It only seems fit that I write this type of post sitting in the Centurion Lounge in Vegas prior to taking off back to Tampa. Which btw Sting was sitting right next to me! Total star struck moment! Trip number two of three in a two-week span. Surprisingly, I am feeling pretty good with all this cross country travel. I am back to work on Monday for a few days before we leave for New York for a long weekend. Then we will be back in FL for a few weeks until more travels arise. Since I’ve been living out of my carry on for the past few weeks, I have some much have travel essentials that I wanted to share with you. They have seriously made the world of difference! Remember my how to pack in a carry on post? So let’s get into these picks, shall we?
I bought this makeup eraser on a total whim and it is the real deal. Don’t you absolutely HATE traveling with your face wash? It either has an annoying pump, is too big, or ends up spilling in your overnight kit. This is so incredibly genius. Just add warm water and buff your face with the cloth. Every drop of makeup comes off even waterproof mascara and red lipstick. Plus, my face has completely cleared up with using it. I think it is because it isn’t drying like so many other face washes. I even use this now when I’m not traveling. I use it for a few days and then throw it in the wash. You will not regret this purchase.
I sometimes feel like a voodoo witch doctor with all my greens, proteins, and drink concoctions. Whenever I travel, I always make sure to stock up on major greens. I used to take the ItWorks green powder and still really like it. However, for travel, I really like the pill form and use the Juice Plus capsules. Plus, with the Juice Plus capsules you get your fruits and veggies. Whenever Mark or myself start to feel that tickle in the back of our throat or a scratchy voice coming on….I start inhaling those greens and I’m able to combat any cold before it starts.
I had to break up with dry shampoo a few months ago. It was making my scalp insanely itchy and I feel like I almost had an allergic reaction to it. No matter which brand I used, it didn’t matter. Well, my friend Julie (who has a blog in the works, I will let you know when it’s live!) introduced me to my new favorite saving grace. It seriously makes your hair look clean again, it smells great, and the best part it’s non-drying. Well, actually the best part is that it’s insanely cheap and you can pick it up at your local drugstore. Or, if you don’t venture out of the house to shop, grab it here. I’m so happy that I can use dry shampoo again! It is a travel MUST. Also, for the brunettes out there you will love this because it sprays on clear so you don’t have to worry about brushing out any white substance.
You’ve heard me talk about these in the past (like this post) but packing cubes are essential when you are traveling in a carry on only. I love them for so many reasons but one of my main favorites is that it organizes all of your clothes into categories. Therefore, when you get to your destinations you don’t have to riffle through your entire bag to find your undies that are packed on the bottom (always right?!!?!) Just take that cube out without having to disturb everything else. Plus, it really allows you to fit more into your bag. I promise.
A dressy pair of sneaks is now one of my essential packing pieces. I picked up this pair from Zappos and seriously they go with everything. I even wore them to the festival the last night and I was the happiest camper. Isn’t the touch of sparkle in the leather just so fab? They are insanely comfy and have breathable leather. They are a splurge but I promise so worth it. I love this entire Geox line and actually you can find it majorly discounted here.
My next travel essential is a hat to hide those dry shampooed locks on day three or after a long flight. I picked up this suede baseball cap which looks like a dead ringer for the Rag and Bone one for a fraction of the price (thanks Jaclyn for this gem!). I also have been on the hunt for a burgundy floppy hat and this one is perfection.
Your skin takes such a beating with traveling between the dry plane air and the changes in climate. The first thing I do when I arrive is immediately put a mask on. These nügg Beauty travel pods are seriously the real deal. One pod can be used multiple times and it leaves your skin insanely soft and hydrated. I also stick this hand cream (seriously it’s the best!) in my bag and make sure to guzzle water. I have this travel water bottle (isn’t drinking out of glass so much better?!?)
I know this is on the splurge side but having lash extensions has made my life so much easier. I am ready to go in literally 10 minutes now. I barely have to even add eyeliner. I finally found a really great contact so my local peeps send me an email and I’ll give you the contact. The glue my new girl uses is super high quality and I only have to get a fill once a month. Makes a WORLD of difference.
My last travel savior has been having access to various club lounges while flying. We have been racking up the Delta miles and we both have the Delta credit cards which give us access to the Delta clubs. It has made such a difference to be able to pop into a club during a layover, grab some food, freshen up and for us multiple job individuals……having fast wifi to finish up work. That is what allows us to get it all done. I can write a blog post, grade some papers, and update Instagram. Mark can work on cases and get ready for his workweek. If you are flying a fair amount, I really recommend looking into a credit card that gives you perks like this. I’ve also heard that Amex Platinum credit card holders are entitled to different perks too, like booking and upgrading travel, but only if they spend over a certain amount in a given time period. My other favorite is the Centurion Lounge with American Express. They are only in a few cities but man are they worth it. The food, drinks, and lounge amenities are baller. We actually got to the airport almost half a day early just to be able to get work done. I told Mark we need to move to a city that has one…..my brother lives in Dallas…..just saying.
So there you have it! My top travel essentials. What are some of yours? Have you been following along on Snapchat and Instagram stories? How fun was the Life is Beautiful festival? I will have a full recap coming up for you this week so definitely check back for that!