While I’m certainly not a jetsetter like some, I find myself traveling quite regularly either for work or pleasure. I used to take multiple flights home to Illinois to visit my family, but lately I’ve been taking lots of road trips to visit my sister up north or my parents down south. My brother and his fiancée are still in Illinois but we are hoping they will migrate south in the future too!
I’m a light packer, and I tend to wait until the night before my flight to put things in my suitcase. My husband is an even lighter packer than me, and sometimes he only travels with a backpack if he can help it!
I know holiday travel is past us, but perhaps you found yourself experiencing travel frustrations over the holidays that you are hoping to not repeat the next time around. Today I thought I’d share a few tips from my experience over the years to help simplify the travel process!
Toiletries are the biggest challenge for me because I like to have a lot of options. But unfortunately options with cosmetics or skincare usually means excess weight.
Purchase either a few contact lens cases or these containers from Sephora. You can divide up your skincare, or even foundation, into these little containers so you aren’t hauling large, glass jars in your bag. Not only does this force you to make some decisions (instead of just throwing a bunch of options into your bag), it’s also very convenient. I prefer to use something like this since I can use my mobile label maker (it simply connects to my phone and I make the labels in an app!) and clearly know which product is which!
When traveling by plane, I typically have 1 checked bag and 1 carry-on bag. I’ve found that I prefer to pack my purse in my checked bag, and simply slip a little pouch of essentials into a side pocket of my carry-on. My carry-on is usually heavy with a laptop and/or a camera, so eliminating unnecessary weight (from my Nordstrom card to 8 more options of lipstick) makes everything a bit smoother. A pouch like this is perfect for just tossing into your bag when you are ready to carry it, and this would be a great option as well because it can charge your phone!
Finally, always pack a back up charger in case your flight is delayed and you need to charge your phone. There is something about just being in an airport that sucks all the battery out of my phone, so having a back up charger is key! Just don’t forget to charge it before you head out the door!
Do you have any fun travel plans coming up? Heading anywhere warm in the spring to temporarily escape winter? My sister and her husband just got back from Mexico and it looked like paradise based on her Instagram stories. Now I’m craving a trip to a tropical climate!