“Fill your life with adventures, not things.

Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”

CARRY ON, CARRY ON, CARRY ON!!!  This is so important, by keeping all of your belongings with you it allow you to be in control of your luggage.  How many stories do you hear of people losing their luggage or it being delayed due to the airlines?

Okay so if you have to check in your luggage, here are some things that you should carry on the plane with you:  Perscriptions and Medication, a set of clean clothes along with undergarments,  makeup or skin products you use – this also includes shampoo. (keep in mind your products must be in containers that are 100 ML or less)  Another must is your tablet, cell phone and a portable charger in case the airlines do not have the outlet to plug in.  Also make sure you have downloaded netflix, movies as well as the airline might have movies or shows available on line so download their app before takeoff.  A good set of headphones is always a must, if its a long flight you might consider some earbuds and then my favorite is my bose headphones.  Throw some comfy socks and a lightweight jacket or scarf because the flight can be cold and there may not be blankets available to all passengers.  Also get a head pillow- try and order one that is a blow up pillow it will save you tons of space with your carryon luggage.  

 

My last tip is to bring snacks with you on the plane, you never know when a flight might get delayed on the airplane and you are starving.  Also bring an empty water bottle that you can take with you through security, you can fill it up once you are through and can have water on the plane,  one time on an Asian flight I didnt  get any water before I got on the airplane thinking they will serve me on the flight, to my amazement I had to pay for bottled water. – NEVER AGAIN WILL I MAKE THAT MISTAKE!

Packing for the  seasons

Fun under the sun

There are some great destinations out there, try going during the shoulder season so you can avoid the crowds.  There is nothing more disappointing than seeing Florence, Italy in the summertime and having to fight through crowds to see some of the beautiful architecture.

Sweater weather

My favorite time to see Europe, go in October the weather is still nice enough to be in a sweater.  Try renting bicycles and see all the quaint little towns along the Rhine River in Germany or explore the beautiful countryside in Switzerland

Baby it’s cold outside

So this is still on my bucketlist after traveling to Europe about 4x per year, I have yet to see the Christmas Markets.  Being from Arizona I don’t mind the heat so if I have to go somewhere cold it better be worth it, and seeing a Christmas Market would be well worth being a little chilled.

Best toiletries for traveling

Travel Bottles

Travel bottles are a must for me on vacations. Although hotels always have their travel size shampoos & conditioners, it’s never the same as bringing your own. These amazing little bottles are silicone and squeezable so you don’t have the struggle of trying to get the last drop.

 

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Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees came out with a travel pack that is an absolute must. These travel sized containers include cream cleanser, day lotion, deep cleansing cream, body lotion, foot cream and hand repair cream to keep your skin moisturized and beautiful no matter where you go.

 

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Foldable Cosmetic Bag

This beauty is the perfect accessory to travel with. It can not only hold all of your travel toiletries, but it can also fold into one compact case on the go – or be hung during your vacation for easy access.

 

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Sunscreen Stick

This SPF 70 Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Face & Body Stick is not only perfect for tropical getaways, but can be used anywhere you go.

 

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Foldable Toothbrush

This foldable toothbrush is the perfect accessory for any trip. Not only does the protective case keep your toothbrush clean, but is also compact for optimal storage.

 

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Venus On-the-Go Razor

This compact on-the-go razor comes with a case for easy transport. The venus razor keeps your skin silky and smooth on any kind of vacation.

 

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The essentials I pack for every trip I take.

Laptop, Ipad, chargeable batteries for my iPhone,  small blanket that can easily pack in my suitcase, bose headphones, journal, backpack, snacks, 2 pair pants, 4 shirts, 2 light sweaters, 2 pairs shorts, 2 workout outfits, bands for exercise, sunhat or visor, sunscreen, only 2 pairs of shoes, my cosmetic bag that only has 100 ml or less of product, sunglasses (rain or shine)

Best luggage for traveling

Weekend Getaway

This duffle bag is not your everyday duffle bag. With separate departments for both dry and wet clothes and an additional shoe compartment, this duffle makes for the perfect weekend getaway bag.

 

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One Week Trip

This light weight suitcase is the perfect getaway bag for a one week trip. Its light weight material and size make for an ideal carry on suitcase.

 

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Two Week Trip

This luggage set is perfect for a two week trip. With a unique pattern and a hard shell, your luggage will be protected and easily identifiable at baggage claim!

 

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Three Weeks + 

This oversized suitcase is not only perfect size for long stays but comes with a built in lock for you to protect all the items you bring along for your stay. It’s the perfect combination of style and protection!

 

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Packing  hacks

Pack Smarter

Do you ever have trouble fitting all of your clothes into your suitcase? When traveling, it’s important that you’re able to bring all of your favorite outfits and not have to worry about the limitations of your suitcase. I love these Space Saver Bags by StoragePro because they SHRINK EVERYTHING down by 75% volume in your luggage, so you can take along more of your favorite clothes and travel with less baggage.

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Travel Securely

Not all suitcases come with built in locks. When traveling, it’s important that you keep your things safe, but you must be sure that the lock you chose is TSA approved. These TSA Approved Luggage Travel Locks work perfect when on the go.

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Water Proof It!

Let’s be honest, we all know that once you check your bag – your luggage is now at the mercy of whoever is handling it. We know that it’s bound to be tossed around in the mix of everything which is why these protective cases are my saving grace. Keep your luggage from getting scratched, stained, messy or ruined with these easy . to remove cases.

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