Given that I recently traveled and somehow managed to leave all of my shirts at home, I figure it's time for a Travel Essentials post! I know, you're probably thinking, 'well if you couldn't even remember to pack shirts for a trip to your favorite place, then how could you possibly know what is essential for travel?'
Answer: I have no idea, but here are my essentials:
I suppose I'll make the first essential shirts since I didn't have any while in Washington D.C. during the Labor Day holiday.
Thankfully, I traveled with someone who wanted to absolutely spoil me for my birthday weekend! He took care of all of my clothing woes while we were away.
Now that we’ve established that I need shirts, let’s talk about what type of shirts I wanted for the holiday weekend. Lately, I have been big on the long, dress-type shirts that are flowy and loose-fitting. Either that or a simple t-shirt dress!
Shoes: Vans - Old Skool (Blk/Blk)
Purse: Charming Charlie
MY COMFY SHOES:
My “comfy shoes” are literally just Vans.
I’ve been an avid Vans-wearer for approximately 19 years (Geez, that’s a lot of time). I remember back in middle school when Chuck Taylors were in, but my feet were too wide, so I ventured over to the Vans store and fell in love!
Unlucky for me, however, the “Vans” song by The Pack became a big thing and my Vans store experience has been a crowded one ever since. This was an excellent thing for Vans, but an annoying one for me.
Ah Well! I still buy them!
I like to work out wherever I go.
A big part of that has to do with the fact that I like to see what each gym has to offer. And, another part of that has to do with the fact that I'm already in the routine of working out regularly. So, I cannot travel without at least one pair of running shoes, always Nikes (even if I don’t get a workout in).
MY MAKE-UP BAG:
Now, the chances of me actually putting on make-up when I go on a trip are slim to none, but let it be the case that I travel somewhere and don’t bring my make-up bag, I'd have a fit! I would definitely freak out as if I were actually going to wear make-up each day of my vacation (knowing that I won't).
But, since I’m crazy about actually bringing my make up, here’s what I always seem to pack:
Primers & Setting Products:
Smashbox Primer Stick (click here for a list of my favs)
Smashbox Priming Water
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Sacha Banana Powder
Eyeshadows & Liners:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Palettes (Modern Renaissance, Prism Palette, Subculture, Soft Glam, Norvina)
Melt Cosmetics Rust Stack & Baby Girl Stack
Fenty Beauty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner
Blushes, Highlighters, & Contouring:
During the summer months, I like a reddish blush, so I use Mac Cosmetic’s Raizin Blush
I haven’t found a highligher that I can’t live without just yet, so, if you know of one, tell a friend!
I cannot travel without snacks for the plane! For some reason, the pretzels and soft drink just don’t hit the spot the way that the flight attendants want them to. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t need a full meal on a 4/5 hour flight, so I don’t expect the airline to change a thing, but I do snack quite often. Because of this, I know better than to travel without an arsenal of snacks in my carryon bag.
My Kindle/A Book:
We all know that traveling without entertainment has the potential to be some of the worst experiences of your life, so I usually bring my Kindle to catch up on blogs, books, and homework.
An EXTRA LUGGAGE TO CHECK:
On trips that I know I am going to shop until I drop, I always bring a carryon sized luggage and check it with the airport so that I don’t have to carry it around. This way, I am free to shop without worrying about going over weight with my bigger checked luggage (especially since I tend to overpack). I sometimes even put my extra travel sized items in this luggage, this makes it easier to bring a ton of lotions, soaps, bath bombs and different camera lenses.
This is my newest travel essential. There’s something about seeing the city with the wind blowing in your hair! Each morning we woke up and hopped on our long boards to either ride to the monuments or to ride to Union Station for food and it just turned out to be a quicker way to see more of the city and to add a bit more adventure to our adventure!
Welp, those are some of my essentials for travel, what are yours?