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MCLV Travel Diary | Packing Your Travel Toiletries Bag

Welcome to back to the MCLV Travel Series! After chatting about getting ready for your next vacation in this post, today we’re covering the first step in packing – Your travel toiletries bag!

I’ve broken down the goodies into four categories and you may not need all of the items or all of the categories, but it should give you a good starting point when you work on your kit!

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Essentials:

These are the “don’t leave home without them” essentials that you really don’t want to forget. I’ll generally go for natural and/or fragrance free products since I don’t want to irritate my sensitive skin while I’m traveling.聽I often have to pack these for two because someone never remembers shampoo or floss.

Skin Care:

Here’s where things get interesting! My daily skin care routine changes all the time as I add in new products and adjust things based on how my skin is doing. I also love using samples and trying new products while I’m traveling, since they’re so conveniently sized. I know some people refuse to use new things when traveling, so it’s all about what makes you comfortable.

Here’s what I’m packing skin care wise for my next trip:

Extras:

Health:

Regardless of whether you have a finicky stomach or food allergies like me, sometimes it’s a good idea聽to have certain items on hand when you’re traveling. I keep a bag with all this stuff in my toiletries kit:

What goes in YOUR toiletries kit?

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Wanderlust | Caribbean Adventures

What’s a Friday without some daydreaming? This year my Wanderlust is taking me down to explore the Caribbean to search for new experiences.

While I love traveling and still have tons of places to visit, the last few years have been focused more on diving trips than visiting new cities or hiking through ancient ruins. Hopefully I’ll get some of those on the calendar in the next few years, but for now I’m enjoying tropical destinations, exploring the oceans, and seeing new plant and animal life.

After Costa Rica and Cozumel, this year’s destination is the furthest south of the Caribbean islands, Bonaire, in the Dutch Antilles.

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{The diving is supposed to be INSANE. Lots of undisturbed areas and beautiful plant and animal life. I’m hoping to find Atlantis.}

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{Isn’t this insane? It’s salt. Salt pyramids. So crazy}

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{Beach me please. I love jumping off of cliffs into water and tide pools, but sometimes a beach is just what the doctor ordered. Even though I hate sand. :)}

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{I’m beyond excited to take my diving to a new level on this trip – We’re going to level up and get our Advanced Open Water certification while we’re on vacation.}

{Images from Wanderlust Pinterest Board}

What’s next on YOUR travel calendar?

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MCLV Travel Diary | Vacation Planning

It’s nearly that聽time.

The weather is starting to warm up. You’re starting to have (more)聽trouble concentrating at your desk. Social media is filled with beautiful people posing in beautiful locations… That means time for Summer vacation!

So, as we’re heading into vacation season, I thought I’d do a series of posts to help you prepare, pack, and execute a killer trip. There’s nothing worse than forgetting a vital step in the process and feeling like your trip is ruined.

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Handbag – Givenchy Antigona Satchel

Striped Bikini – Polo Ralph Lauren

Black Straw Hat – Ted Baker London

There’s lots to cover, so let’s get going!

Travel Documents:

You’ve planned the trip, now it’s time to make sure you can get there!

  • Photo ID and/or passport {make sure they aren’t expiring within 6 months of your trip!}
  • If you’re renting a car, do you need an international drivers license?
  • Do you need a travel visa?
  • Will you be purchasing travel insurance?

Travel Warnings:

Before a trip to a new country, or even a new city in a country I’ve already been to, I like to do a few quick checks to make sure that I’m totally prepared.

Miscellaneous:

These may seem like no-brainers, but you’ll be glad that you made sure to check!

  • Weather – Be sure to check the weather! It’s easy to fall into the trap of “it’ll be warm” and not check the specifics. Especially when it comes to tropical locations, because being aware of storm and monsoon seasons can make all the difference in the world!
  • Food – I like to review the restaurants and shops near my accommodations before I leave using TripAdvisor. That way I know that I can find something to eat in a pinch. I also like to pack a snack bag for my trips.
  • Language – If you’re going somewhere that speaks a different language, it’s a good idea to learn a few helpful phrases. Apps like Duolingo are a great way to brush up on or learn bits of new language. Even if everyone is predominantly able to speak English, they’ll appreciate the occasional please and thank you in their native tongue.
  • Stay in Touch – I always use WhatsApp when I travel internationally, no data fees or international phone plans necessary, just download the app and text whenever you have WiFi.
  • Currency – Be sure to check on what the local currency is at your destination and do some research on the best exchange rates. Often times your bank will have a good rate and you can just use a local ATM. Which brings me to my last tip – Update your credit card company and/or bank with your plans so that you don’t get fraud alerts while you’re traveling.

Next up – Packing! Stay tuned for posts on packing your toiletries, clothes, and extras to make sure that you have everything you need, but aren’t bringing the whole house!

What’s YOUR most important item to tick off when you’re getting ready for a trip? Am I missing anything?

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MCLV Style: Airport Fashion

I have old-fashioned sensibilities when it comes to certain things and one of those things happens to be travel. Let’s just say, you’ll never see me at the airport in sweatpants or a pair of Uggs.

Comfort is important, especially on long trips, but I also like to be put together. Over the years I’ve developed a go-to uniform for flying and while the various iterations shift, the basics remain the same.

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Ponte Knit Pants – Karen Kane

Tunic – Tibi{Similar styles here, here & here}

Loafers – Coach

Luggage – Longchamp

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

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Comfortable Pants:

I used to primarily wear dresses when I traveled, but I didn’t like having my legs touch the seats so I traded them in for comfortable, but chic pants. I love these Karen Kane ponte knit pants {I have two pairs} because they’re flattering and easy to wear, and the lack of a button closure means they’re a bit more comfortable for hours of sitting.

Tunic:

When I travel I wear all black or black and white. This Tibi tunic made it into my travel rotation in 2017 {check out my Best Purchases of 2017} and I have it in two colors. It’s the perfect piece for traveling because it’s thick and doesn’t wrinkle.

Flats:

Since I gave up my beloved high heels, I’ve traveled exclusively in flats or boots. These metallic loafers from Coach are great for vacation because they’re versatile and can be worn the whole trip. Plus – Super comfy.

Luggage:

I’ve been carrying the Longchamp le Pliage luggage for years and absolutely adore it. They’re durable and easy to clean, and they’re hold a ton of gear. Plus they fold up into little pouches for easy storage at home or once you’re unpacked on vacation.

Do YOU have a go-to airport style?

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MCLV Travel Diary | What’s in my Carry On

Packing聽my suitcase may be an adventure for each trip, but my carry on bag is聽a breeze to pack, because it’s always the same.

What can I say? I’m a creature of habit.

So, without further ado, here’s what’s in my carry on:

I always take my large Givenchy Antigona – It’s the perfect size to fit my computer and all the essentials, and it has a zippered top which I need when I’m traveling. I also聽like to keep everything in pouches and bags to avoid spillage and to ensure that nothing gets lost or smooshed at the bottom.

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Makeup Bag – All the goodies that I shared in the My Daily Makeup Routine聽blog post will come along for the ride.

Beauty Bag – As I’ve gotten more interested in skin care, my in flight beauty routine has evolved. For long flights I’ll fly sans makeup and add moisturizers, maybe a clear mask, and try to keep my skin hydrated in flight.

Wallet – I still haven’t gotten round to getting a new wallet and have been using this cute little monogrammed GiGi New York pouch for over a year now.

Snack Bag – Nuts, bars, and supplements are on me at all times. Check out my Travel + Macros post for more on how I stay healthy while I travel.

Miscellaneous Bag – This bag actually lives in my purse regardless of the destination. It has everything I could need throughout the day from feminine hygiene products, Motrin, and聽nail files to a mini flashlight, ear plugs, and pasties. Like I said. Miscellaneous.

Cord Bag – I put my laptop cord, charges, my external hard drive, and other phone, pad, or laptop paraphernalia in this bag.

Laptop & Tablet聽– Entertainment on the go.

Last item in my bag? I always grab the biggest water bottle that I can find while I’m at the airport and shove it into the bag. I hate buying plastic bottles, but I do this when I fly so I can use the bottle for the rest of the trip without worrying about losing one of my favorites.

What’s in YOUR bag?

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