The Traveler: Things I Bring Part 1
Being a constant traveler means curating a few things that go with me everywhere, whether to make packing easier or to help me feel more stylish and comfortable without my full wardrobe. This post is Part 1 in a series where I’ll share some of my secrets and favorites for making travel simpler and more fun and fabulous.
But what do I put inside them? Here are a few things that are currently in my bags—or my hotel room!
Metallic Flats. Flats for travel may seem obvious, but often I try to minimize the number of shoes I bring to save space in my suitcase. Metallic flats go with everything, from jeans and a tee to a statement skirt and leather jacket or a fabulous floral romper or jumpsuit. My current favorites are from Hobes
I also love these pretty Cendrillon Ballerinas from legendary Parisian ballet store Repetto
If you want something with more arch support, try these spacey rouched slip-on Coe Haans.
Ziploc Space Bags. I discovered this packing technique a few years ago and it has changed the way I travel. Space Bags are clear plastic bags that come in varying sizes for checked and carry-on luggage. You just fill them, fold them, and then press them till all the air is removed from the bag, leaving a much smaller package to put in your suitcase. It’s like vacuum-packing your clothes. The great thing is it keeps the interior of my suitcase really clean and my clothes superbly well organized, because I fill the bags according to type of clothing—lingerie, sweaters, dress clothes, evening wear, etc. It makes unpacking a breeze, too.
My secret: I bring one or two empty Space Bags on every trip, just in case I find some irrestible new wardrobe items while I’m on the road or in case I want to separate my dirty laundry from my still-clean items. These genius bags have saved me extra baggage fees more times than I can count! They are inexpensive and reusable many times over.
Another Ziploc tip: I use the 1 gallon-size freezer bags for a variety of travel purposes. I like to pack my chargers and power converters/adapters in one so that I can see what I have without unzipping anything. I use them for bars and snacks so I can keep them all together and just pull them out when I need them. I keep one stocked with “office supplies” — my iPad pen, an extra ballpoint pen for when fellow travelers ALWAYS ask me to borrow a pen on the airplane to fill out their immigration and custom forms and I don’t want to give them my personal writing pen (long story, but someone broke my precious Montblanc a couple of years ago by yanking it open instead of unscrewing it, and since then I don’t lend my actual writing pen anymore), my Mophie battery, and my wireless headphone case. Again, I like to be able to see what I need without pulling out a bag and unzipping it. I even use them to store different currencies when I am traveling between countries. Recently I was in Ibiza and Istanbul the same week, and I kept my Turkish Lira in a Ziploc while I was using my Euros in Spain, and then switched out when I headed to Turkey. Why the freezer bags? They are just more sturdy and I can reuse them many times.
Here’s a video showing how the Space Bags work.
What do you bring? If you’re a travel bug like me, I hope you’ll share some of your favorite travel tips in the comments below, and look for more of What I Bring here on the site.