Handmade Travel Essentials

This contributor post was written by Christina of Down and Out Chic.

1) Comfort while traveling is my number one priority. Whether you’re on the road or flying, this bamboo cowl neck dress ($70) by Replicca is as comfortable as it is chic. Comfort is good. Sloppy is, well, just plain sloppy.
2) Simple ballet flats are a no brainer. They’re easy to pack and you can slip them on an off while navigating through security. I love the soft gold color of these flats ($106) by Ele.
3) My skin always gets parched from the dry air in cars and planes. This chai balm ($9) available at Ship & Shape is a multi-tasker and its small size makes it flight friendly.
4) If the metal detector goes off while you’re dealing with security, don’t blame it on the black oslo necklace ($61) by Le Voyage Creatif. Making a statement is good. Making a statement with giant metal accessories and having to strip down for your friendly TSA security guard, not so good.

5) This buttery soft satchel ($149) by Rustic Leather is big enough to hold a few gadgets and can be worn across your body or on your shoulder. I need a bag I can run with since I’m inevitably late for whatever I’m doing.
6) I’m a chronic list maker so having a jotter on me at all times is a must. I like this triangles jotter ($5.75) by Wit & Whistle.  The elastic closure ensures the pages won’t get smashed and bent up in your bag.
7) You never know when you’re going to need to mend something and this itty bitty sewing kit ($9) by A Place to Lay My Thread packs all the essentials in an easy to convenient box. This one’s best left for your suitcase though since the needles could be used as a weapon (albeit, a very small ineffective weapon, but nonetheless).
8 ) I’m addicted to pouches and this zip cotton pouch ($18) by Slide Sideways comes in the prettiest pattern.
9) An underwear bag ($25) by Fric de Mentol keeps all of your unmentionables nicely organized, plus the cheeky illustration is bound to make you (or someone searching your things) smile.
10) I’ve decided that I always feel crappy traveling because I end up eating nothing but crap (i.e. fast food on the road or the dreaded airplane meals- bleh). Combat the travel blues by packing your own power food. This blueberry almond granola blend ($12) by Puck’s Gourmet Co. is sure to put some pep in your step!

So, I’d love to know, what are your travel suggestions?

Any essential items you can’t live without when you’re away from home?

Christina is the writer behind the design blog, Down and Out Chic. She’s a budget-friendly design huntress that’s passionate about art and the handmade movement. She adores all things striped and polka dotted and would spend most of her afternoons vintage shopping if her closet were big enough. Find her on Twitter or at D&OC.

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RT @papernstitch: Handmade Travel Essentials: This contributor post was written by Christina of Down and Out… http://t.co/KrgHqYCt

Serena Olivieri (@Serena_Olivieri)

RT @papernstitch: Handmade Travel Essentials: This contributor post was written by Christina of Down and Out… http://t.co/KrgHqYCt

Down and Out Chic (@downandoutchic)

So happy to see my little gold flats in @papernstitch “Handmade Travel Essential” guide today! Thank you! ♥
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*ele* (@elehandmade)

I love the dress from Replicaa! I plan to purchase a purple one when I get paid next.

Emily S.

I want all the things on this travel guide. All. http://t.co/mwKApqmq

Nadine (@limadean)

Christina, I love this post! I used to do a lot of flying when the boyfriend lived abroad – I tried to put a bit of glamour into it, but the novelty of flying soon wore off. Now I’m looking forward to my next trip!

Travel suggestions? I always pack a few necessities in a (not-so-glamorous-but-very-practical) backpack to bring as hand luggage (makeup & toiletries in small bottles, unmentionables, a skirt, a couple of tops) – just so the trip won’t be ruined if the suitcase ends up in Kuala Lumpur when I’m going to somewhere in Europe…

Dear Demoiselle

As someone who travels a TON you hit all the needs spot on, plus everything is gorgeous to look at. Well done!

brianne

That looks like a great dress, thanks for the link to that shop! I love packing a sandwich to eat on the plane – on my last flight I brought a nice one with avocado, tomato and cheese. I also always bring a big scarf that I can use as a blanket when the plane inevitably is freezing.

Emily

Emily- Bringing along a big scarf is a fantastic idea. I’m flying at the end of the month and I’ll definitely be bringing one along!

Down and Out Chic

Little sis is going on spring break in a week. Totally want these classy handmade travel goodies! http://t.co/WpiYrQ3f

(@TheMakeryNC) (@TheMakeryNC)

RT @TheMakeryNC: Little sis is going on spring break in a week. Totally want these classy handmade travel goodies! http://t.co/WpiYrQ3f

Lauren du Bois (@ldubois2)

Absolutely amazing! If only I could get my prop storage to look this amazing.

Andrew Leigh
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