what’s in my bag, traveling edition

I meant to take a picture of my traveling outfit but in the rush of actually traveling, I forgot. So here’s a picture of me surreptitiously taking a selfie at the airport.

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Here’s another.

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The rest of my outfit is jeans and leopard print flats.

I am pretty stoked about my small personal item carry on today, though. I brought my new giraffe tote bag from the Brooklyn Flea so even in a different state I can tell people how Brooklyn I am. But really it’s the perfect size. In it I have my work computer, my iPad, my phone charger, a scarf, a Crate and Barrel catalog, a bottle of water, and the graphic novel The Sandman. (One of my great fears is not having something to read, so obvs I have a iPad and two paper back-ups. Overkill? Maybe.)

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And because of a stroke of genius I had last night, I used a clutch to hold all of my regular purse items. Ok ok, maybe it’s obvious and you figured this out before me but then why didn’t you tell me about it?!

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In my purse within a purse is my glasses, notebooks, wallet, phone, lipstick, bobby pins, Advil, etc. So now if I need something, I can just grab the pouch instead of searching through a giant tote.

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So these are my traveling essentials–for today at least. What’s in your bag?

mary poppins bag (or my travel carry on)

I had such a great time traveling this past weekend. I got to spend time with my friend Jewels (of Oven Lovin) and meet a lot of really great people in her life. I was going to do this post about what to wear while traveling but over the weekend I realized my most important accessory was my carry-on bag.

carry on tote bag

My cousin gave me this bag. It’s the perfect color, goes with everything, is sturdy and sleek enough to be somewhat fancy, but can also go with casual things. And the best part is that it can fit everything I need to take with me on a plane AND zip all the way. Here’s what I had in it:

what's in your bag

The book I’m reading for book club, last week’s New York, my wallet, gloves, ear muffs, an umbrella, air plane snacks, my computer, headphones, a notebook, pens, toothpaste, Advil, sunglasses, regular glasses, my phone, my camera and a giant water bottle (last few items not pictured). What more could a girl need?

What do you carry when you travel? I probably overpacked, but since it all fit and zipped up, I couldn’t help myself. I felt so prepared.