April 4, 2016

Style Essentials: Travel Edition



Today's post isn't exactly about style but it's definitely about the essentials. Specifically what I need during a flight. But in case you're curious about what I wear – I'm all about comfort and my travel uniform consists of: either jeans or leggings, a flowy top, a cardigan in case it's cold and flats.

Most of my friends and family have, at one point, made the assumption I overpacked for my vacations. That is, until they took a trip with me or dropped me off at the airport and realized that was far from being the case. I love traveling light! Especially when I started traveling alone and had to carry everything myself. I'm usually good with carry-on luggage and a big purse to put under my seat. So what I wanted to share are the essentials I carry in my bag to get me through a flight, happily and comfortably.

Bag / Headphones / iPad mini cover / Portable charger / Socks / Notebook / Camera


Longchamp bag | I've had this bag (the large and small version) for a very long time and either one or both of them have accompanied me on most of my trips. This is the purse I use 99% of the time on the plane and I can't recommend it enough. It's cute and functional.

iPad + Book | I love reading on the plane! There's absolutely no distractions and on a flight from NJ to Cali, for example, I usually read two books (that's just one way). So I make sure to come prepared with my iPad mini and depending on my TBR, at least one actual book as well.

Notebook & Pen | I can't guarantee that I'll actually use the notebook I bring with me but I feel like I always need one in case I have notes/ideas and my phone dies.

Noise canceling headphones | It took me a while to finally take the plunge and buy these and it was absolutely worth it. Plus it gives off an obvious "please leave me alone" vibe.

Camera | As much as I love taking pictures on my iPhone, I still bring my Instax Neo with me on trips. But now that I have a Sony A6000 mirrorless camera, I'll be bringing this instead.

Make-up + toiletries | I always put my makeup in my purse vs. my luggage. It's just easier to reach for a quick touch-up on the plane or at the airport. Same goes for toiletries like lotion, facial mist, lip balm, etc.

Socks | Sometimes it's nice to slip off your flats and change into some comfy socks for a long flight.

Portable charger | The last thing I need is my phone dying on me when I need to text someone.

Pillow | It's weird because I can fall asleep on the bus, no problems whatsoever. On a plane? Not so much but.. a pillow helps.

Snack | I usually bring candy or a small bag of cookies when I inevitably crave something sweet.

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What are your travel essentials?

5 comments:

  1. I have probs traveling light.... but definitely learned to do better when I had to go on some trips where I was taking public transportation to. I've been used to driving everywhere, which allows for a lot more over-packing! Visiting NYC was definitely a wake-up call because OMG my suitcases were SO heavy dragging them up so many blocks!

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  2. These are definitely all of my travel essentials as well! (Seriously, it's like we're the same person.) But I definitely carry all of these things on the trips I take, especially when it's going to be an overseas jaunt. And I really prefer packing light, even if I do have a suitcase that I'm checking in! Makes it easier on me, since I've been on my own for most of my trips and have to wrangle my suitcase myself.

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  4. One of my must haves on trips is my iPod. I have to have music. I also have a cheap prepay card phone that I bring and leave my good phone home. If it gets lost or more likely dropped (I have done this twice while hurrying during travel), no big deal. I bring my 7" Kindle Fire tablet now because it is a lot lighter than my Fire HD (and cheaper in case I lose it). I also bring my ancient first generation little grey Kindle reader, just in case the Fire runs out of juice. :)

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  5. One of my must haves on trips is my iPod. I have to have music. I also have a cheap prepay card phone that I bring and leave my good phone home. If it gets lost or more likely dropped (I have done this twice while hurrying during travel), no big deal. I bring my 7" Kindle Fire tablet now because it is a lot lighter than my Fire HD (and cheaper in case I lose it). I also bring my ancient first generation little grey Kindle reader, just in case the Fire runs out of juice. :)

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