My Travel Esssentials

traveling tips


In a few weeks, the family and I will be on a plane to Ketchikan, Alaska! Harlowe and I are first-timers (The Banker grew up there!) and I’m already wondering what to pack. She and I share one suitcase, so I pack lean and compartmentalize with lots and lots of organizers.

There are a few no-brainers for every trip:

1.) A  change of clothes in my carry-on, in case Harlowe gets ‘sick’. A mom seated nearby me en route to London was spewed on and carried no change of clothes. It was a very long flight for her.

2.) Water and chia seeds. I put chia seeds in my water whenever I travel to keep hydrated and energized. They are full of nutrients and keep you feeling full longer.

3.) Tooth brush in my purse. I find that having good dental hygiene during long trips makes me feel ‘fresh’ despite being pretty damn filthy.

The rest of my packing takes some planning. I’ve been eyeing these travel essentials for a while and might have to pull the trigger on one (or two) before our trip. ShopBop is having their Friends and Family sale right now, so I can’t afford not to buy something!

1. Karen Walker ‘Harvest’ sunnies

2. DL1961 boyfriend jeans

3. Jonathan Adler for Tumi suitcase

4. Tory Burch cosmetics case

5. Vince slip on sneakers

6. Tory Burch shopper

7. Jonathan Adler for Tumi suitcase

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What are your travel essentials?


5 Things

I finally got around to uploading some Maui pictures. We spent a whole day trying to make it up the Road to Hana, but my distaste for winding roads and subsequent carsickness ensured we’d only make it to mile 12. I did have the opportunity to drink out of a fresh coconut during our first stop which was really the most vital thing to experience. 
Adorable post cards that, for a moment, make me want to trade in my CA plates for HI ones. The local appreciation for driving at a snail’s pace would keep me consistently petulant, but I can always appreciate a rainbow.
Mint Chocolate Chip ice-cream I dug into at the town of Paia, population: 2,668. Not pictured: The greatest fish tacos I’ve ever eaten. You MUST hit up Paia Fish Market for arguably the best fish dishes on the island. 
Sunset from our hotel balcony.
The Banker hiking at mile 2 on The Road to Hana.
Work life balance.