Sensible, stylish and savvy travel tips:
We all know too well the trials and tribulations of packing lightly for flights. If you’re a woman, fashionista, blogger (or all three like me) it can be a bit difficult to condense your travel wardrobe and essentials into a carry-on and suitcase.
While we all love a cute bag and matching suitcase, those are definitely better reserved for short trips. Otherwise, it may not be the best option for those two-flight, layover trips. In this article I’ll break down my packing essentials and tricks. Take them, leave them, and comment your favorite tips below.
Compartmentalize comfortably – Before you cringe, let me say why I occasionally switch from my cute Jessica Simpson carry-on bag to a *gasp* black OGIO backpack. While I love my carry-on for smaller trips, it can be cumbersome to lug around all day if I’m taking multiple flights. I wound up transferring it over to my hubby since it was digging into my shoulders, and putting it on its wheels wasn’t the most functional. Therefore he got me one of his OGIO backpacks and I fell in love with all of its compartments. We personalized it with his Neomed pharmacy school logo and I’ve been taking it ever since for my longer trips. It’s also large enough to fit my small purse in as well to go through security and have my hands free.
Mini-pharmacy musts – The last issue I want to face is being in the middle of traveling or just arriving at my hotel without anything to calm a common ailment. While this may seem like common sense, so many times I’ve forgotten basic meds, only to be stuck in a foreign country without a drug store in reach, or overpriced individually packaged over-the-counter drugs. I bring 1 to 2 of everything for nausea, motion sickness, gastrointestinal issues, the common cold, headaches, band aids, Neosporin, and my personal medications. Don’t forget extras of your personal prescriptions in case you have delayed flights.
Electronic device necessities – I personally bring Bose quiet comfort 25 headphones, a Belkin cord splitter for multiple listeners, a portable phone charger, two iPhone chargers, my iPad, my Lenovo Yoga 2 laptop, and extra batteries. The headphones are perfect for droning out the noise on the airplane so you can watch a movie or just get more peace and quiet on the ride. I also like the Calm app for meditation, as I tend to get anxiety traveling (don’t we all?!)
Limited valuables & make-up – I usually stick to packing my make-up in its own little bag and only the more expensive essentials such as my Lancôme products. I have a fear of losing anything valuable in my checked bag, so I never pack anything in it that I can’t live without or that would cost a lot to replace. My most valuable jewelry I usually wear or leave at home and carry-on my fashion jewelry just so I know I have it with me, but again it’s limited.
That stupid one quart bag – The rule is a nuisance but we have to adhere to it. I usually bring a travel-size lotion, my favorite is True Blue Spa’s paraffin hand lotion from Bath and Body Works. I also put any liquid makeup and products in it as well to avoid getting into issues with TSA. Victoria’s Secret makes the perfect tiny sample size of their perfumes, so I rotate those scents frequently.
Roll up those clothes – I always make sure to put my shoes at the bottom in plastic bags and roll up all my clothing. This helps prevent wrinkles for the most part and maximizes my space for more outfits. I pull and connect the opposite straps over in a crisscross to secure the clothes from moving around.
Ziploc everything – My husband makes fun of me, but I make sure to Ziploc anything that could spill or leak when it comes to my toiletries. The last thing I want to happen is a disastrous explosion of hair cream all over my clothing. I also bring extra bags for the way home in case anything does leak on the way there.
Mini-size refillable bottles – Walgreens has their own travel size empty bottles you can purchase at the store and fill up with all your own products. I have been using these for a while now, that way I don’t have to buy the overpriced travel size Aveda or Moroccan oil products. The bottles come in a zip-up plastic bag that you can reuse over and over again and put your other products. Walgreens also has a plethora of travel size items at affordable pricing. I always bring a mini travel loofa as well.
Pack for any weather – Sometimes we expect the best weather when we are traveling to a tropical destination, but I’ve learned to pack for hot and cold, rainy or sunny. If you have room, pack a mini umbrella, hat, a jacket, and gym shoes. Don’t forget a bag or fanny pack that you don’t care about getting wet and covered with sand for beach days.