Hi, friends! How many of you travel frequently whether for work or pleasure? Over the past year I’ve traveled a lot more than previous years. I’ve been taking frequent weekend trips both for work and for play. It can be exhausting come Monday morning, but it always seems worth it! In fact, today my husband and I are headed off to Chicago to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday!
Last week Travis was on the blog sharing his new favorite travel pack and today I’m sharing my favorites! I am slowly learning the art of packing small and taking only what I need. It’s been a hard road for this over-packer, but I have found some tried and true products for short trips. So, I’m excited to share with you guys the best travel accessories – in my opinion – for a weekend away!
Let’s start with the most obvious product – the bag! Now, I have 3 that I rotate depending on the trip. If we’re driving a couple hours away, I always opt for this leather weekender bag. I’ve had it for 3 years, caught my husband trying to steal it several times, and can’t live without it. It’s in perfect condition after many-a-trip, and it’s my favorite piece of luggage. I love that is has a shoulder strap in addition to the handles. It’s classy, comes in several colors, and is one of those bags you’ll have for a lifetime. Oh, and did I mention that it’s less than $70?
The other weekender I carry is my Lipault Paris weekend bag. I got this rose gold bag 2 years ago and love it as much as my leather weekender. My favorite part about this bag is the top has a structured opening, so you can see everything in you bag easily.
My final favorite piece of luggage is my Calpak carry-on. I got this bag 3 years ago and am just as obsessed with it as the day I got it. I’ve been using mine for almost two years and cannot imagine using something else. It has a hard outer shell that holds up well when traveling, and the inside is constructed to hold a lot, and I mean a lot. I first fell in love with this bag when I packed for a 10 day trip to Italy in this bag alone. Hard to believe, but you can pack very efficiently in this bag!
For the same reasons I love my Lipault Weekender Bag, I love my Lipault Paris Toiletry Kit. The wide opening zip closer is incredible. You can set the bag on the counter and see everything your brought!
I was slow to the game on this accessory, but carrying a mini mirror has quickly climbed my list of “must have travel accessories.” It’s true that most places have a great mirror in their bathroom. However, sometimes you just need to see the back of your hair, right? So, I’ve started carrying a travel mirror with me. You never know when you might need it!
In full disclosure, I was sent this mini blow dryer as a PR gift. I was excited to try it, but expected nothing. Once I used it though I was sold. It may be small, but it is so powerful. In fact, I would argue it is as powerful as my T3 Micro blow dryer (my holy grail blow dryer). It’s light weight, compact, and forceful; all the things you want in a travel size blow dryer.
My final travel accessory that I can’t live without is my mini straightener. I hesitate to even call this a travel accessory because I use it every day. It is quite mini though and works wonders. It’s just as powerful as a regular size straightener, but so much smaller. I only straighten the pieces that frame my face so it’s perfect!
- luggage scale – this is totally one of those gifts I got from my mom and rolled my eyes at initially. It’s so key though. As an over-packer, it’s a lot less stressful to re-situate items at home compared to at the airport. So, invest in a luggage scale and avoid airport chaos!
- Bobeau Wrap – this is the wrap my mom, sister, and I travel with all the time. We like it better than a scarf because it’s a tad thicker. The one button clasp makes it easy to take on and off or wear as a blanket. It comes in tons of colors, too and is super affordable!
- tech grid – my husband was given this tech grid as a gift and I try to steal it all the time. It’s a great way to keep all your cords organized. It’s thin too, so you can slip it into any purse or your bag of choice.
Hope you found this post helpful and I would love to hear what your favorite travel accessories are, too!