I’m not ashamed to admit I used to be a notorious over-packer. If I was going away for a weekend, I’m sure that any and all onlookers would have assumed that I was heading out of town indefinitely.
After years of packing and unpacking, I realized that more than half of the items I packed never left my luggage. It took a little practice but now I have learned to narrow my load substantially. All that remains are my can’t live without essentials.
If you’ve booked your ticket to tropical paradise and are perhaps a little lost (like I was), read on to see which items should make the cut, each and every time.
The Away Carry-On is everything you could ask for in a piece of luggage - it even has a built in charging port for all the techies out there!
Packing a sun hat is a giveaway. Janessa Leone's Klint hat is timeless.
For jotting down inspiring thoughts or sketching beautiful places, I carry my Public-Supply notebook (a company that helps fuel creativity in 'high-need' classrooms) wherever I go.
It's nice to leave your phone behind once in a while... strap on The Horse watch and never be late for the buffet (or more importantly, cocktail hour)!
Suitcase Magazine. Simply because I never stop dreaming of my next grand adventure.
For those days you want to channel Audrey Hepburn, Mona Sultan's silk scarf will do just the trick. A percentage of all sales support Syrian refugees.
Aster & Bay's Travel Kit, so your skin never stops glowing.
Green & Black's 70% - the perfect pick-me-up mid-flight.
FRENDS headphones. A necessity for those times you're left sitting next to a 6-month old baby for 5 hours (or when the panic sets in and you realize you neglected to listen to your spanish for beginners audio CD).