I was just in New York for Fashion Week and will be leaving again soon for Paris Fashion Week and, when I’m on-the-go, there are some things I just can’t leave home without. This time of year my schedule is typically packed with buyer meetings, so it’s helpful to have everything I need all in one place. Besides the obvious phone, laptop and passport, I try to narrow down the contents of my travel bag to just the essentials. Here’s a peak inside, where I have everything from my go-to wallet and sunnies to wellness oils and a tea tumbler.
A large bag is a girl’s best friend. It helps corral all the bits and bobs that you just can’t live without. The Jerome Dreyfuss Maurice Bag is perfect for everyday use, especially while traveling. The suede exterior and luxe accents can easily take you from day to night. The handles are adjustable with the option to attach a shoulder strap and the snap tabs cinch the top to keep everything in place. The interior is lined and includes two zip pockets for easy storage and the brand’s signature key fob with flashlight is handy after a late evening out.
Even if the weather calls for rain, a good pair of sunnies is a travel essential. I love the classic shape of the Ellice Sunglasses by Oliver Peoples. Featuring rounded aviator-style frames with double bridges, these shades are a colorful take on a unique vintage style. The lenses have an anti-reflective coating, plus 100% UVA/UVB protection and the tortoise frames go with any outfit I throw on.
While we use our phone for almost everything these days, there is something to be said about writing an old fashioned note. This Bright Ideas Notebook is small, lightweight and goes with me everywhere. The leather exterior can be bent and folded without loosing its shape, which makes it the perfect travel companion.
The Jerome Dreyfuss Julien Wallet is the perfect travel companion. The size of a passport, this accessory is both efficient and chic. Crafted from lambskin, the naturally textured exterior is luxuriously soft with gold accents for a touch of elegance. The interior features cleaver storage compartments for small change and credit cards. I might switch out my bag, but the Julien Wallet is something I carry everyday.
The only downside to a large travel bag is small items tend to get lost at the bottom. My solution is the Anya Hindmarch Important Things Case. I use this zippered pouch to stow away my most prized possessions, like my passport and this keepsake necklace, which is adorned with my late parent’s wedding bands and a lion’s tooth from Kenya given to me by my parents when I was young. I tend to be a little superstitious, so I always wear this necklace when I’m flying. I feel that nothing bad will happen as long as I have it on.
Time spent in the airport and on the plane, not to mention the lingering jet lag, can really wear down your mind and body. There are a few wellness essentials I keep in my travel bag when I need a little boost.
The Double Wall Tumbler is perfect for transporting your favorite morning beverage from meeting to meeting. Crafted from ceramic and vacuum insulted, your drink will stay hot or cold for hours. As a tea drinker, I particularly love the stainless steel strainer, which attaches to the lid, making tea on-the-go easy.
My personal holistic wellness guru, Dr. Kristi Wrightson-Harter (read more about her here), recommends a few supplements for keeping my immune system at its best. The Green Adaptogen by Sun Potion is something I take everyday, so you can guarantee it’s in my travel bag. The balancing blend of Suma, Maca, and Chlorella helps to promote energy levels, strengthen the immune system and promote overall wellbeing.
Flying is notorious for drying out the skin. My go-to solution for chapped lips is the UMA Oils Absolute Anti Aging Lip Oil. Nourishing avocado and grapeseed oils instantly revitalize lips and provide a rush of vitamin e and moisturizing fatty acids. Lavender, geranium and peppermint essential oils lock in moister and add a zing of freshness. It also acts as the perfect primer under your favorite lipstick.
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