LC is the packing queen. Her first carry-on is usually busting at the seams after she sits on it to get the rolling bag closed. I can’t count the number of times she has left me in Denver with a big H&M or Gap bag as her second carry-on. No joke, on her trip to Denver last November she fit NINE pairs of shoes in her suitcase (#bloglife #photosfordays)!
There has never been a time when she had to leave something behind, even our paintings from Canvas and Cocktails fit in that Mary Poppins of a carry-on she has.
Years of travel, being frugal and LC’s mad style sense have made us pretty savvy when it comes to packing. And so we find ourselves giving away our best traveling secrets.
Pack Snacks & An Empty Water Bottle
Larabar to the rescue! Save money and be nice to your body and skip out on stale, overpriced airport food.
Most airports have H2O fill stations where you can fill an empty water bottle, after you've gone through security, of course.
Pack Clothes That Can Be Worn Multiple Ways
It's no secret I love blacks and greys. I have one pair of sandals that will match all my shirts and shorts. My hat can go with any outfit combo. I only packed one shirt that didn't match both pairs of shorts.
It's summer but I still packed my chambray, in place of a jean jacket, just in case I did need something long sleeved, which again goes with any outfit combination.
Only pack three pairs of shoes - heels, a comfortable pair (TOMS or Converse) and then flats or flip flops. Obviously it depends on what occasion you're traveling for.
On my recent trip to Chicago I struggled with not packing running shoes because I didn't have room. No worries I did Yoga Glo (read more about that here) and brought my resistance bands for exercise.
Where there's a will there's a way!
Roll your clothes, you will fit much more in your bag this way. Nicole taught us to bring a small empty spray bottle you can fill at the hotel. This can be used to spray the wrinkles out of clothes. Can buy at any Target or Walgreens in the travel section.
Even this maxi can be dressed up or down, matches my one pair of sandals and you can throw the chambray on top if the night gets chilly - winning!
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."
- Helen Keller
The Party Bag
I have a big shoulder bag I got at Pac Sun years ago.
The Diva Crew has affectionately deemed it the party bag. I use this as my carry-on/purse then pack another small bag that can be used for nights out or shopping days.
I smile every time I get it out as I remember all the places it's been with us - Miami, Detroit, Atlantic City, Chicago, Vegas, and hopefully many more!
Don't Skimp on Jewelry
We've all been there - you open your suitcase to find your necklaces a tangled mess.
Ain't nobody got time for that!
I use the netting on the inside of my suitcase to suspend my necklaces. All you need is a bobby pin and you're good to go.
Jewelry can completely change your look, it's light and small so there's no excuse not to throw in a couple of extra pieces. We can promise you won't regret it.
We've found you can make just about any outfit, hair style, new makeup technique and any plan for that matter work as long as you have a little time.
Plan ahead, don't rush, think things through and you'd be surprised what you can come up with!
Lastly, these travel hacks were too good not to share! Click on picture to read them all!
- Mascara that doubles as eye liner
- Hotel bar soap in with dirty laundry to avoid a smelly suitcase
- Foundation or concealer in contact cases
- Pill container for jewelry
And the list goes on and on!