autumn in europe.

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i love autumn! the cool breezes, cute accessories like scarves and hats, seeing the leaves change and celebrating my birthday are always my highlights of the season.

this fall is a very special one and one i will always remember. i’m on a five-week european vacation with my sister. we haven’t seen any leaves change colour yet, but the cool breezes have found us in Austria – a welcome change from Hungary’s 30+ degree days. i spent my birthday eating cake for breakfast and dessert, and i’m all about the cute accessories.

packing for six countries and two seasons of weather proved difficult, but so far our choices have been the right ones.

here are a few things that have made travelling a breeze so far:

back it up.

a wheelie suitcase seems like the easiest way to pack for any vacation because you can just roll it beside you. you’ll think again when you see someone else attempt to roll a suitcase down the beautiful cobblestone streets of Paris. packing in a backpack has been the best thing we’ve done. we found packs that open like a suitcase, so you don’t have to shove everything in from the top and maximized space with packing cubes.

never miss a step.

we love exploring on foot. you get to discover so many more things than you would if on transit or in a cab. to make sure i was prepared to pound the pavement, i packed a pair of my most comfortable running shoes – fashion be damned. increasing the milage can be uncomfortable as our feet get used to different footwear. to help ease any discomfort, i wear my Dr. Scholl’s Comfort & Energy Massaging Gel Insoles, especially on longer walks to make sure i can comfortably keep moving without having to turn back early. these insoles are great for foot and leg fatigue, with gel waves that massage the most sensitive areas of my feet. in two weeks, we’ve already covered over 150km by foot, and there is no end in sight. 

eyes wide shut.

i had to try out many eye masks to find one i liked, but wearing one has been so helpful to maintain my regular sleep pattern. sometimes i’m sleeping on a couch in a living room or trying to catch a few winks on the train between cities, being able to put on an eye mask and keep out any light lets me fall asleep faster. thankfully sister hasn’t needed to elbow me for snoring on the train yet!

the right side of the bed.

there is absolutely no way i’m going to let a headache, muscle ache from carrying my backpack, or poor night’s sleep sideline my sightseeing. i keep ALEVE Nighttime on my Airbnb nightstand so i don’t have to worry. ALEVE Nighttime relieves my muscle aches and pains for up to 12 hours, plus it has a sleep aid to help me fall asleep and stay asleep. the small, oval caplets are in a compact container, making them easy to throw in a makeup bag or purse, so i’m not losing important packing room.

this post is sponsored by Bayer. to make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.