This year we made a promise to ourselves: no traveling during Christmas. We would travel before or after, just not on Christmas day. With a daughter whose birthday is on Christmas, we wanted a couple years for her to be able to celebrate at home until she is able to give her own opinions on the matter. We are lucky to have some very understanding relatives and had both sets of grandparents and my brother and future sister in law come to visit. Today begins our traveling to see the rest of the family.We will be spending many hours in the car over the next week so I always think about what I will need, what I might need, and what will keep my busy. I thought it would be a perfect time to share what I bring when traveling. Whether flying or driving I typically include the same things. What are my travel essentials?
Magazine, Kindle, and Ear buds-I load my Kindle up with lots of books and games to save on space when packing. A couple magazines act as backup. It's always nice to have options!
Iphone-Even if I travel overseas I always take my iphone. Most hotels have wireless so it's a nice way to stay in touch through email or imessage. And if I am not traveling I use it to catch up on social media or browse pinterest!
Wallet-Do I really need to explain this one?
Passport-I only bring this when flying, but I like to use a pretty passport cover like this one from Mimic Designs. Not only is it nice to look at, but it helps me find it in my bag more easily. The leather is incredibly soft and the gold lining is so lux!
Tissues-Handy for napkins, toilet paper, or for their intended use I never travel without a pack!
Lotion- It's really dry on planes. I get one with a nice scent like this one in my favorite scent from the Body Shop and it can double as perfume.
Hand Sanitizer- Because you never know when you will be without soap. The travel sized ones like this one are perfect!
Glass Nail File-Traveling or not I always carry one! This one is only $6, but I have seen them other places for less.
Wisp-I like these to freshen your breath better than mints or gum. No water needed!
Lipgloss-A long wearing lipgloss in a color that goes with everything like this pretty shade from Chanel called Seduction.
Miscellaneous- Bobby pins, any medication I might need (in a pretty pill box of course!), and any other essentials in a small coin purse like this one.
The most important essential is not what I pack, but what I pack it all in! If I am in the car I don't want lots of bags with me by my seat. If I am flying I am limited to a certain amount of bags. And I've had bags that have broken on me while traveling so quality is extremely important. This tote from Mimic Design is the perfect size for all my travel essentials and even has room for a bottle of water and extra sweater. It is made of soft, but sturdy suede and can be monogrammed, too. And another bonus is that it's easily passed off as a purse so I can bring an additional carry on while still being stylish enough for using as a purse when I get to my destination. This bag will be my travel go-to for years to come!
I hope all your holiday travel goes smoothly and safely!