Hello pals! I hope your week is off to a beautiful start! I am currently in NYC for a really amazing brand collaboration, and have been enjoying my time in the city. Always such a fun change from small town rural life.
I apologize that I will be MIA for much of the week while exciting things are happening behind the scenes. I will definitely be checking in during spare seconds and still have a few posts lined up. I was also hoping to share with you our hardware selection for our kitchen yesterday, however, the pieces I selected for the glass cabinets didn’t work out during Saturday’s installation day. Fingers crossed the new pieces arrive and everything goes swimmingly when I get back home.
When I arrived at the hotel on Sunday, I realized I haven’t yet shared a little gem of a packing tip. I may be late to the game, but one little change really made a fabulous impact to my travel experience.
Three words: Mesh Garment Bags. These things are amazing. They come in a variety of sizes, and allow me to really maximize the space in my carry-on suitcase.
When I pack for a work trip, I never know what to expect in terms of clothing, weather and event experiences. Things change at the drop of a dime, and I like to have back-up options in case I make a mess of myself or realize I completely mis-judged appropriate attire.
For this five day trip, I packed three pair of jeans (white, black and blue), two skirts and eight tops. I also packed under garments, layering tanks, a blazer, two sets of pajamas and accessories (not shown above).
So why do I love those little mesh sacks? So glad you asked:
- They are less expensive than typical travel cubes.
- I prefer to roll my clothing when I pack to save space, the mesh sack conforms to the shape of my clothing, yet keeps everything from unrolling.
- They come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different clothing types.
- They are small enough to bring a few extras to separate out dirty laundry.
- They can be used to pack specific outfits for each day (include shoes, jewelry and clothing pieces into a separate sack for each day), or divide out clothing by function (sleepwear, pants/shirts, etc…).
- Mesh laundry pouches – as outlined above, they are a great packing cube alternative.
- Jewelry rolls keep jewelry safe and prevent tangles.
- Travel sized lint rollers will ensure you are dust and lint free on meeting/event day.
- Mini cosmetic cases are wonderful for holding everything from daily vitamins to stud earrings.
- Tuck a few dryers sheets in your suitcase between clothing to keep everything smelling fresh. They are also great for rubbing onto your blouses and skirts to prevent cling issues.
- Pre-pack a toiletry bag with your favorite products emptied into small, TSA friendly bottles.
- Select a cosmetic bag with multiple pouch options and one with handles that allow you to hang it on the back of the bathroom door or nearby hook.
- It is always important to add identification to your luggage. Tech Tags that utilize cloud technology to help insure your items a safe recovery if lost.
- Headphones will keep you entertained during your flight. Keep them tangle free with an ear-bud cord wrap.
- Ear-buds keep your ears happy with tunes, gum keeps your ears happy while changing altitudes.
- Corral all of your important travel documents and keep them right at hand with a handy travel wallet/organizer.
- I don’t know about you, but I always feel a little rough after a flight, especially after sleeping in a crunched up ball. I like to keep a travel size bottle of dry shampoo to give my hair a little refresh/bounce after landing.
- Same story for the face. I don’t pack the pressed powder in my toiletry bag; that goes right into my personal bag to rid my face of oil build-up during the flight.
- Mini hair brush for that mini
bedplane head fixing.
- When I am traveling all day, I am sure to burn through my phone/tablet battery sooner than normal. A pre-charged battery cell will get you a few extra charges throughout the day if needed.
- I pre-load my tablet with magazines and books prior to my flight. This saves on bag space and shoulder pain, as I use to lug those items with me. They are also handy to have for games, music, movies and even web browsing on Wi-Fi flights. Lastly, load Dropbox on your tablet to keep all of your important digital files easily accessible at any time.
- Most often, I am meeting someone straight off of the airplane. I like to give myself a little spritz of perfume during my quick freshen up process. Most perfumes come in travel sized bottles, or you can purchase them and transfer your favorite scents at home.
- Flights always make me feel dried out; both my hands and lips. For hands, I always keep a small tube of hand creme in my carry-on.
- And a little chapstick for my lips!
- These folios are also great for travel docs, receipts, and any other files you may be transporting across the globe.
- It is probably no surprise I take my planner with me everywhere, so of course it makes the cut onto the plane. In fact, I love to store all of the hard copies of any travel docs I have right inside the cover.
So now that I spilled my favorite travel/packing tips (which ended up being a few quick tips), what are yours? What one item is a “must” when jet setting off for business or pleasure?