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
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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.
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
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.
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.