I love traveling. I love airplanes; I love trains; I love boats; I love road trips. My family has been blessed with the opportunity to travel quite often. My husband’s family also thoroughly enjoys traveling, so it was natural that we would carry the torch. So far, we have been to half a dozen European countries, Canada, 22 states, and a few islands in the Caribbean together.
Our top 10 bucket list places left to go? (In no particular order):
- New Zealand
The most important thing you can do when planning a trip is bringing appropriate, and above all comfortable, clothing. This is not only true for your days spent at your destination, whether it be a beach, the mountains, or the urban sprawl, but it is of utmost importance for the day(s) spent getting there. I have found that there are 3 rules I try to live by for my traveling outfit.
- The first thing is that you want to wear layers. A light t-shirt (stain and wrinkle resistant), a light cardigan, and a shawl/pashmina/scarf that you can throw in your bag, tie to the straps, or wrap around your shoulders. This can be used as a blanket, a pillow, and in case that stain resistant t-shirt is not so stain resistant, it will be the perfect thing to cover up with. Planes in particular can seem to wildly fluctuate in temperature, but traveling in a car with 4 other people with a wide range of temperature needs can be just as tricky.
- I live in skirts and dresses. However, on a flight, train, car ride, etc., nothing beats a pair of (comfy!) jeans. I often do not feel comfortable in jeans, so if I do wear a skirt/dress, I will try to wear some light weight leggings underneath. Either option works because you will want freedom of motion, and who knows how long you will have to sit on the floor of the airport, and nobody wants to do that in a skirt or dress! In that same vein, I usually opt for flats or wedges. I know that every actress, singer, model, Kardashian, is wearing heels at the airport in the photos you see, but trust me, you will be much happier not tripping/falling up the aisle on the way to the bathroom. Not to mention, walking all the way from one end of the airport to another is hard enough with your carry on bag and luggage, without doing it in stilts. Your feet will thank you.
- Finally, I love bright colors almost as much as I love black clothes. For traveling, I try to stick with mostly neutrals, with some fun and bright accessories to keep me happy. That way, I can mix the travel outfit pieces in with some others during my vacation, and still feel like I have hit that unique mark that I aim for.
Almost as important as your traveling outfit, is your carry on bag. The photo at the top of the page is mere suggestion of a comfortable and chic travel option, but in all honesty, that bag is WAY to small for me to be carrying on! Unless I’m flying from Boston to New York, that is. Usually I will use something more like this bag, which I just found for a steal at TJ Maxx:
This bag has more pockets than I could possibly need and room for everything, but it’s shape is elegant and businesslike, and it’s size is not at all bulky. I use this for work and travel, and really everyday. It has a place for my laptop, my tablet, my phone, a book, a journal, some pens, and more. And the front pouch can be taken out when you just need a few things. And it came with a portable charger that fits into the detachable pouch nicely. I have been looking for a bag like this for such a long time. Everything I had tried before was either too small, or was the right size, but didn’t have any pockets, so everything became a jumbled mess!
Now for those of you that want to know exactly what I keep in my carry on when traveling, either across the country or world, here is the list:
- Laptop Charger
- Cell Phone
- Cell Phone Charger
- Journal (Always a page with reservation numbers, confirmation numbers, etc.)
- Book (or two or three…)
- Magazine (or two or three…)
- Puzzle Book (Crossword, Sudoku, etc.)
- Water Bottle (empty through security)
- Granola Bar/Bag of Nuts
- Headphones (Bluetooth are ideal!)
- Makeup Bag (this is my emergency small bag I take everywhere!)
- First Aid Kit (bobby pins, safety pins, hair ties, tampons, band aids…the true emergencies)
- Wallet (with ID, debit cards, insurance cards, emergency contact numbers, checkbook)
- Pass the Pigs, Deck of Cards, Uno, etc.
I’m sure that is not exhaustive, but I think that is usually about what I have in there, except for the thing or two I always forget! What other things do you always have to have in your carry on?