Exactly a year ago, we were in the middle of an 11-day road trip around the South of France. It was an absolutely massive undertaking to plan, inspired by cheap flights from Madrid to Toulouse and Lonely Planet's France's Best Trips book. I pieced together many of the different road trip itineraries in the book and added in some additional stops based on blogs and sites I'd read online. The final plan was very ambitious and had us covering quite a bit of southern France, but the end result was...fabulous (if I do say so myself). Now, when I think about going anywhere in Europe on vacation, a few places come to mind, and the South of France is without a doubt at the top of that list.
Not all trips are created equal, that much is definitely true, but whether we're going somewhere for two weeks or two nights, or we're travelling by car, plane, or train, I've figured out that there's a few things I always pack. Now, I'm not just talking about my toothbrush, clean underwear, and a comb...those are always coming, yes. But I'm guessing most people pack those things when leaving the house overnight. I'm talking about things that Danny might not pack or you might not pack or whoever. These are ten things that I don't necessarily check off like, "Oh it's time to pack! I need to get my ten essentials!" but rather I've found over time that each and every time I go somewhere, they come along too.