Travel Bag Essentials

So in light of recent personal events, I decided to hop in my car and drive home to San Diego for a much needed weekend at home.  As someone who is a frequent traveler, it’s still astonishing to me that I always, without fail, overpack.  Traveling is stressful enough as it is without that constant worried feeling like you forgot to pack something important.  In an attempt to not overpack while also being in a slight rush to beat out the LA traffic, I’ve put together a list of items that are versatile and can be mixed and matched to create several different outfits to get me through the long holiday weekend.


IMG_7340

  1. One pair of your favorite skinny jeans.  Mine happen to be my ankle cut black skinny jeans from Topshop because they’re extremely comfortable and go with everything
  2. Two basic tees.  I picked one long sleeved stripped Jcrew tee & my favorite linen tee, also from Jcrew
  3. One solid colored sweater.  I went with my Loft black sweater because the hem is chiffon so it actually looks like I have layered the sweater over a blouse which allows me to either dress it up or down
  4. One pair of booties.  My favorite booties are my Lucky Brand black flat booties; they go with everything and are super comfortable
  5. One dress, either casual or dressy.  Depending on where you’re off to for the weekend, pick a dress that’ll work well for your occasion or location.  I went with a simple black shirt dress because I can wear it with my converse or a pair of booties depending on where I wear it
  6. Sunglasses and/or glasses.  If you’re like me and are as blind as a bat, you never travel anywhere without your glasses.  I also always bring along my favorite sunnies as well
  7. A few pieces of your favorite jewelry.  I never go anywhere without my Marc Jacobs watch.  Not only does it help me to stay on track but its a great accessory that goes with everything
  8. A camera.  I personally really love my instax camera because it’s fun and you can snap a shot and have it printed for you instantly
  9. A roller-ball perfume stick.  I don’t always feel comfortable lugging around my large (& expensive) perfume bottles because I’m always afraid they’re going to get broken during my trip, so instead I pack along a smaller roller ball version.  It’s super easy and works just as well as my normal perfume sprays
  10. Something to read.  Whether it’s a magazine or whatever book you’re currently into, having something to read while traveling is always a good idea, especially if you have to kill time waiting for your flight connection

-Rachel

Follow: