1 // Betsey Johnson satchel (exact): This satchel was my purse of choice for this particular trip. The size of the bag was perfect for carrying all my necessities and the colour couldn’t be more perfect for the sunny days in California. I found this bag at Nordstrom Rack a few weeks back, but it’s also available online at Zappos (although for $20 more than what I had paid).
2 // Pond’s travel size face cream ($2 from Target): This cream is sold in a perfect 1.75oz size that has never given me any trouble through TSA. I always worry about lotions getting thrown out or confiscated at TSA for being oversized, so this one is perfect for any travels. Pond’s makes a few different types of these travel sized creams too. I bought the regular moisturizing face cream, but it also comes in anti-wrinkle and dark spot correction variations. I think the technical limit of cream size is actually 1oz at TSA, but for $2, I’m more willing to let this get confiscated vs my everyday bottle of cream which is 8oz.
3 // Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15 (exact): I once made the mistake of traveling with a lip balm without any SPF and my lips ended up getting burnt really badly and hurt for days on end. Ever since trying a tube of this stuff from last year’s Sephora birthday gift, I have been hooked! Definitely recommend one of these for everyday wear, especially in sunnier weather.
4 // Canon Rebel XS (exact): I can’t go anywhere without my trusty DSLR! I’ve had this camera for almost 5 years now and still love it to death. I brought my EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 lens instead of the kit lens, as this is the one I shoot with regularly for the blog. I debated bringing along the 50mm f/1.8 lens as well, but with limited purse real estate, I passed on the extra lens.
5 // Flips Audio headphones (c/o, exact): I was really lucky to get a chance to try out these headphones during my trip! The smart design allows them to be folded compactly, which made carrying them around in my purse along with everything else a breeze. I usually have to stuff headphones into my carry on suitcase because I can’t fold them (and I don’t like ear buds for plane rides because they start to hurt my ears after a while).
What makes these headphones different from other ones in the market is the fact that you can transform them from a personal listening device to speakers for more than one person. This was especially handy for parts of our trip where there was zero radio reception and we didn’t have an aux cable to plug any of our phones or iPods into. These headphones were a huge life saver (gotta have the road tunes on those long 4 hour drives!) and did a great job in the car. Without being able to use the car stereo, the headphones provided an amazing alternative for allowing us to still play music during those strenuously long stretches of driving. To be honest, I was really impressed when we first used the Flips as speakers. On the plane when I used them for my own listening, I thought the sound quality was amazing. I didn’t know what to expect when trying these out as speakers because I thought that the cushioning would dampen the sound, but they didn’t! I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for a pair of compact, over the ear headphones! (There’s a coupon from now until July 16, 2013 for $10 off plus a free rush shipping upgrade: FA0010INT)
6 // You Smell Lemon Verbena Paper Soap (exact): I posted about these last month, but I seriously can’t even count how many bathrooms we encountered during this road trip where there was no soap. What the heck? Having these little sheets handy in the purse were awesome. Bonus: they made the bathroom smell better too. ;)
7 // Stewart/Stand RFID blocking wallet (c/o, exact): You know how technology is super awesome nowadays and you can easily make purchases by tapping your credit/debit card on a point of sales terminal? It’s so easy to complete a transaction without having to swipe a card to transfer the info and sometimes, if the amount is small enough, you don’t even have to sign a receipt to complete the purchase! So the downside to this convenience is that using the same data transfer technology, your personal data (name, credit card number, billing zip, etc) can be stolen without your knowledge. Pretty scary to think that the same technology that makes our purchasing flows so much more easy and convenient can also be used against us as consumers. (You can more about RFID blocking here.)
Stewart/Stand has come up with woven stainless steel fabric that will protect your personal data from being stolen. I was really lucky with timing to get a chance to take their red wallet clutch on vacation with me. Not only is the design of the wallet itself beautiful, but the functionality behind it helped me to travel with ease, not having to worry about my personal info getting stolen. I was personally able to hold 8 cards in the wallet (there are 6 card slots, but I was afraid to stretch the leather too much) and it is designed to be very thin, which was a perfect match for my space-conscious concerns.
As someone who loves seeing technology make our day-to-day lives easier, I think it’s also important to be aware of how these new technologies can be abused and what we can do as conscious consumers to protect ourselves. The last thing I’d want to have to deal with on vacation is having my credit card number stolen!
Whew! There you have it… the somewhat nerdy contents of my girly Betsey Johnson purse (not pictured: Ethernet cable which I kept in the zippered inside pocket because you never know when WiFi won’t be available)! Now I’m curious to know what you carry in your purse when traveling. Did I miss anything that you just can’t leave for vacation without?