On the train of thought of what we carry daily- What do we carry when we travel to our parents? visit our friends? on an adventure or a much needed vacation? What would you bring if you were visiting Paris? Tokyo? NY?
Or what is your essentials on the plane, train, or automobile?
Travel is always focused on where I am going and what I will be doing.
If it's work and I'm going to asia- dressing warmly is important -they don't have heat at the factories. So layering, with turtlenecks, scarves, gloves, hats, & sweaters
=( thick clunky shoes-to keep me far from the gross floor and sidewalks in china
but cities Tokyo, Taipei, Shanghai I have to admit you gotta be city chic, dressed in your own taste and this winter I've seen beautiful skirts and long riding boots.
If I am flying for work-I pack my Mac Powerbook G4, some sort of mp3 or cd player, a book for the long haul to asia, some magazines, and a bottle of water- any long flight I'd rather have my bottle nearby instead of getting the stewardess or hopping over my seatmates to get to the bathroom
Also, in my bag:
LOTION i like body shops
Eye drops- too lazy to take my contacts out
Tylenol Cold just in case
Tissues! You need this especially in China bring a lot of the pocket tissue
Frequent Flyer Card
Tri-Band Cell Phone to use my phone in any country by buying a prepaid card
DVD's and CD's (for jet lag when I'm up at 3-4am)
Snacks (there are days I travel and don't have the time to eat a meal so I pack breakfast bars and m&m peanuts )
Well, I'm a pack rat and I travel with my 17 month old son...so my bag is full of stuff.
Stuffed Animal (his)
Pacifier and teething biscuits
Passports (mine & his)
Birth Certificate (his)
Ear Planes (I get terrible ear aches from the air pressure)
Tylenol PM (for overnight flights)
Slim Fast bars (in case the inflight meal is nasty)
English to Italian/Spanish/Portuguese/French language book
cashmere blanket and eyeshades
Journal and Pen
Pre-paid Phone card
AmEx, VISA and Debit card
Neck pouch (to carry all important papers)
Copies of tickets, passports, credit cards
Frequent Flyer cards (airline, hotel, car rental...cause you never know)
Itinerary (even for pleasure trips I need to have my days planned out)
Address labels (I type up friends and family's addresses on adhesive labels so I don't have to hand write addresses for post cards)
for travelling to london:
tiny suitcase for my nicest and chicest, dark coloured clothes. and a good raincoat and boots for walking. discreet handbag to wear across body (easy to protect when gypsy con artists are making their way through your very crowded train car on the tube :roll: )
for going home (next week!):
one suitcase for all my favourite clothes, clothes that I don't ever wear (to unload at home), all my study materials for pre-exam revising.
for a short weekend away:
depends on where I'm going. I'm going on away on a university-organised trip this weekend, so packing light and functional is essential. besides what I will be wearing, one extra pair of jeans, two tops, trainers, a couple of books and my toiletry bag and I'll be set!
my essentials for train/air/bus travel go into my trusty black jansport backpack:
spiral notebook for study notes
a couple of books for study
a magazine or two
small cd case
portable cd player
small pack of kleenex
travel tickets, passport, i.d., etc. in a safe place
angel beanie baby ops: I'm superstitious and will not fly without it.
Clothing really depends on where I'm going and what the weather will be like once I get there.
However, I usually wear jeans with some stretch and the heaviest shoes I'm taking with me. So, if it's winter and I plan on taking knee boots with me, then I wear them on the plane so that they don't take up too much room in my luggage.
Small bottle of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer
Kiehl's Baby Lipbalm (it takes up less room than the balm #1)
Prada Shielding Balm in Tint 2
Packet of tissue
Packet of moist baby wipes
Face blotting paper
Dove facial wipes
a sweater (I'm always cold on planes)
exra woolly socks
black pashmina to use as blanket
CD player and headphones, few cds in a Miu Miu CD case
at least 40 dollars (for cab fare)
something to snack on (usually baby carrots to help ease the cigarette cravings)
pen and notebook
bottle of water
Packed in luggage:
Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution
little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.
track pants and tank
rubber flip flops
Ergo travel candle in Currant Calyx
whichever favorite shoes of the moment
I usually stick to black separates that I can mix up.
CD player and CDs
pashmina or wrap (to keep warm!)
Heaviest pair of shoes
Lavender scented eye mask (so I can sleep when the lights are on)
all important papers
anything else I think my boyfriend will have forgotten for himeself
clothes - casual and dressy
Jo Malone bedside candle
small silver clock with photo of my bf and I (from Links)
small speaker to hook up to my CD player in my hotel room
a bunch of handbag and shoe options ...
Frequent Flyer Card
Makeup bag (im worried it will get lost if i check it in)
waayy too much to list
If flying ...Carry-on:
*I ALWAYS wear a tie, no matter if I'm wearing a t-shirt and jeans ...
*My Benetton blue blanket (If its cold or want to sleep, I wrap it around my neck ... feels so good and keeps me warm!)
*My granny's leather document pouch
*My checklist ... I wouldnt survive w/o it!
*My mom's notes ... she panics when I fly, so she puts nice lil' notes everywhere (in my jacket, in my pants pockets, in my organizer, in the luggage pockets) ... it's the cutest thing! she puts stuff like "You know we love you" "We are waiting for you to call" and "Come back safe"...
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I'm flying United Today EWR-LAX
My Sienna Wheeled Carry-On:
Benetton Jean Skirt
Club Monaco flared blk Skirt
DKNY Purple Top with Ribbon
Warehouse tank top Blk
Benetton sweater tank top Blk
Warehouse White Collared V-neck T
Banana Republic Collared V-neck Ribbed Shirt Blk
Benetton Collared V-neck Dark Jean Shirt
Armani Scarf in Beige
Work out Clothes
Coach Signature Boots
My LS bag:
Sony Cybershot digital camera
Samsung Cell Phone
CD/Player & cd's
aveda rosemary mint shampoo & conditioner
bath & body aromatherapy shower gel -energy
oral b tooth brush-cross action
oral b floss
calvin klein face wash-gel
ck spf 15 moisturizer in jar
decleor sunblock 30+
shu uemura mineral water Bergamot
CD forever & ever perfume
all my essential make up
dentyne gum, listerine strips, altoid strips
lv epi in lilac for an evening bag & going out =)
Paper for drawing/writing cards or letters
LV vernis monogram in silver planner with all my friend's addresses and phone #
One more thing that I will always travel with for now on...copies of medical claim forms. When we went to London in March, my son got sick and the hotel had to call for a doctor. The doctor cost £100 (about $162 USD) and now I'm trying to get reimbursed by my insurance company. If I had a claim form with me, the doctor could have filled it out right there and I'd have my money back already.
I'm going to Greece on vacation tomorrow, and this is what I'm packing:
- Money/credit card
- Bottle of water
- Facial wipes
- Lip balm
- Discman + cd's
- Pashmina scarf to keep me warm (I always get cold on planes)
- Mini contact lens case (with tiny bottles of cleansing fluid)
I'll probably wear a pair of stretch jeans, a t-shirt, a zip-up hoodie and either white slip in shoes or my stripey converse.
- Cleanser, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, hairstyling products etc.etc; everything in mini bottles.
- Tiny set of footfile, moisturizer, footspray, nail files, scissors, tweezer etc.
- Three bikinis, one black sarong
- Three pairs of flat sandals (takes up almost no space!)
- Black shorts
- Tan corduroy miniskirt
- Black above-the-knee skirt
- White flouncy under-the-knee skirt
- Stripey sundress
- A pair of jeans that I can roll up
- A white shirt (for evening ferry rides)
- A selection of everyday- and evening tops.
- A black evening clutch
- Black boho bag, for shopping and the beach
Hmm...that's all I can think of...now I only have to decide what to pack in!
Have a great holiday Caramel. Hope you have some room left in your bag for some shopping.
I'm off too Melbourne in a few days (sans hubby ) MY bag will be loaded with turtlenecks, scarves, pants, jackets, gloves, tights, boots, long skirts, a business suit, an evening dress. I'll also have a discman, CDs, my hair straightening irons, and a good book.
And there will be just enough space left over for a little shopping.
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