Goodbye Chicago, Hello Seattle!

I’ve been anxiously anticipating the arrival of this day because Mike and I fly to Seattle this morning! Neither of us have been to the Pacific Northwest before, so we cannot wait to explore the area! I thought I’d share a little “what’s in my carry-on” because I’m nosy and like knowing what other people bring with them when they travel. 

If you follow me on Snapchat (@laurelizabeth4), then you’ve seen this backpack before. Yes, a backpack. I was reaaaal skeptical when I saw that they were coming back around to be a “cool” thing,  but I’m all about options that don’t induce shoulder pain (lookin’ at you, crossbody bags), so a backpack it is! I still feel a little bit like a tween when I put it on, but comfort is king and it doesn’t get  much better than evenly distributed weight that isn’t in your way, amiright?!

I try to keep it pretty simple in my carry-on. Only the essentials, but also some things that I may need.  We have a 4 hour and change flight, so I’m anticipating getting real bored and doing about 100 different activities. I always travel with my iPad – to read, watch a show, play games, or write things down. I’ve come to find that I can be really productive on planes, so I like to bring a notebook and pen, too. Headphones, a phone charger, some lip balm and hand lotion (airplanes dry out my skin like crazy), and sunglasses for when we arrive. 
Because it’s going to be a pretty long flight, I like to bring along just a few makeup products to help refresh me when we get off the plane. My favorite tinted lip balm, a beauty elixir to add some moisture, concealer, bronzer, and blush to brighten up my cheeks!
I like to bring some other non-essential, but useful items. Bandaids, hairspray (#planesflattenmyhair), aspirin, Lavender essential oil to help me sleep and relax, floss, a hair tie and clip. 
I can organize all the small things into little pouches that fit perfectly into the backpack. This backpack is small but mighty – it can fit a surprising amount! 

Be sure to follow on Instagram (@the_laurenelizabeth) and Snapchat (@laurelizabeth4) this weekend!


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  1. I hope you have a great trip. I can't wait to hear about it on your blog, which I love by the way! I was is Seattle when I was little but would like to go back with my husband.

    Posted 10.28.16 Reply
  2. You are coming to my city! 🙂 And it's a beautiful day today! Enjoy your visit!!

    Posted 10.28.16 Reply
  3. Sam wrote:

    I'm a Melbourne (Australia) girl who visited Seattle this time last year and I've got a great coffee recommendation for you – Monorail Espresso on Pike St. It's near the Sheraton Hotel. Try a Cubano – I'm not sure it's on the menu!

    Posted 10.29.16 Reply
  4. Kelley wrote:

    Hooray for the oil! Love that you're enjoying it. 🙂 And, I love that tiny Kenra. They don't sell stuff like that out here in the boonies. Ha.

    Posted 10.29.16 Reply
  5. John Luke wrote:

    Those are some great collection of products.

    All women stuffs.

    I will send it over to my wife she will know what to do with them best.

    Posted 10.29.16 Reply
  6. I'm crazy in love with your cat wallet! Where can I find it? 🙂

    Posted 11.1.16 Reply

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