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Three Things I Always Pack for Trips

Cornwall

Are you going on vacation this summer? Every two years, we go to Cornwall to visit my grandmother. All the aunts, uncles and cousins pile in, and we eat our weight in fried fish and salt-and-vinegar potato chips. Luckily, we’re heading there in a couple weeks and are always pulling out the suitcases. Here are three things I pack for any trip…

Madewell jean jacket

1. A denim jacket. What is it that is so cute about jackets? The collar is so flattering, and you can pull one over dresses on cool evenings or in air-conditioned airports. Here’s the chore jacket pictured above, and I love this lighter version, too.

Velvet jumpsuit

2. A black jumpsuit. Jumpsuits always feel pulled together for travel and walks (or running around with two rowdy kids); and you can dress one up for dinner with lipstick. This slouchy fit is perfect, and here’s a similar one for less. Also, this number would look cute with a braid and sandals.

Educated book

3. A good book. One of life’s greatest pleasures is getting lost in a book on a vacation, don’t you think? My friend Linsey just devoured Educated — a coming-of-age memoir about a girl who was born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho — and raved about it. Have you read it? Can’t wait to dig in.

What do you pack for trips? Will you be traveling anywhere this summer? Curious to hear!

P.S. 15 reader comments on travel, and a genius packing tip for your honeymoon.

(Top photo from our past trip to England. Book photo by Stella Blackmon.)

  1. Allison Hicks says...

    Love this! But a jumpsuit? When nature calls, jumpsuits can be problematic.

  2. Val says...

    I got Educated after this post last week and couldn’t put it down. What a story!

  3. jilly says...

    too many years to count, i was at exeter university on a study abroad program. when visiting st. ives, we went to artist barbara hepworth’s home/museum. if still open to public, it’s worth a visit.

    • Rosie says...

      Yes! I go to Saint Ives every year with my family, even though i am 29 and probably too old for family holidays, But it is a slice of heaven on earth. Also the walks from the edge of the town along the coast, with all the kitchen gardens planted in the cliffs, and past the famous spy novelists enormous white house. Cornwall is truly what happiness is made of.

  4. Nicola says...

    We recently stayed in a villa in Jamaica. I was so glad that I had randomly thrown a 2oz vetiver & cardimom candle in my bag before our trip. And thankfully the resort had matches readily available! One tiny bathroom…one boyfriend…one girlfriend…Not to be foul but, you get the picture…Not very romantic. Enter the savior candle! I will never again travel without a “travel size” candle when sharing a room (read: bathroom) with another adult. (Obviously, practice fire safety here…)

  5. Mary anne says...

    I just devoured Educated on our Florida vacation – with a 5 month old and a 2.5 yo I still read it in 2 days – that’s how much I couldn’t put it down! Highly recommend :)

  6. Katie says...

    3 things I always pack for trips:
    -a swimsuit
    -warm fuzzy oversized Costco men’s socks for the plane
    -hoody or cardi that can double as a scarf and/or pillow

  7. Anna says...

    In highschool I was a student abroad (Quito) I had a lovely denim jacket an a great group of girl friends. We decided to “sisterhood of the traveling pants” share my denim jacket…..I cant remember who ended up with it first but I dont think it was ever passed along past that first share lol. I could re-visit the denim jacket via the chore jacket.

  8. Kim says...

    I bring good tea and honey for the hotel room. There is always coffee and it accouterments, but the tea is always bad or non-existent.

  9. Totally on board with the denim jacket, always goes in my case at any time of year!

  10. Same! Except a knitting project instead of a book.
    The book(s) I pack in my phone in the form of an audiobook and I also load up on podcasts.
    AND I pack a lot of snacks! Avocado gruyere sandwich, cheese, veggie sticks, fruit.

  11. shopgirl, eu says...

    I like jumpsuits, it’s just that problem with sweating or staining it on travels when you have to wash the whole thing or it’s basically just for one-time wearing. Therefore, I don’t find it so practical.

  12. Erin W says...

    Denim jacket is an essential! I’m currently on the hunt for a vintage one that I can personalize with some iron-on patches that I’ve already bought and I’m ridiculously excited about it!

    ALSO I recently purchased a black jumpsuit that I adore and have been wanting since I read Shaheen Kabir’s “A Week of Outfits” on Cup of Jo last year! It really is perfect for work, play, travel, etc.

    Here is the one I got for $40, I was really impressed with the quality and fit: http://us.asos.com/asos/asos-cami-wrap-front-jersey-jumpsuit-with-peg-leg/prd/6337822?clr=black&SearchQuery=black%20jumpsuit&gridcolumn=1&gridrow=1&gridsize=4&pge=1&pgesize=72&totalstyles=455

  13. Mb says...

    Absolutely tore through Educated last week. It knocked my socks off!

  14. Micaela says...

    Started Educated today, following a speed read of Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, which was also wonderful.

    Last week I read Idaho, by Emily Ruskovich, which is set in the same land as the author of Educated comes from. A wonderful read as well.

  15. Reg says...

    I always pack a large microfiber towel. It doesn’t take up much space, you can throw it on the ground for picnics, wrap it around yourself when it’s cold, and use it for pools/beach. The Turkish towels are great as well. I also bring a collapsible water bottle to fill up at airports and on the go, quick dry underwear (easy to wash in sinks), and travel sized Dr. Bronner’s liquid baby soap (use it for shampoo, body wash and detergent).

    I also HIGHLY recommend downloading the One Second Everday app. It’s great for documenting short videos every day in life and on holiday.

  16. Lana says...

    I always bring vitamins, granola bars, nail clippers and tweezers, bandaids, a blowup pillow, a scarf and at least one extra pair of shoes or flip flops.
    (Broke a pair of clogs once in Prague and then spent too much time in Paris looking for another pair of shoes.)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      tweezers! good one.

  17. Alice says...

    We walked a bit of the North Cornish coast path every summer when I was a kid until we’d done the whole stretch, Devon too. I’d really recommend you spend a day out on it. Some of my best ever childhood memories are of being up high on a cliff in the breeze with the sea stretching away, then weaving down out of the wind through lush valleys and groves to tiny isolated bays, so beautiful.

    I love Cornwall so much, enjoy, and I’ve that you get to visit such a special part of the world – enjoy x

  18. Marie Ohlandt says...

    I just blasted through EDUCATED on the plane to Iceland! It’s a great book, but you’ll need a bit of a strong stomach to get through it.

  19. Anne says...

    I just bought a white jumpsuit. It might be drastically impractical but I LOVE it. It’s from madewell and it fits great and is a whole outfit in one thing.

  20. Tracy says...

    I always bring a small Britta water pitcher that we keep in our room. I find we don’t drink enough liquids while we’re out and about all day. The air conditioning in the hotels also leaves us feeling dehydrated so having a pitcher of water handy in our room helps.

    • Lana says...

      Great idea~

  21. Liz says...

    1. Black, slim pull on pants (Vince makes a great pair). They are comfortable for a long plane trip and they look chic
    2. Prada crossbody nylon bag. I’ve had mine for 15 years. Looks great with so many outfits.
    3. Light trench coat

  22. Susan says...

    I always bring a deck of cards. It takes up no room but provides hours of non-digital entertainment for everyone. Kids, grownups….

  23. Eliza says...

    I’m heading to Italy for the month of October with my baby and my husband – a much delayed honeymoon! However, I’m already obsessing about how to pack light with a baby and not look too “touristy”. Our itinerary includes day hikes in Cinque Terre, Florence, Venice and two weeks in Montepulciano.
    Any tips would be so much appreciated. We typically walk 15 km/day on vacations, so comfy shoes are a must.
    Also, does anyone have experience renting an infant car seat in Italy? We’re leaning towards packing our own. Thank you!

    • Chelsey P-E says...

      We brought our own car seat, it just seemed to risky. I kept thinking what if we show up and it’s a booster seat? But also bring a H clip. They usually come with car seats. A few times we’ve rented cars in Italy the seatbelts are not self locking so the H clip is a must.

      Also the blog LoveTaza has a nice post on traveling light in Italy with kids. Might be worth a glance!

      Have fun! Italians love babies so much it will feel like you’re traveling with a mini celebrity.

    • Kay says...

      Amazing! I went to Greece and Italy last summer with a 15 month old, and the only big item we brought for him was an umbrella stroller (brand: summer infant) as we just rented everything else (pack n plays for sleep at hotels, and car seats along with car rentals). I didn’t want to schlepp a heavy and awkward car seat around the whole trip, and the euro ones are much lighter, more narrow (and only use a three click system instead of 5). Just make sure the car you rent has the ISO fix in it, although pretty all cars have it now. We had three car rentals + car seats throughout our trip and while they definitely felt used, they were more than fine.
      Invest in a chic, neutral backpack that could accommodate some diapers and stuff for you and your partner (ideally something you could take turns wearing or put in the carriage of the stroller). Diaper bags are not a thing in Europe. Don’t pack too many diapers and stuff while travelling: you can buy it all, and if you’re in a pinch another parent will help you! Speaking of, when we were in Monterosso al Mare, we arrived for dinner about an hour before the rush and the servers took turns entertaining and snuggling our cherub while we had a romantic dinner and enjoyed the view and our meal in peace. I wish you a similar experience! Italians love babies so you’ll be fine! Don’t stress just enjoy:)

    • Rachel says...

      Italy is super baby friendly, and I think you’ll find people are so much more understanding about babies’ behaviors. You’ll be hard-pressed to summon a single dirty look, even if your baby is screaming in the most sacred of places.

      Italians, as a rule, don’t have dryers, so take clothing that is lightweight and dries quickly after washing. Most cities and towns have public fountains, but carrying a small reusable water bottle is worth it, even just so you don’t get water up your nose when you try to drink from the fountain faucets. if you drink wine, bring a corkscrew, and a folding knife (like Opinel) for cheese and salame, so you’re always ready for a impromptu picnic if you come across a particularly good view or want to enjoy a piazza rather than a trattoria.

    • Angele says...

      native shoes are the booooomb! Super comfy/light and definitely don’t scream “Im a tourist!” All shoes eat my feet but these don’t, bonus!
      https://www.nativeshoes.com/womens/shoes

    • Eliza says...

      Thanks everyone so much for your suggestions – so helpful!
      Kay – how did the umbrella stroller do with the cobblestones? We’re debating bringing our uppababy Cruz, which is a smaller non umbrella stroller for long walks, though I don’t think my husband will love carrying it up 250 stairs to our accommodation in Monterosso….
      Has anyone rented an infant seat with their car rental in Italy? Why was your experience? Our guy will only be 7 months, so I’ll want him in a rear facing seat. Bringing a car seat would be totally annoying, but his safety is foremost….

    • Michaela says...

      Don’t bother brining your car seat! Or stroller if your baby is small enough for the carrier – those narrow cobble streets aren’t worth the trouble. We were in Italy for six weeks with our 4 month old daughter and had no problem with getting a car seat for a rent a car and a hired taxi/driver. The only problem we had was the driver brought a booster seat instead of an infant seat but he was so sweet about the mistake. He left us for ten minutes and popped into a store to buy the right sized car seat. We brought her baby bed with us and we really didn’t need it. Everywhere we stayed we could have asked for a crib and been fine. I would bring less than you think because you can always buy something there. It is horrible lugging stuff around with a fussy baby.

      Everyone was so kind to us and our daughter. Even teenage boys would stop and say hello to the baby. It was so sweet.

      I hope you have a lovely trip!

    • Kay says...

      Eliza: the cobblestones did slow us down, but were also great for lulling my little to sleep haha. I’d say any non-umbrella stroller is a big no because Europe is not 100% accessible and you will spend a lot of time lifting it and folding it up. What about a carrier? I have a Stokke we trekked around Plitivice Lakes in and it was great! Other option is to bring the car seat and the frame for your stroller (if you have the kind of stroller that fits a bassinet or infant car seat).

    • Giulia says...

      hello Eliza! You’ll be fine, and as everybody as said, Italians really love kids and babies, you’re way more likely to be celebrated than to be scoffed at for any child noise or issue! As for the packing and not looking touristy, I’d go for Birkenstocks as shoes – I hated them badly as a child, as my mum forced them on me, but I love them now, they are so comfy and the right pair can do day and evening with a dress too, at least I find so, and they’re perfect for long days out exploring (I’m Italian, but not necessarily to be trusted because of that alone! :) ) . When my English boyfriend first came to visit he was walking everywhere in flip-flops (which here scream “tourist”, unless you’re at the beach, so silly of us Italians), and he complained about backache and too much walking: comfy shoes are definitely a must if you want to explore. A tip, for I love my Birks but my favourite pair of sandals is a leather one that goes up the ankle and looks oh so ancient roman, there’s artisans in the squares of Firenze who sell them for 30-40 euros and they last years and years. :) Final note is, we’re absolutely thrilled that people visit and love our country, so don’t worry at all about the touristy-look thing, I am sure people will be touched you’ve chosen to go there and visit their hometowns, full stop. Have lots of fun!! xxx

    • Julie says...

      After many years of trips and aching, blistered feet…. I discovered Ecco sandles. They’re leather, orthapedic, breathable GODSENDS. To the point I don’t want to take them off… even for nice dinners. Well worth the investment.

    • Jennifer says...

      Oh, man. When my kids were little, we used to haul strollers when we traveled. Then we realized a front pack for the baby solved all of our problems—easier to haul places, could be packed in our luggage if necessary, weighs almost nothing, and keeps well-meaning strangers from touching the baby (mostly). I never went back to strollers after that. Just make sure you use the front pack a few times before you go, and buy a good one. It makes a big difference. Good luck!

    • Mallory says...

      Pack only basics…there is so much wonderful shopping in Italy…even for baby, that you will curse yourself for packing too much. Florence esp has so much fab shopping. Have fun!!

  24. Daisy says...

    I always, always pack a cotton Turkish towel – mine is dark blue and it is such a perfect multi-tasker, I use it on the beach, or in a park as a picnic mat, I can roll it up as a pillow, or wrap it around me as a shawl if it gets cold… it takes up very little room (and hardly weighs anything) in my trusty Fjallraven Kanken and I have found a use for it on every trip I’ve been on, rain or shine.

    That, and my StoJo coffee cup…

    • Allie says...

      Ok, I’m now obsessed with finding a turkish towel. Sounds like the perfect travel accompaniment. Anyone have suggestions on which one to buy?

    • Erin says...

      I bought one on Amazon! Brand is Gold Case and I love it.

  25. Heather says...

    I always bring a scarf and/or a pashmina regardless of season. I always want one for the plane and they’re just nice to have available. I had read somewhere that a scarf was something not to bring because it was an easy souvenir to get on travels — but why limit yourself? I went to Scotland last summer and brought some scarves, purchased some scarves…it was win win :)

    • Kay says...

      Heather, I totally agree! I have two or three big, light scarves that can double as good plane blankets. And if I pick up a new favourite scarf on my travels – boom! – I now have a blanket and folded up pillow on the return flight. Plus, wearing dark secretly comfy clothes on a flight with a super colourful scarf makes me feel more put together. Then I just need a dash of bright lipstick when the plane lands and I look much less crumpled than I feel.

    • Marta says...

      Same here, I always travel with a big light scarf. It’s perfect as a fashion accessory and you can use it on the plane, one of those chili afternoons to cover your shoulders (instead of wearing a jacket) and I even used it once as a hair turban on a very sunny and hot day.

  26. Lauren Lyons says...

    Completely agree w/ all of your packing *musts.* Thanks for the book recommendation(s). Joanna, you must go back + finish reading “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.” (If you haven’t already) Perhaps since he’s been caught, you could think of it as less scary? It’s so good!

    • Joanna says...

      It’s WAY less scary knowing he’s caught! I swear!!

  27. Heather D says...

    If it’s summer, I always pack nail polish that matches what’s on my toes! A pedicure before vacation makes me feel great, but a chip on the beach does not. Easy fix!

  28. Two things I bring, and one I don’t.
    1. A pair of black inexpensive sandals (I actually have teva flip flops). They can fake being nicer shoes — especially for those of us who rarely plan fancy events but end up at them on occasion.
    2. A journal, one that can take watercolors or glue. I journal a lot, so the journal is a given, but I like to make sure that I can paint or glue random things in like tickets, matchbooks, seaweed…..
    3. As a bookseller I don’t bring extra books, one of my indulgences while traveling is finding a local bookstore and getting a bookseller’s suggestion.

  29. Hannah says...

    I am getting married Saturday and leaving for my honeymoon Monday- I packed Educated!!!!!

    • Heather D says...

      Wishing you a lovely wedding day, a fun honeymoon and a wonderfully happy life!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      have the best weekend, hannah!!!!

  30. I loved Educated! Perfect for fans of Under the Banner of Heaven and The Glass Castle!

  31. Kate says...

    I just got back from a week in Barcelona (in love with this city, put it on the list if you haven’t been!) #1 I bought the Birkenstock EVA Gizeh and wore them almost everyday! Couldn’t believe how lightweight and comfortable they were for walking miles and miles. The black looked pulled together with a dress in the city, and the material is perfect for the beach. #2 Travel steamer, didn’t bring mine on this trip and regretted it (i love linen) #3 Travel Watercolor set and small paper

    • Summer says...

      I have the worst time figuring out European travel sandals…I would have never guessed those….but I’m going to trust you!

    • Giulia says...

      Yes to Birkenstocks for European travels, Summer!. They are so comfy and don’t look touristy :)if that’s what you’d like to avoid, but most of all you can explore all the little towns without being in pain!

  32. Totally agree on all of these. Because I’m basically the same. Though it’s hard for me to choose which book to bring EVERY time.

  33. Fran says...

    For a lovely luxury meal in Cornwall try the restaurant at the Scarlet in Magwan Porth. The spa there is also perfect for a day trip. Absolutely blissful place – enjoy!

  34. Hey, I’m going to Devon at the end of July – we go almost every year to visit my husband’s family. We’ll probably only arrive after you’ve left Cornwall. Sometimes we make it near Cornwall – we went to Bude a few trips ago. Do you ever slip into Devon? Because we go to visit family we always stay close to home (they’re in Chulmleigh, Devon), which seems such a shame with all the wonderful places nearby.

    • Jill says...

      I’m going to Devon mid-July! Any must-visit spots or restaurants?

    • Jill – I don’t really have recommendations because when we visit my in-laws, they don’t let us go out! My MIL enjoys cooking for us and gets quite offended if we want to eat out somewhere. It’s nice that she wants to care for us but rather frustrating to be a shut-in!

      However, we’re allowed to go hiking. We used to always go to either Dartmoor or Exmoor on every visit. There’s a charming pub somewhere near Meldon on Dartmoor…wish I could remember the name. One of these towns where sheep roam the streets and nibble in the front yards!

      Where in Devon are you staying? (you should email me – I have a gmail address – jodi.elliott. Be sure to pay close attention to spelling!

  35. Ser says...

    I always take a book related to the place where I’m going, so I can immerse myself in the vibe of the place evoked by the book. Wet wipes! A cotton Turkish towel that nice enough to use as a wrap or scarf also. Lavender essential oil, I use it as perfume plus it’s great antiseptic for any cuts or scrapes. I make a rule to always buy a gorgeous vintage bag while overseas so I take handluggage in a crappy old bag ( even a strong plastic one) and recycle it or throw it when I arrive and buy a new ( old) one.

  36. Keri says...

    Ever thought about starting a book club here on Cup of Jo?

  37. Kim says...

    I learned it from Caroline back in 2014: a steamer! It’s worth subtracting a shirt and adding a steamer for the sake of feeling put together.

    • Kate says...

      I second the travel Steamer rec! I edited mine out of my suitcase on a recent trip and regretted it.

    • Fernanda says...

      I bought a travel sized steamer after that post and now I never travel without it!

  38. Kelsee says...

    My own toilet paper… then I feel at home anywhere. 😂

    • Elise says...

      Yes!! That and a throw blanket from home make any place feel like home.

  39. Daniela says...

    Denim jacket for me too, so versatile! Some sneakers like my Keds, and a versatile little black dress.

  40. Lisa says...

    Backpacks and suitcases for each one of my kids. The kids enjoy it and I don’t need to lug their stuff for them! They also look like world travelers.😉

    PS: I have two photos of them but don’t know how to share those with you.

  41. Brenda says...

    I always bring a cross-body bag so my hands are free when walking around. It’s also harder for someone to steal your bag that way. Also I ‘ve found that the Rick Steves site has a lot of good travel and packing tips https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips

  42. Susan says...

    Anytime I’m somewhere for a week or on a trip with multiple stops, i always pack old undies and socks, even my oldest t-shirts to sleep in, and toss them after wearing them. It frees up space in your luggage for shopping and you don’t have to keep carrying dirty underwear around :)

    • rita says...

      This is brilliant!

  43. Tali says...

    But have you watched Poldark yet?! I’m dying to go to Cornwall after watching that show and most of it is shot there on location!! Gorgeous!

    • Haylee says...

      Same!!! Such a great show.

  44. Sarah says...

    I also loved Educated! Highly recommend it. I always pack a nightlight so my kids don’t get scared waking up in a strange room. I can’t get behind jumpsuits. Seems too much of a hassle for already tricky bathroom breaks with kids!

  45. Bec says...

    I’m about to head to New Caledonia for a week (think sun, sand and snorkelling) and then to ski in Queenstown, New Zealand for a week. I’m already having nightmares about fitting my ski gear in!

    • Min says...

      Merino wool base layers are the best for those kind of ski trips. They are cozy and don’t stink if you wear them multiple days. Both Ibex and Smartwool have great options.

  46. Meghan says...

    This is super weird, but anytime I go somewhere that has a significant time change, I always pack a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese (a regular box if I’m going somewhere that has a kitchen or the microwave kind if I’m going to a regular hotel). It’s the best for jet lag. For me, I can manage the jet lag if I have a really good night’s sleep the first night. That can be difficult when my stomach wakes up in the wee hours of the morning. If I can scarf down a load of carbs, and then go right back to sleep, I’m good for the rest of my vacation!

    • Summer says...

      This. sounds. amazing!!! Totally doing this!

  47. Jillian says...

    This is the worst, most impractical travel tip in the world and also my favorite rule to live by: I usually bring 10+ books. The heaviest, most space-consuming thing you could bring. Worse, I usually BUY at least 3-4 more once I get where I’m going. It’s crazy and drives my travel companions to a never-ending series of eyerolls, but the magic in it is being able to decide what you want to read next based on however you’re feeling that moment, trapping scents of vacations past inside of books (one book still smells like sunscreen and has sand inside of it; another has a page sweetly stained by a COJ favorite, the aperol spritz sipped outside in Rome). I also always buy books on vacations–usually one relevant to the place I’ve visited– because I know I’ll keep them forever, see them on my shelves each day, and remember the trip. (I also have been known to be moved to tears of joy inside beautiful bookstores and Google ‘most beautiful bookstore in X’ in each city I go, soooo maybe this ‘tip’ makes more sense??)

    • Elise says...

      I love this! I’m the kind of person that has to bring 10 books on a week-long vacation, so I finally had to invest in an e-reader. I like physical books when I’m at home but my bags were just getting too heavy!

      If you’re ever in the Netherlands, there is a bookstore inside a former cathedral in Zwolle that is just amazing.

    • Beth says...

      This is me! I would feel totally lost without reading material. However, we leave for a 10 day trip on Friday and in an effort to lesson my load, I am only taking one book! (and an e-reader, which I’m trying to get used to), and my family has been looking at my packing pile like something’s wrong. I have googled bookstores along the way and at our destination, so I’ll be well taken care of. We live in a rural town with no independent bookstores, so my vacation souvenirs are books bought in lovely little hometown bookstores.

  48. A Cali Girl says...

    I can’t leave home for even one night without an eye mask and eye drops. I had lasik 3 years ago and my eyes get so dry especially on airplanes. I’ve also started wearing a lightweight scarf when I fly that can double as a pillow or leg blanket on a cold flight.

    • Amber says...

      Cali Girl,
      I too had Lasik and suffered from dry painful eyes until I started taking Omega 3 1000mg capsules 3 times a day. Have you tried that? It is a game changer

  49. Mouse says...

    Great fiction reads for vacation:

    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
    Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

    And Arcopedico ballet slippers for the plane and trip: slip on and off, can be worn as slippers for casual or even fancy if they’re black.

  50. Karen says...

    I have never been a journal-writing kind of person but I always find myself wanting to do so when I travel. I jot down little things I see along the way, names of places I don’t want to forget and what food adventures I experienced. More importantly, travel gives me the space and time to look at my life from an arms-length perspective. I always note the habits/people/things I miss, as well as those that are cluttering my life. Over the years, my travel journals show how my life has changed, and I am grateful for all the little lists and thoughts contained inside them.

    • Emily says...

      me too. I don’t journal at all normally, but I am a religious travel journaler. I love looking back on all the little details that I’d normally forget over the years. It keeps the experience much more fresh!

  51. Katie McFarlane says...

    Ooh, how wonderful! We are over in Scotland at the moment for a month from Australia and the weather has been amazing! Have never known it be so consistently sunny! Hope it stays like this for you guys. Enjoy your holiday, 😘

  52. DIANA says...

    I’m going on a 9-month trip to the island of Mauritius and the thought of what to bring has me super stressed. I find myself online panic-shopping and then closing all tabs and abandoning a full carts.

    • Kristy says...

      9 month! Maritius! Tell me more!

    • Diana says...

      Hey Kristy! I got a Fulbright Grant to do research out there- quitting my job in a month, leaving in August, didn’t know anything about Mauritius when I applied, currently taking intensive French classes, scrambling to fulfill VISA requirements, panicking daily.

    • Jessica says...

      You will love Mauritius! My cousin lives there with her family and my husband and I visited two years ago. It really is a paradise! I would just advise you to think of true essentials that you need, including electronics and voltage converters. Otherwise, I really think you can buy plenty there. I remember going to a huge grocery store and feeling like is wasn’t much different from many in the US. Congrats on the grant and enjoy!

  53. Lauren says...

    I can’t understand how a jumpsuit would ever be a useful travel item unless it has a secret opening for easy bathroom access!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that it can be dressed up and down (for daytime, dinner, etc), and how it’s incredibly comfortable for all sorts of adventures, and looks pulled together and effortless. it’s also easy and small to pack. :)

    • amanda june says...

      I always thought jumpsuits and rompers were so incredibly impractical for the exact same reason, Lauren, but somehow recently I have come to love them. For me the ease of slipping on an outfit — free of fuss or layers — and also the coolness factor in summer, combined with how put together they can look, outweigh the few extra seconds it takes in the restroom. :)

    • Laura says...

      This comment took me back to a time when I was trying to use a hole-in-the-ground toilet in Vietnam. Just think a dodgy lock on the bathroom door + a pathetic attempt to squat and not pee on myself + jumpsuit = tall lady stripped down to a bra only, desperately praying that no one would walk in… that would have been a sight for sore eyes :)

    • Eva says...

      I would love for someone to answer my biggest universe question today: does a flattering jumpsuit for a petite, curvy body exist? bc I have been on a failing QUEST. guidance welcome <3

  54. Gem says...

    Bridget Jones still has the answer “passport Bridget and Pants (undies)”

    Over the past five years I have become a minimalist packer only traveling hand luggage. Before I would always worry about not having the right outfits but now I just plan it out, and make sure I pack outfits I love and feel comfortable in, I know my packing has come from being more confident in my own style but it’s also fun to make an edited selection of your best outfits!

    Always check the weather

    Always have a sweater for the flight

    If you’re going hand luggage only most flights allow a small handbag and your cabin bag- so I love to pack my longchamp tote in my cabin bag and use a cross body bag for the plane – this gives more bag options on the trip for days you need to carry more or less!

    • becky84 says...

      I swear by hand luggage only. Anything up to a month is fair game. I went to a wedding in Italy two years ago and got a full length evening gown and heels into my carry on! I’ve noticed and inverse relationship between luggage and how stylish people look at airports. It seems that frequently the bigger the bag the sloppier the dresser

    • lisa says...

      My packing essential #1 would be my Longchamp expandable bag (throw it in the carry on folded up flat then open it up for carrying souvenirs home).

  55. Stephanie says...

    In my carryon, I always have my kindle, a scarf (can be used as a blanket or pillow), wireless headphones, portable charger, and a cute bag with face spay, lip gloss, band-aids, Advil, mini nail clipper, file, emergen-c, eye drops, mini-sunscreen, lotion and other small items like that. Sometimes I’ll add one of those coats that squeeze up. I also carry a travel wallet – I leave most of my wallet behind and travel only with the needed IDs/credit cards/insurance cards that I’ll really need.

  56. This book is AMAZING!! I read it in 2 days. Enjoy your vacation! xx

  57. C M says...

    So timely! I’m taking my first trip post baby #2 this weekend. Georgia is almost 9 months. I am going to visit my best girlfriend in DC. I am so excited to have some time to myself and time to catch up with my dear friend but I am equally terrified. I keep having “What if something happens when I am away?” thoughts. Things I am bringing: A book you recommended a while back, In The Woods, ALL the magazines and good walking shoes.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i still have that same anxiety when i leave the boys — but they are always 100% fine at home while we’re away. i always try to remind myself of that :) hope you have the best trip! you’ll come back so refreshed and happy and cover your little one with a million kisses!

  58. Emily says...

    These are my absolute favorite posts! I have gotten some of my Best Travel tips from the reader comments.

    I’m going with my husband to London for my 40th birthday next month!

    It seems London in the summer will be the trickiest locale to plan for, weather wise, than any other place I’ve been! Appreciate any tips for London in July!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      happy almost birthday, emily! that’s exciting!

    • Jo says...

      From a brit….expect rain anything else is a bonus. Carry an umbrella and have a lightweight raincoat. Bring good shoes as you will walk miles and miles . We are currently having wonderful weather ….hoping it will still be here in July. Come with layers in mind….the underground is sweltering in the summer. Enjoy!

    • You’ll need a “summer jacket” – which as an Aussie was a new term for me when I moved to the UK. Bascially a light waterproof and windproof hooded jacket . And a light scarf is also good!

    • Alice says...

      Yep, I second Jo- expect rain, and anything else is a bonus. It’s also been very muggy (humid) recently, and I’ve basically just been running around in sun dresses, denim jackets, and waving an umbrella above my head.
      Please also remember that in the UK we don’t really do air conditioning, so if you’re staying in Airbnb’s, bring cool PJs (though I presume that hotels should have aircon)! The tube is also bloody boiling at this time of year so bear that in mind when packing.
      If the weather is good though, London really is at its best in the sun. Everyone spills outside onto the pavements outside pubs, picnics in parks, and is a lot more smiley than the rest of the time!
      And please- remember to stand on the right, walk on the left on the tube escalators. Otherwise you might get a grumpy Londoner shouting at you (I have been that grumpy Londoner on many occasions, though I always feel terrible afterwards!!)

    • Emily says...

      Thanks, April! I lived in Washington DC for many years and am very familiar with standing on the right, walking on the left, on the metro. My pet peeve!

  59. Nicola says...

    My packing rule is this: Bring half of what you think you’ll need and twice the money. Yes, it will cost more but, heck, you’re on vacation, baby! And because you have limited luggage space, you tend not to go too crazy with purchases. I did three weeks in Europe this way, with just a carry-on, and room to spare—I didn’t even use some of what I brought, and didn’t need the luggage zip-out expander until the return trip. (Happily, packing light also allows for “oops, I didn’t bring that, so nothing to do but buy that [insert object/clothing item] while I’m here.” This makes for some very lovely and useful souvenirs, which, every time I wear/use them at home, inspire wistful sighs as they remind me of my wonderful vacation.

    • Emily says...

      I love that mantra! It saves space and forces you to think about if you really NEED to buy something – and the added bonus of “souvenirs” you actually use and love.

      My luggage was lost in transit to AUSTRALIA on my honeymoon – I was without it for FIVE DAYS and had to buy a couple of new items for sure.

    • Nicola says...

      Emily, that sounds rough! Thankfully, newlyweds are probably the least likely people to, ahem, *need* clothes ;-) :-D

      I should also say that while this packing rule sounds spendy, I don’t think it’s any more expensive than packing more stuff and less money. It’s just that you’re accounting for the fact that you will usually have a few spontaneous expenditures along the way. And it doesn’t mean you MUST spend that extra money!

  60. Kerri says...

    Toilet wet jumpsuit! Did she ever wear it again?!

  61. Heard an interview of the “Educated” author on NPR. Ooh, it is quite a story!

  62. Glenda says...

    Went on a Caribbean cruise in Feb for a week and to Hawaii in May for a week. Always, always pack a book or two. Packed my journal and my denim jacket and a hoodie.

  63. amber bechtold says...

    I have to say it…jumper? I cant believe it– every time I see a grown up wearing one….why???!!!! They belong on babies not adult women :)

    • Hani says...

      🙂If a adult woman enjoys wearing one, why not? …a diaper, on the other hand…

  64. Izabela says...

    Joanna, you definitely should go to Padstow, to Rick Stein’s restaurants while in Cornwall. The best sea food! I went there from Poland just to enjoy the cuisine, but the views, the cliffs, were real treats!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!!

    • Alice says...

      Second that!

  65. Kate says...

    omg, currently trying to pack for 2 weeks in Europe and I’m getting slightly worked up, so I need to remember to keep it simple!! Scouring the comments for tips – I’m definitely going to add a spork to my bag!

    • Meg Lec says...

      I went to Europe for seventy days a few years ago and traveled with just a carry on! It’s totally doable! A fork and a little Tupperware are nice to have for sure (as are allergy medicine, a water bottle, and a canvas tote for market finds.) Have fun!

  66. Erica Milsom says...

    I always pack my favorite tea bags along with a selection of medicinal tea bags as well. This way I can comfort, calm or cure on the road. I also always throw in my big RED necklace. It’s my statement piece and dresses up any minimalist outfit. But honestly, I always struggle with shoes.

  67. I always pack statement earrings! Even if my outfit is boring, I feel like good earrings can dress up any occasion.

    This applies to work trips, too. I was just at BookExpo and these earrings were a conversation starter (which is good, because I’m not naturally a self-promoter):
    https://www.noondaycollection.com/shop/sea-change-earrings/

    • Jess says...

      I really love this site! Do you have any others that you recommend? I would like to get some statement earrings :) I do worry about the weight of the larger earrings a bit, but I agree, these are all beautiful!

    • Courtney says...

      Thanks for sharing this site, just bought some fun earrings! Love that it supports local artisans.

    • I’m so glad you guys are fans of the site! The store functions like Stella & Dot, so I would recommend reaching out and finding a local sponsor, so you can double dip and support a local person’s side hustle :)

      For other statement earrings, I am a huge fan of J.Crew Factory’s selection. You can often find extra coupons via Gilt City National. Sometimes I like to challenge myself to shop local when I visit somewhere, as local boutiques may have artisan earrings and jewelry available.

      My next splurge is probably going to be the Cuyana jewelry case! :)

    • Cait says...

      I LOVE Noonday!!

  68. Sarah says...

    When I have a long haul flight I always pack compression tights and fuzzy socks, because planes get so cold! I also have recently switched from bringing a small purse + tote bag on the plane to bringing my small purse plus a slightly bigger weekender carry-on. I’d rather have more space in my bag than I need than the alternative. Also that way I have room for small souvenirs or snacks! On my honeymoon I brought my burgundy weekender from sole society, which has a separate bottom compartment for shoes. Also slip-on shoes from the Spanish brand Victoria (found on Amazon) which are a cheaper version of Bensimons.

  69. Love your choices. Thanks for the book recommendation!

  70. Hayley says...

    Cornwall! I spent a weekend wandering around St Ives and surrounding areas 13 years ago and still remember some of it vividly- mostly its beauty, but also a seagull that divebombed me to snatch away the cornish pasty I was munching on on the beach :-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahah the seagulls are AGGRESSIVE!

  71. Lovely post! When it comes to summer trips I always make sure to pack sunscreen, sunglasses and a refreshing drink. But I am still unsure whether I’ll be going anywhere this summer or not. Have fun on your trip!

  72. Kelly says...

    My sister and I just got back from holidaying in England and the one thing I’m so happy I brought…a Spork!
    It came in handy so many times when we were trying to cut bread, or stinky cheese, stirring a cuppa tea, or eating salad in the park. A little bit dorky, yes, but literally the most handy thing to keep in your tote bag for the day! :)

    • Betsy says...

      My family needed spoons on a recent vacation and since we hadn’t thought to bring any I bought a few and they’re my favorite souvenir from the trip.

  73. Rachael says...

    Loved Educated!! And it totally blew my mind when halfway through I realized that I actually knew the family—Tyler was in my husband’s PhD program and I remember when his dad got burned! Crazy to have that real-life intersection and realize that the awesome couple (Tyler and his wife) we used to trade babysitting with for date nights had that kind of backstory—I had heard bits and pieces but never put it all together!

  74. Lauren says...

    Earplugs are my travel must! They make sleeping on a plane or in a new place so much easier.

    • Mary says...

      Oh my gosh, YES! I’ve become so sensitive to sounds on airplanes. Definitely #1 on my list.

    • Nicola says...

      YES! The first thing I pack. Second thing is a sleep mask, to help block the light wherever I happen to be sleeping, since because of flight delays, jet lag, bright hotel rooms, etc, you can find yourself sleeping in some situations where the conditions can make sleeping a challenge.

  75. Kim W says...

    Dry shampoo. It’s always in my rotation at home, but I can stretch three-day hair to at least four (or sometimes even five–yikes!) with great dry shampoo. Somehow taking the time to wash, dry and restyle my hair feels wasteful when I’d rather spend a few more minutes in a museum or on a beach!

    • Kelly says...

      YESSSS. Dry shampoo is imperative for my fine, blonde hair. Before I had it I had to wash my hair every single day because it gets so oily overnight.

      Best tip I ever got: poof it into your hair at night before you go to bed, give a little shake of your fingers through your hair and then go to sleep – that way you don’t wake up with oily hair and it’s all evenly worked in.

      A great travel dry shampoo is the blowpro faux dry – it’s a non-aerosol bottle that lasts for months and is fairly small and weighs next to nothing. It’s $20 at Amaz*n or N*rdstrom, but you can get it for $10-$11 at Walm*rt online.

    • Kim W says...

      Ohhh I’ll have to check that one out :) thanks!

  76. Mary sillik says...

    I listened to the author’s interview on Fresh Air- really interested!

  77. Danielle says...

    My boyfriend and I are doing two big trips this year: U.S. road trip coming up in a few days (Grand Canyon, Austin, New Orleans, Florida and some stops in between!) and Europe in July (Paris, Ireland – for a wedding, Cinque Terre, and Rome!). It’s my first time in literally ALL of these cities/countries, so I’m thrilled.

    We’re attempting a carry-on ONLY for Europe, which is slightly terrifying for me, as a serial over-packer. Love the idea of a jumpsuit as it may take up less space than a pants-and-shirt combo and it’s versatile. See also: what the heck do I wear to a wedding in Ireland?! Anyway.

    My travel essentials:
    — My go-to plane outfit of black joggers, white T-shirt, and my most comfortable (faux) leather jacket – it’s cute and comfortable and I feel good in it (a must when you feel overwhelmed and gross from plane travel)
    — COMFORTABLE shoes!
    — It sounds really silly, but a cute headband. I have crazy curly hair, so I have this cute red headband that I travel with and I instantly feel more pulled together and cute for photos if my hair isn’t cooperating with my travel schedule :)

    Have so much fun on your trip! Can’t wait to hear. xo.

    • Laura says...

      Irish lady here- we love a good excuse to dress up for a wedding. Even in winter girls will have a great dress and bare legs for a wedding. Be as fancy as you like…you can’t be overdressed at an Irish wedding ;)

    • Lauren says...

      I’d love your headband recommendation!!! It sounds like we have similar hair but I’ve had a hard time finding a headband I like. I often just end up wearing my sunglasses on my head but would prefer something a bit more put together! : )

    • Emily says...

      Can you ever seen or used packing cubes? I was able to stuff a carry on-sized suitcase with many clothing options using packing cubes for a big trip through Europe last year. Have a fun trip!

    • Becky says...

      My husband and I each brought a carry on to Europe last year for a two week honeymoon. I brought neutral clothes that could be mixed and matched. It was the summer so layers were light. We also had access to a washer dryer twice during our trip. I always bring extra under wear and wear pants at least 4x before washing. Re packing to come home is a challenge but most of our souviners were flat, post cards and a couple books ( and of course lots of pictures!) Have fun!!!! Sounds amazing!!!

    • Danielle says...

      @ Lauren – I have one similar to this one below – for some reason, I like the way it looks with mostly anything I’m wearing, and looks cute with sunglasses (and doesn’t get stuck on the glasses). Curly hair girls unite! :)
      http://www.hm.com/us/product/82450?gclid=CjwKCAjw6djYBRB8EiwAoAF6oYgT4_xH3PqAyTN5BF-LPQ0Z1gJR6_ehokLbr4KbO7rYXYZ5qM9I4RoCOXsQAvD_BwE&article=82450-E&s_kwcid=AL!860!3!200226264644!!!g!435194662553!&ef_id=WrvPdwAAAFe30nA-:20180605192731:s

    • Danielle says...

      @ Laura – GREAT advice, thanks! I read that you really shouldn’t wear black, because black is reserved for funerals. Is that correct? Usually a LBD is my go-to :( but I’ll try to use it as an excuse to break out of my shell with a more colorful dress! Thanks again! :)

    • Danielle says...

      @ Emily – I literally just bought these! Hoping they work wonders. Thanks :)

    • Laura says...

      @danielle – black is fine for a wedding, perhaps not a common choice because it’s a summer wedding but if you want to rock it, you should! Have a wonderful time and I hope you enjoy every minute of this lovely country :)

  78. Hannah says...

    Clicked to the less-expensive jumpsuit and bought it SECONDS later. Eee, it looks so breezy and beautiful – perfect for a month of working in Carmel-by-the-Sea (where I’m headed for July!) And that book was penned by a friend-of-a-friend from Cambridge. What an incredible story, eh?

  79. Lauren says...

    Thanks for the book reco – I was looking for a book to read this weekend on a sailing trip – just downloaded Educated! I have been reading Make Trouble by Cecile Richards – highly recommend it – very inspiring!!

  80. Leanne says...

    Would love to see a guide to Cornwall and area?:)

  81. Elise says...

    I loved Educated but my favourite read this year is The Still Point of the Turning World – Emily Rapp, oh wow all the feels.

    Travel essentials
    – Black out window blinds… Baby + the British sun setting so late and rising SO early, need I say more?
    – L’occitane Shea Butter; perfect for post sun skin, dehydrated hair, babies’ bottoms and a foot rub if you’re lucky

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes to black out blinds! when anton and toby were babies, we taped up garbage bags to the windows at my grandmother’s house!

    • Lizzie says...

      Ditto. My variations on those are a good eye mask that’s dark and heavy enough to block even blinding light, and a moisturizer bar that’s solid at room temp but melty at body temp so it can get through TSA security without a concern about how many ounces it is.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      a moisturizer bar is brilliant!

    • Lisa says...

      Any recommendations on a moisturiser bar? The hand luggage liquid restrictions are the bane of my life

  82. Holly says...

    The Minack Theatre!
    Walking the South West coastal path
    Healey’s Cider Farm (with farm animals)
    Clovelly- pedestrianised village with loads of smugglers’ coves.

  83. Hadley says...

    Can we talk about the sandals the model is wearing in the jumpsuit photo??

  84. Brooke says...

    You’re going to LOVE that book! Not only is her story unreal, but it’s written in a way that reads like fiction–the BEST type of autobiography!

  85. Ange says...

    I couldn’t put Educated down. It is such an amazing story. Your trip sounds wonderful!

  86. Sarah says...

    I read Educated in two sittings while we were at Jake’s Hotel in Jamaica in May. Her story is shocking, but despite incredibly challenging relationships with her family members, she discusses them with compassion and a deep appreciation for complexity. The book is remarkable – it has stuck with me for weeks.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so excited to read it. and i hope you loved jake’s! alex and i went years ago and i couldn’t stop reading girl on the train, haha. it’s the perfect place for reading, apparently! https://cupofjo.com/2015/03/a-weekend-getaway/

    • Jeannine says...

      Mind if I ask if there’s anything particularly graphic or traumatizing in it? I want to read it, but since having my last baby I’ve been so sensitive to anything scary or disturbing.

    • Sam says...

      Hi Jeannine. I think I’d skip Girl on the Train for now. I read the book when it first came out but remember I had a hard time with some parts.

      I appreciate how you feel! I too am sensitive to violent, disturbing things after my second baby was born. Glad to hear it’s not just me :-)

  87. Delphine says...

    Cornwall is so beautiful, so is its cousin Cornouialle (Brittany) ! Flying there really soon and can’t wait to eat my weight in crêpes and galettes.
    If you’re staying long enough, you should try to get on the ferry in Plymouth to cross the channel (Roscoff), I’m sure your boys would love it !
    Enjoy !!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i wish we had galettes in cornwall!!!

  88. Carly says...

    Love the cover art on that book

  89. Mollie says...

    I always pack my REI raincoat — it is super light and compact — and if I pack it it seems I never need it. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha yes! good call!

      i have a rain jacket from Rains. they’re waterproof but super super light, so they’re not too hot in the summer, and they fold up small for your suitcase: http://bit.ly/2LpnrPg

    • cgw says...

      The link doesn’t seem to be working for the light raincoat

  90. Rue says...

    You should totally do a post on travel uniform. Would love to read comments on that one !

    • Katie says...

      Ooh, I love this idea! Cute yet supportive shoes for walking, mix-and-match separates, practical bag to tote around…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      same! we’ll work on this!

    • Danielle says...

      YES to this!

    • Megs says...

      Yes, please!! Travel uniform would be awesome. Also: has anyone tried those space saver bags for a long trip? Just bought some for an upcoming trip to Europe and I am thinking they might come in handy for separating/compressing the laundry as we travel?

    • Alice says...

      Megs, packing cubes are the best. They’re great for going through TSA. I loaned them to a coworker whose bag contained metal. She pulled out each cube to be scanned until they found the offending item (a can of sardines) so she didn’t have all her business out in security. You can also cram a lot of clothes into each cube plus use them to sort out your dirty laundry.

  91. Michelle says...

    sorry for this fashion illiterate question but do you pop the collar on a denim jacket?

    • Robin says...

      I have two old jean jackets and I wear them with the collar popped and my hair tucked under the collar. Bit of a uniform!

      Would love to see a post on a travel uniform :-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i pop the back part of the collar and then fold down the front collars, if that makes sense!

    • Michelle says...

      thanks! :)

  92. Black trousers. White shirts. Scarves. Gold jewellery. Go anywhere….

  93. Ro says...

    IMO, nothing weighs a lady down quite like a purse or a tote. So I always bring a small backpack on trips. I sling it on and forget about it — no more pulling it back onto my shoulder, getting a neck cramp, or wondering where I can set it down.

    Mine easily holds everything I need for the day: jacket, wallet, water bottle, even a change of shoes. Highly recommended!

    • Adrienne says...

      Yes! I started carrying a small backpack when our little girl turned about a year old and I can’t imagine ever carrying anything else!

    • Rue says...

      Even when I was tempted to buy chic looking diaper bag ,I opted for a simple yet cute skip hop backpack style diaper bag and that was the BEST decision!
      Be it Disney or Rocky mountains hikes you would enjoy more with your hand free.(not counting your bundle of joy :) )

  94. Anna says...

    I have had the same Gap jean jacket since I was 12 & in the 7th grade. I am 28 now!! I bought it in Times Square and wear it at least once a week, if not more!

    It’s still going strong but might need an elbow patch soon. So i totally agree with the jean jacket :):)

    • Claire says...

      I have a Gap jean jacket that I’ve had since middle school too, and I’m 27! They’re the best.

    • I have a very similar jacket that has served me so well for nearly 17 years! I so badly wanted a jean jacket in middle school and finally found one I could afford with my own money in the clearance section at an Old Navy. The only size left was a medium, and although I was a tiny tween at the time, I bought it anyway. Turns out that that particular jacket is still in my heavy rotation because I grew into it over time – in fact, I’m wearing it today! I bet that jacket never could have imagined that a 12 year old would end up keeping it for so long and taking it on so many adventures including studying abroad, bachelorette trips, park BBQs and more!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      your 12-year-old self would have been thrilled to hear that! :)

    • Ann-Marie says...

      That’s impressive! Mine is from high school, when I was about 16 or 17, and I’m 35 now. It’s held up perfectly! It’s by Abercrombie, ha.

    • Amanda says...

      Same! My mom bought me my GAP denim jacket in 2001 when I was in high school and it still looks new. It’s a classic design and has certainly stood the test of time!!

    • Megs says...

      I’m a member of the long-time jean jacket club, too. Bought mine at J. Crew while in college (20 years ago) and wear it at least once a week!

    • betsy says...

      Ditto! My $60 Gap jean jacket was a SPLURGE for 23 YO me (making $27K while living in a city). 14 years later, it is going strong.

  95. Lauren says...

    Have you been to the Hidden Hut? (http://www.hiddenhut.co.uk) It’s south of the beach on Lantic Bay on the Roseland Peninsula near Portscatho, so shouldn’t be too far from where you’ll be. It’s a ‘secret’ beach shack that serves real Cornish ice cream – probably the best and biggest cone of mint chocolate chip I’ve ever had – and in the summer does barbecues too!

  96. Lucy in England #devonisheaven says...

    Yay Jo welcome back to the south west. Apparently we are meant to have a hot hot summer so I hope the forecasters are right! We have had a flaming May and June so far and just loved being out on the coast exploring and enjoying the landscape. I just read a book set in WW1 Cornwall and loved it- it’s called Zennor in Darkness. Also, have you read Poldark? The books are so so good but the new season premieres on Sunday too 💜

    • martha says...

      My husband and I are on Season 2 and we’re always debating which is best — the plot or the scenery. Really makes me want to visit Cornwall!

  97. Julie says...

    Educated is the best book I’ve read this year. Harrowing, painful, beautiful. In places it hit a bit close to home, because I was homeschooled by extremely religious parents, but I bet there is something in her survival story that almost anyone can relate to. Beautifully, empathetically told, too.

    • Sara says...

      Moving up on my TBR list!

    • Holly says...

      Educated is amazing. I read it reccently and have since bought five more copies to give as gifts. My best book this year so far!

  98. Heather says...

    Gosh Cornwall looks so beautiful. I’ve always wanted to go there ever since reading (and loving) Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher

    • e says...

      I’ve always felt the same way after reading that novel! On my bucket list to go someday.

    • Kelly says...

      I’d love to see a post of travel inspired by fiction books (not travel writing). Just by these comments, I can see that many of us want to go places after reading a book. For me, Wisconsin unexpectedly went to the top of my bucket list after reading “American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld. The novel is a “memoir” by a First Lady who strongly resembles Laura Bush. Wisconsin is swapped in for Texas and the descriptions of their green summers…ahhh!!! And I’m from Maine. I know my beautiful summers.

  99. kerri says...

    Does anyone else think this when they see jumpsuits? oh! they’re so cute! followed immediately by, going to the bathroom is going to be awkward and hard! (and cold!) For this reason I have never bought a jumpsuit.

    • Anna says...

      Ha! I agree, but I felt this way the hardest when I was pregnant. Someone gave me the cutest maternity jumpsuit, and I realized too late that the last person who has any business wearing a jumpsuit is a peeing-every-20-minutes pregnant person!

    • Lucy says...

      Yeah, especially on a airplane. It just seems really potentially problematic. Sweater dress, leggings, and flats.

    • Annie says...

      Same here! Last night I was watching Crashing and there was an amazing scene where Phoebe Waller-Bridge literally rips apart a jumpsuit/onesie because she can’t get it off in time to use the toilet. Pure comedy gold. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel strange being topless in public places, even if I’m behind a bathroom stall.

    • Trish O says...

      my mom has a “terrible” story about wearing a jumpsuit at the airport in the 70s, traveling alone with three little girls. While in the bathroom, trying to keep us all collected in the stall while she went to the bathroom, the top part fell in the toilet. SOOOOO, she spent the flight with a toilet wet jumpsuit. I try to lean from history, so no jumpsuits on travel day for me! Funny, it was trauma for my mom, but I don’t even remember it. Kids…

    • Kari says...

      OMG yes! I was just about to leave the same comment as Kerri! I bought a jumpsuit a couple of weeks ago not even thinking about the bathroom issues – until I had it on, about to remove the tags, and had to actually use the bathroom. LOL.. I keep on going back and forth about keeping it or just returning it.

    • Lucy says...

      I love jumpsuits but have the same bathroom struggle. I’m saving up for one from Matter prints, which is an amazing ethical, slow-fashion company, and their jumpsuits are made so that you can pull down the bottoms to use the restroom without taking the top off!
      https://shop.matterprints.com/collections/the-all-day-jumpsuit

  100. Sheri says...

    You’ll love the book, Educated.

  101. Lucy says...

    We are headed to Cornwall in four weeks. I’m British, but moved to the States as a kid and although I go back every year, have never been to Corwall. Any suggestions of things to do/places to eat? We’ll be on the north side near Padstow and Newquay. Thanks!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh how exciting! we actually always stay in my grandmother’s tiny fishing village of polruan (across the harbor from fowey) and hang there the whole time. but this year we might take a couple day trips, so i’ve done a little more research.

      all the castles and beaches are so wonderful, all over cornwall. st ives looks so beautiful, and i’m so curious about st michaels mount — apparently you can walk there when the tide is out, but have to take a boat when it comes in! here’s an awesome photo: https://www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk/plan-your-visit/opening-days-times

      i’ve also heard amazing things about the restaurant at coombeshead farm, which is run by the incredible April Bloomfield: https://www.coombesheadfarm.co.uk/

      hope this helps! i’ve also heard great things about this fish spot in newquay: https://www.thefishhousefistral.com/

      have a really wonderful trip!!!

    • Lucy in England says...

      Lewinnick Lodge is an amazing place to eat above Newquay with incredible food and sunset views.

      It’s a bit further down but I was blown away by how beautiful Holywell Bay beach is.

      And if you’re on the A303 stop for ice cream at Otter Vale in Monkton just before Honiton.

      Have a great time!

    • Claire says...

      Oh!!! An April Bloomfield restaurant??? I would love to go there! Her Lemon Caper Dressing has changed my life…. I feel I owe her money.
      I’ve always wanted to go to Cornwall (that photo above is so lovely).
      I hope you all have a splendid time.

    • Jo says...

      Cornish girl here…

      Food: Check out Nathan Outlaws in port isaac, Rick steins in padstow

      To do: visit lanhydrock house, walk the coastal path, tintagel castle, st Ives tate,

    • Lucy says...

      Thank you, Joanna, Lucy, Claire and Jo! (Off now to research recommendations….)