It feels like a strange time to be thinking about traveling. COVID-19’s ugly head has resurfaced as predicted in the spring and we’re feeling the full force of the delta strain. However, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a planner. I’m staying sane by daydreaming of all of the trips we plan to take in the future. With any luck, we get a booster shot in the next month or so. Just in time for our upcoming trip to NYC for our anniversary in November. So, I’m maintaining my sanity the only way I know how; by making plans and getting myself organized for this big bucket list trip. I realized I’d been bookmarking items that I am considering purchasing in the upcoming weeks before our trip and I thought I’d share! Here is my travel essentials wish list.
First things first: The bag!
I’ve shared before that I’m a huge fan of Lo & Sons. These practical bags are on the minimalist side and designed with traveling in mind. Smart features like a suitcase handle sleeve and intentional pocket placement make Lo & Sons one of my favorite brands. Their sleek design feels professional and polished; in addition to travel, they are also great for work.
I’ve owned my Seville tote for several years now, but I’ve had my eyes set on the O.G. 2 bag for just as long. The O.G. 2 is actually the second generation of the original O.G (the o.g. o.g., if you will) after considering customer feedback during the redesign. It checks a lot of boxes for a great weekender bag. Reasons why I’m considering the O.G. 2:
- Perfect carry-on size
- Suitcase handle sleeve
- Laptop sleeve large enough to accomodate my laptop
- Durable nylon exterior
- Side pocket can be used to keep dirty shoes away from other clothes
- Classic design means it won’t go out of style
Next on my travel essentials wishlist is…
What’s that? Someone who writes a blog feels compelled to document everything they do on vacation? You don’t say!
For a while now, I’ve been considering purchasing a GoPro to document some of our trips and vacations. We actually used a GoPro to document our wedding day. We gave one to our friend and told him to go nuts! The video quality was impressive, and that was five years ago!
Now that I’m more intentional about documenting our trips for the blog I’ve considered beefing up my video editing skills as well– a GoPro feels like a great place to start. It’s compact, lightweight, and waterproof. It feels like a low-pressure place for video beginners which is exactly what I’m after.
Since it was first released in 2013, I have probably used Urban Decay’s Naked3 palette once per week. The colors compliment my skin tone and I can pull off a wide variety of looks using it. Basically, you can pry it from my cold, dead hands. However, the wide packaging can be a bit….much when trying to pack light. You can imagine my delight when I found that a smaller selection of brand-new but similarly toned shadows from the Naked3 palette are available in this more compact version. Maybe the Naked3 color scheme isn’t your preference. No worries. Urban Decay also has mini versions for Naked Heat and Naked2.
I have an older version of the Kindle Paperwhite and I love it. But naturally, after I got mine they decided to release the newer, waterproof version and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a tiny bit resentful mine can’t swim. It also comes with headphone jack so you can listen to Audible…another feature my older version is lacking.
My Kindle Paperwhite definitely makes it onto my list travel essentials. It’s compact and slides discreetly into an interior pocket for long flights…or for reading at night when Chris has fallen asleep and I don’t want to wake him watching t.v. Between its glare-free screen and waterproofing, the Kindle Paperwhite is perfect for sunny pool days or even to keep in your purse for any time you can steal a few minutes to read.
What travel essential has caught your eye recently? Let me know in the comments below…I might need to add it to my own wish list!