I firmly believe that the pleasure of a trip shouldn’t begin when you arrive at your destination, the travel is a part of the adventure. To make it more enjoyable I’ve come up with a “comfort kit” that I bring on board.
I found a. the Fedon Trolley Pilotina while running around the windy passageways in Venice, trying to find a glass shop with Mr. Splendid. I’d been looking for a new roll~on bag for awhile, but nothing was “quite right”. The gorgeous navy with bright orange interiors literally stopped me in my tracks, but this is not just a stylish looking piece, it’s durable, light~weight, well designed and has proven to be one of the best travel pieces I’ve every had.
Inside, I use these d. lightweight nylon zip Eagle Creek bags to keep everything in order in my bags. If it’s a long flight, I have a comfy change of clothes that I put on after take off to keep my street clothes fresh. I always carry a b. cashmere poncho and c. cashmere blend shawl rolled up in the bag to keep off the chilly air. This e. Derma e mist with hyalouronic acid and vitamin C keeps my face feeling hydrated and helps to set my make-up when I land, this 2 oz.bottle can make it through security. A spritz of f. dry shampoo in my roots, then massaged in and combed out helps to keep my hair~do from going flat on the flight. A h. silk eye mask and the superbly comfortable and effective Quies earplugs help to block out unwanted noise on the road.
A back pack is a great way to get through busy airports and train stations with ease. I love this g. blue velvet backpack from Zara it’s big enough to handle all your essentials. If you prefer a handle and a shoulder strap, this n. Navy Blue Tablet Briefcase by Filson is made with durable, waterproof fabric and is trimmed with leather, it will rest perfectly on top of a rolling bag. A nice passport cover is a great way to get the travel lust going, this i. worldly passport cover by Patricia Nash has room for your boarding pass, receipts and credit cards, so you can get through customs with everything at your fingertips. I love to visit bookstores and pharmacies when I’m visiting other lands, I always find something interesting. I found my first m. Quo Vadis Ministre with a witty saying by French artist Ben at our bookstore on Beaulieu sur Mer, now I order one from Amazon. fr every year, it’s a great way to keep my schedule in order and to keep up my language skills.
K. The New York Times: 36 Hours is a great resource for top places to see and things to do in great cities throughout Europe when you only have a few days to stay. Without leaving the comforts of home, you can provide a vicarious adventure with j. Chic Stays, a series of tales by famous folks of their favorite places in the world. Another treat for the armchair traveler is this i. sweet pillow with illustrations of the streets of Paris, they can roam the streets of this iconic city without leaving the comforts of home.
I spent most the day yesterday decorating the house, now I need to get out an run some errands! I hope you’re enjoying the season.
More gift ideas to come!