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My Travel Esssentials

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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?


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  • CarlinaL

    Alaska? How fun! This is a great list, especially the one about the change of clothes, I never thought about that one!

    My travel essentials are a heavy layer or a scarf that doubles as a blanket, airplane friendly snacks and fashion mags. 😉

    xo Carlina

  • Donna

    Um Alaska, I would advise bringing at least a heavy coat! 😉 I do agree with your must have carry-ons and as a vet in traveling I always bring an extra pair of socks in my carry-on.

    My favorite packing tip – shoes in first and roll everything. That’s technically two. Can’t wait to hear all about this adventure!!


  • Oh to Be a Muse

    I love the idea of putting chia seeds in your water. Will do that on my next trip. Hope you have a great time in Alaska. I’ve also never been but I only hear good things (despite the cold).