I always imagine myself before a trip looking just like Jennifer Anniston in US Weekly, breezing through the airport, looking comfortable yet stunning. In reality I look like the worst fugitive ever.
People are kindly stopping me to tell me my shoe is untied and my purse is open. I won’t have a toothbrush but I’ll have stilettos in my carry on. So here are some reminders for myself, lessons i’ve learned the hard way – including forgetting a dress for my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding – that I wanted to share with you.
YOU’RE NEVER FULLY PACKED WITHOUT A…
Underwear for every morning + 3 more pairs
1 dress (you can never go wrong with a little black dress!)
1 pair of jeans/pants
1 FULL workout outfit – I’m talking the works, socks, bra, jacket. Bring for all kinds of weather so you have no excuses!
A swimsuit! And a cover-up, you never know when a pool may strike
PACK IN OUTFITS
The best clothes to bring are mix-and-matchable.
Don’t be afraid to stock up on accessories! They’re small and don’t take up too much room but keep your outfits interesting.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS WEATHER
Unless it’s the dead of winter or hot hot heat of summer, have a pair of close-toed shoes AND a pair of open-toed shoes
In colder destinations and months, an interesting scarf and some tights make you so much more versatile!
I’ve accepted that I will forever be considered a diva because I always check a bag, no matter how many people have to wait for me at baggage claim. But that doesn’t mean I don’t try to bring everything I can in my carry on. To help your sprints through the airport easier, here’s what I’ve found I miss if I don’t have with me.
PACK THIS & CARRY ON
Sunglasses & a case for them
Charger for phone
Nail file/nail cleaner
For longer trips and flights
Ear plugs & a sleep mask
The lighting on planes is great for tweezing!
Face wash and face lotion
Pens or pencils with hooks
The reality is that every trip is different.
When I’m staying with girlfriends, I don’t stress so much about face wash or a straightener. But if you’re traveling with a boy, you can basically only count on him for running water, toothpaste and MAYBE floss. Maybe. Actually, you should probably bring your own. So here are some things you might want to think about.
Your own pillow case, especially if you like to ball on a budget like me 😉
Beach towel or bath towel