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Time Saver | Long Trip Travel Packing Essentials

The Long Trip Travel Essentials

Admittedly, when packing for a long trip, negotiating with self on what items to remove has never been my strong suit. This especially becomes bothersome, when the luggage attendant promptly informs me that my suitcase passed the weight limit. Grab the below long trip travel packing essentials, and you’ll never have to deal with their wrath again!

Step 1:

Like everything else in life, traveling is all about versatility and capability, leading to quick flexibility to handle any situation. As such, layering becomes key. The first step is the checked suitcase.

A great checked option is the Away Medium (26″ x 18.5″ x 11″, $295, 8.5 pounds) which sells for a very reasonable price point given its excellent quality. The Away Medium is organized into two separate compartments, divided by a mesh guard as well as an interior compression system, key for fitting in last minute items or those presents for the family. Easy to maneuver, the Hinomoto wheels allow for quick 360 degrees rotation. Comes in 13 fun colors and a TSA approved lock. Available in a bigger option for those extra long trips ($295, 29″x 20.5″, 12.5″, 9.9 pounds). The Away offers a lifetime warranty in case anything goes awry.

BFF Tip: Get $50 off when you buy the Away Bigger Carry-On and the Away Medium together.

To save space, separate travel items easily with these packing cubes ($29.99, 3). Durable with a mesh top for simple identification and ventilation. Sports a top handle to quickly grab and go and easy to organize. 11 great colors.




Step 2:

Regardless of your carry-on options (some ideas here and here), it’s imperative to bring a foldable tote that can be used for sightseeing, grabbing dinner, etc. If you’re pressed for space, these could also double as carry-on’s.




The ANDI ($198, 20.5” x 12” x 5”) is not only super light, but it compacts into 4% of its size (8″ x 3″ x 2″) in 3 minutes or less in the attached snap out wristlet (video here). Also, easily converts from a tote, to a duffel, to a crossbody, to a backpack. Oh, and it’s machine washable, ensuring your travel is never dirty. Comes in many colors, as well as a larger size ($258, 26″ x 17″ x 7.5″), collapsible into 10″ x 5″ x 2″.

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The Medium Metro Tote by MZ Wallace ($215, 11.75″ x 9.5″ x 13″) is a great travel companion with soft foldable / rollable material, that’s water and stain resistant. Well organized with 6 interior pockets, this bag comes with a detachable travel pouch. Comes in 27 amazing colors (including a great black shiny lacquer one).



 Step 3:

Having a clutch is a key for travel, especially one with a charger, to keep you on the go. Can’t live without a phone too long these days.

Everpurse Kate Spade Quentin Black Wristlet: Phone Charging Clutch Inside ViewEverpurse Kate Spade Zana Black Crossbody Handbag with Phone ChargerThe Everpurse Kate Spade Quentin Black Wrislet ($198, 8″ x 10″ x 1″) is a little folding charging clutch with a zip closure on top. Will fit your phone, a small wallet, lipstick and a mascara. Features a removable wristlet strap, and Saffiano leather with matching trim. Charges the iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 6/6s, and iPhone 7. Comes in a cross-body version ($328, 8″ x 10″ x 1″) as well.

In case you want to make your own charge-able clutch, Lo & Sons has a cute Leather Crossbody bag ($96 – $148, 10″ x 5.4″ x 1.6″) that not only comes in a crossbody option, but also converts to a handy belt purse for those tourist expeditions. Can also easily become a shoulder bag or a clutch on demand. Easy to organize with three internal card pockets, and comes in multiple colors.

Add the PowerCore 1,000 charger ($25.99, 3.6″ x 2.3″ x 0.9″, 10,000 mAh) and you’ll never be low on battery again. Not bulky, small and light, will charge the iPhone, Samsung and Galaxy phones, with four times the charge before having to recharge the power bank.






Get It Done. Save Time. In Style.

– Marie Krol

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