Spring Outfit Pieces from Ann Taylor Loft

Y’all, you’ve GOT to watch this video!

I share the new Spring blouses, dresses, and capris from Loft’s Spring 2019 line.  This video is full of “in-real-life” footage.

I’ll show you my Loft Dressing Room Diaries and let you know what I bought for spring.  I am over 40, I have become particular in how clothes fit my body type.  So this Ann Taylor Loft video is inspiration for you; I know they are having amazing sales right now off of their clearance items.

The very first outfit piece I got for spring is the buttery yellow crop skinnies.  These capris go above my belly button; yellow is such a versatile outfit color.  It goes with my navy gingham top.  I will link everything I’m showing you in the description box below.

Ann Taylor Loft has Spring 2019 outfit pieces for every woman’s body type, from casual to work wear to date night.

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Travel Tips to Choose the Best Backpack

Today I am giving you travel tips for choosing the best backpack. I will test eBags, Samsonite, Marmot and other top backpacks. I will test the backpack features and their capacity will be tested as well with tips that I have learned for each one.

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Testing these 3 backpacks and more

If you commute in an airplane for work, if you pack a laptop, or if you travel for leisure, this video will help you know which backpack is best for you based on my tips for your packing needs.

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Travel with a backpack is an essential packing item for me.  I pack in my backpack as though it were an extension of my suitcase. Ask yourself 4 questions when searching for the best backpack for travel. Do you need pockets in a backpack-how many?  Is your backpack for traveling to work? What would you pack in your backpack?  What problem is your backpack solving for you? Not all backpacks are the same. Many of my YouTube viewers have asked which backpack I recommend for 2019.  My backpack is sold out, but I will put the link to it so you can see other types. The backpack is for your travel needs based on my experience as a pilot wife of 17 years; the more I travel the more I can help you. Thank you for visiting my Travel Tips by Laurie YouTube Channel (or blog). I hope you find information in this video to help you make an educated choice for your backpack. Stick around to the end to hear my passport tip for traveling. If you need help choosing a carryon suitcase, I also have a video for that!

My hubby loves his new Samsonite backpack.  Extra storage pockets everywhere!samsonite-pocketsamsonite-backpack

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This backpack still abides by the under-the-seat dimensions.

A personal item sized backpack for travel is what I will show you today.  These all fit under the airplane seat in front of you. Most of the main line airplanes (the big ones) have dimension requirements for your personal item being 18 (or 17) x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm).  Remember from my Traveling with Medicine video that cpap machines do not count as a carryon item.  Neither do strollers or a cane, etc. That is great news. I’ll link the 3 major airlines’ personal item dimension requirements in the description box below.  Find out the size plane you will be flying on; you may be on one of the 50 seat airplanes that have a little smaller under the seat area.

For my backpack needs during travel, capacity is the most important factor.  I can fit a roll of Kirkland paper towels inside these two backpacks.  For me, I always roll a hoodie or jacket in the bottom of my backpack.  If you widen the base of that back pocket, you have at least 6 inches almost all the way up in a rectangle shape – which is like a slim suitcase size.  My backpack is basically the size of a school backpack but smoother material.  Think of what big items you would pack down there in the base of your backpack that do not need to be packed in your suitcase. Some backpacks have a padded pocket for laptops. Know that they take up extra space and you need padding.

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4 pockets but about the same size as mine

My mom has this same backpack, but she took this bag to Israel, and it is 14 inches wide with a bottle of water in it.

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She took this backpack to Israel

I have found that I pack things in the larger pocket of this black and white backpack.  While I am on the airplane, I use what is inside the front pocket.  Think of what you need easy access to and put those in the front.  When I sit in the seat I grab my hoodie, phone, phone prop, headphones and charger. Then I put the backpack under there and lay the hoodie or stuff the jacket on top. Where do you pack your headphones?  I use a tub to keep them separated.  I have the old kind of plug and one set that has the flat plug for my phone (discussed more in this Europe video). If your suitcase has a lithium battery, you can store it here while on flight because they are not allowed in your checked suitcase.  I know Away luggage now has removable batteries.headphones-plug-different-kinds

Think about packing things that can stand.  I pack pens and a journal; will you stand up a book or iPad? Will you pack an umbrella on the side or will you pack an empty cross body bag?  A subscriber had a travel hack to pack makeup brushes in your crossbody and empty them out once you get to your destination.

My navy one I bought at Francesca’s almost 2 years ago, and I need to donate it.  The lip around the zippers bothers me, and it’s really small.  Yes, I can fit a hoodie in here, but that’s about it.  Put the backpack on.  Is it easy or are you going to put your back out trying to find that second strap.  Is it easy to loosen your straps?

There are all types of travelers; those who like pockets and those who need pockets.  I like there to be several and I like that pockets have different sizes.  I store pens loosely in this pocket with my March travel treat: a fingernail file carrier.  But a travel hack is to just use a toothbrush holder. I organize inside my bag with pouches.  For my leisure travel I do not need a lot of pockets and zippers.

As a personal item, I won this backpack from ebags. Its dimensions are 13 x 18.  I would carry this if I was going to a YouTube conference carrying my camera and laptop.

ebags-front-pocket-organizationIn the work backpack, look at these mesh pockets.  Cords can be stored there to serve as a see-through pouch.  My husband loves these types of pockets for electronics, pens, business cards, etc. Let me know if you like your inside pockets to have zippers.  I am a pouch packer in my backpack.  I travel with 4-5 pouches.  I see how having zipped pockets inside pockets could serve as a pouch.  Some pockets are small for mints or floss sticks, and you may like more roomy pockets or the kind of pocket that is just a flap.

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We love this feature when we want to be hands-free!

In this ebag backpack the bottle of water mesh pocket can be zipped and hidden.  The straps on all of my backpacks are adjustable, but on this one, you can cross the straps while walking through the airport or at a work meeting.  Then you’re able to carry with this handle at the top.  I LOVE how this backpack has a slit that can go over your suitcase handles leaving you hands free.  You could carry your crossbody that has your wallet etc.

I cannot say enough about this laptop backpack’s storage.  Total protection for your computer, maybe a 2nd blouse, cardboard protection for like a camera lens or cords.

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Airlines state that you get a carryon item (which for me is a suitcase) and a personal item.  A personal item or backpack should fit under the airplane seat when you travel.   Luggage has size restrictions on some airlines and in some countries.

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Travel with children tip for passports

If you are traveling abroad with children, an adult carries the passports, right?  Instead of having to flip through to find the picture, you can put a sticker on the back flap of each passport with each child’s initials on the sticker.  Faster!

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Travel to Europe (What NOT to Forget to Pack)

When you Travel to Europe here is what not to forget to pack.  When we traveled to Europe – specifically Munich, Berlin, Belgium, Normandy, and Paris I forgot to pack some essentials. This video will help you know what not to forget when you travel to Europe.

Do not forget to pack a converter kit.  This kit has adapters for the plugs around the world.  You can just take the ones for Europe.  We had enough for my husband and myself as well as one for our son.  The kit also comes with a converter.  This must say  dual wattage I don’t know why.  It’s for anything with a heating element…for me it was a curling iron or an iron.  Ours is from almost 20 years ago so it is worth the money. travel-adapter-kit

I forgot to pack Peanut butter crackers for that first morning when you are wide awake at 4 am and hungry.  I also forgot an eye glasses cleaning cloth for my reading glasses. Rain, sprinkle, putting them in and out of my crossbody bag.

No-Sugar sugar packets like Equal if that is an essential for you as a diabetic or healthy drinker.

headphones-for-airplaneDo not forget to pack headphone jacks for your phone but also for the airplane’s onboard entertainment system.  On our flight, it was the old end.  So I packed my nice Apple headphones with that flat jack, but I also packed my old ones.  But I brought them in case I needed them (but I cannot stand them).  Most airlines will give you headphones but just in case…

Pack mix and match tops and bottoms if you are trying to save space. When we visited Europe it was during the winter so I packed thin layers…long sleeve tops and a short sleeve top that could be worn under sweaters if I got hot.

Eye drops-so dry on way home

Make up remover wipes instead of the liquid.  I cut my Mary Kay ones in half, and they take off every bit of makeup.power-bank-phone-charger

And you may need a power bank charger to re-charge your phone across the pond.  I highly recommend this type that has enough umph to charge your phone twice.

Basic makeup, small deodorant, my own shampoo. You do not have to use yours every time, but using hotel shampoo for 10 days would not be good for dry scalp.

Hoodie for plane if i get cold and one day if just want to wear a tee and tie a hoodie around my waist-I did this on my last day of touring in Paris

Do not forget to pack tissues when you travel to Europe. If you are in a hotel, they will have them but most likely not in an Airbnb for example. With the different air quality and air conditioning in subways, etc, you will probably need kleenex.

If traveling on your own in Europe, not with a bus tour company, make sure ur suitcase has really really good wheels…cobblestone roads, walking for blocks and blocks, going off curbs and down n up subway steps.

By the way, my name is Laurie; thank you for watching my videos.  I’m a Houston pilot wife helping you travel the globe without a worry in the world. 

Do not forget to pack an empty water bottle or save a couple as you travel.  You can fill one up in the morning before touring.

We forgot to pack Purell-subway handrails, doors, elevator buttons, etc

Shoes that can get wet-summer maybe canvas shoes or sneakers without the mesh. And flip flops or sandals.  I wore these mocs and saw none this color. shoes-moccasinsThese are almost 20 years old, but they were awesome when it rained.  I took booties and Mizuno tennis shoes for comfort.

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Do not forget to pack comfy shoes-I saw those bright sneakers, lots of black sneakers, regular tennis shoes, Vans, tons of booties if ur going during winter Fall or Spring seasons. And these people did not look like Americans. My husband bought these travel shoes and never got blisters the whole flight. They are true to size and can get wet if it rains.men-shoes-europe-can-get-wet

Crossbody-I don’t have a link for mine but I liked that it could get wet and was big enough for a bottle of water, wallet, and reading or sunglasses.

Short sleeved shirt when u get home and connecting to another airplane to get home in case ur weather back home is warm.  When we traveled to Europe it was winter and I got so hot in Subway with all those layers

I forgot to pack my Slip on shoes for flight. It’s so nice to take off your shoes and walk to the bathroom in shoes you don’t have to bend down and tie or hunt for in the dark. They turn off the lights during these flights to Europe.

Police house service may be in your area where they check on your house while you are away.

Tons of lotion-very dry because using their hotel soaps and airplane soap. I used this on the last day. I would use hotel lotion on my legs and this diabetic thick lotion on my arms and hands. Love this stuff-found travel size in Walmart on the lotion aisle not on the travel aisle.

disc-containers-for-lotionThis cylinder container is great for saving space and for thick liquids like Vaseline too.

Get euros when u can – pay in euro cash for an excursion-ours for 4 was almost $500 euros so hubby started 2 days before getting lots o cash at a time instead of one large amount-they cap your withdrawal amount and may think fraud. Walked forever trying to find an atm that still had money in it on a Sunday night in Berlin.

I like taking things I can get rid of. I packed a toothpaste tube that was almost gone so I could just toss it and not worry about repacking it in my liquids bag. It’s just a relief not having to pack all your travel essentials for Europe on your last day because you are not in the mood.

Do not forget to pack in compression bags that do not need a vacuum or cubes. They’re great for saving space! The compression bag sucks in as soon as you start rolling the bag.

The #1 thing we forgot is that our Airbnb had a washing machine. If you will travel on a long trip, stay in an Airbnb that has washer for two nights so u can wash and hang dry ur clothes midway through the trip-you do not have to pack as many clothes if you know you can do laundry for even just your top.

Here are some other videos you may find helpful:

35 Travel Essentials

Travel Abroad Safety Tips

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35 Travel Essentials (What You Can Bring)

When I travel, there are 35 essentials that I pack in my bags.  These must-have travel items should be on every packing list.  I pack these 35 essentials for every trip so that I do not forget important travel items.  Airport security will allow these essentials in your carryon bag.  Several subscribers asked me to make a video about what you SHOULD take when you travel.  I have an older video about 29 items you cannot take through security.

My name is Laurie and I want to thank you for visiting my Travel Tips Channel.  These are only travel essentials from my perspective that will hopefully help you when you pack.

The #1 travel essential for me is my power bank.  I have just ordered a stronger one because we’re going to Europe, and I’m scared my phone will go dead. It can give my phone 2 full charges and is not too much larger than my first one.

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Left=one charge; Right=two charges for my phone

This black one will give my phone a full charge.  But sometimes my phone goes low on battery so fast on the airplane.  I like the look of this white power bank, and I think it is easy to pack even though it gives me twice the charge for my phone

Remember that these are my essentials; I do pack other items, but this post is geared toward travel essentials.

I pack these Apple headphones iphone-headphonesfor the airplane and I pack them in a container.

I used to take over the ear, they broke, then I ordered Skullcandy ones and cannot stand them because they fell out every time I moved.  But these headphones have the same feel as my son’s air pods…very secure in my ear. Some airplanes have entertainment on the plane and sometimes they do not have the free headphones they used to pass out.

Another travel essential is my own deodorant, not the wipes.  Although you save space, they do not work for me.

A travel essential for us is every airline’s app onto our phone.  Some show you where the plane is coming from, what gate it is departing from, how full the airplane is…helpful info.

We pack one dollar bills for shuttle tips for drivers or someone who helps with my suitcase. 

My essential is to pack my usual moisturizer; when I am away from my doctor is not when I want to try a new skin care product.

When I travel to a foreign country I make sure to have my credit card phone numbers listed on a piece of paper or in my phone in case I need to call them for a pickpocketing situation.  I have a 9 Safety Travel Tips video I will link up here or below in the description box.  While you’re down there, hit the bell beside the Subscribe button.

For makeup essentials only, I pack my own foundation and a light eyeshadow with at least one accent color, my eyeliner and mascara. I sometimes take a lot more makeup than these essentials; you can watch that video as well.

pack-shampoo-travel-essentialI pack my own shampoo. Some travelers save space by just waiting until they get to a hotel to use their travel size shampoo. I have to use my own shampoo because my scalp is sensitive.

I also pack a hoodie in my backpack, but one you may prefer is a scarf.  I pack polarized sunglasses because – midlife eye health.

I have learned to not forget to pack a nail file when I travel.  Do you have a case for your nail file? pack-fingernail-file

I just bought one on Amazon and I love it.  Look at the sleek design.  My husband laughed out loud when I told him I wanted a case for mine because it scrapes my hand when I’m reaching for something in my bag or purse. nail-file-container

Another travel essential is a screenshot of my ticket to get through security and onto the airplane.  It’s faster than trying to pull up the email to me or even getting it off of the app.

I love taking a phone prop since I do not use popsockets anymore. phone-prop

I pack a crossbody bag or purse especially if my husband isn’t going to be there because I will need the keys and my reading glasses case needs to be able to fit in there. Also when we go to Europe, they need to be off of me because I will most likely be wearing a down jacket, bulky scarf and a hat.

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It ain’t pretty, but it holds alot!

I always pack Equal packets.  I can tell the difference between that and Sweet n Low.

Let me know your travel essential below in the comments section.  For more toiletries, you can watch my video about packing toiletries.

I always, almost always pack a pen.  One time I needed it and didn’t have it or my journal…I always pack a journal.  It’s more enjoyable than typing something in my notes section of my phone.

An essential I have used for years is my thick Gold Bond Diabetic Lotion.pack-lotion

I pack it in these essential containers. travel-container-for-lotion-and-vaseline  I usually pack one filled with vaseline too.

I always pack my ID and insurance card.

Another essential is my vitamins and supplements, and I was just gifted this pill travel case with a very sleek and professional design. travel-pill-case-organizer

You can use a 20% discount  if you use code TRAVELTIPS20.

Very professional looking!

One of my most needed travel essentials is an extra pair of socks to wear around the hotel room or the house we will vacation in.

I always pack kleenex.

A smart travel essential is to take worn in shoes – not new shoes because blisters.  Just ask my brother who wore new sneakers to walk around DC all day when he visited us.

One of my favorite travel essentials is to pack outfit pieces that can mix and match. outfit-pieces-mix-and-match

My husband is a pilot, and he has a lot of charging cords and plugs and etc.  He and I both take a container for our charging cords.  Mine is a cute bag.  But let me show you what we found to travel with. cord-winding-organizers

There are these cord winding things which are my favorite.  The large is for your laptop long cord or iPhone.  A hack is to wrap your cord around a business card or a cut-in-half note card. larger-cord-organizers-recoil

I bought these (they come in different sizes), but we use the smallest recoil cord winder for just the phone.  One end goes into my phone, and the other goes into the block plug.  We found that we do NOT utilize the recoil thing but a pro is that we do not have to re-wind the cord with every use and every time we pack it away.  We just pull them out a little bit.  We store the blocks that plug into the wall separately.  I have used this hard shell container a few times, and I only need this if I’m taking my laptop; I do not take it as often because it’s a hard shell case. travel-tech-cord-organizer-hard-shell

I find that I can fit these pouches more easily than a hard shell cord organizer that is this large.

I hope these 35 travel essentials will help you when you make your packing list.  These are all allowed on the plane and through carryon security.

Other videos you may like:

33 Travel Hacks

What NOT to Do When You Travel

29 Items You CANNOT Take

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32 Tips for What NOT to Do When You Travel

I’m sharing 32 Tips for What NOT to Do When You Travel. These are tips on what not to do at the airport, what not to do in the airplane, what not to do in a foreign city, and what not to pack.

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The number one tip for what not to do when you travel is do not over pack.  I have many travel tips to help with packing methods and for packing toiletries. Do not take an outfit for every day of travel.  Mix and match your clothes that you pack.suitcase beside backpack

Do not pack too big of a personal item bag.  Your travel personal bag is supposed to be able to fit under your airplane seat.  Your airline’s website has a luggage size requirements that will help.  Mostly if you use common sense, your bag will be fine.  I travel with a huge back pack, and it fits all sizes of airplanes that I have been in here in America as well as in Europe.

Do not keep travel documents put away in your bags until it is your turn.  Have them out; you can have them in your pocket when 4 people are in front of you in the security line.  Or you can have them in the closest pocket that is easiest and fastest to get to.

Do not hold up the line in security.gray-bin-security-line-airport

So do not wear a belt.  Do not wait until the last minute to untie your shoes. Do not wait until the last minute to take out your liquids bag.  Have the zipper of your carryon unzipped so you just have to take out the liquids bag and then put your backpack on the security conveyor belt.

Do not try to be funny with TSA by saying, “what do you think I could do with a knife that size!” and then use a terroristic idea.  You most likely will not fly that day if you do AND you will hold up the line for other responsible travelers.

Do not wear lace-up shoes into the airport through security if you can help it.  It takes too long to untie them and then tie them back.

Do not be in a hurry.  You have paid for this trip.  You are being responsible and planning wisely before you even get to the airport. Passengers tend to make mistakes like lose an ID or their ticket when they get in a hurry.  If you make a mistake in the security line, it’s okay. Take a breath, keep your thoughts together and keep going.

Do not be rude to gate agents who are telling you your flight is delayed again.  They have no control over it, and they have no control over the screens being updated.  The communication sometimes is so bad, and they are just the messenger.

Do not expect the flight attendants to put your bag in the overhead bin.  Ask them nicely as you are getting on the plane.  You could also ask a nice gentleman sitting near your seat if he will help you. Do not say, “I can’t lift this up there.”airplane-seats-and-overhead-bins

Do not wear tight clothes on the airplane.  Sit and see how much the button is poking into your belly.  Also, be careful of tight trousers or jeans around your calves.  They can constrict blood flow and cause awful blood clots for some people.  I can recommend compression socks or leggings.  There are also compression sleeves-footless compression sleeves for your calves.compression-socks

Do not keep ringing the flight attendant call button.  They are not waitresses; they are there for your safety. The free drinks are bonus.

Do not leave home without Tylenol; if you have a fever, it will help stave off some of the effects of an infection until you can get to a doc or get through the flight home.

Do not expect to sit with your family even if you have chosen seats.  Just check when you check in and print your tickets.  If you’re not together, tell the gate agent.  Usually the flight attendants are the ones who will correct the problem.  You can also ask someone to move.  It is kind of like that Seinfeld skit where he rents a car online and gets there and there is no car available.

In a carryon suitcase do not put containers in your liquids bag that are larger than 3.4 ounces /100 ml.  Like you cannot carry a large shampoo bottle even though there are just a few drops of shampoo in it.  The containers and the amounts that go in the liquids bag must be no larger than 3.4 ounces.

Do not forget that you can sign up easily for the State Department for updates to your phone if civil unrest or if there is a family emergency.  In my 9 Safe Travel Tips video, I also give you an app for finding out the emergency numbers in 70 different countries.  I’ll link that video below in the description box.  Lots of safe tips!

Do not talk loudly on the park and ride bus or in the boarding area.  It makes you look uneducated technology-wise which is something pick pocketers love.

Do not take bulky headphones.  There are so many loop over the ear kinds now that save you space in your travel bag.

Do not take a tupperware of tuna salad.  The smell is awful to other passengers, but you’re stuck with the tupperware the whole trip.  But I have done it before and just throw away that tupperware.  It’ll show up in the cabinet days later anyway!

Move to the side of the terminal if you want to stop and pull out your documents or ticket to see where your gate is.  Those terminals are narrow and passengers need to be able to keep traffic moving.terminal-narrow

At every airport there are now really good water fountains that you can fill an aluminum or plastic water bottle.  Tip: you can bring a water bottle through security that is filled with ice.  If some has melted, just drink the melted part before getting in line.  Solid ice packs are also allowed but not if they’re room temperature.

There was an article recently that talked about how flight attendants do not want you to order a Diet Coke or any soda because it took so long for the bubbles to dissipate, but I do not think that is the case.

Don’t let airline’s booking system give you a tight connection.  An example would be less than one hour for domestic flights.  For International flights, try not to have a tight connection if it’s the last flight of the day.  I remember people would come in to Dulles Int’l Airport from Germany, landing at 4 and running down the terminal that I was on for a 5:35 departure to Phoenix.

Do not pack any liquids in your personal bag or carryon bags that do not fit in your liquids quart size bag that will be pulled out when you go through security.  All liquids have to fit in one quart sized bag.

Do not feel bad if you need to use the restroom on the airplane, and the person beside you has fallen dead asleep.  It happens, and you will never see that person again.

You do not need to pack a travel inflatable pillow according to this pro packer.

Do not throw all of your clothes in.  Choose a packing method – rolling, packing cubes and there is even the kon mari folding method

Do not put all of your belongings back in your carryon at the conveyor belt in security.  Take the little bin over to the bench; then you can put your belt on, put your documents away securely and you do not delay the people behind you in line. police-house-check-when-travel

Do not forget to sign up for police house check program for your state.  Check your county.  I would google police house check montgomery county.  They ask you a few questions, and will periodically-not set times or days-drive by and maybe walk around your house to make sure all is safe. If you have not seen my 9 travel safety tip video, I list 9 other ways.

Fo international travel do not stand out for pick pocketers.  I have heard this from Love and London and Welters World – writing on your sweatshirts and graphic tees are not a thing over there.  Do not pack all of your money in only one place.  Hide it in some places like in my 19 Life Hacks video.  Do not wear bright white sneakers; if you do not have Converse, you can wear gray tennis shoes or Merrells or Skechers or Sofft shoes my new fave.

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5 Packing Makeup Tips for Travel

Packing Tips for Makeup (Airline Travel)

With these packing tips for makeup I will share how I pack makeup for airline travel.  These packing tips will help you maximize space in your carryon suitcase. I will show you the makeup that I actually pack and why I choose that makeup for travel.  I will briefly share some makeup brush packing tips as well. If you travel for work, you will love the makeup brush travel hack.  Stick around to the end to hear 3 makeup travel hacks.

When I travel, I pack a limited amount of makeup as well as makeup brushes. But I think my packing methods will help you when you are packing your bag or toiletry bag.  For packing makeup tip #1 let’s use Marie Kondo’s motto of being intentional with our choices.  What makeup will you wear when you travel?  For this makeup packing video, I always think I need a disclaimer.  Makeup does not make you beautiful – it is a way of expressing our creativity.  Beauty is on the inside, and we are enough in God’s eyes just the way we are.  Think on that and then follow these makeup packing tips.

Great organizers will tell you that each item needs a home base.  So the packing makeup tip #2 is to pack in pouches.  I used to pack my makeup palettes, brushes etc in this huge pink cute bag.  But it’s almost as big as a toiletry bag so I down-sized to more individual travel pouches.

Marie Kondo has a set of 3 makeup pouches as an organization system for $180!!!  I choose to use free pouches or buy cute ones from TJMaxx or even your grocery store that are a little less expensive.  With pouches, you pack your makeup in different-sized pouches. Travel bag pouches also can fit in pockets of open space in a suitcase as well as be more secure nestled in-between your packing cubes or clothes.containers-for-liquid

I do think these containers are amazing for packing vaseline or your thick cleanser.  My moisturizer is too liquid and leaked, but my cleanser is very thick and has never leaked.  These containers take up very little space in your liquids bag.

The 3rd tip for packing makeup is to build like a pyramid.  Or for you moms out there, like a Minecraft wall of steps leading to a beautiful swimming pool in your city.makeup-pack-in-pouch-pyramid-stack

In a larger, longer pouch I pack my one long and flat eyeshadow palette.  That palette is like the edge of the pouch; it does not protrude.  Then I pack my small compact with blush and a few neutral eyeshadows.  I also pack a flat eyeshadow palette by Covergirl because I use the bright blue on top of my eyeliner most everyday.  

If I travel to a beach location, I have overpacked so much that I know to pack tinted moisturizer, a flesh colored eyeshadow, with my bright blue accent color, eyeliner and mascara.  I will probably never wear all of that at the same time.

Packing tip for makeup #4 is to follow the liquids 3-1-1 rule by our TSA for carryon suitcases or travel bags.  If you have any makeup that you are carrying onto the airplane that will stow below your airplane seat or above your head, you must pull out any liquids.  All those liquids must be together inside a quart sized bag.  When searching on Amazon it’s hard to know which companies to trust.  In my experience, I do not trust the hard plastic bags.  They are bulky and stiff and I think they’re sometimes smaller than a quart amount. The liquids bag does need to be somewhat clear so that if TSA needs to just look at the bag, they can. They also do not have to pull you out of the line and delay you or the people behind you.

I found this bag that is similar to mine; there are also the stand and fill quart sized bags by Ziploc I have talked about on here before.  I also like this type of bag because my products don’t scream to be seen when I put them in the gray bin going through security. It’s a silicone instead of bulky plastic.

You want to pack your liquid makeup in a quart sized bag that will be pulled out in security for TSA.  My liquids bag is adorable and is no longer available.  If a liquids bag is something you’re interested in, I recommend that you make sure it is quart sized.  Some are super cute

We have pre-check, but we haven’t gotten it for our 14 year old son; so sometimes I have to pull out my liquids bag.

I have many eyeshadow brushes that I pack in a fold up container that my hard-working mom made me.  Now that Marie Kondo is helping us look at organizing our travel contents, we can do what she does. It is smart to seek organizational advice for your travel packing tips.  Her tips and my YouTubes are going to spark joy when you get to your final destination knowing exactly where your makeup is.  Now she says to only pack what sparks your joy.  I know things or makeup or clothes are not my source of joy, but they can spark joy.  I will choose to pack makeup that I feel comfortable in; makeup that I feel myself in.  If I feel like I’m being myself and am comfortable with how I look in makeup, then I will pack those things and be content in my own skin.  A makeup brush hack for when you stay in a hotel is to store your brushes in  paper coffee cups.  Or if you’re on a cruise ship, use one of the mugs or plastic glasses to store makeup brushes.makeup-hack

Let me know in the comments section if you battle in your mind about how much makeup to pack for vacation.  Do you pack too much makeup or a minimal amount?

Thank you for sticking around to the end.  I shared this makeup travel hack for a Beauty Blender in my 19ish Life Hack video.  You pack the bright pink tear drop sponge in a plastic Easter egg. 

I just received a charcoal infused bar soap from my Sephora bag.  But there is no way to pack this without soap stickiness getting on my other toiletries.  How would you suggest that I take this bar soap?  If you have a great idea, you should work for their company because they make top notch products but leave out the storage containers for them.

A brilliant YouTuber gave me this idea last year, Another travel hack for liquid makeup is to store them horizontally; I promise that it helps save you space.

cotton-pads-protect-eyeshadow-paletteProtect your makeup palettes when you travel by using a circle pad of cotton. Just place it in the palette and close on top of it.

Anyway, thanks for watching my Packing Tips for Makeup video.  Let me know if you feel more organized or more intentional the next time you pack makeup for a trip.

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9 Travel Safety Tips (Alone or in a Foreign Country)

Today I’m sharing 9 Travel Safety Tips.

Whether you are traveling alone, with a tour company or traveling to a foreign country, these 9 tips for safety on your vacation to any destination will help.  I will discuss RFID technology, I will discuss travel safety apps and more.  Female travelers as well as male travelers can benefit from these safety tips while traveling.  If you are traveling alone, you are already helping yourself be safe by watching this Travel Tips by Laurie video.

Traveling safety tip #1 is:

Plan ahead before travel.  Be smart before you start.  Enroll in www.step.state.gov/step/ This travel tip for safety is The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). It is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals to log their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

You will receive safety information from the Embassy about conditions in your destination country.  Enrolling in STEP will allow the U.S. Embassy to get in touch with you in an emergency: natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.  I love this idea especially for family emergencies.

I also think it is safe to take a picture of your passport and email your passport info to a family member IN CASE you are the one who is incapacitated. Yes, you can get it from your email as well.  But if you are in a coma, a family member can act quickly.

Keep paper copies of your passport and health insurance card in a secret place, keeping originals on your person.  We use passport holder belt. There are other RFID blocking purse crossbody bags.  A subscriber wears a neck wallet instead of a belt one.  I am buying a package of these RFID sleeves that would just hold a few cards. If you haven’t watched my 33 Travel Hacks video, there is a great hack on how to secure your purse while you’re eating at an international outdoor cafe…like in Barcelona for example. travel hack for purse to protect from pickpocketing

Does an RFID blocking purse or wallet help your safety?

There are RFID blocking pouches and sleeves so you do not have to buy a purse per se. rfid block sleeve pouchRadio frequency identification. RFID is an electronic way to skim information off of your cards.  I thought that if my card had a chip, that meant that it is RFID capable. But in an article by Loss Prevention Media they shared that less than 1% of cards are.  If you can wave your card over a terminal and payment go in, then it can be stolen with radio frequency technology.

They say that the microchip on your payment card doesn’t mean that its ID can be stolen.  It means that it’s extra secure.

And in an article by Afar they found that in order for your passport id to be stolen, the little machine needs to be within 6 inches of the book.  When the passport book is closed there is a security tape that makes stealing your identity info impossible. 

Traveling safety tip #2 is:

There is safety in numbers.

I would search tour group companies in the country of your travels. You will find guardian.com as well as albatross.com

The Albatross tour company has specific tours for single travelers.  So you are traveling with a group, but you sleep and have time alone.

You want to walk down streets and cities where there are people or crowds.  Walking down a street alone can be prevented, be smart and stay where the crowds are. travel-with-tour-company

Travel safety tip #3 is:

Write down those numbers.  Write down the #s of your credit card company’s phone numbers in case you have to cancel your credit card, your credit union or bank #s so you can call them from your destination.

Travel safety tip #4 is:

Be observant.  Look up. Be aware of your surroundings.  Be prepared for diversions.  Barcelona is the #1 city for pickpocketing.  Our friend Roxane in Barcelona on Las Ramblas was eating at an outdoor cafe at night.  She put her bag under her chair (but failed to wrap around chair or her foot). Joe was smoking a cigar and two different times someone stopped and asked for a light. She thinks they were casing them out then.  Then a man sat two tables down and struck up a conversation…. that’s when she thinks they stole it.  Joe had the same cards as her, so she got phone numbers to her bank and credit card company off his wallet to call and cancel cards and report theft.

You can write your credit card telephone numbers in your Notes section of your phone before you travel.  Or you could enter the phone numbers in your actual phone’s contacts.  Like Credit Card Visa: 1-800, etc.

Traveling safety tip #5 is:

Go on food tours.  You will be in a group and go to locally known businesses.  It’s our #1 way to see a city and dive into their culture.  And take euros or small change for a tip.  I have forgotten cash for a tip while I was on a food tour in Maine.  I was so embarrassed.  But I hunted down the tour guide and mailed him cash.

There are also foodie meetups in other countries that you can visit.  I typed in foodie meetups in Barcelona.  Search for them online before you travel. holding-food-while-on-food-tour

Traveling safety tip #6 is:

Tell me what you think about this one.  Ask hotel desk clerks for their advice on where to eat alone and what to see alone.

I can highly recommend YouTube videos.  YouTube is the #2 search engine so you can google things but don’t forget about YouTube for travel tips on specific destinations.

Traveling safety tip #7 is:

Use travel safety apps. I saw on Too Many Adapters that they recommended a Free Safety App called TripWhistle SOSWith 196 countries in the world and more than 70 different emergency numbers you can contact police, fire, and ambulance emergency numbers anywhere in the world. 

Travel safety tip #8 is:

Read through tsa.gov or call them from their Contact tab.  The TSA even has a YouTube channel and Instagram page.  Staying safe starts with planning ahead as a traveler.contact-tsa-number

Speaking of TSA I don’t think it’s necessary to lock your luggage for the airplane; if TSA or ground workers want to get into your bag, they will cut it and it may harm your suitcase.

Travel safety tip #9 is:

Listen to travel podcasts.  I found Women Who Travel podcast.  It seems okay to start with, but you can be really specific in what you are searching.

For peace of mind, if it makes you feel better, secure your wallet or passport with an RFID blocking bag or pouch or sleeve.  But definitely utilizing the eight other tips to travel safety will help you and your peace of mind…and your mama’s!  Traveling is very safe, even if you are all alone.  But be smart before you start.

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