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Pack Like a Pro: 13 Packing Tips!

01 / 27 / 16

If you couldn’t already tell, I travel A LOT! When you travel as much as I do, packing becomes a no-brainer routine that can be done in record time. I know exactly what I’m going to need, wear, and leave behind, so I like to consider myself an expert when it comes to the art of packing.

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I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’m guilty of over packing at times, but who isn’t!? As a female, it’s only natural that I pack more than enough clothes, beauty essentials, and accessories to last the entire trip. But, I’ve learned that the key to packing is to find the gray area between too much and too little, which is why I wanted to put together 13 tips for packing just right! Happy travels:)

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1. Make a list. This will help you mentally organize what you need and don’t need. 
2. Make room. I like to clear off my bed and lay out one (or two, depending on where I’m going) suitcase.
3. Separate items. I like to pack in categories by grouping my lingerie, hair products, makeup, and body & face essentials into different baggies.
4. Roll, don’t fold! Rolling your clothes will save you tons of room. Also, if I can’t fit something, I’ll lay it on top at the end.
5. Choose clothes strategically. I try to pack solid colors and pieces that can be layered. I’ll sometimes throw in one or two printed tops or dresses, but I limit those items so I don’t end up bringing my entire closet:)
6. Bring a swim suit. Or work out clothes, if you’re feeling ambitious.
7. Carry on important items. In case your luggage gets stolen or lost, remember to carry on jewelry, electronics, a spare outfit, vitamins, and any other daily essentials.
8. Pair of flip flops or slippers. So I don’t have to walk around barefoot in hotel rooms. Germs, gross!
9. Accessories. Bringing solid colors means you can accessorize with scarves, jewelry, hats, and more!
10. Choose your bras wisely (For girls, obviously). Bring one sexy, one comfy, and one sporty.
11. Give yourself time. You never know what can happen, so be sure to give yourself an extra 30 minutes at the airport.
12. Hydrate. Once I get through security, I always buy a big water bottle so I can drink it on the flight.
13. Don’t forget the classics. I can’t go anywhere without a LBD and red lipstick!

My Travel Essentials

01 / 20 / 16

Have you ever gone on a trip and realized your forgot something VERY important? We’ve all been there, and the reaction is always the same: “How could I be so stupid!”

There’s no need to kick yourself in the butt — we all make mistakes! But, as someone who travels as much as I do, I’ve nailed down a list of travel and carry on essentials that are guaranteed to make any trip a breeze! Start prepping now for your next voyage and check out these must-have travel items:

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Travel Essentials
Tumi Luggage
Black Leather Backpack
Cozy Socks
Boots or Sandals you can easily slip on/off
Leggings
Hat
Scarf
Lipstick
Bronzer
Evian Face Mist
Sunglasses

Carry On Essentials
Sleeping Mask
Ear Buds
Laptop
Chargers
Book
Makeup Bag (Face wipes, rose oil, and moisturizer)
Mints and/or Gum
Quest and Kind Bars
Eye Drops
Hand Sanitizer
Hand Lotion
Aspirin
Doterra — On Guard, Peppermint, Serenity, Deep Blue

Essential Oils

01 / 07 / 16

Are you guys as obsessed with essential oils as I am? I have been using them for about two years now, and they are absolute lifesavers! No joke, I have not had to take antibiotics since I started using them (knock on wood!). Basically, the moral of the story is if you have a problem, essential oils are the answer.

One of the things I love about essential oils is that they are all natural! Not only do they come from all over the world, but they can also be used for just about anything. From perfume, to soap, to cleaning solutions, and even to bath salt mixtures — you name it!

I’m a firm believer in limiting the amount of unnatural things I put in my body, which is why essentials oils are perfect for anyone (like me) who doesn’t like taking prescription medicine and antibiotics! Fun Fact: Back in the biblical days, the wise men of the New Testament used plant-derived oils (Frankincense and Myrrh) on baby Jesus! So, it is safe to say that these natural remedies have been around for a very long time and are worth a shot!

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Here are some of the oils I carry around with me (especially when traveling!):

Frankincense: For when I start to feel sick. I put it on my feet before bed and wear socks all night long.
Lemon: I put a drop in my glass of water. NOTE: I recommend NOT using this oil with a plastic bottle because it can eat at the plastic and release chemicals.
Past Tense: For when I feel stressed or a headache coming on. I like to rub it on the nape of my neck.
Serenity: For relaxation. I’ll even put this one on the paws of my Yorkie Lady if she seems nervous when traveling!
Peppermint: For an upset stomach. I’ll either put it on my belly button or neck for carsickness.
Deep Blue:  For muscle aches.
Spearmint: For refreshment. The smell is amazing and wakes me up instantly — You can even try a drop on your toothbrush!

Essential Oils for my diffuser:
Orange & Grapefruit: I’ll use these in my diffuser in the morning to give me a wake up call and lift my mood
Cinnamon & Purity: To rid the air of germs

Cold and flu season is coming up, and these oils are perfect for getting you through the sickly season. I recently came down with a cold, but I am happy to say that it didn’t last long! I can’t take medicine because of the pregnancy, so I always try and load up on vitamins, oils, and LOTS of water.

Corey always says that I have a bag full of potions that can cure any problem! So, I hope this is as helpful for you as it is for me!

XO,