime rate, and while it is probably totally safe to take out your fancy luggage in some parts of Europe, other areas are less safe, and robbing is more common. So, if you plan to bring your brand luggage double-check.
  • Laundry bags are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up. I prefer them over plastic bags.
  • Packing Cubes: Packing Cubes are the new must-items when it comes to traveling, they are convenient, and they also come in cool colors. I recommend using packing cubes that make packing and organizing easier. And let´s do not forget a laundry bag.
  • I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (to be safe) and several extra pockets for my handbag.
  • Passport Holder, I need a passport when I travel (when an ID is not enough), so I need a bigger wallet (aka a passport holder), and I love the fun colors here.
  • If you go on a beach vacation, you should also take a light and (ideally foldable) beach bag or a cotton bag instead.

London Eye at night - what a beauty.

Clothing in Europe in Summer

Summer in Europe can be a dream destination. Beautiful beaches, lovely cities and towns, charming villages, and amazing landscapes.

Summer means sun – most of the time. It can also be cold and rainy, and to be well prepared for your Europe trip, scroll down and learn more about the perfect Europe Packing List.

As you probably know, I never list any single item or say how many items to take (7 panties, etc.) because it clearly depends on the length of your stay and on you. It depends, whether you like to pack light and wash your clothes, or wear everything just once and do the washing part back home.

It also depends, where exactly you are heading to because there is no “European” style.

People in Italy are the best and fanciest dressed (in my eyes) people, while clothes are not important in other parts of Europe.

However, I recommend packing clothes that are comfortable and versatile so you can easily mix and match not to have to overpack.Dubrovnik should be on every Croatia road trip

Clothes to Pack for Europe

  • Hats: A hat is more than just an accessory in summer, so my must-have item is a stylish hat.
  • Sunglasses: Another must-have item on a sunny day: Sunglasses. Ray-Ban seems to be always a great choice, but the most important thing is the quality (sunglasses are an investment in healthy eyes)
  • Maxi Dresses: Summer means wearing cute dresses, and Europe is made to wear maxi dresses.
  • Skirts: You can wear short skirts in most places. Some shopping malls actually have dress codes and do not allow too short skirts or shorts (though many do not follow the rules)
  • Tops: The more, the merrier – my rule for hot destinations. I love skirts/trousers which I can wear with tops that are easy to change and are made from cotton are other light materials.
  • Blouses: Some cute blouses should be on your list (for the evening, some places that do not allow naked arms, or for the winter).
  • Cardigans and jackets: It can actually get chilly in the afternoon – not only but also after the sunsets. So definitely take at least 1 or 2 cardigans or jackets.
  • Linen Trousers: Though I love maxi dresses, the best thing to wear when it is hot is probably linen trousers – combined with a cool tank top and nice flat sandals, it can be super chic.
  • Denim is big in Europe and depending on where you visit in Europe. You might need some warmer clothes.
  • Sweatpants – for hiking, walking and feeling comfy and cozy (and yes, you can look great in sweatpants).
  • Shorts: Shorts are okay for most places – I love them, especially for the beaches.
  • Footwear:  flat sandals, flip flops, and ballerinas. But a pair of sneakers are almost always a good choice, too.

what to pack for Europe

Toiletries to Pack for Europe

If I travel for 10 days or shorter, I take travel-sized toiletries that I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home (shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water, and cleansing milk). Of course, you could buy toiletries here as well, but if you do not want to waste your time in drug stores or supermarkets, use this checklist for Europe.

Forget all the different small bags for shampoo etc. – get them all packed in a Toiletry Kit and have them super organized with you.

  • TSA Approved Clear Travel Toiletry Bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel bottles to refill – I refill them with my own organic products that I normally use. I do not use shampoo & conditioner provided by hotels for several reasons.
  • Electric Hair Removal Epilator (only if you stay longer than a week or if you remove your body hair with it) – otherwise, a razor or whatever you prefer.
  • Face cream. I also use it as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream.
  • Refillable Travel Size Perfume Bottle
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste and mouthwash plus Dental floss
  • Only use it when traveling: dry shampoo- (check size, and choose the small travel si ze)
  • Tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Refreshing towelettes
  • Magnifying make-up mirror
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space take a comb
  • Hair ties
  • A small cosmetic bag with the following items:
  • Mascara
  • Rouge
  • Eyebrow powder (Taming & Shaping Kit For Brows)
  • Tweezer
  • Eyelash curler
  • Eyeliner – I sometimes use black eye shadow as an eyeliner
  • Make-up brushes
  • Glass nail file
  • Cotton swabs

Here are a few more items that I personally do hardly use but which might be important to you, so I added them here:

  • Hair spray
  • Hand cream
  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Lipstick
  • Sanitizer

What to pack for Europe

What to Pack for a Day at the Beach in Europe

  • Swimming Suits: bikinis (though you might find some nudist beaches as well in some places).
  • I love kaftans and think, it is best to wear from the beach back to the hotel room etc. Luckily, they look super cool these days.
  • Beach Bag:  I recommend one of the cool beach bags, which are light, affordable, and stylish.
  • Flip Flops are my must-have for beach days.
  • If you have a great hotel with a private beach section, you probably do not need a towel. If this is not the case not it should also be on your list. If you do not have any beach towel yet, click here to get your beach essentials.
  • Do you prefer lying at the beach all day, or do you like to be more active? Bring your beach ball (click here to get yours), or a floating unicorn.
  • A reading book / Kindle is also a great idea for a day at the beach.

Click here to find my complete list: What to pack for a day at the beachEurope packing list

Tech Stuff to Pack for Europe

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly. Find the best laptop for travelers
  • A while ago, I thought my tablet  is the most useless item I bought in a while – since I can download from Netflix (and thus watch my shows offline), I have found one good argument bringing my tablet with me whenever I travel
  • My phone- without doubt one of my most useful and important (travel) item
  • Camera – Europe has so many great spots that need to be photographed.
  • I have to admit that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • A day at the beach or pool would not be perfect without my iPod
  • Power Charger- how long does your phone battery last? Not long? neither does mine, so this  is an essential
  • Check if you need an International Travel Power Adapter

Random Things to Pack for Europe

  • Umbrella (in many countries, like Germany, Switzerland, or England is can still rain quite a lot in the summer)
  • Guides
  • Medicine (headache pills etc.)

Read my: Packing guide for carry-on essentials.

Depending on where you travel in Europe, you could buy all or most of the items here in Europe – maybe even for a better price than in your country. Still, to avoid spending time shopping, I suggest coming to Europe and having your Europe packing list complete, so you can fully focus on discovering the beautiful places here in Europe.

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Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Tips for Long-Distance Flights

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How to Survive Long Flights in Economy

I regularly fly, though I do not think of myself as a frequent flyer. And, to be honest, long-distance flights are a bit of a pain for me. Though I am not a fan of long-haul flights, I have learned to deal with them and, with some tips/tricks, I sometimes realize they really are not that bad! Here are my tips on how to survive long-haul flights (if you do not have a business or first-class ticket)


Preparation – Before Check-In

Before getting on a plane, try to be best prepared.

1. Get an Upgrade

Okay, I wrote I would give you tips to survive a long-distance flight without being in the first-class, but if you can try to get an upgrade. The reality is: I have never gotten any, nor did I ever book a business or first-class ticket (so, I will tell you more about it once I know how to score an upgrade). But I have read a bit on how to get an upgrade. These tips apparently were not successful as I have not been successful, but it does not hurt to ask for an upgrade once you are at the airport.

2. Check-in Online and Choose the Perfect Seat for Yourself

Window or Aisle seat? What do you prefer? What makes you more comfortable?

I prefer a window seat, some prefer an aisle seat, but apparently, no one likes the middle seat.

  • Pro window: Good view, easier to fall asleep, no one disturbs you when they get up
  • Pro aisle: Easier to get up and walk around

Close to the wings, at the end, or front?

Apparently, sitting near the wing has the advantage that the flight is smoother (especially if there is turbulence).

I personally try to have a seat at the end or front of the plane since it is easier and quicker to get out of the plane (at the front of economy class are often families with children, so this might be worth considering as well).

13 Tips for Long Haul Flights @shutterstock

3. Order a Special Meal

Since I am vegetarian now, I order a vegetarian meal, but I had always ordered meals without fish and pork even before I became a vegetarian/vegan. So, what does this have to do with a comfortable flight?

So I basically have always gotten my food first and could go to sleep quickly. If you do not eat airplane food, you could try to fall asleep straight away, but you do not want to wait for food impatiently if you are like me.

4. Move and Rest Before a Flight

If it is a night flight, try to rest a few hours before the plane takes off. Thrombosis is real, and putting your legs up helps prevent swollen legs (and serious health issues), though some light activities/exercises before a flight are also important. I actually try to avoid night flights these days because my legs just cannot handle 24 hours or longer of standing/sitting these days anymore. This might be something you want to consider, too.

What to Do to Survive During the Flight

Here are a few tips that help you survive once you are on the plane.

1. Clothes

If you want to feel good on a flight, dress comfortably. Long-haul flights are not about looking perfect (maybe just a bit) and being stylish. If the style is important to you, combine it with casual clothing.

Wear layers and wear comfortable clothes. The right choice of clothes are the foundation for a good flight:

  • Sweatpants. Nothing beats sweatpants, pants should not be too tight to allow good blood circulation and cotton is the best material to feel cozy and comfy.
  • Warm socks. Have you ever had cold feet during a flight, making you wear your shoes non-stop? Then I feel you. Shoes are the death of being comfy, so you should be able to take them during the flight. If you want warm feet, you need warm socks.
  • A big and warm scarf is my absolute must-have (which I can use for different purposes) – I use it as a scarf, as a blanket and pillow, or whatsoever. One of my must-have items on a flight.
  • Flat shoes which can be easily taken off. Bulky shoes that take forever to be put on and off are such a turn-off. I am less likely to get up and walk if it takes forever to put my shoes on.
  • A cardigan which I occasionally use as an extra blanket. I love something that can be easily taken off and which does not have too many buttons or even a zipper, so a minimalistic cardigan is another must-have for a good flight.

2. Snacks

I have to admit that I love airplane food (even in the economy class), and I strongly assume it is because I am bored and look forward to being busy. However, many people dislike airplane food and snacks and wind up staying hungry, so pack your snacks (I have a sweet tooth, so I always look forward to having my favorite snacks onboard).

By the way: Do you have food allergies? Then read this about with tips for people who travel with food allergies.

Long-haul flights are not the time to worry too much about the healthiest food – so, bring snacks you really enjoy and look forward to eating. However, keep in mind that too unhealthy food can make you feel sick (especially on flights).

3. Stay Away from Certain Food/Drinks

Yes, good food can make you handle long flights better. But everybody should know their bodies. For me, this means no alcohol, no caffeine (I do not want to go to the plane toilet all the time), and nothing I do not tolerate well in general (everything seems to be worse up in the air). Does this apply to you, too? 

4.  Sleep

If you are a lucky person, you will be able to sleep most of the time. Since not all people actually have that talent to fall asleep wherever they are, there are also some other things you can do to keep yourself happy during a long-distance flight on this list.

Taking a neck pillow is actually my most important travel tip for long-distance flights. It is often my lifesaver (extra tip: I do not wrap it around my neck but put it on backward, so my head won’t fall forward during the flight and wake me up, and it is way more comfortable).

I personally do not use a sleep mask but a must-have for many travelers. I often fall asleep before the plane even takes off  – so I seriously miss the take-off. I am aware that I am fortunate and know most are not “gifted” with such a talent, so some might need an eye mask and earplugs.

5. Entertainment

Before Netflix allowed offline downloads, I was sure that my iPad had been my worst “investment” ever – now that I can download my TV shows and watch them offline, long-haul flights have become much better!

Music: I could not survive a long time without my own music, so my iPod is one of my favorite items.

I have to admit that I still don’t have a, so a “real” book is often an essential as well as some other electronics (check which ones are allowed to take on board) since I never rely on the entertainment program of the airline, sometimes they are awesome (hello Emirates Airlines), sometimes they are not. So be prepared and take your own entertainment.

6. Pack all Necessary Items in a Carry-On Bag

Organize your carry-on like a pro, so you have easy access:

Find Out My Tips For a Perfect Carry-On

7. Stay Fresh

You are how you feel – so being hygienic makes you feel better for sure, so a toothbrush and toothpaste are my essentials, as well as some Refreshing towelettes and peppermint drops.

8. Change Your Watch Ahead of Time

Prepare yourself mentally, and adjust for the time difference. 

9. Exercise

It is important to get up and move so your blood can flow, and you´ll feel better (and kill time). Try to avoid crossing your legs as it is not good for your blood flow, and if necessary, get some compression socks.

I hope these tips on long-distance flights help you to enjoy your next long-distance flight more.


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What to pack for you next summer trip


Are you super excited about your summer vacation? Are you planning to spend time at dreamy beaches, hiking in stunning landscapes, or doing some sightseeing in one of the pretty towns and cities throughout the world?

Flights are booked, accommodation is safe (or if you are like me, you book last-minute?), and now you only need to make sure you have all you need, and your packing list for a summer trip is complete, and you have not forgotten anything? Well, here is: the complete packing list for a summer vacation.

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Check out my list to see which things you should not forget to pack for your next trip. By the way: if you are still looking for travel inspiration, check out my post about 15 colorful cities in Europe or my favorite top 10 cities in the world.What should I pack for a summer trip? Find the ultimate summer packing list.

Okay, let´ get started with the ultimate packing list for your summer vacation.


As a traveler or tourist, luggage is essential. Cheap is more expensive – sometimes, and this can be applied to luggage. Though I would not spend thousands of $$$ on luggage, I prefer buying decent luggage, so it prevents me from buying it twice.

  • Depending on where you are traveling to and what kind of traveler you are, either a suitcase or a backpack is the better choice.
  • A wheeled carry-on suitcase or a weekender is also always part of my travels.
  • Handbags or a small backpack?  It really depends, what kind of traveler you are. I love my handbags, but I actually have a backpack as well. When I do short hikes, etc. prefer cross-body bags (it is more practical and secure). Click here to see some more affordable bags, or here, if you are looking for more extravagant and luxurious handbags, find some cool, stylish backpacks here.
  • Cotton Bag – Cotton what? If you decide to travel in Europe (and particularly in Germany), you will notice that plastic bags most often cost money- for grocery or other kinds of shopping. Actually, this is great for the environment (and travelers), though not very handy. So, some cotton bags are very cool and fun, so this is actually a good “investment,” and you could also use it for the beach as well. Check out some cotton bags here.
  • Have you noticed that many people (aka bloggers) recommend packing cubes lately? It is because travel packing cubes are actually convenient, so get the packing cube before your next summer trip.
  • Laundry bags are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up.
  • I constantly lose stuff (also jewelry), so probably I should put a small travel jewelry case on my list, so it does not happen anymore.
  • If you travel abroad, you probably need your passport – my passport does not fit into my regular wallet, so I have a passport holder wallet which I take with me. This travel passport wallet comes in great, fun colors, too (p.s. talking about passport holders, your passport/ID is, of course, the most important item you have to take).

General / Electronics to Pack for a Summer Trip

Traveling the world is amazing. However, some items help make traveling even better: Whether it is a camera that helps you capture beautiful moments or some entertainment gear to keep you staying alive if you have a long-distance flight, etc.

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly, as I can work etc. New TSA regulations are stricter now, so you can probably not take your laptop as a carry-on item, so double-check before you fly.
  • A while ago, I thought my tablet is the most useless item I bought in a while – since I can download from Netflix (and thus watch my shows offline), I have found one good argument bringing my tablet with me whenever I travel.
  • My phone– without doubt one of my most useful and important (travel) item
  • A power charger – how long does your phone battery last? Not long? Neither does mine, so this is essential.

Beauty/Health/Hygiene Products to Pack for Summer Holidays

If I travel for 10 days or shorter, I take travel-sized toiletries that I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home (shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water, and cleansing milk). If I travel for longer, I take the original sizes.

More products that I recommend for a summer holiday (okay, that looks like a looooong list, but most items are just small things that do not take a lot of space)

Forget all the different small bags for shampoo etc. – get them all packed in a Toiletry Kit.

  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair)
  • Refreshing towelettes– though they are not eco-friendly, they are sometimes just essential and a must.
  • Face cream (which I also use as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream)
  • A small cosmetic bag for your makeup
  • Peppermint drops or chewing gums (though I heard chewing gums are not good when you fly, so probably stick to peppermint drops.
  • Deodorant– I don’t think I need to explain this further 🙂
  • Invisibobble hair ties – I hate my hair open when I am on the plane
  • Toothbrush & paste  should also be self-explanatory as well as mouthwash
  • I do not wear much makeup normally. Rouge & mascara are my lifesavers.
  • I have dry eyes, and so eye drops are a must for me
  • I am normally sick when I fly (not sure why this happens, but I always have a cold!) and always have some tissues with me

Clothes to Pack for Your Summer Trip

As you have probably noticed from my Instagram pictures, I love beautiful dresses and clothes – and I like to be dressed nicely when I get my pictures taken. These pictures are everlasting memories and will help me reminder places and moments – in case I should forget them.

Here are some colorful and lovely dresses I found at Tahari – an Online-shop for women with clothes for all kinds of women, starting from petite size to women´s plus. These are some items I have fallen in love with and which I would love to get for myself.

  • I had a yellow skirt with me on my last summer trip to Italy/Switzerland – I think it was one of my most loved clothes by my followers. Summer means to wear bright colors, so pack a bright and fun skirt for sure.
  • Pack some colorful and lovely dresses
  • Oh, my favorite part is to pack colorful skirts, tops, and dresses. White (or bright) tops and pants are essential – it seriously helps not to melt sometimes 🙂
  • Since I lose regularly lose jewelry (it is really awful) and thus mostly wear watches and bracelets, I love tops that are so beautiful that no jewelry is required.
  • Summer in jeans can be horrible. I prefer lighter clothes – and again, I try to avoid black as much as possible (not always possible, I know) and prefer white pants.
  • Summer usually means more casual dressing, but it can never harm to have a lovely cocktail dress, or?

You will also need underwear, some socks (probably?), pajamas, etc., but I think I do not need to go into detail here :).

What Fashion Accessory to Pack for Your Summer Vacation

Sometimes fashion accessory is not only a fashion statement but also essential for the health.

  • To me sunglasses are more than an accessorize – it protects your eyes and can help you stay healthy. So invest in proper sunglasses which actually really protect your eyes from sun rays.
  • I am not a hat addict. But when it is really hot and sunny, a hat can be a lifesaver, so a hat should be in your bag even when you aren’t a huge fan.

 Footwear to Pack for Your Summer Trip

  • Summertime means flip-flops time – so don’t forget to pack at least one pair (or, as I do, several of them).
  • Sandals and flat shoes should be on your list well because, as cool as flip-flops are, they are sometimes inappropriate to wear.
  • If you plan to do a lot of walking, consider getting Birkenstock sandals to treat your feet. I own two pairs of Birkenstock, and after one day breaking in time, they do a fantastic job.

What to Pack for a Rainy Summer Day

Summer does not always mean sun and heat- at least not in Europe. In Europe (at least in the northern parts), summer can also mean some (or a lot) of rain once in a while, and it can get chilly.

So, check the weather forecast and be prepared to take:

  • A jacket
  • A scarf
  • A rain jacket
  • Rubber boots & trainers
  • Mini umbrella

Though many people might expect rainy days in the UK, the truth is that even Switzerland and Germany (and other countries) experience (heavy) rain during summer. The umbrella can serve as sun protection (I wish I had one back in Dubai – but that is a different story).

What to Pack for a Day at the Beach

  • Beach bag – I love bags. It´s like a wonderful addiction. Beach bags are so cool because they are light, big enough, and fun. So a day at the beach without a beach bag is only half as good, so
  • If you have a great hotel with a private beach section, you probably do not need a towel. If this is not the case not it should also be on your list. If you do not have any beach towel yet,
  • Do you prefer lying at the beach all day, or do you like to be more active? Though I do not do a lot of sports most of the time, beach sports are much more fun, and if you agree, bring your beach ball or a floating unicorn. Unfortunately, this is not part of most hotels’ essentials yet, so you need to get them yourself.
  • I am in love with kaftans – a perfect item for the beach
  • Last but not least: A bikini, Burkina, or any swimsuit should not be missing on your packing list for some lazy days at the beach.

P.S. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen & co to the beach as well.

What Else to Pack for Your Summer Holidays

If I travel for longer, I get a travel guide -the internet is not always guaranteed throughout the world, so this is actually great to have. Lonely Planet guides are more detailed guides, while Marco Polo ones are less comprehensive.

A foldable, reusable water bottle is pretty handy, which you can get here. In countries like Switzerland, there are fountains with free clean water, which can save you money and it´s much better than plastic bottles.

Do you have more items on your summer vacation packing list? If so, how does your ultimate packing list for a summer vacation look like?

So, wherever you are headed – enjoy your trip and stay safe! Arzo

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Gift Ideas: Travel Gift Ideas for Her

Travel Gifts for Female Travelers

Gift Ideas: Travel Gift Ideas for Her

Travel addicts are sometimes a different kind of species: There are some gift ideas every female traveler will love. No matter if you buy a present for your girlfriend, friend, daughter, sister, etc. I am sure you´ll find ideas for any kind of traveler.

Travel Gift Ideas for Her. No ideas what to get for a travel addict? Find some ideas for each price range.

I have listed some ideas for you which are perfect for any occasion-  may it be a perfect Christmas present, for Valentine´s Day, a birthday present or whatsoever.

You´ll also find ideas for any kind of budget, so I hope you´ll find the perfect gift! I also added the links for Germans below each picture 🙂 Den Link für Deutschland findet ihr ebenfalls unter den Bildern.

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 Travel Gift Ideas Under 20$

For travelers who wanna look great when traveling without carrying too much around: This vegan Bamboo Makeup Brush Set with Travel Bag is great for traveling.

It cannot get much cuter than with this World Map Necklace.

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Help her to stay or get organized with these Travel Packing Cubes.

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This Travel Passport Wallet is actually more than a passport holder – plenty of stuff fits in, so it helps to be perfectly organized.

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Travel Gift Ideas Under 100$

Talking about being organized…This Toiletry Kit helps as well

Globes – pretty and handy. It is definitely a product a travel addict will enjoy.

If you grew up in the ’80s (like I did) you know the polaroid cameras pretty well, but we never had them so colorful and stylish as they are now – Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

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Fun in the pool with this one GoFloats Unicorn Party Tube Inflatable Raft.

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No home would be perfect for a traveler without a world map – Scratch the World Map

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Travel Gift Ideas Under 400$

I have been using Samsonite luggage forever and cannot recommend it enough. Why not choose this Carry-On Luggage for your loved one?

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One of my most favorite travel items – GoPro HERO -which is great for action shots, and selfies.


Hopefully, this guide has given you some inspiration for a travel gift.

Safe Travels, Arzo

How to Travel Safely with Airbnb for the First Time – Tips From a Solo Female Traveler

Airbnb for first time users- Airbnb in Switzerland


Considering booking Airbnb for the first time? As a solo female traveler? That can be a great idea – find out how to stay safe with Airbnb as a solo female traveler.

Once upon a time, a female solo traveler booked a room in New York – via Airbnb -and she enjoyed her stay. However, due to a “baddish” memory, she almost forgot about Airbnb…

It took a while until that female solo traveler was reminded of Airbnb, and when she decided to book more stays via the platform, she could not believe she missed out for that long.

As you can assume, the female solo traveler is me, and I booked a room when I went to New York more than four years ago. I stayed with two nice women, but I almost forgot about the booking platform and kept booking hotels only for some reason (I think the room was not really clean).

Well, with one exception: I also booked via Airbnb when I traveled with several people, and we needed a big apartment for ourselves.

Now, I am, and you probably are, too, seriously wondering why I did not use Airbnb for most of my stays? Well, the truth is that I was always a bit scared – as a female solo traveler, security comes first.

How to use Airbnb safely for the first time - tips from female solo traveler for first time Airbnb users

It took me several years to book a room as a female solo traveler again. Actually, it was only this last summer that I started booking rooms again.

On my last summer trip a few months back, I used Airbnb often – I traveled through France and Switzerland for six weeks, and as Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in the world, I was basically left with no choice other than looking for more affordable stays. So, Airbnb became my favorite choice when looking for great and affordable accommodations.

So, Airbnb became my favorite choice when looking for great and affordable accommodations.

Let me tell you: I never felt unsafe for a second and had a great time. As a female traveler, often traveling alone, I am quite picky with choosing my host – after all, safety is the most important aspect when choosing accommodations.

I totally understand that some, female or male, have a hard time trusting a stranger over the internet (I am one of them), and this also makes them skeptical of using Airbnb.

Are you afraid of venturing out and using sites like Airbnb? Then, this post will hopefully help you overcome your fear, pick the right accommodation, and be as happy with Airbnb as I am.

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What this post covers:

What Exactly is Airbnb, and is it Safe for Travelers – Especially Female Travelers?

What are the Advantages of Booking with Airbnb

What are the Disadvantages of Booking with Airbnb

First Steps for Using Airbnb

  • Where to Sign Up
  • How to Find Your Perfect Accommodation on Airbnb
  • Extra Tips for Your Security – Not Only for Female Travelers
  • How to Pay via Airbnb

What Happens Once Booked?

What Happens if You Encounter Problems with Your Hosts?

Get Your Airbnb Discount Code

What Exactly is Airbnb, and is it Safe for Travelers – Especially Female Travelers?

Airbnb is currently available in 191 countries and is a site where homeowners (hosts) advertise their homes to travelers (guests). Some hosts have set a minimum (and/or maximum) number of nights, but often, you can book for one night as well.

As I said earlier, Airbnb connects homeowners and travelers. The kind of spaces that can be rented by a traveler include, but are not limited to, apartments, houses, tents, castles, condos, and villas (pretty cool, right?). Sometimes, you have the apartment to yourself, and sometimes you can book a room and stay with the hosts. This is actually up to you, and you can choose your accommodation based on your preferences.

Sometimes, you have the apartment to yourself, and sometimes you can book a room and stay with the hosts. This is actually up to you, and you can choose your accommodation based on your preferences.

Airbnb in Switzerland, Unique Airbnb in Switzerland

The kind of spaces that can be rented by a traveler include, but are not limited to, apartments, houses, tents, castles, condos, and villas (pretty cool, right?). Sometimes, you have the apartment to yourself, and sometimes you can book a room and stay with the hosts. This is actually up to you, and you can choose your accommodation based on your preferences.

I stayed at places with alpacas in the backyard (and walked them in the morning), in nice fancy places where everything was extremely luxurious and more basic rooms with hardly any special features. As you can see, you can book any accommodation, but like hotel booking, it also depends on your budget.

What are the Advantages of Booking with Airbnb

The price (especially if you stay for longer, as there are often weekly/monthly discounts)

The chances of you meeting and staying with a local are high

The stay is more personal

You are more flexible, as you can choose more amenities, etc.

Pets are often allowed and do not cost extra (I traveled with my little puppy for 6 weeks, and we never had to pay extra or had any issues finding accommodations)

You can cook for yourself, use the washing machine, etc. (make sure that you have those amenities clicked when searching for your accommodation)

You get authentic reviews. Compared to hotels, where any person can comment on their website, Airbnb tends to have only reviews from guests that have had the chance to stay in those homes.

What are the Disadvantages of Booking with Airbnb

Even if a room is shown as available, the host can reject you

The host can cancel on you, even shortly before your stay

You might not have that much flexibility with your check-in time (which makes prior communication super important, more on this later in the post)

Expectations might not match reality (but that can happen with a hotel as well)

The place you rent might not be very safe and secure. Compared to a hotel, where there is a receptionist who is always ready to answer any questions, Airbnb’s security may be questionable (more tips on that later on)

In addition to the costs per night, there is always a service fee (that Airbnb gets), and sometimes there is a cleaning fee. These fees are shown in the booking process, so make sure you have that in mind

Airbnb in Switzerland
Airbnb in Switzerland

First Steps for Using Airbnb

Where to Sign Up

If you sign up, you need to fill out your profile – even as a guest, it is important to give some information about yourself so hosts can decide if they want to accept your request or not. Later on, you can download the Airbnb app and use this for all of your bookings.

You can (sometimes even must) also verify your account – this is super important to me, as I only book with verified hosts. I am sure that some hosts are also picky with their guests.

Remember: a homeowner is giving out a part or even his/her full home, so the better they know you through your profile, the better the communication will flow between the two of you.

How to Find Your Perfect Accommodation on Airbnb

Once you have signed up, the booking process is straightforward. But, take your time when selecting accommodation.

All you have to do as a guest is pick your travel date, search for your desired property type (room or apartment, etc.), and choose the price range. You can also add more filters (pets, etc.). A map on the right side of the desktop shows the location of the property.

A map on the right side of the desktop shows the location of the property.

Remember that if you want a fancy place, as you will relax and enjoy yourself, a serene and quiet environment may be one factor you might consider.

Renting a home means you need what a normal home should have. Make sure all the necessary amenities are available by checking the list of amenities carefully.

If you want to cook for yourself, wash laundry, etc., make sure it can avoid disappointment. Normally, the host´s site gives you all the info, but you message the person to find more if you are unsure.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Having this in mind, you should take advantage of all the photos provided, as they give you crucial information about the place. This will also shorten your decision-making process.

Check the cancellation policy, just in case.

If you choose “instant booking,” it will probably reduce the number of available properties, but you do not have to wait for the host to accept your request.

My tip: If you are feeling unsure of something, ask. Hosts are normally super nice and super happy to answer questions, so do not feel uncomfortable asking.

Airbnb Vs. Hotel? Find out which one to choose for your next stay.

Is Airbnb Safe for Solo Female Travelers / Extra Tips for Your Security – Not Only for Female Travelers

Before getting to the next point, how to actually pay for your accommodation, I have some more tips for security issues on Airbnb.

I only book when the host has several reviews already – several great reviews.

To me, Airbnb reviews are much more important than hotel reviews. I read them really carefully to make sure I am in safe hands.

I, personally, only book with females, or at least with couples where there is at least one woman (sometimes, when it is not clear due to the profile, I make sure to read the reviews even more carefully) – as I said, security comes first.

If you are in a group of several travelers, you might not be so careful, but please inform yourself carefully for solo travelers.

If you have valuables, make sure you have a little lock to secure your stuff.

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How to Pay via Airbnb

If you book your stay, you need to fill out your credit card details, and once the stay is completed, Airbnb withdraws the money. Never pay cash, only use the secure Airbnb system.

Never pay cash, only use the secure Airbnb system.

Have I told you you can save about $$$ with my Airbnb link – sorry, it is only for first-time users 🙂

What Happens Once Booked

Stay in touch with your host via the Airbnb app or the website.

I got a text message from Airbnb a day before my stay as a reminder.

Before you actually arrive, check the house rules and follow them! You can be reviewed, too.

After your stay, leave an honest review – be fair, mention problems you had encountered, but also positive things – the more, the merrier for your fellow travelers.

What Happens if You Encounter Problems with Your Hosts?

Airbnb has an app that simplifies the process even further. If you face any problems while you are in the house, all you have to do is contact the host. If you do not find a solution, you can talk to Airbnb, and they normally offer you a deal.

Airbnb Coupon Code First Time

Airbnb discount code for first-time travelers – grab your discount code by using my Airbnb link.

As you can see, Airbnb for solo travelers does work quite well, and I hope you have great experiences with Airbnb.Safe Travels, Arzo


How to Choose the Best Travel Wallet For Women

how to find the best travel wallet

How to Choose the Best Travel Wallet For Women

Looking for the best travel wallet for women that can make your trip easier?

I don’t know about you, but keeping my credit cards, ID, cash, and passport safe while traveling can seem daunting. I’m always trying to figure out the best way to store everything — and not lose anything I’ll need, and so it is important to me to know how to choose the best travel wallet for women (or men).

I think a travel wallet is a way to go. You need something durable and fashionable that will allow finding anything you need at a moment’s notice — no more fumbling around in line searching for your boarding pass! That’s why I came up with this guide to help you find the perfect wallet for travel.

What to Look for in the Best Travel Wallet

  • Compact Size: This is a travel wallet, after all. You don’t need all your store loyalty cards and gift cards for stores that don’t exist where you’re going, so pare down to the main essentials and find a ladies travel wallet that takes up as little space as possible in your bag.
  • Room for Your Passport: Most every-day wallets don’t have space for your passport, which can be a real pain when traveling. You want to keep it safe, after all (so you can get home). A passport travel wallet is a nice addition to your packing list.
  • Anti-Theft Capabilities: An anti-theft wallet is a must-have on most journeys. While it shouldn’t stop you from vigilantly keeping track of your things, it’ll give you some peace of mind that RFID scanners can’t steal your information, and pickpockets can’t take your stuff.
  • Material: Whether you look for a slash-proof synthetic fabric or a classic leather travel document holder, make sure to consider the material of your wallet. Leather tends to hold up well for a long time, while synthetics can be waterproof and theft-resistant.
  • Style: There’s no use carrying around a wallet you don’t like. Although it’s not as important as the above features, wanting a designer travel wallet that you love is nothing to be ashamed about.

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Best Passport Wallet For Travel

I perused Amazon for some great wallets that have everything you’ll need for your next adventure. Here are my top ten picks:

Travelambo Rfid Blocking Passport Holder Wallet & Travel Wallet Envelope 7 Colors

At this price, you can’t get anything better! This wallet features a slim profile and comes in seven stylish colors.

Not only does it have room for a handful of cards and your passport, but it also features a special slot for your boarding pass (which is much better than stuffing it at the top of your bag and hoping you can find it later).

The zipper pouch is great for holding some coins and cash, and the RFID-blocking technology means your card numbers and personal information stay yours. Plus, if your cell phone is slim enough, you can slip it into the front pocket. The best passport holder!

Find the best prices for this wallet.

Travel Document Organizer & RFID Passport Wallet Case, Family Passport Holder Id

Also highly affordable, this passport wallet zips shut, which I love for an added layer of safety.

The inside includes slots for your credit cards, cell phone, a folded boarding pass, and — of course – your passport. Color options include black, navy, burgundy, blush, and my personal favorite: Turquoise.

The wristband is a great feature for a travel wallet – when you pull it out of your bag at the counter, you can keep the band on as an added deterrent against theft. It also features RFID-blocking technology, which is a must-have for a travel passport holder.

Click here to check out the prices of the Travel Document Organizer

Read more: How to find the best luggage set

Mundi Big Fat Wallet Women’s RFID Blocking Wallet Card Carrier Clutch Organizer

This stylish travel organizer wallet is more of a clutch/mini purse than a wallet with tons of pockets and compartments to keep you organized on the road.

You have 17 adorable colors and patterns to choose from, including orange floral and black crocodile, all made from synthetic RFID-blocking material. Inside the wallet, you’ll find five slots for photos or identification, eight credit card slots, a zipper compartment with pockets for passports and your cell phone, and a zipper pocket for coins. At 4.5 inches wide, it’s chunky, but if you have a hard time traveling light, it’ll work great.

Click here to find out about the prices for the wallet

RFID Passport Holder & Neck Wallet / Neck Stash

While not the most stylish option, if you’re looking for a travel neck wallet, this is one of the better passport pouches for travel.

You can wear it two ways: Unfolded and around your neck (tuck it in your shirt if you’d like) and folded in thirds with a cross-body strap. You can fold it up and tuck it in your bag like a typical wallet if you want. The strap is adjustable, and there’s room for your passport, cell phone, credit cards, ID, cash, and coins. It comes in black water-resistant material and includes a fantastic lifetime guarantee.

Get the prices for that wallet here.

Read more: Why a travel pillow is my must-have essential and how to find the perfect one.

Marsyella All-in-One Leather RFID Wallets for Women

I was especially attracted to this one because it’s different! Besides being made from genuine soft leather, this wallet features a fun tri-fold design with a peek-a-boo cell phone slot that fits nearly any phone (including the iPhone X).

At only 1 inch wide, it’s super slim (wonderful for packing light), but it has 20 card holders, room for your passport, and RFID-blocking technology to keep your identity safe. Best of all, it’s super sleek and fashionable, and the coffee color is subdued and chic.

Click here for the best prices.

Lodis Audrey Rfid Passport Wallet With Ticket Flap Wallet

This wallet is perfect for the minimalist: A trim almost-square design with room for just four cards and your passport/boarding pass.

It’s made of 100% leather and closes with a snap. At just 5.75 inches tall and 4.25 inches wide, it’ll take up almost no space in your bag while still keeping your valuables safe with its RFID-blocking feature. It comes in eight elegant colors, and I love the black one with the mint interior.

Find the best price for the wallet here.

Read more: Why compressions socks are helpful for long-haul flights and where to get the best ones.

Women RFID Blocking Wallet Wristlet Leather Large Ladies Purse Zip Around Clutch

Here’s another wristlet with a modern geometric design that makes a great travel organizer wallet. This travel security wallet includes a detachable wrist band and zipper closure to keep your things extra safe. Inside you’ll find an ID slot and plenty of credit card slots, as well as a pen holder and space for your passport, phone, and loose change. According to the description, you can even fit lipstick in this little clutch and even the largest smartphones. Perhaps the only negative is that it comes in only one color/design, but it’s such a nice one that I don’t mind at all.

Click here to find out about the prices for the travel wallet

Zero Grid Passport Wallet

Want a hidden travel wallet? This itty-bitty zip-up wallet is perfect for stashing anywhere. It holds just what you need: Some cards, cash, and your passport. It’ll fit in your hand and zips close. I like the “ripstop” nylon material that makes this little wallet extremely durable. Plus, the minimalist design will force you to travel light (which makes travel much more fun): The best travel document organizer might be the one that doesn’t let you travel with too many documents! While this isn’t that stylish, the goal with this wallet is to hide it away.

Click here to find the prices for the secret wallet

Read more: Planning a beach vacation? Here are my beach essentials for a day at the beach.

Women RFID Blocking Wallet Trifold Ladies Luxury Leather Clutch Travel Purse

Here’s a beautiful leather wallet that women can travel with confidently. It has room for your cell phone, credit cards, checkbook, passport, and coins. This wallet can be trifold or twofold (to meet your needs) by simply closing a few snaps. It blocks RFID, which is extremely important, and the soft leather will stand the test of time and many travels. It comes in several elegant colors, my favorite of which is bright red. All in all, a great travel document holder that doubles as an everyday wallet.

Click here to find the prices for the travel wallet

So what do you think? Which of these travel wallets fits the bill for you?

Read more about “how to pack the perfect carry-on.”

how to find the perfect travel wallet for each budget

Safe Travels, Arzo

What to Do Before an International Flight

To-Do List Checklist for every international trip. Travel internationally

What to Do Before an International Flight

One of the things I love the most about traveling is the joyful anticipation. I am not the biggest fan of preparations though but these things are always on my list when I travel.

Find out what I always do before I do international flights (click here for my Packing Guide: Carry on Must-Have Items)

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  • Check visa regulations. Make sure to apply for a visa etc. in time (if needed)
  • Check if you need a passport or just your ID. Make sure it is valid long enough (normally it needs to be valid for at least another 6 months)
  • Make a copy of your passport and keep it apart from your wallet
  • Scan your passport (or photograph it) and keep it somewhere where you can have access from almost everywhere (Dropbox, email account), email it to your parents, or to somebody you can totally trust
  • Write down all hotels, contact numbers etc. on an extra piece of paper and don’t keep it in the same place as your phone)


  • Make sure you have international health insurance (I am German, so health insurance is the most important to us) and you might also need insurance to protect your camera, laptops, valuables etc.
  • If you are traveling to an “exotic” destination check if you need a vaccination
  • Check if you need any extra medicine
  • Inform yourself at least about the “don’ts and do´s” in the destination you headed
  • Do you have a suitcase and carry-on luggage?

Pack wisely, especially the carry-on luggage is important.

Flights / Transport

  • Book your flight and print out your ticket/download e-ticket
  • If you are on a special diet tell the airline company
  • Take some snacks, you´ll never know when or what you´ll get to eat
  • A neck pillow- my best friend when traveling for more than 4 hours

Electronics etc.

  • Think about wifi – there might be cheaper packages if you talk to your mobile provider in advance. If you are fine with wifi in hotels and restaurants make sure your roaming is switched off, so there won´t be a negative surprise when back in your home country
  • Do not forget the international adapter (please check which one you actually need), not all hotels provide them for free (check which one you will need.
  • Nowadays, I wouldn’t do long-distance travels without my power charger for my phone. It seriously helps me when I use my phone a lot and when I am on the go.


  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly, as I can work etc. – new TSA regulations are stricter now, so you are probably not allowed to take your laptop as a carry-on item.
  • A while ago, I thought my tablet is the most useless item I bought in a while – since I can download from Netflix (and thus watch my shows offline) I have found one good argument bringing my tablet with me whenever I travel
  • My phone- without doubt one of my most useful and important (travel) items
  • My camera – I love taking shots from my window seat – and since I take valuables with me, this is in my carry-on bag
  • I have to admit, that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • Good music is essential to me- so I never fly without my iPod

13 Tips to Survive Long Distance Flights


  • Even if you plan to pay by (credit) card make sure you have some extra money for emergencies
  • If you plan to use your credit, make sure you have the pin (some places don’t accept a signature, I could let you some stories in Malaysia I don’t want to experience again) and if you use a debit card make sure your bank knows about you going abroad (also could tell you about a terrible weekend in Bali, but maybe another time)
  • Take some change for tips (I always have some € coins, especially for the first day)
  • Change some money at home already
  • Take extra € or $ (don’t keep it all in the same place, though)


  • Don’t believe Karl Lagerfeld when he said that you have lost control over your life if wearing sweatpants. Wear the most comfortable clothes you have on long-distance flights. It seriously has so much influence on how you feel during travels.
  • A big and warm scarf is my absolute must-have (which I can use for different purposes)
  • Flat shoes which can be easily taken off should be on your list
  • A cardigan which I use occasionally as an extra blanket
  • Warm socks which are also stylish
  • I personally do not use a sleep mask but a must-have for many travelers
  • For long-distance flights, compression socks are essential

Pack a Great Carry-On

The best preparations do not help much if you forget something, so click here to find out, how to pack the perfect carry-on

Have I missed anything? Is there anything else you´d do before an international flight? Share your travel tips with us.

Safe Travels, Arzo

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