We’re going to put it out there and go ahead and say that packing is not fun…at all. We’re travelers around here, though, and have learned a thing or two over the years that have helped us pack like pros. Whether you’re going on a weekender to the desert or a weeklong European jaunt, we put together a few tips and travel-friendly items that will do you wonders.
Yes, there is a difference! While there are a million and one things we want to bring, there are a few things that we have to bring and can’t be bought during the trip. Did you pack the following? ID / passport, medication, contacts / glasses, debit / credit card and cash. If you’ve got those necessities and aren’t going to a remote location, you are golden. Don’t panic about the other stuff. We always tell ourselves, “You can always get it while you’re there.”
When you’re thinking about your outfits, make sure multiple pieces work together. Do your sandals work with a couple different outfits? Can those jeans be paired with a few different tops? Can your workout shoes double up as walking shoes? Last but not least, though we hate to say it, easy on the shoes. Those are heavy and take up lots of room. Dresses or jumpers, on the other hand, do double duty!
If you’re bringing two bags (one checked, one carry-on), really think about what’s going in the carry-on. First of all, make sure all of the ‘must-bring’ items from tip #1 are included. Second, this rule is especially important if you’re traveling to a destination for a wedding or special occasion. Pack your wedding guest outfit — from shoes to dress to jewelry — because ya never know. Third, pack an extra lightweight outfit, just in case of a spilled-coffee mishap or again, ya never know. Last and certainly not least, always make sure your toiletries are truly travel-sized, because airport security is never, ever going to let it slide.
If we could bring our entire skincare routine in all it’s glory, we’d have an entire suitcase filled to the brim. Luckily, places like Kiehl’s, Sephora and Target have made it super easy for us to get the travel-sized version for pretty much everything. When there isn’t a travel size option, travel bottle sets are your best friend. And while we’re no TSA, we know you gotta follow the rules: 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters for all liquids, creams, and gels, y’all. Toothpaste counts as a gel, but luckily Marvis makes the chicest travel-sized paste!
We’re all about compartmentalizing. We’re the kind of people with bags within their bags. We like to keep things as organized as can be, which really means, less digging around for something on the plane. From coin purses to pouches, we’ve got ya covered.
And there ya have it folks. That’s our take on packing 101. Take a look at a few things we never leave the house without before a trip. Happy summer vacation, y’all!!!