Thursday, December 15, 2011

9 to 5 Chic Gives Lessons on Packing for Vacation- Part 1

As with everything when you do it enough in life, I've learned quite a lot when it comes to traveling and packing. For me, there's really only one simple rule and it's this: carry-on only. Too many bags have been lost and found by various airlines (a disappointing 24 hours later) and when you're traveling on a tight schedule, waiting for baggage claim is just not efficient. I travel light, and it's made my travel significantly easier. The packing? Not so much. :) 

Here's what I've packed in my under-the-seat carry-on for my November beach vacation:

  • H and M Snood: The perfect throw-over-your-shoulders solution for cold window seats on the plane 
  • Macbook Pro: Recently encased in a clear shell by Speck 
  • iPhone 
  • Stella McCartney Sunglasses & Case: My go-to pair of late 
  • Various rings and bracelets and their own protective pouch 
  • Hair claw 
  • Reading material: Elle had just arrived, so it was the lucky one 
  • iPad: Are three forms of wifi-capable, blogging-enabling gear really required? Absolutely! :) 
  • Packable Fendi beach bag 
  • Lanvin heels for resort dinners 
  • Caudalie Beauty Elixer: Recommended by a friend, it does wonders for post-airplane "air" 
  • Ahava lotion: To battle the dryness 
  • Estee Lauder Bitten Fig: This red shade is on my lips 75% of the time, the other 25% I'm wearing Revlon's Wild Orchid (bright pink) 
  • Kiehl's Lip Balm: A must when I'm on the beach 
  • Eclipse gum: Always fully stocked at home 
  • Keys 
  • Louis Vuitton Clutch / Purse / Crossbody bag / Wallet: It does it all and it's compact. No brainer 
  • Lo and Sons O.G. Travel bag (courtesy of): This is the ultimate travel bag (and yes, it fit all of the above plus my DSLR camera!)

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