My entire life, I’ve traveled like my Memaw and literally bring everything but the kitchen sink. I was that girl who brought the most random items just in case. Somewhere along the way, my husband started factoring in an extra $50 for plane tickets because we would always hear those dreaded words: your bag is overweight ma’am. One trip my bag was over 75 pounds, which if you didn’t know has a $100 upcharge vs. $50. It was then I thought enough is enough and said to myself, I could have bought a nice pair of earrings for that!
As a business owner, I find myself traveling a lot more these days. I don’t always have time between meetings and flights to arrive an hour beforehand to check a bag, and don’t like to risk it being lost. Since I represent the Baublerella brand, I always like to be prepared and look polished – our tagline after all is You’re So Polished – but it’s hard to do that AND pack in a small bag. However, I’ve learned to adapt and now pack everything I need for business trips in a carry on… or two*.
*See tip 4 for our trick allowing for 2 carry on bags 😊
This week we are headed to The Atlanta International Gift Market®, and as I started pulling outfits I decided to share my top 4 tips on how to efficiently pack for a week and still look put together. I’m sure there are so many more tips, so I would love to hear your packing tips too because you can never be too prepared!
1. Pack in Color Stories
You can cut down on shoes and mix layers if you pack in the same color story. In the summer, I always pack in a pink and white story so I can wear the same shoes, sweater or jacket with several outfits. I prefer to pack dresses because they don’t take up much room and it’s just 1 article of clothing vs. 2 if you were to bring separates. If you prefer separates, try bringing 1-2 pairs of pants and change up your look with different tops & jewelry. If all your outfits are the same color story, you can get by with 2 pairs of shoes – a practical pair for day and fun pair for night. Technically you could bring 1 pair, but what’s the fun in that?!
2. The Beauty of Minis
When it comes to beauty and personal care products I refuse to cut down on my daily routine, so to make room I put EVERYTHING in mini containers. Every time I arrive home from a trip, I refill the containers when I unpack so I don’t have to worry about it before the next trip. There are some products that simply can’t be transferred like one of our faves, the No Frizz Humidity Shield from Living Proof, which is an aerosol we can’t live without! For staples like these, we always buy the mini versions. Lucky for you, we got in touch with the kind people at Living Proof and are giving away a bag FULL of their top selling products in mini sizes! See the bottom of this post on how to enter.
3. Assess Fabric Weights
You may think this sounds silly, but when you start looking at folded stacks of clothing, you can really see a difference. For items like pajamas, workout clothes, and even some outfits for the day, choose items that have a thinner fabric weight. Yes, they don’t weigh as much but more importantly, they fit more compactly in your carry on.
4. Prepare Your Purse
You are allowed two bags on a plane – a carry on and a purse. Since a ‘purse’ can be subjective, we suggest to either take a large purse you can put additional things in like your computer, snacks, etc, OR you can do what I do: pack your purse in your suitcase and take a large bag to carry on with your suitcase. In the large bag you can put all the essentials you’ll need while traveling, then when you reach your destination just whip your purse out of your suitcase, et voila!
These are just a few tips & tricks I’ve picked up along my travels, but I would love to hear what you do! Leave a comment below with either a travel tip or a product you can’t live without on-the-go and be entered to win a travel set from Living Proof with the following items along with our Bling Brush: Restore Shampoo, Restore Conditioner, Prime Style Extender, No Frizz Humidity Shield, Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo. Prize valued at $80. You can also enter by leaving a comment on our Instagram post about the contest.
My mum and I are very particular about our skin and hair care regimen! We absolutely love the travel size bottles of Evian Water spray! We started using them when we would travel: a healthy dose of spritzing our faces once an hour, every hour, during a flight, followed by our favorite face moisturizers, to help keep our skin supple and glowy en route to our vacation destinations. We also spritz my dad, my sister, and my husband ;) Now we keep extra bottles stashed everywhere! In our everyday purses, our cars, her gym bag (she always spritzes after yoga or pilates!) and my dance bag (I’m a ballet teacher!).
I got engaged April 2015, and married October 2016… my husband proposed with an absolutely STUNNING one full carat, 6 prong, Classic Setting from Tiffany&Co, and invested in the matching shared prong, half eternity wedding band from Tiffany’s. Anytime we travel, I always pour some of the Tiffany’s liquid jewelry cleaner into a container small enough to throw into my makeup kit, which ALWAYS stays with me in my carryon luggage. I have yet to find a container that will not leak or spill etc and it makes a greasy, soapy mess of everything :( My mom saw the #blingbrush on #GMA, and on a whim ordered one for me and one for herself. I cleaned all my “baubles” the day she gave it to me, texting her before and after pictures of my trial run. We finally found a product to throw in our bags to schuzz up our sparkles on vacation, when they get cloudy from sunscreen and sweat, or sticky from fruit juices (be it from power smoothies, or pink cocktails with little umbrellas)!
It would be amazing if there was an option to buy a #babybling #babybaubles. A super compact bling brush, similar in size to a lipstick, and maybe a finger sized #minimitt too! For makeup kits, travel, even to keep in the smallest of evening clutches!
For me, it’s always great knowing I can save space by rolling some of the clothes, which can save space on its own, but then I’ll pack things like jewelry in tissue paper and stick them in the rolls of clothing! That way nothing gets jumbled or tangled, it saves space, and I can locate items easily without removing things to get to the bottom of the bag!
I do the same thing with my bags!!! I have also rocked a backpack many times as my second carry on. It can come in handy when running around through an airport and can be convenient for a laptop! It also has multiple Pockets that are easy for separating items and makes it easy to locate andbaccess important items during travel. Additional tips: if you have a neck pillow wear it around your neck or hook it around your bag so it doesn’t take a room in your luggage. Also I have never had a problem getting two carry-ons Plus a regular bed pillow on a flight with me, tuck it under your arm and you’re good to go zzzzz