SHOPPING: TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
I'll admit that this isn't the prettiest of posts but sometime you have to be about practicality over prettiness. As I traveled around Europe and back and forth to New York over the past month, I got to be a pretty quick packer and, what I would like to think, a savvy traveler. Although I still haven't got it together enough to sign up for TSA Pre-check, I've got my travel essentials pretty down-packed by now. Here are my favorites...
BEAUTY - Traveling a lot creates two major problems: tired eyes and dry skin. Both of these issues are not pretty. The Clinique Pep Start eye cream under my eyes makes it look like a got a full nights rest even though I spent the night sleeping upright in a polyester chair (heart you red eye flights) The Farmacy masks are great at resorting moisture and giving you a little pampering after a lot of travel. I always stick a few of these in my bag. Lastly, Milk Makeup Hero Salve is wonderful at being a multi-purpose moisturizer. The spa-scent is perfect for rubbing on cuticles, lips, elbows and even taming fly-aways. When you are traveling, you gotta rely on those multi-tasking products. Also, important is tons of water. While it may be annoying to get up frequently during the flight it will really help you stay hydrated in the drying plane air. Grab a reusable water bottle to fill at the airport so you avoid spending lots of money on those expensive airport bottles of water.
TECH - While I was covering the music festival in New York for work (did I really just type that? who am I?) I ran out of iPhone battery a lot and a friend of mine had this charger from Amazon. I can't stop telling EVERYONE about it because its $25 and charges your phone 6 times over. I recently went to a bachelorette party weekend and only used this to charge my phone all weekend. It's so liberating not to rely on a power outlet. I also alway bring my iPad mini with me. Not only can I watch great movies and TV shows, but this nifty case transforms into a mini keyboard for answering emails on the go.
COMFORT - I'm not really sure what to call this category but let's just say these are the things that will make your flight that much more enjoyable. First, and most importantly, is leggings. Now before you think I have completely given up, hear me out. Leggings get a bad rap but honestly, when you are on a long flight, there is NOTHING better. I have fallen in love with the Zella Live In Leggings because they are soft, high-waisted and affordable. The key is pairing them with regular clothes (think a striped shirt, scarf and cardigan) to pass them off as real clothes. Next, most essential, and comfortable are my Allbirds. I have raved about these wool tennis shoes here before but these guys are seriously amazing. They feel like socks, so there is never a need to change into socks on the plane, but they are lightweight enough to wear if your destination is on the hotter side. I wore them all over Europe and was super happy with them. Also important for plane comfort is a big ole scarf. This is essential for any kind of transportation where you will be taking a snooze or just wanting to be comfortable. Speaking of snoozing...I used to be someone that totally struggled with sleeping on the plane. I've learned, however, to make the most of the time on the plane to catch a little shut-eye. The key to this is a sleep mask and ear plugs. My sister let me borrow one of these odd-shaped sleep masks and, at first, it felt strange like I was putting a tiny bra on my face. Then I loved how I could open my eyes to complete darkness while wearing it. Lastly, very essential is healthy snacks. Those plane snacks are really the worst. Just enjoy the feeling of being able to pull out your own healthy snack as the poor person next to you chews on their dry pretzels. I tried these Graze snacks recently and really loved the variety, plus they were perfect to throw in your bag.
EQUIPMENT - This suitcase has changed my travel life. I know it's a bold statement but it's totally true. It is super lightweight and has those nifty four way wheels. I brought it with me for a two week vacation and Europe as well as a 4 day trip to New York and it works perfectly for both trips. It expands a little if you decide to buy things along the way and fits perfectly in the overhead bin (unless you are traveling internationally, then they check nearly all bags) I also have been loving traveling with a backpack. This one fits a laptop plus all of your travel essentials I've listed. Backpacks are just more practical for work trips because you can hold more things and the weight is evenly distributed. Lastly, throw in an umbrella if the weather forecast is iffy. It's always better to have one with you than to have to buy an overpriced, bad-quality one once you are there. This one is less than a pound so just throw it in your bag and forget about it.
So those are my travel essentials. Did I forget anything that is a MUST for you? Also, I'm trying out this new shopping widget which will make it easier to buy the things featured on my blog. Hope you like!