I will have a much more in-depth post about our trip later this week, but I wanted to start out by showing you all what I took as far as luggage and bags and how everything managed to work. Since most of you know that I am a horrible packer, I am always looking for new luggage systems to keep me organized. I kept hearing about these AWAY bags and how they are unbreakable and can hold a lot, so I decided to bite the bullet and order the large suitcase and the carry on bag. I checked the large suitcase, obviously, and used the carry on bag for my in-flight essentials like food, snacks, pajamas to change into, laptop, iPad, meds, etc. I kept my large Goyard St Louis GM tote for all of my little bags that I didn’t want to pack in my checked luggage and then some jewelry and scarves.
As you can see, the Goyard St Louis GM holds quite a bit and I was able to get about 4 smaller bags and 3 scarves in there, along with my wallet and a couple of smaller zipped bags with some beauty products.
In my AWAY carry on bag that I kept under the seat in front of me, I had snacks, pajamas, comfy socks, my laptop, iPad, a folder with everything printed pertaining to our travel and reservations, a bag of cords, and some other smaller bags with in-flight beauty essentials.
Here are the items that were inside a smaller zipped bag in my AWAY carry on. I would say that these are definite essentials when taking an international trip, or really any trip in general. The undereye patches are for in-flight and help with puffiness and dark circles. The Emergen-C drink mix is great for putting in the tiny bottles of water they give you in flight so you can just chug it. Always bring Pepto in case someone has stomach issues. Chapstick is a must because I always have chapped lips. You should always have plenty of bandaids with you in case your shoes start giving you blisters. The jade roller is an obvious item, but it’s for depuffing undereyes on the plane and will help your face not feel as blah when you get off at your destination. External charging devices are a must to keep your phone charged during the flight and when you get to your destination, especially in Europe since you don’t know how the converter will work. I always bring some facial cloths in case I want to clean my face before jade rolling. I also always recommend taking some sort of facial mist because it will help you not look so dehydrated when traveling. Tylenol is a given- never leave home without it. I love these Colgate Wisp brushes to freshen up when you don’t have time or didn’t pack your full toothbrush and toothpaste. And lastly, I love this little pocket roller pack from Saje wellness with essential oils for in-flight.
As you can see from above, my last trip resulted in my Steamline Luggage getting completely smashed by someone working at Delta Airlines in either NYC or Memphis, so I figured it was time to get a suitcase that would actually hold up. When I was researching I found that a lot of people had great things to say about these AWAY suitcases which are supposed to be shatter proof and have a lifetime warranty. I figured why not and bought myself a little Christmas present to me, from me.
So how did it hold up? To be honest, I probably should have gotten a darker color, but I really loved the pink. It did have TONS of scratches and marks all over it when I got it home, but I was able to take a Mr. Clean magic eraser and get most of them off and it really does look brand new again. Overall I’d give it a 8/10 and would recommend if you are in the market for a new suitcase.
Alright, so I made it back with all of my things! That’s a start for me considering I usually always leave something behind, so I’d say I had a pretty good system this trip.
Do you all have any packing or luggage essentials?