I adore this backpack. It's easy to carry, it's small enough to qualify as carry-on luggage, and being able to zip up the shoulder straps is a gloriously smart design detail. I also love the size limitation because it forces me to ship purchases home or to refrain from buying things at all. In addition to all that, the detachable mini backpack continues to be a great handbag on it's own.
My custom made leather waist belt or, what some might call a stylish fanny pack.
Purses are sometimes pesky—they are easily stolen or left behind. I keep my most vital travel bits strapped to my body almost at all times, minimizing the risk of loss or theft and making my life oh so much more practical. I have my waist belt strapped onto me at almost all times. Besides the basic contents of any normal wallet, inside I carry: a safety whistle, earplugs, a few Tylenol, and tissues (read: toilet paper in India) An essential item for any travel packing list.
The Goldfinch is an epic tale of the paradox of life (joy + suffering), and the importance of the beauty of art. It seemed like a great book to read on my latest travel journey to Hawaii.
iPhone 6, Macbook Air, Mophie, Hard Drive Backups
My unlocked iPhone offers connectivity everywhere. I can buy SIM cards and swap them out in each new country or hop on wifi networks. As an avid Instagrammer, photographing with my phone on the fly is my jam. Of course my Macbook Air is lightweight and enables me to blog while on the road. I rarely ever run out of battery power on my iPhone thanks to my Mophie!
Patagonia down puffy vest
Vests are super versatile and great insulation for layering up when it's suddenly chilly outside or on a plane. They're also easy to pack since they fold up smaller than a full-sized jacket.
Antique mini tins with beautiful typography
With a background in design, I appreciate lovely typography. My mom has collected antiques ever since I was little, so I developed an appreciation for old artifacts with character. They are beautiful, old artifacts that are affordable, small and easy to carry. Also, I like things that are mini.
Custom photo Moo.com mini cards!
As a photographer, my customized moo mini cards contain images from previous travels. They are great little gifts to leave behind with new friends, not to mention excellent conversation starters since people are always excited to ask about where the photos were taken.