I used to travel all. the. time… jetting off somewhere at least once a month. It was fun, and whenever I have a trip to look forward to I just feel happy. The airplane is one of my favorite places to sit down and really focus on getting work done and I truly just love flying. This past year I slowed down a little bit, but this Fall + Winter I actually have quite a few trips planned (Charleston, Portland, Miami, + LA!) I’m a tiny bit worried about how I’m going to manage it, but I always seem to find a way.
Today I wanted to share some travel tips + tricks… and fave luggage and travel style!
First, what to wear. My uniform is typically a comfy but still polished shift dress (I really love this polka dot shift dress from C.Wonder right now), a big comfy scarf that can double as a blanket on the plane (just got this one and l-o-v-e it), and slip on shoes. Always slip on shoes… I hate having to struggle with laces at security. I’m a big fan of Del Toro Slippers as they are super comfy and cute (and often come in cheeky designs like this emoji pair). Lastly, I don’t really know why (there’s no functional reason and there’s never anywhere to put it once your sitting down), but I like wearing a hat when I travel… so I’m almost always with my J.Crew Panama Hat (or a beanie or warmer felt hat if it’s winter)
And I always, always no matter what carry on. My ex drilled this into my head and it was annoying to have to streamline what I packed at first… but now I wouldn’t have it any other way! Ever! It saves time… and after a really long flight I just want to get where I’m going… no waiting around for my bags – it’s straight out of the terminal and into a cab for me.
Three of my favorite travel necessities:
- Stephanie Johnson’s ML Traveler Case (I’ve had one of these for 4 years now – I just got my second one as I’d pretty much destroyed my last one!) It is the perfect way to keep your makeup, toiletries, and any medicine safe + organized.
- Stephanie Johnson’s Jewelry Case. I love this thing, too…it keeps all of my baubles nice +organized.
- A charger converter. Most newer planes now have plugs for your devices (hooray – so helpful when I’m trying to work!) but you can never be too safe. It works in the car, too. (Along those lines, I’m never without my mophie case, either!)
Right now my preferred luggage is Tumi’s hard shell carry-on (I have this one too for longer trips as it fits more, but the hard case is just so much more polished looking). But my favorite thing in the world right now, travel-wise, is this satchel. It’s a serious game-changer. If you travel a lot, or need a good bag for your laptop, I strongly recommend considering this one. It has more pockets + compartments than you could ever dream of, is able to be monogrammed, and looks a lot like my favorite Fendi bag. So there’s that. Tumi has done a really beautiful job with their new women’s bags (the entire Sinclair collection, in particular)… I love the entire line.
(And I keep all my carry-on necessities in my Truffle clutch, natch!)
Shop the Post: C. Wonder Dress // J.Crew Panama Hat // Loro Piana Scarf // Del Toro Slippers (these are from the M’oticons collab, but there are more fun ones here) // Tumi Suitcase (c/o) // Tumi Satchel (c/o) // Tumi iPad Case (c/o) // Stephanie Johnson Toiletry Case (c/o) // Stephanie Johnson Jewelry Case (c/o)
photography by Lydia Hudgens.