Let’s face it. During the holidays, travel can be stressful… No, is stressful. Your travel day will be much jollier if you fit all of your belongings into carry-on luggage and not deal with the hassle of checking a bag – that’s just another line you have to stand in! With the right tips and few smart travel products, you’ll be well on your way to traveling like a pro this busy season.
Pack light with the right carry-on luggage
Packing light when you have to consider extra layers might seem like an impossible task, but with the right carry-on and smart packing anything is possible. That’s why I love the Samantha Brown 2-piece Ultra Lightweight Collection Set. It’s the perfect one-and-done carry-on combination that provides ample space for all of your belongings and stability to keep up with you on even the most hectic of travel days. It’s incredibly lightweight and the matching tote is big enough to fit all of the items you need at your fingertips while staying functional and stylish.
Keep warm and chic with a versatile blanket scarf
A blanket scarf will quickly become your best friend on any given travel day. It can be styled dozens of different ways and provide that extra touch to your look, especially with a bold fall pattern like this one from Vince Camuto. But when it comes to flying, that’s when you really discover just how versatile this wardrobe staple can be. Whether you wear it traditionally wrapped around your neck for constant warmth, or as a wrap around your waist to easily transition into a blanket for that long red-eye commute, or over your shoulders so you can cozily move it over your head if you need a little extra lights out – your travel day will be much more comfortable with this item by your side.
Keep your loose items organized
Staying organized while traveling just got easy. Samantha Brown’s Microfiber Jewelry Kit is perfect for organizing not only your jewelry but also any extra bathroom items you want to bring along. Just remember that for carry-on travel, all liquids must be 3 fluid ounces or smaller to make it on your flight and need to be kept in a clear bag. Which leads me to the next reason why this organizer is so key: You can remove the smaller bags and carry them in your tote for easy access throughout your travel day. The rest can stay neatly organized and stored in your carry-on bag.
Invest in travel-sized beauty products
Whether you stay at a four-star hotel or on your mom’s couch this holiday season, it’s smart to bring your own beauty products to help keep your body on the routine it’s already used to. Travel is known to dry out skin and hair with the mix of stress, recycled air from the plane and unfamiliar products to your body. Packing 3 fluid ounce sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner like these from Fekkai is an easy way to keep your hair looking healthy throughout your trip. I also find dry shampoo to be a staple in my travel bag, as well as a fresh scent like this Vince Camuto rollerball in Capri Eau De Parfum.
Stay connected with a portable charger
Is there anything worse than realizing your phone’s battery is completely drained because you forgot to switch it over to airplane mode at take off? Or maybe you let your kid spend too much time catching Pokémon during your layover and now you don’t have enough battery life to get directions to grandma’s house. Being able to charge your favorite tech devices when you need them is a travel day necessity and this instaCHARGE portable charger is the perfect tool to keep you connected no matter where you are. It charges not one, but two, devices at a single time!
Hitting the road this travel season? Let us know where you’re heading and which tip is your favorite!
– Audrey Adair of Happily Audrey