These days I’m pretty much ready to go at a moments notice. Some trips last for a few weeks and others are just a short break no more than 3 or 4 days. But no matter where I’m off to or even how I get there, there are a few things I always, always travel with. My 5 travel essentials I can’t live without are:
1. Longchamp Le Pliage XL Travel Bag
I absolutely love my Longchamp Le Pliage XL travel bag. The ultra lightweight nylon bag folds up into a tiny, flat bag that is easy to pack into the 20″ spinner that I’m typically seen wheeling through airports. The interior easily wipes clean with a damp cloth, so my Le Pliage has served many purposes from carry-on to beach bag. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, though I love the Le Pliage XL because it can fit a lot of stuff whenever I do need an extra bag.
2. RejuvaHealth Compression Leggings
I’ve long had issues with my feet and ankles swelling up to several times their normal size when flying anything more than a few hours. RejuvaHealth sent me a pair of their compression leggings to test out and I’ve now worn them on a couple of flights, plus a very long travel day that involved a lot of sitting on a bus and then a train. The swelling (and subsequent pain that comes from my swollen ankles and feet) was significantly reduced and actually was completely gone by the next day. In the past, I could experience pain and my elephant sized feet for several days following my flight, so I’m hooked! They look like a regular pair of leggings, so they pair great with a tunic or long sweater. Both super comfy to wear and fashionable, these leggings are now a staple of my travel-day outfits.
3. Tieks by Gavrieli
I am the queen of shoes and reducing my suitcase to just one or two pairs for an entire trip was probably the hardest adjustment I had to make to my new on-the-go travel life. What can I say? I love my shoes! There was once a time when I barely blinked at the cost of a pair of Jimmy Choo’s. I hate to say it, but my collection of Jimmy Choo’s aren’t the most practical shoes for running around cities and I’ve long needed a good pair of flat, yet fashionable shoes made for long days of walking. As amazing as I’d heard Tieks are, I wavered on whether to spend $195 for a pair of ballet flats. So when Tieks offered me a substantial discount to try out a pair, I took the plunge. The hardest decision was picking out which color! Oh, how I love the Azure Snake…
In the end, I rationalized that Obsidian Black crinkled patent would be my best travel companion and pair with a lot. Like my love of the fold-up Longchamp Le Pliage, Tieks are flexible and fold up into a tiny pouch perfect for easily stuffing into my bag. And they are so comfy! I really put them to the test recently as I traversed the cobbled streets of a hilltop town in Abruzzo, Italy. And I accidentally wore them on a short hike on my quest to capture a certain picture of Abruzzo’s heart shaped lake. No blisters, comfortable, and fashionable = a winner in my book! Totally worth the price tag, in case you were still wondering. Maybe I’ll order the Azure Snake after all…
4. L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner
I’m really disclosing a lot here. Swollen feet and…shhhh! Don’t tell! I’m also a victim of horribly frizzy hair. Did you ever watch Friends? Remember that episode where they all go to Barbados and the humidity wreaks havoc on Monica’s hair? Well, that’s totally me! L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner keeps the frizziness at bay. Forget travel size bottles or relying on the hotel for good shampoo and conditioner. I never ever travel without my tried and true L’Occitane shampoo and conditioner
Wondering if I travel with a huge bottle of shampoo and conditioner? No way! I keep my GoGear™ Travel Tubes filled with my L’Occitane shampoo and conditioner. They’re made from leak-proof silicone and the top easily screws off to easily fill them up. I’ve been traveling with them for more than 4 years now and never had a spill. They’re even TSA approved since the largest has a 3 ounce capacity.
I always, always carry a scarf with me when I travel. They serve so many purposes! The airlines are so stingy these days with blankets and I certainly don’t have room to be packing a blanket. So I cover up with a scarf on the plane and even in the car when Tim is always hot and I’m freezing. I pack a lot of the same colors when traveling so I can easily mix and match, plus pair just one or two pairs of shoes with everything. So when I’m not using it as a blanket, a scarf is a great accessory to jazz up and add a pop of color to an otherwise boring outfit.
So there you have it! From my favorite travel bags to my hair care products, these are 5 things I consider to be travel essentials. What is one of your travel essentials?