With the holidays nearing, I’m hoping to do a ton of traveling! That being said, this Kipling bag is going to be getting a lot of use. Kipling is announcing the grand opening for their first brick-and-mortar store in Soho, along with the launch of its holiday village, the #KiplingHoliday tour. Both events kicked off yesterday, and the #KiplingHoliday Tour begins in New York and stops in both Los Angeles and Orlando. Get ready for a Kipling Holiday Collection show wall, on-site monogramming, bespoke gift-wrapping, personalized sweets, photo booths, giveaways, and holiday DIY inspiration. I’m going to their event tonight from 5-9pm and would love for you to join me! You can RSVP here.
I’m used to trying to shove all my stuff in to one small bag and then have it overflowing with one million things. Gone are those days (hopefully). I say hopefully because I seem to have what I like to call “big bag syndrome.” You know, where you try to shove your entire house in to your bag. If I have a small, dainty clutch, I almost don’t know what to do with myself. Once I saw this bag from Kipling though, I knew it had to be mine. I think it would also be the perfect gift for all my friends and family members who love to travel too. It’s versatile and roomy, so they won’t have to tote around numerous bags in the airport or while on their next trip to visit the parents.
Here are my travel essentials:
Sunglasses – For hiding tired eyes and also protecting them from the sun. Perfect for people-watching also (what’s the fun in traveling if you can’t silently creep on strangers?) These ones are from Sunglass Warehouse and are inexpensive and adorable.
Jewelry – A little sparkle never hurts. These are also some of my favorite earrings in the universe, so I never want to go anywhere without them. They’re Armed & Readi earrings from the Lisa Rosado x A&R Collection.
Snacks – I always pack a few granola bars. Anything with chocolate is bound to win my vote. I’d also recommend Cliff Bars, homemade peanut butter balls, or a banana. Any of these items will cost you almost triple the amount from the airport or convenience store. Bringing your own snacks also means that you can avoid the salty peanuts and terrible junk food (although sometimes a girl’s gotta have her cheez-its).
Portable charger – Perfect for making sure your phone has the battery to capture all those beautiful moments and also making sure you don’t get hopelessly lost (what would I do without you, Google Maps?!) This one is from Express and holds two full charges.
Camera – As much as I love my phone, there’s nothing like putting it away and just being there to enjoy the moment without checking Facebook, answering the emails that are coming in from the office, and trying to get the perfect selfie of you and your friends drinking margaritas. A camera will help you to capture some great moments but keep you more present.
Blanket scarf – These end up coming in so much handy. Mine is always used in some way. Maybe it’s adding a little pizzazz to your outfit or acting as a blanket on chilly plane rides. Regardless, you’ll be grateful you brought it.
Pen and paper – The planner is from Gigi New York and the dog print pen is PJ Salvage. I love to take notes everywhere I go. Whether it’s a list of places I want to visit on the trip, a grocery list or a must-download playlist, a pen and paper are a must whenever you’re on the road.
Lip balm and a bright color – I typically use a little salve when I’m getting from place to place. If I’m planning on heading to dinner after I land or meeting someone, I love to swipe on a quick bold lip. This LAQA&Co color is one of my favorites because it’s really flattering on everyone and you don’t need a mirror to put it on (that in itself is amazing).
These are my absolute basics, but when I have the space for it (like I do now thanks to Kipling) I also pack my laptop (loaded with a fun movie or two), hair ties, a book, extra toiletries (packing a travel-size toothbrush has come in handy more times than I could count) and an extra change of clothes. I’m an over planner, but it’s definitely all come in handy on more than one occasion.
As the holidays get nearer, I’m thinking this Kipling bag is going to stay consistently packed. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do in the world and I’m hoping to do a lot more of it in the next month and a half. What are your travel basics? What’s in your bag? Leave me a comment below or be sure to tell me at tonight’s event!
Thank you to Kipling for sponsoring today’s post and helping me get ready for holiday traveling!