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WELLNESS: A Homey Touch

WELLNESS: A Homey Touch

Balancing: Living in a new place and giving it a homey touch

A Homey Touch

One of the biggest concerns I had once I discovered I was moving abroad was that we would be living in a hotel room. I needed to figure out a way to give the room a homey touch. Has anyone seen an average hotel room in Europe?

One word: small. 

Okay, now think of living in an extremely small space with a 7 ft tall man.

Two words: Even smaller. 

I was super worried about how I would make myself feel at home in a new and different environment. Not only would I be living with a significant other for the first time but I would be doing it in a new country. One of my saving graces throughout this change was a network of amazing Basketball Wives that accepted me and gave me access to tons of information about living overseas. One topic of conversation that caught my eye was, how to make a hotel room a home.

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Before I left I packed up a box of some essentials that I knew I would love to have with me. It was a little expensive, but I was willing to splurge on peace of mind. Things that would make our little space feel more homey and warm. Yes, its a new adventure but I was not trying to stay in a space for 6 months that was cramped an uncomfortable. Here are my top faves and recommendations for anyone who will find themselves abroad, and want to make it feel like a home.

  1. Candles

In every room I’ve ever lived in I’ve always had TONS of candles. NO matter where I was, college (sorry to every RA ever), my apartment or my childhood bedroom, its always been a necessity. Literally, a candle for every mood or every season. I collect Yankee Candle Coupons and have a heart attack for their yearly by two Large Jars get two free. My mother and I double up our coupons and end up with eight total. The one I packed for us was Spiced Pumpkin and Lemon Lavender my two faves. I also packed a couple tea lites for the bathroom, and a few of the other teammates stole a couple!

2. Sheets

Nothing is better than laying in the comfort of your own familiar sheets. I sent an old warm pair to myself and it was WORTH it. There is something about coming home at the end of the day to your own sheets in a made bed.

WARNING: Make sure if you’re in a hotel you tell the cleaning person that they are YOUR sheets!! I admittedly started a war with ours because she took them and wouldn’t give them back!

3. Skin Care Routine

I have IMPOSSIBLE skin, I’ve been on skin medication ever since the blissful years of puberty. I religiously wash my face with Cetaphil, and use the same face lotion. If I use anything else I literally have the skin of a 13 year old boy. I learned that mistake here when I ran out of face wash, tried a new “organic” wash and ended up with one pimple on each cheek that made me look like one of those creepy dolls with the drawn on freckles.

4. Peanut Butter

I don’t know why, but Trikala Greece has no peanut butter. This wasn’t in my original care package but my saint of a mother sent it pronto after we realized! I never thought of myself as a PB lover before, but as soon as I saw there was none it was all I wanted.

5. Slippers

My L.L. Bean slippers have been a wardrobe staple since my best friend introduced me in 2013. I know its a total fashion no, but on days that I’m just not into it I’ll even wear them in public. They’re deff a splurge but really are so comfy, and they have rubber soles. L.L. Bean also has a policy that if you trash them they will replace them for free, cue the angels.

6. Water Bottle

A lot of my friends will laugh when they see this, but I am in a serious relationship with my Brita waterbottle. I brought it on the plane with me, and sent myself some filter refills. It wasn’t that I thought Greece would have bad water, I actually learned that our town has great water. This is just a staple in my life at home, and I needed it with me here as well.

7. Decorations (Christmas)

Now that it is getting close to Christmas time I have some lights hung in our room and we are in the process of looking for a little tree that can easily pack up and be sent home or to the next country. It makes our room feel so cozy when the lights are on and the candles are lit.

8. Amazon Fire Stick

I have to admit, my first week here was spent homesick as hell. Most of which was comforted by binge watching episodes of Friends on our Amazon Fire Stick. When I’m home Friends is always a go to, and watching it here brought me right back to my bed in little CT. The fire stick makes it possible for us to watch all of our favorite movies and shows through the wifi at the hotel. Netflix isn’t reliable here and a lot of material that you can watch in America, you can’t watch anywhere else.

9. Dryer Sheets

When I do laundry at my house in CT I always throw in dryer sheets for the smell. Other than the smell I’m not really sure the purpose of them, but having our clean laundry here smell like that is a fab feeling.


Homesickness hurts, but these essentials deff made the transition easier for me! I hope if any of you guys find yourself moving to a new country or even just a new place you can use some of these too. To see the town I moved to, check out the travel section about Trikala Greece!


Comment below and let me know if you guys would need anything else!