The setting: somewhere in Rome. Hustlin’ up and down the streets with uncomfortable luggage.
Luckily, I was with that one friend we all have who counts carbs in Italy. She was grateful for the workout. I was grateful for the extra set of arms.
In between giving up and crashing on the hotel bed I was faced with the reality that I am a bad packer. By faced, I mean I was lectured about it on our 20 minute stroll.
I pride myself in being a traveler. I’m constantly on the go. I’m on a intercontinental flight every 6 weeks and when I’m off the plane, I’m exploring corners and mountaintops . I’m spontaneous, so I appreciate the flexibility of few things. This is not apparent by looking at my luggage.
I know no other way to fix a life problem than to ask the most fabulous women around me how they do it. How they live out of their suitcases. For this interview I’ve tapped the following ladies for knowledge:
Victoria Moran - NYC. Publicist. Travels mostly: LA and NY. Vacation Enthusiast.
Catherine Aeppel- CO. Photographer & Filmmaker. On a plane 4 days on month on average.
From my conversations, I gathered the following: there are some things that are essential for the perfect carry on. I call this carry on 101.
Sunscreen, I don’t leave home without it so must it really be said? I alternate between sunscreen brands depending on climate and brand availability. I always like a drugstore classic. A brand I can find easily from NY to London to Santo Domingo. A simple Neutrogena will do for me. I especially love and stock up on their aerosols - but note that not all airports permit aerosols in your carry on. For my face, I’m a fan of French pharmacy find: Bioderma Cicabio SPF 50+.
Advice: SPF by Glossier by Victoria
Good pillow, I’m still coming to terms with this. Again, I’m from the less is more camp. However, I’m told it makes all the difference. The key, I’m told, is ensuring your buy is compact.
Intense hydration kit, for the face, lips, hair of course! Spoiler alert: planes are moisture sucking traps. As someone who is thrown into a stage 5 panic attack by the thought dry skin, I travel prepared. I always travel with either a hydrating mask or oil [props to the 3-in-ones] for my hair. As for my skin, I layer on hydration. I carry intense creams, serums, and top with a mask [sheet masks are always a good idea- I get mine from Beauteque ]. For the lips: I’m using Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm Rêve de Miel. If your lips could speak they would thank you.
Now that we’ve covered the essentials [passport cover excluded, of course] it’s time to go pack!
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