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Backpacking Trip, Stop 1: Boston and Providence

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Our first plane ride, from Minneapolis to Boston very early in the morning, was Nate's first plane ride ever. He's never been on a plane, nor has he been outside of a few states in the midwest. I couldn't wait to experience travel and new adventures with him. Overall, I think he enjoyed the plane experience. By the end of the trip we'd taken so many flights that he was already a seasoned airport passenger, remarking on longer or shorter wait times and differing customs policies.




Our first stop was essentially an extended layover in Boston before traveling onward to Europe. We arrived in Boston on the morning of the 10th, and despite having heavy backpacks to haul around, enjoyed wandering the city. I've been to Boston twice in the past, and it's one of my favorite cities in the US. It was great to be back and to begin our trip together.

We saw some of the typical sights of Boston--went to Faneuil Hall and the nearby markets to have some delicious lunch, walked …

Backpacking Trip Essentials

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I've gotten a lot of questions while planning our trip and during the trip about how we managed to travel for weeks with one small backpack apiece. Well, by packing super light, rolling all of our clothes, and with a few helpful products and traveling essentials along the way. Here are some of the things we used that worked well, in case you're planning a trip of your own! (click the photos to buy anything)

1. Passport Travel Wallet
I used this throughout the trip and it worked quite well for fitting a passport, boarding passes, cards, and cash. It was thin and long so as not to be taking up too much space. But the perks of fitting everything in one spot was awesome.
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2. Inflatable Neck Pillow
Not a huge neck pillow person in the past, but for a trip with so many flights, this was nice to have a few different times. Best thing about this one is that it's super soft and velvety, and also comes with a little carrying bag, eye mask, and ear plugs. It's super fas…

Final Europe Packing List

Here is a full list of all of the things I was ultimately able to fit in my one small backpack and on my person for my trip to Europe (a trip I just returned home from and will be frequently posting about soon!) This list also includes the many layers I wore on the plane to conserve backpack space.


1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of shorts (during the trip I had to buy a pair of leggings in addition)1 lightweight dress1 maxi skirt2 tank tops, 1 t shirt (also bought an additional 2 shirts during the trip, but I figured that would happen)1 floral kimono type thing1 large soft scarf1 pullover sweater 1 swimsuitsocks (5 pairs), underwear (5), and bras (3) obviously1 pair of walking shoes1 pair of sandals1 small weekly pill case filled with a few necklaces, rings, and earrings.2 larger necklacesnormal toiletry items (including many band-aids, medications, some makeup, extra contacts, laundry stuff, wrinkle spray, stain remover, etc.)deck of cardsmesh bags to separate dirty clothes or categories of …