I don’t think there was ever a time in my life that I didn’t love traveling. It’s always something I loved to do and looked forward to doing, even when I was young. For me, there’s a ritual to traveling that calms me, and I oddly feel at-home away from home. It doesn’t matter if it’s a shorter trip or a weeks-long trip, I love to jet set! In fact, when I was still working in the corporate world, I traveled overseas several times a year, so those super long flights and stays aren’t anything new to me.
I travel constantly and while, yes—a big part of that is for work, a lot of it is for pleasure, too! So even though the itinerary and content of my trips may change, one thing never does and that’s how I pack. Packing to me is therapeutic science—figuring out what I’m going to take, why I’m taking it, and how I’m going to pack it all in an efficient way is truly fun for me. It did take a little time to figure out the right pieces and process, but now it’s proven and I never feel like I forgot anything.
For today’s post, I want to dive into the 12 travel essentials and why they come along for the ride with me every time (pending destination). Obviously this list wouldn’t be suitable for a beach vacation, but generally for my quick trips to Dallas or work weeks in San Diego/ NYC these are my essentials. Of course I’ll add more items depending on what I’m doing while I’m there (maybe a special event I need a separate outfit for) or if weather is extra cold and I need a heavy coat, but again, this is my trusted foundation. Now, let’s get into it!