After traveling this weekend, in true Lindsey-fashion, I had to analyze what travel necessities were missing from my collection and figure out if there were any upgrades I needed to make. I was in better shape than I thought — I don’t travel as much as I used to — but there is definitely room for improvement!
We’ll start with carry-on luggage. I’m a little neurotic when it comes to packing my carry-on bags. I usually take a big tote that houses anything I would need in-flight and then my laptop bag that’s branded as an ‘overnight laptop bag’ that goes in the overhead bins that houses any additional work items, all of my toiletries, including makeup, my jewelry and my DSLR camera, if I bring it on the trip. It may seem like a lot, but I want the things most valuable with me at all times.
1 – I forgot to pack it this time, but I usually bring my Bobble water bottle with me to fill when I get to the airport. Traveling is expensive, so if I can avoid throwing money away on bottled water, I will. On this trip, I bought one bottle of water for my first flight and then refilled it all weekend. The great thing, too, is most airports have areas with filtered water to refill bottles — cost efficient AND good for the environment! Bonus: the new version has a cap that’s attached! I’ve already lost my cap, so I’m always nervous it will leak. I’m excited to buy the new one even more now!
2 – When I purchase travel size bottles, I usually go cheap, but I’d really like to invest in good ones like the GoToob ones pictured here.
3 – When I booked my trip, I knew it might be a little chilly and I’m ALWAYS cold on planes. A few years ago, I bought a poncho from Warehouse, a UK-based store. I brought it with me on the plane and it was one of the items I used the most. I used it as a blanket on my first flight, wore it over my turtleneck sweater to dinner when I landed, wore it over a dress to the rehearsal dinner and then used it as a blanket again on the flight home. Best part — it’s less than $40. I love this one, but they have a few other designs as well. The best part about this one is that it would go with black OR brown.
4 – I’m a horrible packer. I’m not afraid to admit it. I’m just one of those people that likes my things with me–beauty products, the same shower products I use every day–just, my things. We have a luggage scale at home that I use before I leave, but it’s too clunky to travel with…this little one is perfect!
5 – My daily purse is organized by pouches and one of them contains frequent-shopper cards, little discount cards, etc. and is super nerdy of me. I love these little card books — add this to my Christmas list, because it would eliminate a pouch and make it easier to browse through all of my little cards!
6 – The amount of germs on the bottom of shoes TOTALLY freaks me out. Lately, I’ve been packing my shoes in plastic bags, but I’m open to an upgrade. Do I need $58 shoe bags from Bendel’s? Probably not. Are they super pretty? You betcha. I’d probably still use plastic on the inside, but shoe bags are a complete necessity.
7 – I have this eye mask at home, but I had to put it on the list because I’ll definitely travel with it next time. It’s filled with lavender to boot, so it’d be great for falling asleep in a hotel room. I LOVE mine and use it when I need a little help getting to sleep.
8 – A few years ago, we vacationed to the British Virgin Islands and I purchased a new Sonia Kashuk make-up bag for all of my toiletries. It’s awesome — it holds everything I use day-to-day (unless I bring full-size items) and it’s held up really well throughout the trips I’ve taken over the last few years. I have this style currently in a different pattern, but the one pictured seems like it’s a more compact version. Definitely going to have to check it out. For more pics of the sections, click here.
9 – I couldn’t find the exact laptop bag I use as my second carry-on, but I like this one even better because it has spinner wheels. The top pouches are my work areas and the big back pouch is great for everything else I want to have with me at all times. It ends up being SO heavy with my laptop, jewelry, makeup and toiletries, but it makes me feel so much better that everything is in one place.
10 – Slippers. This is one of the items I’m adding to my wish list after this last trip. I usually just throw socks on to walk around the hotel room, but I want to get some rubber-soled slippers that pack easy for future travel. These look SO comfy!
11 – This is another item that’s on my list. I usually drag an extension cord wtih 3-pronged outlets along with me when I travel, but this guy would be awesome to have!
12 – Luggage tags are something I always get lazy with. I usually buy cheap ones because I feel like spending a ton of money on one is a waste (I could TOTALLY be wrong on that, but we switch luggage so often that it just doesn’t make sense for us). I love the idea of buying some cheap plastic ones and then getting some vinyl monograms made to put on them. The luggage tags pictured are around $1 a piece and the monograms are so inexpensive and can be added to anything (pictured is an iPhone charger with a monogram added; apparently, parents with multiple kids are adding monograms to their respective chargers because siblings are stealing each other’s — who knew?!). Two of my friends recently started Lagniappe Crafters and make awesome items — check them out!
13 – Lastly, this is on my list for ASAP. I have really thick hair and usually drag my huge hairdryer with me when I travel. This one folds up, is light and has the same wattage as my one at home. Sold.
As everyone prepares for the holidays, I hope this helps map out your travel needs. What are some of your must-haves when traveling?
Have a great day!