Every good vacation starts with a packing list. Women notoriously overpack because we don’t want to risk leaving the absolute must-haves at home. Whether you’re packing for a one-night stay or a week-long dream vacation we all need a few travel essentials to see us through.
Travelers are all different. If we’re traveling by plane some of us are happy to pack everything in a carry-on bag while others are happy to check their bags. If we’re traveling by car we might be tempted to bring two or even three suitcases. Is there such a thing as overpacking?!
This past week I packed my suitcase and headed to Lake Oconee for a week-long getaway at the Ritz Carlton. It was part work part play and a whole lot of fun! Today, we’re kicking off travel week and taking a look at all of those hard-working items that get us to our destination in style.
Today features my travel essentials as well as my travel outfit
I've also put together 2 alternative travel outfits
My travel essentials and recommendations are all linked inline in the text of the post. If you have additional questions about what I packed, leave a comment
The travel outfit is shoppable via a text or image widget
The alternative travel outfits are shoppable via an image widget
A good suitcase is the starting point for any trip. I’ve had my fair share of suitcases through the years but I prefer a hardshell suitcase with spinner wheels. And I love a matching3-piece set.
Most luggage brands sell a variety of sizes but a carry-on that’s sized to fit the overhead compartment of a plane is a must. Samsonite is a tried and true brand and if you don’t mind splurging Tumi is an excellent choice.
Recently I was in the market for new luggage and decided to purchase Delsey luggage which is comparable to Samsonite and has some darn good-looking suitcases to boot.
The Chatelet Collection came home with me and I put it to the test last week with a road trip. Travel Tip: Most luggage sets look similar. To save yourself time at the bag carousel, distinguish yours in some way. Tie a ribbon to the handle or choose a distinctive luggage tag.
Totes come in an assortment of sizes. I love Longchamp Le Pliage Totes and have the 21” expandable tote that comes in handy if I’m on a shopping spree while on vacation and can double as a weekender. Longchamp carries nylon totes, coated canvas totes, leather totes, canvas and leather travel bags, backpacks, and belt bags. The Speedy Neverfull tote or a Goyard are great investments.
If by chance your tote doesn’t have a top zip a tote insert is a practical option.
Packing cubes help you stay organized. They come in different sizes from extra small to large. Use packing cubes to separate lingerie from swimsuits or your tops from your bottoms. Calpak is a durable choice that’s available at Nordstrom but Amazon carries lots and lots of packing cubes for a bargain
A good toiletry bag is a godsend. Hanging toiletry bags are quite popular. I have a monogrammed set from Mark & Graham that includes a cosmetics case and travel pouch
Stock up on your favorite beauty products that come in mini sizes. That way your cosmetic bag is always ready to throw in your suitcase at a moment’s notice. But great makeup/cosmetics bags are a must. For some reason, I was always forgetting to pack my makeup brushes until I purchased this makeup bag that has a special pouch for brushes. It also has adjustable dividers and a shoulder strap.
Organizing medication, supplements and vitamins have never been easier than with a pill case.
Don’t forget to invest in jewelry boxes to stash your jewelry with ease. I travel with a hard case and/or roll-up jewelry pouch. Travel tip:
Just like stocking up on beauty products in mini sizes stocking up on travel-size skincare is an excellent way to go. Again, your skincare bag is always ready to toss into your suitcase saving you oodles of time and stress. Colleen Rothschild offers the Discovery Kit with seven essential skincare products that come with a travel bag. For a little extra something, the Exploration Collection has four skincare goodies that will come in handy on your trip. These would make excellent Mother’s Day Gifts.
Keep all of your tech essentials within easy reach with a leather charger rollup. Headphones,
charging cords, etc… need to be accessible while traveling. Am I right?!
Never leave home without a portable charger.
Last week, we kicked off Travel Week with a preview. I showed you what I wore for dinner at The Ritz. Click the title or image below to read the article.
is the Founder and CEO of Style at a Certain Age. She writes Sundays-Fridays on all topics ranging from fashion, health, wellness, home design and more.
She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
Hi, love all your travel tips. Going to Charleston in three weeks and will use some of them.
I mistakenly thought you were going to The Ritz in London so was a bit disappointed but your blog is always a highlight of my day.
Fab, fun post! You gave me lots of ideas to fine tune my packing; plus some gift ideas. I love them all.
Love the outfit too! You look so youthful in the cap! That’s one thing I never think of and I have caps. My husband doesn’t travel without one, but I always forget mine. Same thing with graphic tees. I have a ton, but never thought to travel in them! That’s why we need to follow bloggers! You give us such great ideas!
I purchased the shoes you show for dinner at the Ritz. They arrived already, so I’m getting excited planning where I’ll wear them
Lovely vacation, like your evening flats a lot!!
The Ritz look very elegant decorated.
Glad you enjoy your weekend
I have this Anine Bing PARIS T-shirt. I love it, cotton very soft cotton. Thanks for all your style tips.
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