Super excited to go away this weekend to D.C for the Presidential Inauguration! I have a friend who lives in D.C that was super nice to allow me and my friend Alexis to join her for this special weekend. I'm looking forward to going out in D.C, visiting museums, meeting new people and taking in this historical moment. I am usually super organized so I tend to prepare two to three days before I head out somewhere to make sure that I have all my ducks in order. Here are some of my packing essentials!
Packing a ton of makeup is a pain, it can get messy, you can risk losing products if you aren't careful too! Even though I have a variety of foundations to choose from, concealer, powders, bronzers, and so on ... I always bring just my favorite products only! I'll bring one foundation and sometimes pour it into a small travel container so I don't have lug the entire bottle. I usually select my favorite blush, a variety of lip colors, one mascara, one eye liner, makeup wipes to wash my face after a night out on the town and a great makeup palate so I have a variety of eye shadows to choose from. I do not wear lashes every day but they are so fun when you are going out to party with friends. Since I will be getting a little more dressed up than usual, I'm bringing my curling wand for my hair. I always pack bobby pins, a comb ( I don't use brushes on my hair), rollers and a curling wand. They now sell travel size curling wands as well which are a great way to save you space when you are on the go! Another great tip is, compare items with the friends you are traveling with. This way you don't bring multiple items you could just share, such as the curling wand.
Now here is the tough part! What to pack for clothing. I struggle with this. I always over pack way too much but I feel better packing more than I need than not having something I wish I had later. I always bring two pair of jeans - one dark, one light (obviously depending on how many days I'll be away). I pack a variety of tops - casual, dressy and comfortable. I always pack a dress! Even if I am not planning on dressing up, you never know! Your favorite heels and a comfortable pair of sneakers. For the museums we will be walking a lot on our feet so I want to be comfortable. At night we will be attending a few parties so I want to make sure that I have some cute shoes to wear. A warm jacket! On Monday we will be standing outside for the parade for at least 3 hours, it's more important to me to be warm than to look cute so I plan on bringing my warmest jacket. Accessories! Bring earrings, arm bling and a watch but be careful not to bring your most expensive jewelry in case you were to misplace it somewhere along the trip. Gloves and a hat are a must! I ALWAYS pack a swim suit! Even if I am going somewhere cold. You never know who may throw a pool party somewhere and I'm always prepared!
Never leave home of course without my iphone, a charger, and my camera! Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE taking photographs and capturing moments. I'll probably leave my ipad mini behind this time in fear I will lose it but if I were traveling alone it would come with me to occupy my time. Lastly, perfume. I love the mini travel size perfume and everyone is picky about smells so I always make sure to bring my own instead of relying on using one from another person.
Obviously, I am missing the obvious products like body gel, facial wash, etc but these are just some of my top items to bring beyond just the obvious.
What are some of your MUST travel items? Comment below.