How To Pack Lightly But Still Have Options

This week my husband is taking me on a week-long trip to England for my big birthday (that we won’t mention because I haven’t come to grips yet) but he’d really love me if I only packed carry-ons for AN OVERSEAS TRIP. I smell a challenge. Here’s a few things I plan to pack:

  • 2 Jackets: My new Saks Potts shearling coat and my cashmere Burberry coat
  • 4 Pairs of Jeans: I went with cropped, ripped-hem jeans and a pair of long, skinny jeans. I plan to send down wash mid-week.
  • 1 turtleneck, 3 sweaters, 1 blouse, 1 dress and 1 t-shirt: I’m so fancy.
  • 4 Pairs of Shoes: I packed 1 chic, flat boot, 1 pair of fun heels for dinner and drinks, 1 street sneaker and 1 field boot for our weekend in Surrey.
  • 2 Bags: I leave my big, black bag behind for a cross-body and pack a clutch for meals, dates and dinner.
  • 2 super thin pajama sets.

I’m really no fuss! But, I do pack items that can color coordinate and are still fashionable even if they are taken more for functionality.

When it comes to my beauty carry-on items, it all has to be TSA approved. And, it can’t take up too much room. Whenever I stop at a beauty counter for my basics, I always ask for samples. ALWAYS people! This is the perfect way to try new products and have them available for short trips. I save them all for one or two-night trips, or like this, where I need to pack light and don’t want to carry glass or large bottles.

Here are my must-have beauty products for traveling light:
  • Goop’s Exfoliating Melting Cleanser: I mentioned this cleanser in my “Five Things We Love This Month” post. It is a solid until you start working it in your hands, which is amazing. No liquid, TSA-approved, no brainer.
  • One Love’s Savior Balm: With the cold weather in the U.K., this balm is perfect for putting anywhere. Nails, lips, face, and anywhere your skin starts to get really dry. TSA-approved
  • Face Mask: As a mom of three, getting at least one night away means I can pamper myself without having to break up fights. I always pack a face mask and put it on while I veg out at night. Tip: Don’t just take off your mask when the time is up, leave it on until it dries out. Then, take the remaining serum from the packaging and massage it on your face so you don’t waste anything (I read this tip on a Korean beauty blog).

Be sure to follow me on my London adventures on Instagram. 🙂

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