Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL. I like to “muse” about things that inspire me. Especially on Mondays.
With the trip we recently took to Milan for business, I started to think about what are my most absolute, cannot live without things I must have for travel. I travel pretty light, but even I cannot live without certain items. These things for me, can make the difference between having a “I am comfortable and feel good” trip or a sort of ” I look awful and I’m miserable” kind of trip.
1. When traveling overseas by myself, I do a carry-on and never check my luggage. ( Not so when traveling with my husband or family, don’t ask. ) I have been lusting after this Rimowa for awhile now. It will be my next big investment piece, the carry-on I have now has lasted over 12 years. Quality does matter when it comes to luggage.
2. This time of year, weather can be fickle. I like to pack a lightweight anorak style jacket with a hood. It can protect me against the elements of rain and wind, but also keep me comfortable on sunnier days too.
3. A long drape cardigan that looks professional but is still comfortable. I usually take a neutral color that can be worn with everything.
4. A long or oversized scarf that can be styled different ways. It can also double as a small blanket, my must have for keeping warm in the plane cabin.
5. Black leggings. I cannot travel to Europe and not be comfortable. I usually pair them with a knit tunic or a t-shirt and a long cardigan.
6. A pair of boots that are stylish and comfortable. I usually pack a pair of Fiorentini and Baker’s. They never hurt my feet and I can walk for miles in them.
7. My iPad. I use it for work and entertainment purposes. I would be lost without it.
8. A pair of comfortable flats in a neutral color. I like wearing flats on the flight, especially when going through security or having to walk in the terminal to the next connecting flight.
9. My flat iron and electrical converter. I have big wavy hair. Have you tried blow drying your hair with one those euro hair dyers at the hotel? Trust me, it’s not fun. The flat iron fixes my hair woes in a jiffy.
10. A sturdy tote. Especially ones in canvas ( less weight to carry) with a handle and shoulder strap. You can carry all your necessities on the plane and use it as a work bag once you land.