Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Holiday Travel + Giveaway

Forever 21 sweater | Gap jeans | Old Navy scarf | Tory Burch booties (similar style) | Kendra Scott necklace | Cluse watch  | Charming Charlie bracelet | Forever 21 earrings (under $4!!) | Veeshee weekend tote 

Whether you're jetting off to an exotic destination or just heading home for the holidays, here are my fool proof tips for making packing a breeze. 

1. Travel with an emergency kit. This is a must-have, and something I actually carry in my purse everyday. You never know what you're going to need or when you're going to need it. Include items like, Tide to Go, Colgate Wisp's, Pepto tablets, Advil, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, tampons, a pen, Ban-aids, toothpicks, extra hair ties. a collapsible brush, Chapstick, bobby pins and safety pins. I like to build my own with items I regularly use, but you can also purchase one that's pre-made, like this one from Pinch Provisions.

2. Travel only with a carry-on if possible. This is a rule I firmly believe in and abide by 99% of the time. This isn't as hard as it may sound, especially if your trip is under two weeks. Pack three shirts to each bottom, and only bring two pair of shoes - one for day and one for night. If you're bringing shoes like boots with you, wear them on the airplane, as well as your coat. Jewelry and scarves are the perfect addition to any outfit, plus they take up far less room than additional clothing. These accessories will keep you from looking like you're wearing the same outfit multiple times. Use an over-sized tote, like this Veeshee weekender, to store your handbag, and for packing any overflow that couldn't fit in your wheelieBags of this size can easily fit under your seat, or in the overhead compartment. This tote is made to order in the U.S., and is customized to your specifications. You get to choose the color of leather, your fabric, pattern of the bag, as well as the interior color and monogram. I can't think of a better gift for the holidays! 

3. Roll your clothing, versus folding them. This technique works great to maximize space, and is perfect for garments like t-shirts, sweaters, and dresses. If you're bringing bulky items like blazers or something with a lot of structure, fold these items and place them on the top of your suitcase last.

4. Maximize space. Don't roll belts, snake them along the perimeter of the suitcase. Stuff shoes full of socks, and stuff bra cups with underwear to prevent them from crushing. Store jewelry individually in drawstring jewelry pouches, like these, which are only $7.99 for 100. Another great way to store dainty necklaces that tangle easily, is by placing them in straws and taping each end. Place your heaviest items, like shoes and toiletries at the bottom of the suitcase, which prevents the suitcase from toppling over.

5. Wear a WatchWhether you're traveling domestically or internationally, it's imperative to always wear a watch. This cute rose gold Cluse watch is perfect for the holiday season, can be dressed up or down, and never goes out of style. I can't tell you how many times I've looked at clocks in airports, and they're all within 15 minutes of one another - never exact. That goes for monitors as well. Also, don't always count on your cell phone, as it can die if you're in transit all day, or if you don't extend your cell package when you travel internationally, it may not change to the correct time for several hours. 

Enter for a chance to win and design you very own Veeshee Palma cosmo bag (pictured below). Entering is easy, simply login to your Instagram account or create one, and follow me (@ashleynstyle) and Veeshee (@veeshee). The winner will be announced on Friday, December 18th. Good luck!

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