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Whether for work, leisure or wanderlust, we all travel at some point in our lives. For this reason, I want to share my go-to travel essentials, as well as some tips that are easy, budget-friendly and relevant—whether you are comfortable at home or a seasoned traveler! I prefer to only bring a carry-on suitcase + personal item. Both are free with Southwest, my preferred airline. If it's at all possible to avoid the baggage carousel, count me in! Obvi sometimes its a must depending on the location and duration of trip, but I can't stand waiting on checked bags! After all, once off the plane, aren't we all itching to get where we're trying to go?
So let's start with luggage. I had experienced quite a few issues with my previous suitcases until I found one that I LOVE! With a typical suitcase or duffle, all of my liquids and small items would get SMASHED, or the zipper (and my personal contents) would explode, etc. You name it, really! And, trust me, I had put my liquids in all different areas of the suitcase... did everything I could, and it would still happen, no matter what, especially when checking a bag. We all know baggage handlers literally CHUCK your belongings, so we have to take matters into our own hands!
The resolution? A hardshell suitcase. I wanted multiple sizes, without the large price tag, as well as a fun and stylish color that I could easily identify in a sea of bags. I am usually all for black, in its glory, but fighting everyone and their mother over whose is whose just isn't worth it! The hardshell cases I have are lightweight, roll very well, easy to clean, super cute, durable, equipped with saftey locks + best of all - nothing explodes! The 3-piece set I purchased have been perfect for for all different types of trips. While each is great, I just obvi use the carry-on size the most:
And the price-point is ridiculously affordable!
Most of my trips are about 4 days long so a carry-on works really well!
Here are my go-to-carry-on liquids + accessories:
Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrush (comes with Charcoal Toothpaste) - Remember, I love everything charcoal.
Overtone Pastel Silver Daily Conditioner Travel Size to maintain my cool-toned blonde locks (10$ off thru direct link)
Dove Deoderant - Nobody wants to smell bad
Face Toner (from Ipsy)
Facial Cleanser, that is so sudsy + gentle! (from Ipsy)
Mini vaseline for those chapped lips (from Target)
Travel Size Toothpaste of choice
Because I am a Professional Photographer + always want my camera + laptop with me, I use a Kamrette backpack as my personal item. [insert camera backpack photo here] (I'll be sharing my camera gear in another post! So stay tuned!) I make sure the backpack still has tons of space to organize other items, in addition to my gear, that I need to be accessible at all times on my trips!
What I bring on my trips in my personal backpack/bag:
Camera Gear (obvi, I use only #canon)
DagneDover Slim Wallet in black (10% off thru direct link)
Passport in it's cute RFID holder
Plane Tickets (or why bother? 😜)
Chargers (for Macbook Pro + phone)
Nintendo 3DS to play while on the plane
Misc. - that's what the extra space + pockets are for
(Not shown is the backside where the laptop goes, and the 2 side phone pockets, and obvi I needed my camera to take the images ;)
A new travel accessory I've been dying to add to my travel essentials is the Calpak Travel Wallet. I just order it in black, for myself, because #TreatYoSelf? #MyEarlyBirthdayGiftToMyself - I will have to get back to y'all on how much I love or somehow hate the travel wallet!
As far as my staple items/clothes, I try to pack 2 outfits per day, and 1-3 pairs of shoes that go with all of my outfits and allow me to dress them up or down. I add extra accessories as I am able - anything that fits, of course! ;) We all want options, am I right?
Tip: If you don't already know, ROLL YOUR CLOTHES. It saves a ton of space. And if you have anything like a laptop to worry about, wrap your clothes around it + stick it in the middle of the suitcase! Also, put your footwear inside of a shower cap or a bag to keep those bottom-of-your-shoes-germs away from everything else!