I've been googling and searching for packing tips for weeks now, and found some good ones (here, and here). But there still seems to be a void to fill when it comes to picture posts and packing lists, so the next week is devoted completely to the method behind my packing madness.
Besides clothes, I'd venture to say all of your toiletries are probably the most important thing to pack. No matter what anyone says, the shampoo and soap at your hotel ain't gonna cut it if you're there for more than a day. And thanks to TSA, we can't just throw our favorite bottle of conditioner in our bag and be done with it any more. Some people say, "Just buy it when you get there!" But I say, save your pennies and plan ahead.
Birchbox, I almost always have some sample sizes I can throw in my bag. The Philosophy cleanser and Kiehl's moisturizer are actually two of my favorites - and I hold on to the bottles long after they run out so I can refill them for travel. All of these tiny bottles fit perfectly in a small make up bag, making it easy to look good on the go. Just remember your liquids - one 1-gallon ziplock baggie, and everything in it must be 3.4 oz or less (3-1-1). I always think it's four, so don't make my mistake and give up your precious hair gel. I use the TSA approved refillable shampoo/conditioner bottles to tote my hair care (no brainer!), and I can carry a lot more of these sample size bottles than the larger ones in my one sad little ziplock.
Chanel Mademoiselle and Kate Spade Twirl right now!)
LA Fresh wipes are my LIFESAVER when it comes to travel. Seriously, just order them. They also come in individually wrapped packages if you wanted to throw them in your purse or make up bag for a short trip. They get rid of every last piece of make up and dirt on your face, smell great, and don't leave that nasty filmy residue that a lot of other make up wipes do. I skip most other skin care on a trip and just use these, because they won't leak all over your suitcase and they're easier to use on the go.
I also put my jewelry in special cases - this jewelry wallet from JewelMint is perfect for keeping your necklaces untangled and your earrings in pairs. Since accessories are the #1 way to make your travel ensembles new and fresh, I'll probably end up taking two jewelry wallets. The great thing about those is, they're nice and flat and hardly take up any room.
So that's where I start! The next few days we'll explore everything from outfits to shoes to how to pack the perfect carry on. Happy travels!