Happy Friday AND happy almost Thanksgiving!
As I was walking through the Geneva airport to board my flight last month, I thought of a few creature comforts that either made my trip easier or more enjoyable, or just helped me feel like I was traveling like a put-together adult and not a shleppy kid in an adultâ€™s body.
FUZZY SOCKS:Â I canâ€™t live without fuzzy socks for travel, especially really long flights like the eight-hour flight from Geneva to New York. The SECOND I boarded and pulled out all my tech toys, I immediately took off my boots and pulled on my fuzzy socks, which keep my feet warm and comfy for the flight.
Evian Mist:Â This one is totally not necessary, but is a fairly cheap little luxury. When I can remember, I love to buy a little bottle of this spritzer to keep my face from feeling really dry during flight.
C. Wonder Makeup Bag:Â I got this on double sale last year, and I love it. Itâ€™s the same fabric as more luxurious makeup bags at a fraction of the cost. Itâ€™s big enough that I was able to fit all the makeup and toiletries I needed for the trip. (It helped that I was staying with a friend who works in beauty, and I totally mooched off her products but I usually travel fairly lightly on the beauty products anyway.)
C. Wonder Clutch:Â The day before I left, I stood in line at the C. Wonder sample sale on the verge of a panic attack. How in all hell would I get everything done before boarding? I reminded myself I wouldÂ get everything done but that these sales would not wait, and I bought two clutches: one for me, and one as a gift for Ashley for TWENTY DOLLARS EACH. So well worth it. It worked as a good medium-sized bag during the day when I didnâ€™t need to carry a whole ton, and I just wore my camera total tourist-style on my shoulder.
Wrap Sweater:Â Iâ€™m sort of addicted to wrap sweaters, or â€œwine sweatersâ€ as KimraÂ calls them, but they are The Best for traveling to snuggle up in. I wore a SmartWool one out to Geneva and a New Balance wrap on the way back. Some people bring scarves for the same reason, but I usually feel like Iâ€™m being choked in a scarf, so sweaters for the win.
The Tech I Canâ€™t Live Without for Travel
iPad Mini:Â For reading books and magazines, obviously, and watching TV? (Long-time readers know I donâ€™t really do TV but Ashley got me hooked on Scandal, and I downloaded some episodes before boarding my flight.)
MacBook Air:Â Last year I switched from a Pro to an Air, and I couldnâ€™t be happier. I donâ€™t travel a ton, but itâ€™s still nice to have such a light laptop. I donâ€™t find the lack of CD drive or slightly diminished processing power a problem at all. I can use my work laptop for any of that real heavy-duty stufff.
Canon Rebel T3i:Â For a hot second, I considered only bringing a point-and-shoot, but why have a D-SLR if Iâ€™m not going to bring it on vacation? Sure, itâ€™s heavy and annoying sometimes, but the photos are well worth it. I used to have a Nikon, but I find the Canon a lot more intuitive.
SolRepublic Earbuds:Â Iâ€™m in the market for a good set of noise-canceling or bigger headphones, but for now, these SolRepublic babies do the trick. I received them at an event a few months ago, and I use them for everything from running to work to travel.
The Travel Bags
Ironically, my suitcase is the cheapest of these…
Samsonite 25″:Â Iâ€™d had the same old terribleÂ Ralph Lauren luggage since I graduated college. It was so cool then, but itâ€™s showing its age as well as making me look like I have the taste of a showy little thing from NJ, not the refined lady I am. (Ha.) I scored it at the Samsonite outlet up at Woodbury just a few weeks before I left for about $200. If you have time to get up there before a trip (or even proactively), itâ€™s worth the madness, I swear. It also looks like there’s a great sale going on right now on Samsonite.com.
Longchamp Expandable Tote:Â When Ashley came to visit me last year, I thought this was such a cool bag. Unzipped to its full potential, itâ€™s a great sized weekender. BUT THEN, YOU CAN ZIP IT UP AND IT COLLAPSES to about 2/3 of its size. But really, did I need another bag? (The answer is still no, but I had a gift card from a blog project and thought it was a nice little treat to buy before my trip.) Ashleyâ€™s apartment in Geneva served as our home base for the week, but for our overnights to Lyon and Italy, it was a solid size to fit what I needed for a short trip while still looking stylish/not standing out as an American.
Louis Vuitton Speedy:Â I got this as a 30th birthday gift, and itâ€™s just such a classic bag that will forever be one of my favorites. It fit in well in Europe, and can also hold my camera when I donâ€™t feel like having it out like a tourist or donâ€™t want to forget it at a bar or restaurant.
What do you love having with you when you travel?