I love to travel. Anytime I do so, I create new stories and memories that could fill a book or an abundance of blog posts. I find energy in experiencing new places, cultures and food. Since Phillip’s job consists of being on the road a majority of the year, Penelopi and I are fortunate enough to join him on some trips and explore the world as family.
The day before departing for any travel, the procrastinated task of packing may weigh heavy on all your minds. With a suitcase that contains strategically planned outfits, shoes and cosmetic products, the items in our carry-on bags usually remain the same from trip to trip. Below you’ll find my favorite carry on essentials, and I’ve even put together a jet-setters travel kit to give away to one of YOU lovely readers, which you can read about at the bottom of this post!
3 – Battery Charger
In the instance of low battery on my phone or iPad while in the air, I carry this backup charger. Phillip got me this for Christmas last year from Restoration Hardware, and it’s so convenient. All you have to do is charge it the night before and you have yourself a portable charger while in the air.
4 – My Jewelry
Airlines do not cover, if they lose your bags. I learned this lesson in a very scary situation when they lost my luggage. When the airline casually told me they hoped I had insurance, my heart was palpitating thinking about all my jewelry in there – wedding bands, family jewels, etc. Luckily, they found my bag and everything was accounted for, but from that point on any jewelry that travels with me goes in my carryon, period.
5 – Planner
What would I do without my daily planner?! The inside of my planner may look dysfunctional to an outsider, but I promise it’s what they call ‘organized chaos.’ I write everything in this book from my daily tasks, random thoughts and grocery list. I might not know which way to turn without it!
6 – Travel sized toiletries + bag
Since I’ve experienced a lost luggage catastrophe before, I always travel with some essential products that can get you through the night in lieu of another mishap. *TIP: I like to save the sample toothpastes and shampoo/conditioners from hotels or magazines for this very travel reason!
7 – Cleansing Towelette
Sitting on a plane for hours can make you feel greasy. I like to have moist towelette available to rid the grease and to freshen up. Especially when I might not have time to freshen up before I head to an engagement.
8 – Headphones
The quality of these headphones are excellent. Plus, they’re Sweet Ladi Jane’s favorite color 🙂 You can find these rose gold sound makers at wearefrends.com. I have my eye on a new pair for Christmas … (cough, Phillip)
9 – Coloring Book-
I always include something for Penelopi to color. If she gets bored with her iPad, the coloring book, pencils and markers act as a backup activity for her. Plus, I enjoy coloring with her. We have a 1940’s Fashion coloring book. Penelopi helps me decide what color to make the outfits, she really enjoys designing them.
10 – First Aid Kit
The protective mother in me won’t travel anywhere without a first aid kit handy. This mini kit may not heal battle wounds, but it does the trick in case of a paper cut, headache or any other accidents we might have. *TIP: Save the box! You can always refill them.
I’ve put together this jet-setter travel kit (pictured below) to give away to one lucky winner! The kit includes a mini Herschel backpack, a TSA-approved travel bottle set, and a Draper James iPhone6 case! To enter to win these handy (& stylish!) travel accessories, all you have to do is comment on this blog. I’d love to hear about upcoming trips you have planned for this summer, and any of your favorite travel tips!
This giveaway ends June 28th, 2016. A winner will be randomly drawn and contacted through the blog comments. Rebecca Sweet, author of Sweet Ladi Jane is the giveaway Sponsor. The Giveaway is open to English speaking residents of the 50 United States who are lawful U. S. residents (including U.S. territories). Online entry only. Please follow the Giveaway instructions in the blog above. No other methods of entry will be accepted. Only one entry per natural person. Selected Entrant will be required to respond via email seventy-two (72) hours of attempted notification. Failure to respond timely to the notification will result in forfeiture of the prize. Giveaway is subject to these Official Rules. By participating, Entrants agree to be fully and unconditionally bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Giveaway or these Official Rules. Any portion of the Giveaway may be canceled, suspended and/or modified, in whole or in part, if in Sponsor’s opinion any fraud, technical failure or other factor beyond our control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Giveaway. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Giveaway or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsman-like or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Giveaway, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person