Hi, frequent traveler here. I am a travel fanatic but I am not a huge fan of traveling… you know like getting from point A to point B. But if there is one thing I love, it is a tried and true, practical, stylish, and downright necessary travel essential. What exactly is a travel essential? Maybe for you it is a must read book, a sleeping pill (no judgement. #teamzquill) and eyeshades, or those stylish-but-secretly-stretchy jeans that every 9+ hour flight passengers should be required to wear. Maybe even the genie inspired pants that saves lives on those 12 hour charter bus rides. We all have our tips and tricks.
Here, I will be letting you in on my guide; my trustworthy and approved-and-certified by time and experience itself travel holy book.
Passport. First and foremost. Always. God forbid you forget your passport. This thing can get you anywhere. Newsflash, If you don’t know this already, you cannot get out of the country without this pretty blue book. Even if you are traveling within the USA, take it with you. You never know when you will lose your drivers license (knock on wood) and you don’t want to be stranded. Don’t forget to add lots of extra pages for the cool customs stamps you’ll get while traveling between countries.
Birkenstocks. Say what you will about the 90s revival of this German sandal, but I will tell you one thing: these shoes are comfortable, go with everything, and Elle Magazine, Vogue, and Glamour wrote articles on them. So, yes, they are back. My personal favorite are the Arizona’s with the soft sole. Classic look, new feel. You have got to try them. I will also mention that every other local person and their brother wore them while I was in Florence, Italy and everybody knows the Italians know whats up when it comes to fashion. Fabulous when running through the airport, even better when walking through the markets of Tangier, Morocco. Give ‘em a go. Your feet will thank you.
Kindle Fire. I am a technologically challenged person. So when my good friend and fellow traveler Jamie Wallace showed me how easy it is to use a Kindle Fire, I became obsessed with looking out for this tablet. Not only is it upgraded to the color screen, but you don’t get that annoying glare from the sun like you would with other tablets. Yay for trashy beach reads! But the Kindle doesn’t just stop at books. With literally millions of choices of songs, movies, TV shows, and magazines, there is no way you will be bored on that non-stop flight from LAX to London-Heathrow.
EmergenC. You are lucky if you don’t get coughed or sneezed on in the tight quarters those charter buses and airplanes so graciously offer us. This little pick-me-up is hard find in Europe so make sure to stow away one of these packer friendly sized boxes of this Vitamin C immune system kick starter so you are up and in full force to take on the day. Mix with water and feel the wellness.
Mario Badescu Rose Hip Nourishing Oil. It doesn’t shock the well-traveled when they step off a long plane ride with everything from swollen feet to static crazed hair. My biggest pet peeve after a forever long flight? Ultra dehydrated skin. But after finding this super light weight, great smelling, and totally TSA friendly (3.4 ounces/100mL bottling) oil, I can throw this into my carry on and as soon as I land I put a few drops in my hand and smooth over face. I personally don’t like putting it over make-up, so if you prefer to be dolled up when traveling, put a few drops on before applying your foundation or powder and watch it last all day! You can even put a couple drops in your hair to tame the static. It really is magic.
A large tote. According to flight attendant Jamie Kilbourne, 99.9% of airlines have a two bag limit for carry ons. If you are going for a quick weekend trip, you know your mini suitcase/backpack takes up half of that so you have a choice: a side satchel to store all of your airplane needs or a tote. I love a good, durable, and under-the-seat-infront-of-you-please tote. My go to is the Louis Vuitton “Neverfull” in white and gray check. It does just what it says. That thing is never full. Whether I am in LaGuardia airport and putting a change of clothes in there to take on New York, or the Amalfi coast and throwing my beach towel and tanning oil inside, or bringing it along in Paris just for looks, this bag does the job. Another great (and less expensive, yippee!) choice is basically any tote from Philip Lim for Target line. Most resemble a fabulous Celine bag (ahh…wishes) but at that go-to Target price. Fashion forward and affordable. Match made in heaven.
Originally posted on Memoir of a Cliché, reposted with permission from Ally Arrigo.