What’s in My Travel Bag + Tips

It’s Spring break season and it’s time to soak in some much needed sun!! Whether you’re headed somewhere warm or just scrolling through Instagram pretending you’re also on the beach under palm trees I have some good travel tips and I’m showing you a sneak peak of what’s in my travel bag! Be sure to head over to Erica’s Blog to see what her travel essentials & tips are! (:12038032_10153576151726772_6637376080719941049_n

Here’s my biggest tip and will start the breakdown of what I bring in my travel bags. DON’T CHECK YOUR LUGGAGE!!!!! The last thing you want is to get to your vacation spot and only have your sweaty plane clothes and one pair of underwear. My whole family of 5 have flown to Italy for the entire summer with JUST carry-ons my whole life. A tip and trick for not checking bags is that most airlines allow you to bring one “personal” bag along with one “carry on”. AKA one big purse or backpack AND a duffle or small rolling bag. Be sure to check with your airline for specifics. So let’s get into it and see what I always bring in my personal bag that goes under the seat.IMG_7838I like bringing a backpack or my giant SeaBag because they can fit SO much. Maximize the space you are given. If you can pull off a giant tote as a “purse” do it! In my backpack I always bring headphones, a book, Emergen-C, Evian spray, a sheet mask, and an empty water bottle. I also always have a change of clothes in this bag that I can grab at any minute. This is important in case you’re sitting next to a vomiting baby, or if you’re like me and coming from a colder climate and landing somewhere warm and will need to trade out your sweatpants for a sun dress. You might be questioning the sheet mask and Evian spray but just trust me on this. Your skin will thank you later. The air on planes is so dry. Throw on a sheet mask and close your eyes pretending you’re in first class. If you’re too embarrassed to look like a crazy person on your flight this Evian spray is really hydrating and will make you feel refreshed after a long day of traveling as well. Now for the Emergen-C…. the amount of times I hear coughing and sneezing and people bringing their winter colds on spring break with them is gross. Don’t let yourself get sick just before the fun gets started! Lastly, an empty water bottle. This is a key travel essential. We all know we can’t bring liquids through security, but don’t leave the water bottle behind. Once you get through security there are tons of water fountains where you can fill up for free. Don’t be that fool who pays $4 for a bottle of water in the airport!IMG_7841I always keep my makeup bag in my backpack so I can freshen up at any time. I like to wear minimal makeup when on vacation and really only put it on for a nice dinner. Here’s what I typically bring: Tartelette pallet, Stila eyeshadow trio, Stila mascara, Smashbox brow gel, Jane Iredale powder, Lorac lipstick & gloss.

Now for my duffle bag. I’m the kind of girl that likes to dress for the occasion, even on vacation. If I’m going somewhere that’s laid back, I’ll bring a few pairs of shorts and some sun dresses. If I’m going on vacation where I know I’ll need to be dressed more, I’ll pack fancier dresses and more modest bathing suits. Here is just a glimpse of what I might pack for a little in between.IMG_7828 IMG_7830 IMG_7833I like bringing a pair of jeans regardless of how tropical my vacation locations are. Night time always can get a little chilly so it’s nice to have a pair of jeans and a loose crotched sweater. I LIVE in sundresses when it’s warm and I adore this rosey pink one from Charlotte Russe. I of course bring sandals and flip flops, but my go-to close toed shoes are Sperry’s. They are really comfy to wear when traveling and also on days when your excursions may take you beyond the beach. Bathing suits. You can never ever bring enough bathing suits on spring break. There’s no worse feeling than having to put on a wet bathing suit and head back down to the beach. Last but not least, my Always Piper linen throw. You can buy them HERE. This is perfect for adding a pop of color and cozy blanket to your couch. However, it’s also great for bringing to the beach. It is super lightweight and easy to packaway. I love it because it doesn’t throw sand everywhere like the way a beach towel does when shaking it off at the end of a long day. It also dries super quickly because it’s linen so you aren’t left with a soggy towel when going back and forth from sun bathing to swimming.

Where are you headed for spring break?! Travel safe and I hope these tips and packing guide helped you! (:

-Sophia Tatiana