This post is related to my previous post about my Flight001 purchases, but I wanted to follow up and write about how handy this SeatPak was for my trip to Europe. As you can see in the picture I was able to hang it on to the back of the seat and it help all the items I would want on the plane. My Kindle, earplugs, eyemask, lotions, headphones, wipes, phone, and some medicine (just in case). Everything was easy to get at and organized. It was also great for the rest of the trip when we were moving from one city to the next. I strongly recommend the product! Take a look here http://www.flight001.com/in-flight-comfort/seat-pak/f1-seat-pak-mint.html
I recently went to Prague, Vienna and Budapest and had a great time. I was gone for 6 nights, the weather was going to be in the 40s and a bit rainy so I had to pack smart. I checked my duffle bag, but if I had to I could have carried it on (love that international flights don't charge for checked bags). Take a look at the packing!
As you can see I laid out the items I wanted to pack first. This gave me a good visual of what I had ready, the different outfits I could make and how I was sorting things. I packed a pair of booties, then my Sperrys (great for walking around) which I stuffed with camisoles to protect the shoes and store the tanks. I wore the clunkiest shoes- tall brown boots. I used my packing cubes from Eagle Creek to make sure everything compressed and fit in the bag.
One cube had sweaters
One cube had pants
One cube a scarf and gloves
One cube dresses and cardigan
One cube for electronics
One cube had the Sperrys
The Flight001 pouch had the booties
Wash Wear travel item from JCrew had the unmentionables
Then the last cube had some miscellaneous items
It was a good amount of stuff, but it all fit in the duffle! I felt prepared and wore almost every item.
My Flight001 carry on bag had another handbag within it (this one would be my day to day bag), plus my camera bag, travel pillow/blanket, the SeatPak I will mention in another post again, plus travel documents. I was comfortable carrying this bag and felt everything I had inside was appropriate/necessary. Oh, also my jewelry- never check your jewelry!
A little while ago there was a Gilt City deal for Flight001 purchases ($75 for $150 of F1 merchandise). I bought the deal and last week used it to buy the Stowaway Weekender bag, the Travel Blanket, a luggage tag, a mini sewing kit and the Seat Pak.
Details and pictures below!
1. Mini Sewing Kit- this I am sure will come in handy some time. Always good to be prepared with the little items that are often forgotten about.
2. Luggage Tag- always make sure your bags are tagged! I am going on a trip soon and realized I didn't have a good tag on the bag I am going to bring with me so needed another.
3. Travel Blanket- for long haul flights they usually provide you with a blanket but if you are someone who doesn't like the idea of using those blankets this one is great. Packs up small and can also be used as a pillow!
4. Seat Pak- I am sure I am not alone in saying that when I am on a flight I hate having to dig into my bag for each item I want- especially when the food trays are around. This Seat Pak makes it easy to have your essentials right with you and organized. I will put my sleep mask, earplugs, headphones, chapstick, phone and Kindle in it among other items. It even has a hook to hang on the tray table hook!
5. Stowaway weekender bag- Now, I definitely didn't need another bag, but I had been annoyed that I didn't have any with a separate shoe compartment on the bottom (hate when you have to pack dirty shoes with clean items). I had been looking for a bit, but kept saying don't spend a lot.. you don't really need it etc. Then, I saw this one. Well priced and has the shoe compartment and it was even better since I could use the deal. I went with the burgundy/navy combination, but there are other colors also. The bag is very light weight (always a plus), nice and roomy, has an exterior pocket that can be used for a passport, three interior pockets, the sides can button down and the top handles can be looped together.
I will probably be using all of these items for an upcoming trip so stay tuned for the after post!
If you haven't tried using packing organizers/cubes yet, you should! You can fit a lot more into your bag and things are organized and neat! My friend had some when we went to Peru and Panama in August and I was envious so when we were back I was on the hunt.
I decided these pack bags/organizers from Eagle Creek were the best for me (price, color, material, availability, variety taken into account) and bought a bunch of different ones knowing I would need certain ones for different occasions. On my recent trip to Napa Valley (carry on bag only) I used four of the packs: the tube, two half cubes and one cube. I put a vest in one half cube and a blazer in the other half cube and it worked very well, compressed the items without completely smushing them. I put two pairs of pants, two sweaters (one being a pretty thick cape sweater), one long sleeve shirt and one button down in the cube. The tube had some socks, a cardigan, a cami and actually a bra in it. It worked very well and a friend who traveled with me commented on how much I was able to pack :)
I bought the sport ones knowing I pretty much always bring sportswear with me and obviously I don't want sweaty gear getting other clothing dirty. The tube is great for socks or camis, the shoe bag obviously for shoes, then the different sized cubes for pants vs sweaters etc and then the garment folder for dresses or anything else that is good to hang. The carry on bag I used happens to have it's own garment folder so I didn't need to use it on the trip even though I brought a lot of dresses. I have a trip later this month and might use the folder then, if not it is still good to have for other trips!
The one I had the most trouble deciding on was the electronics organizer basically because it depends on the trip and what electronics I would need to put in it. If traveling outside the U.S. I would probably want a bigger one to fit adapters, but I held off on that for now (even though traveling outside the U.S in February so maybe I will regret it then...). I didn't go with the biggest, because I was worried it would be too big and not fit in many handbags for carry on etc., so I went with the small one. I didn't use it this trip and feel like maybe I should have gone with the medium size so my Kindle would fit in it (at least I think). So I might have failed with this decision slightly, but I will still use the small one I am sure, and might just have to buy another one later down the road. Not the worst thing!
Check them all out here!
I recently purchased these Go Clean Pack Bags by Flight 001 and think they are great. I like separating my shoes when I pack especially when some have been worn a lot, are dirty, need protection etc. These are great since they have a different size for heels vs boots, two bags per zip bag and I love that they can neatly be put away in the zip pouch they come in. The bags scrunch close with the drawstring and fit women's shoes up to size 11. Here are the details for the heels and the boots from the Flight 001 website, but you can also buy the packs at Nordstrom :) It was hard, but I resisted buying more of the packs/other items from Flight 001 - they have some great items!
Added more photos to the post in the previous slideshow. Lots of items I brought with me to Peru and Panama. Notebook and pen loop for notes, air pillow, carabiners, compass, flashlight, sneakers, face wipes, sunscreen, insect repellant (in many forms), hair brush, hair ties, travel cosmetics, washing wipes, water treatment drops, baselayer from Patagonia, down vest and hooded jacket from Uniqlo and nail kit!
It is always a good idea to check out the travel sections of stores like Target and Sephora. No need to bring full size items and they have great options. You don't need to spend too much or slack on your beauty routine with the good selection of items!
Packing for my trip to Peru & Panama (more posts to come...) was tricky with the different activities and climates we were going to be doing, but I felt prepared and was happy with how I packed at the end of the trip! The backpack from The North Face was great as you can actually charge devices from the backpack! The different pockets were great for separating items and it was ideal for the hike we did (we didn't have to carry the sleeping bags etc. the porters did!). The straw Shopper bag from H&M was great for walking around the cities we visited as it had a top zip for security and was big enough that I could put my digital SLR camera inside. My Very Bradley duffle bag (on sale now!) was the perfect size for fitting what I needed to bring- needed layers for the Peru portion of the trip and then lighter clothes for Panama. My Patagonia fleece came in handy as a layer and I got lots of compliments on the color. I brought the black wristlet convertible to crossbody bag and the blue wristlet and they worked out very well. The blue wristlet is from Cole Haan and the strap unhooks so I was able to hook it to my backpack or Shopper bag for security. The wristlet was great for walking around Panama and I was able to keep them both inside the backpack while hiking! I didn't end up taking the personal safe with me, but it is great to have on hand. It is small and light enough to take with, fits a passport, money and some other small items and the cable allows you to attach it to something so someone can't run off with it!
I stopped into The Container Store Sunday to buy a few things/look around and the travel sale sucked me in. I do have a trip to Peru coming up so I decided why not buy some things I would need (or that would make packing better). There were a bunch of great items at great prices. Here are the items I bought. I definitely could have bought more!
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So this is a little delayed, but I went to Nantucket for 6 days around Memorial Day Weekend with a few friends and we had a great time. We shopped around a bit and I saw some great items. There were a bunch of cute notepads, a great canvas bag (big enough for all that beach stuff or travel items), some collapsible buckets for storage then some other bins and trays and a unique table!
My family and I (including the dogs) went to Wentworth by the Sea for Mother's Day weekend. We had a lovely time and I highly recommend the hotel to anyone and everyone! Dogs under 30lbs are allowed to stay (some rules apply of course), but this was great for us since it meant not having to leave them at home/with friends! The weather was a little cool on the Saturday but we spent time in Portsmouth, NH and then around the grounds of the hotel. Like my trip to NYC, I took advantage of having the car and packed a little more than I needed! Ended up not wearing most of what I brought, but oh well! We drove around Rye, NH and stopped in Kittery, ME also!