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Packing List: Italy, Prague, and Croatia

Beyond getting to test new and exciting beauty products and work with incredible team members, one of the most unique benefits of working at Birchbox is what we call a "Tribbatical." You take a tribbatical after you've been at the company for three years, and it's a way to recharge and reset for the next few years. It's a mandatory three-week vacation, and we're encouraged to use the time creatively: take a class we've always wanted to, go on a dream adventure in a far-flung land, or volunteer your time.

When I celebrated my third anniversary with the company late last year, I knew I wanted to visit a few places that have been on my bucket list for a while now: Italy, Prague, and Croatia. Here are the products that will help me navigate hiking between the five towns of Cinque Terre and island hopping on the Dalmatian Coast in style without overflowing my suitcase.

  1. Cynthia Rowley Beauty Confetti Neoprene Makeup Case: This adorable makeup case made out of wetsuit material will definitely be making the trip to the beach with me—it’s the perfect size to stash my cosmetic necessities and fits nicely within a tote.

  2. W3ll People Universalist Multi-use Color Stick: Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to my travel makeup. These Color Sticks can be used on lips, cheeks, and even your eyes. The paraben- and fragrance-free formula comes in a range of creamy shades.

  3. bkr Glass Water Bottle: I never let my favorite bkr bottle leave my side, so there’s no way I’m going away for three weeks without it. Not only is it the most stylish water bottle, it’s made with eco-friendly glass and covered with food-grade silicone, meaning it’s surprisingly durable.

  4. L. Erickson Color Block Italian Turban Headband: My vacation style inspiration is Gwyneth Paltrow’s character in The Talented Mr. Ripley, and this headband feels like something she would wear. I’m also brushing up on my head scarf-styling skills because when in Rome…

  5. Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask: If there’s one travel tip I’ve picked up from our editorial director, Mollie, it’s to always bring face masks with you. (There’s no better time to sneak a little pampering in.) These black sheet masks have activated charcoal to pull out impurities and spearmint extract to wake up my skin after long days of trekking around Cinque Terre.

  6. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, The Circle by Dave Eggers, and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn: I’m a total book worm (working my way through the Birchbox June book club pick, The Vacationers right now). I’ll be whiling away several afternoons on the beach (not to mention a few long plane rides) with these three page-turners.

  7. Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen with Olive Polyphenols SPF 40: I’m obviously not about to go anywhere without sunscreen. I love that this one has hydrating olive oil in addition to the natural Supergoop! formula that I rely on. It will be perfect for protecting me from the European sun.

Find more of my travel tips in my 5 Things to Try This June video!

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