The holiday season is only a few (read: two) short weeks away, and that means it’s time to start getting your life together. Gathering gift lists, going over old recipes, making packing preparations – they are all the mundane necessities that happen behind the scenes of the holiday hustle. Being the obsessive planner that I am, fine tuning these various bouts of chaos into to-do notes and packing checklists has helped me conquer the season, and it starts with finding your essentials! Here are my staples when packing with purpose!
YOUR FAVORITE STYLE STAPLES
I hate it when I travel, and upon arrival I realize that I left one of my favorite pieces at home! As I pack, I pick through my closet for pieces I know are versatile, can style various ways, and are comfortable enough to journey wherever the day takes me! From trips to California, Boston, Nashville, and home to Florida, I find that I always curate a collection of pieces that I know look well styled together, or are canvases for additional finds I pick up during my travels. Know your personal style, and pack your favorite pieces! This upcoming holiday season, I love the idea of packing loose sweaters, fancy florals, and basics like cotton tee’s and distressed denim.
A KILLER SUITCASE
This year, my NUMBERO UNO must have is a B.A. Indestructible and fine tuned suitcase, like this Champagne beauty from Arlo Skye. I have owned a bulletproof TUMI suitcase for as long as I remember, and it made a world of a difference when your luggage works in your favor! -no more breaking a strap, busted wheels, zipper strips, etc. – Now that I travel for both personal and business reasons, I am excited to step up my travel style with this durable number with multi directional wheels, lightweight fabrication, and incredible packing power! I love that this bag even comes with it’s own portable charger that you can take with you wherever you go!
BAGS IN BAGS IN BAGS
I love the idea of compartmentalizing my things. Being able to designate a bag for just my accessories, and a pouch for just my intimates, a tab for my tech wires. Being able to put all of your like-items together and putting them where they are easy to access makes traveling such an easy feat! My favorite thing about the Arlo Skye luggage are the incredible compression packing panels! You can fill them to the brim with your excess essentials and let them work for you while they keep things inside the suitcase nice and tight – no shifting in air!
THE MOST ESSENTIAL ITEM OF ALL. Grab a new book off of your must-read list, download a new kindle ebook, or grab your favorite glossy and hit the road/sky! I love finding a new escape while I get to my destination, whether I am laughing my butt off with Mindy Kaling, solving a mystery during Gone Girl, or making the mistake of reading The Fault in Our Stars at 10,000 feet, an escape from the ordinary is always welcome!
FLYING COMFY COZY
If you have been around here for a while, you know I love this term. We don’t live in 1999 manhattan, ruled by the uncomfortably beautiful pieces donned by the women on SATC. This is the modern world, and somehow we can get away with wearing spandex (and a lot of it) and find ourselves feeling confident AND comfortable. There is an incredible statement to be made here, but traveling is an extremely uncomfortable process. No matter what pilots, architects, and TSA try and do to ease our worries and make us feel at ease, it is important to feel your most comfortable and confident self, starting your journey on the right foot is always the way to travel! For me, styling pieces that move with me, keep me both cool, and warm, and are easy to wash upon arrival make for the perfect travel look.
+ What do you consider your travel essentials?
+ Are you gearing up for the holidays too?
+ Where are you headed next?
+ Share your thoughts, comments, and spread some love below! xoxo
**This product c/o Arlo Skye, however all comments and opinions are my own