Travel Essentials

Travel Essentials - Dress Up, Chow Down

I’m the type of person whose mellow is easily harshed by #firstworldproblems. It happens when I’m hungry. It happens when I don’t have a bathroom close by. It happens when I’m hot and also when I travel.

(Like when the plane goes up and down and your stomach feels like it’s dropping? Yeah.)

When I’m travelling, though, the grumbling is a lot more frequent because I’m away from everything that I’m used to having at the palm of my hand. Sounds annoying right? Right! Therefore, it’s my duty to prevent the people I travel with from going insane and giving me annoyed looks. (Sorry, babe.)

Presenting, my travel essentials – for the easily agitated and for thoseΒ who value easy, breezy living πŸ™‚

Travel Essentials - Dress Up, Chow Down

Travel Essentials - Dress Up, Chow Down

The Outfit

Planes are uncomfortable. (Well, I guess if you’re not flying first class – not that I know what that feels like.) And if you’re going to be in the air for more than two hours, you got toΒ keep your discomfort in check πŸ˜‰

A comfortable stomach is my number one priority. Flying to and from Paris took 7-8 hours so you best believe I didn’t wear pants with a zipper. I opted for my mock-denim cropped pants. They have a little bit of spandex in them so they’re super comfortable. They’re also navy – a great colour to wear in the summer.

I paired these pants with a versatile basic – the striped henley. I liked that it was classic and a piece that would easily go well with the other items that I packed. Finally, I wore the ever so classy trench coat with me on the plane. It’s always super air conditioned on planes so I like knowing that I have a layer to keep me warm and to take off I need to cool down. Plus, trenches are my favourite – they never go out of style πŸ™‚

A good thing to consider wearing is a flat shoe. I like to wear a classic black pointy toed flat that I can easily take off if security needs me too. However, because there’s not much material to the shoe, you can usually get away without taking them off since it’s unlikely for you to be hiding a weapon in there πŸ‘Ώ

Travel Essentials - Dress Up, Chow Down

Travel Essentials - Dress Up, Chow Down

The Bag

There are several items I have to carry wherever I go and the exact same items come with me when I travel.

First off, I have to have my lip balm. I can’t deal when I have dry lips. I’m loyal to Nivea’s Hydro Care with Aloe. My absolute favourite is actually Balea’s with Aloe and Vitamin E. Since it’s discontinuation from Shoppers Drug Mart πŸ™ I’ve been using Nivea – a solid runner-up. (I’m pretty sure the aloe is the key.)

Floss is probably the next important item in my bag. If I get a chunk of something stuck in the back of my teeth, it’ll inflame my gum, throb, and potentially give me a headache. Thus, floss to the rescue. It’s good dental hygiene too so I’d carry oneΒ around if I was you πŸ˜‰

Completing the Top 3 is my hand cream by Aveeno. I love that it’s thick, providing me with long lasting moisture whenever its applied. In my bag, you may also find some nude or natural lip colours to throw on when needed as well as a small travel sized perfume bottle for a bit of scent. I like Sarah Jessica Parker’s.

Travel Essentials - Dress Up, Chow Down

Travel Essentials - Dress Up, Chow Down

The Coffee

Pick-me-ups are always a must when travelling. Aside from jet lag, sitting around and doing nothing on a plane really drains my energy. So I like to have a coffee to jump start me when I land. If I have to wait around before heading to my accommodations, I like somewhere with quick service, not too crowded, lots of space, and somewhere that’s ideal for people-watching. Roasting Plant is an example of this in Detroit πŸ™‚

My favourite feature about Roasting Plant is the tubing system in the centre. You can order a coffee bean and that will shoot from the the centre to the tubing by the register. There, it will be ground and brewed.

Travel Essentials - Dress Up, Chow Down

Up next, I’ll be telling you about a great start-up I collaborated with while in Paris. They are the number one reason I got around Paris so easily – my boyfriend even loves them – and I can’t wait to tell you all!

How do you ensure smooth travelling? Let me know in the comments what your travel essentials are.


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Shirt: Brooks Brothers

Pants: RW&CO (Similar)

Coat: Banana Republic

Shoes: ALDO (Similar)

Watch: Daniel Wellington


Photography by Alora Rachelle

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