14 Travel Essentials for Bookish Girls on the Go

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People are always asking me for travel tips so I thought I’d share my travel essentials for girls on the go. I don’t like a big, bulky bag so most everything I bring with me serves multiple purposes. And, of course, because I’m usually writing, blogging, or reading, lots of my travel essentials serve that purpose as well!


Travel Essentials

1.  Tote

I like a tote bag that’s big and roomy enough to handle all my essentials but that’s also dressy enough that it can double as a day or night bag on my trips. Though it was a splurge, this luxurious Chanel Grand Shopping Tote is THE perfect bag for this.

2. iPad

I’m literally reading books 24/7 so even on a weekend getaway I absolutely have to have an e-reader otherwise books alone would take up half my suitcase. Though I prefer my Kindle Paperwhite at home because it’s easier on the eyes, for travel I like my iPad because it also serves as an entertainment center for all my movies and TV shows (hello “Vampire Diaries,” “Walking Dead,” and “Game of Thrones,” I’m looking at YOU!). Plus I can work on my latest novel, answer emails, and even play video games all without having to lug around my laptop.

3. Phone + Sassy Case

I don’t go anywhere without my iPhone. I like picking out cute cases that protective my phone AND show off my personality. This case from Casetify with a girl with her head in a book couldn’t be more me!

4. Headphones 

I blog about Beats headphones a lot and I swear I’m not being paid by Dr. Dre or Apple, I’m just a huge Beats fan. Even though they’re a little bulky, I can’t travel without them. I’m not the best flyer in the world and these bad boys really cut out all the noise. Plus, I think they’re super stylish, especially in a killer white and rose gold tone.

5. Wrap

Wraps are the ultimate multi-tasker: they serve as both a functional blanket and a stylish accessory. I always travel with one to keep me warm and cozy on a plane or in the car and then I also use it as a jacket/sweater if it’s chilly at night. For that reason, I suggest luxurious materials like cashmere, wool, or silk that you can dress up or down and a basic colors that will go with anything like a classic monogram Louis Vuitton shawl.

6. Planner

I just recently got into the whole planner thing and am having so much fun with it. I keep all my mundane dates in my iPhone calendar but use a paper planner for all my blogging, writing, and social media. Not only is it keeping me organized, but decorating the pages is also a great creative outlet for me. The down time on flights and car rides is perfect for reviewing my weekly plans and adding new ones. The planner I use is from Erin Condren and I’m so in love with it I’m already “planning” our wedding. If you don’t yet have a planner you like, I highly recommend because it’s really perfect for bloggers (and anyone else who needs to stay organized). Here’s a coupon for $10 off: Erin Condren coupon.

7. Stickers!!!

My planner (see above) has me reliving my childhood love of stickers. There are so many adorable stickers to choose from and so many different ways to use them. Being the book lover I am, my favorite stickers right now are fandom stickers for my favorite books/movies/tv shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, etc. I get all my stickers on Etsy and so far my favorite bookish sticker shops are The Sticker Alley (though shipping to U.S. takes FOREVER) and One Punky Mama Design.

8. Stylus

I use my stylus for my iPad to easily mark-up and edit my stories on a PDF reader app I use called iAnnotate PDF (it’s the best app I’ve found for this purpose). A stylus is also fun for drawing apps if I’m really bored. Sticking with the multi-purpose theme of this post, I only buy ones that also have a normal pen on the other side which comes in handy for filling out custom forms, making notes in my planner, etc.

9. Chanel Double Perfection Lumière Powder

The mother of all makeup multi-taskers. Chanel’s Double Perfection Lumière Powder works as a powder, a foundation, AND a sunscreen. I use it in all these different ways depending what look I’m going for. Also, the compact has a great little mirror for checking yourself out after a long day of travel.

10. Eye Glasses

I’m blind as a bat but normally wear my contacts. For long trips, I like to give my eyes a rest and sport eye glasses instead. I have to admit, I still feel a bit self conscious in glasses but think a pretty frame can make a world of difference.

11. Lip Balm

My lips always get chapped when I’m traveling. I’ve tried the most expensive lip balms and lip treatments out there and yet I keep coming back to Aquaphor. I really think it works the best and it’s dirt cheap. A winning combination. Bonus, it also doubles as moisturizer for dry patches of skin.

12. Antibacterial Soap

I’m a germ-phobe so antibacterial soap always comes with me whenever I’m traveling with the masses. I really like the handy towelettes by Wet Ones because you don’t have to worry about TSA liquid rules with them and I also feel like they’re less messy and don’t spill in your bag like the bottles.

13. Tassels

Another part of my planner girl phase, I’m really loving tassels right now. Not only are they are a great way to dress up and personalize your planner but they also make super cute accessories for your purse. Fun fact, you can also use them as a bookmark if you’re in a bind. I get these on Etsy too and there are a zillion shops so you’re sure to find one that matches your own personal style.

14. Chocolate!

I’m a choc-o-holic so am rarely without chocolate. I’m also currently writing a survival Young Adult novel about teens who get stuck in the wilderness with nothing to eat, so now one of my greatest fears is getting trapped somewhere without food. I know it’s a little nutty, but always having a little chocolate on me makes me feel just a bit more in control. My preference is dark chocolate because it’s the healthiest for you, but who am I kidding, I will eat whatever chocolate you put in front of me.

So what are your travel essentials? Let me know in the COMMENTS below. And for some more travel suggestions, make sure to check out my favorite travel books.