*Ques Will Smith*
We’re going to Miami!
Three weeks ago I surprised my best friend with a trip to South Beach for her birthday, and we’re finally hopping on the plane en route to a bunch of debauchery — you know, just living our best fucking life. And as I’ve been non-stop as of late, I wanted to break down my packing method (or lack there of? TBD), and share all of the travel-size necessities that I won’t be going without.
THE VERY NECESSARY CARRY-ON
Realizing my travel Resolutions have come to fruition, a new carry-on bag has become non-negotiable. After my return from Vegas in March, I said farewell to my beloved/hideous leopard-print carry-on — the pack mule that carried me and a bunch of shit I did not need across Europe for five months, and then some. And honestly, it was a quick kiss goodbye. The thing was shredded to the point I had people stopping me in the street to say “Hey, I think something’s fallin’ out of the hole in your bag.” Amazing. Not to mention, it was a two-wheeler. Nothing is fucking worse than trying to rush from point A to B with an over-stuffed, lopsided roller bag, flopping to each side until ultimately dragging across the pavement — for two years. (What holes?)
So today, I justified a new investment: AWAY. I caught view of the brand via car-wide subway ad a couple weeks ago (advertising ain’t dead yet), and have been back and forth on their website ever since. Because $245 on luggage is something to be thought about. But, if we need to talk numbers, I figure it’s the kind of thing that pays for itself after a two-way trip — and I’m lucky enough to have 5+ planned over the next few months. So after work, I finally ventured to their one and only New York store, and purchased my new closet on wheels. While most of my trips are short, carry-on’s make most sense to me either way; I believe in avoiding the inconvenience/risk of checking bags whenever possible. Naturally, I opted for The Bigger Carry-On in black; it’s meant to hold you over for 3-5 days, depending (so 1 day and 45 minutes for me), complete with a phone charger, ample organizational storage, and life-proof material.
Note: Packing is not an inherent talent. It’s still something I wait until the last moment to do — every single time — throwing everything I own x2 together “just in case” basically at last boarding call. That said, AWAY has already made it easier.
Beauty is my right-hand-go-to, so I like to keep it all close. Like, strapped to my body and given their own mini flotation devices. While I’m forever bringing a million things, the 7 new flight-friendly finds you’ll find in my Overt backpack:
- Georgio Armani Maestro Primer SPF 50 — As I marked my Colorado sunburn as my last, SPF will be no joke this round, especially in FL. The Maestro primer is sun-safe velvet for your face and neck. Yes, it’s pricey, but so is skin cancer. Pick your poison wisely.
- Diptyque L’Ombre Roll-On — Convenient and purse-friendly, roll-ons are always the answer. While it’s not my signature scent, I packed L’Ombre — it’s light and smells of summer.
- Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks — Post late night and bad decisions, I’m banking on these for both poolside therapy in the AMs and the flight home.
- Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray — Dedication is buying something in both full-size and travel-size. I didn’t do that, because poor, but I would invest in this setting spray’s stock if it had one. The coconut is cool, calming, and ultra-hydrating — and it’s not called “Illuminating” for nothing.
- St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse — I’m like a walking glacier (eh, just moving at a New Yorker’s pace). So while I’ll be lathering up the night before our flight, I’m bringing the baby bottle in case my true colors peak out.
- MAC Mineralize Skin Finish — Currently my favorite boost of color, I love and trust this blush/bronzer/highlight masterpiece enough to let it live alone on my bare face.
- Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment — Chapped lips are intolerable, but stale mid-flight air makes it enivitable. Thus, this forever.
Shop it all below — and hope we make it home alive. Besos x