6/01/2015

Things I Forgot to Bring to Prague

This next Wednesday marks the end of my third week here in Prague. It is so crazy to think that I have only been here about three weeks - it actually already feels like a few months! Not to brag, but I can use the tram by myself to get to school, the mall, and the supermarket. #Proud.

I love the idea of public transportation, and enjoyed my brief use of it in Canada, but being in Czech has taught me a true appreciation for it. It's so crazy to think that hopping on to a different tram or metro can take you to a completely different place of the city, and open the door to so many more new experiences - right now, the motto for the trip is "Whoops, well this will be an adventure!"

Hindsight and I have a very passionate love/hate relationship. Sometimes things go okay and other times, they really don't. Here's a quick list of things I sort of forgot to bring to Prague, partially because of lack of research and also because well, my suitcase can't weigh more than fifty pounds (Oops?).


Hopefully if you're planning on traveling to Prague, or any other part of Europe really soon, these tips can help you avoid what I had to deal with!

Jacket: Patagonia (similar)

1. Rain Coat/Windbreaker | Every single person I talked to who went on this trip last year complained about the huge heat wave they had - and of course, guess what kind of weather was waiting for me when I got here? Lots and lots of rain and wind. I was pretty stubborn for the first three days, but after walking back to my hotel drenched from head to toe, I knew I needed to buy a coat of some sort. I ended up visiting the Patagonia store here in Prague and getting this piece of amazingness. I started to feel a little buyer's remorse as soon as I was out of the store, but over the past week it completely disappeared! It has been so windy and rainy, buying this jacket was the best decision I have made on this trip so far!

2. Guidebooks | I am usually that girl, the one who bought three different books and has everything she wants to do mapped out down to the perfectly dotted I's and crossed T's. But for some reason, I wanted to try something different on this trip: when I was sitting on my bed with my laptop trying to figure out which books to order from Amazon, I decided to close out the window and try my hand at being a little more spontaneous.

Even still right now, I'm not too sure how I feel about this one. Naturally, the girls I began to gravitate towards were the ones with the guidebooks, and we've definitely had a lot of fun, but it was a nice little change to not be the one to say "Okay, today we are doing this at this time, this at this time, this at this time, etc." - it was actually a nice to let someone else take the reins a little bit and just take in this beautiful city.



3. Bug Spray | This one makes me really angry/sad. I had two bottles of bug spray in my luggage the night before I flew out and I only took them out because the few people I was messaging that night all told me that it would just be a waste of space. Well, I guess if it weren't for the rain it wouldn't be as bad, but considering my few experiences down by the river and at the park last week, the bugs here (and well, everywhere else in the world) are just gross.


4. 2GIS | This app is more something I didn't know about but has quite literally saved my life. The easiest way to describe it is like a Google Maps that doesn't need WiFi. It's still fairly new and developing, but Prague just so happened to be on the list of cities already on there. It does everything from restaurant recommendations to the floor plans of the shopping centers to helping you figure out what metro stop to get off at.

xx
Catch you next time.

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26 comments

  1. One of my biggest travel items is always a rain jacket - you never know what the weather is going to bring! Looks like an amazing trip so far!

    Pick Your Beau

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  2. I love Prague, but I totally forgot my guide books! I wish I had them at Prague Castle and other sites!
    Hayden // Haute Table

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  3. Visiting Prague sounds fabulous!!! I always seem to forget things when I travel too so you're in good company. :-)

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  4. A Patagonia store in Prague?! Haha. You got so lucky with that one! A rain coat is always on my list of must-haves! In fact, I'm at the beach right now and it's... you guessed it... raining!

    Kelly
    Ohio Stripes

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  5. Thank you so much for recommending that app!! I am studying abroad for four months in the fall and that will definitely come in handy!!

    Annie N Belle

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  6. Wow! I'll have to check out that app!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  7. What great tips! I definitely should have bought more guidebooks!
    xoxo

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  8. A rain jacket is very easy to forget, but imperative for traveling! Glad you found a good one over there though! Love these pictures!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://www.how2wearit.com

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  9. I want to go to Prague! I'm glad you gave me a heads-up on things I definitely need to bring with me. I hope you're having an amazing time!

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  10. Thanks for the tips! I've never been out of the country except on cruises which don't count in my opinion, but you're making me want to go!

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  11. Oh man I feel for you not having a rain jacket! I hope you're having the best time, Prague is one of the top places I want to visit.

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  12. Oh, the bug spray! That's always something I forget to pack! Thanks for the app recommendation by the way, I have a really stingy data plan on my phone and I need a better alternative than Google Maps!

    Alessandra | The PumpUp Blog

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  13. I am so jealous of your travels.
    I am just dying to go out of the country.
    Thanks for the tips.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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  14. That's so cool that you're in Prague! My sister's friend studied abroad there and loved it!

    XO
    Ashley
    privateschoolprepster.blogspot.com

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  15. Great reminder to anyone going to Prague! I won't be going any time soon (I've never been been to Europe!) but I hope you're having a blast. :)
    xoxo
    Lauren Ashley
    www.thefashionistasdiary.com

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  16. Ah, good to know!! Thanks for sharing! I know you are having an amazing time!
    xo, claudia
    www.chroniclesofclaudia.com

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  17. Thanks for sharing this! I haven't heard of 2GIS before, but I am definitely going to check it out since it can definitely be a struggle finding your way around Europe with no wi-fi.

    -Jenni
    thebeautifullittlefools.blogspot.com

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  18. This is an amazing list! Hopefully I will make it to Prague one day :)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  19. That app looks great! I hope you're having an amazing time!

    Anchors and Pearls

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  20. This is such a great post to remind people what they should bring! It looks like you are having such a great time though!

    xo katie // a touch of teal

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  21. I hope that one day I will make it to Europe but duly noted! I hate not having everything that I need on a trip :(

    XOXO
    Marie H.
    Progression By Design

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  22. Thank-you so much for these tips!! I'm studying abroad in France this summer and these tips were very helpful to me as I haven't spent a lot of time in Europe before!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  23. I think guidebooks are really important anywhere we travel. it's good to know that you've enjoyed your stay there :)

    Looking forward to see more of your posts. Do you have an instagram account? Maybe we could follow each other. Let me know by leaving a comment on my blog or sending me a request. I'll follow back :) Thanks!

    IG: @shairangelique

    Have a nice day!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  24. My sister spent two years working in Prague! I never leave anywhere without a raincoat, with all of the rain we've had in Texas the last few months, I'm terrified to go anywhere without one!

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  25. What great tips! We're going to Europe later this month and I'll be sure to pack these items just in case!

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