There are twelve days until we move to New Zealand.
Twelve days, people. As in, less than 2 weeks.
We’re still basking in the St. Thomas sunshine, but in preparation for this move, I’ve stocked up on some essential travel items:
1. Clothing – comfort is key, combined with the ability to layer. I have a tendency to fluctuate between being warm or really cold while in airports and on airplanes. With so many airlines now charging for “nap sacks” and no longer providing blankets, having a sweater is important. I used to wear hooded sweatshirts but found that when I wore them I was pulled over for extra security screening. No thanks! I’ve started wearing my traditional black yoga pants with this comfy Ann Taylor merino v-neck cardigan + scoop neck tee. Comfy, casual, but still classy looking.
Images courtesy of Ann Taylor
2. Reading Material – I went back and forth about getting a Kindle. Ultimately, I decided to… wait. I was almost sold on buying one, and then the iPad came out. I’m what you might call ultra-conservative when it comes to spending money on new technology, and I didn’t want to plunk down several hundred dollars on something that would be obsolete in a short time period. In the meantime, I’ve stocked up on some new books in paperback that can easily fit into my traveling bag, along with a lightweight reading light.
3. Toiletries – We will be traveling for a good 22 hours, probably longer. I hate sleeping with makeup on, so I’m bringing these Clean + Clear makeup dissolving facial cleansing wipes. They were rated “easiest to use” in a Good Housekeeping poll. That’s good enough for me!
I’m also bringing along my favorite facial lotion…
Olay Pro-X Lotion
And last but not least…
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
All of the above are easy, compact, and more importantly pass airport security without a hassle.
What are some of your travel essentials?