Lifestyle / Travel

The Smart Traveler

04.25.13

Raise your hand if you are notorious for over-packing?  Ok … so both of my hands should go straight up!

I have always felt that it’s better to be “over-prepared” then to wish you would have brought something. If the airlines allow you 50 pounds, then I was taking 49.5 of it. Upon returning home, I would simply shake my head at the piles of clothes I never touched, figure out how to get home any new purchases and say I’m going to do better next time.

Well next time is here and I’m much, much better at packing due my creation of a “Packing List.” Travel Packing ListThe first page is designed to make sure you don’t forget the essentials, any electronics (and their chargers!), along with accessories. Being able to check off items as you are packing ensures you don’t forget anything.

Travel Packing ListTaking the time to plan your outfits in advance is key to not overpacking. It takes time on the front-end, but once you get to your destination, you know what outfits you have and can get up and go.

Travel Packing List

The last page pertains to your trip involving business and then adding the minor details about what the weather is supposed to be like and noting any additional plans you have scheduled so you remember to pack accordingly.

I fly often throughout the year to visit family, for work and the occasional vacation. I have narrowed down the essentials of what has to accompany me on the flight to make it relaxing and enjoyable, and even sometimes productive.

the smart traveler packing essentials

Swedish Fish // Instyle Magazine // Grand Trunk Blackout Sleep Mask // Samsonite 24″ Winfield Hardshell Luggage // Bose Q15 Noise Canceling Headphones // Macbook Pro // Heys USA Hardside Business Traveler // Tory Burch Lunchbox for Neiman Marcus // Ziploc Sandwich Bags // Kendra Scott Brighton Earrings // BuilyNY Cargo Travel Organizer

A few quick notes on some of these items ….

The Samsonite Winfield Spinner luggage (available in 20″, 24″, 28″) is worth every penny.  Beyond the pretty color, the hardshell case is actually very light, it’s extremely durable and having the multi-directional Spinner wheels makes it a breeze to wheel in and out of the airport.

Tory Burch lunchbox was not purchased with the intentions of becoming my jewelry organizer when I travel but it has worked out flawlessly for the task! I place an entire outfits worth of jewelry in a ziploc bag, label it, and in the lunchbox it goes.

I ended up purchasing the Heys USA, Hardside Business Travel luggage because of back and shoulder pains when traveling with my laptop and other essential items in just a shoulder tote. This piece of luggage not only has a front compartment for just your laptop that makes it easy when going through security, it also has an expandable middle section that holds files, notebooks, headphones, etc. It is a bit pricey so watch for flash sales on them from sites like One Kings Lane or Joss & Main.

I’m curious, what are you “must have” travel essentials and/or tips when traveling?

I’m off to Big Bear Mountain for the next 5 days for a work event (which made me think of a travel post) and will keep you updated on the beautiful scenery and fun stuff planned via social media!

-Kristin

 

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