Travel Hacks 101

1:40 PM Mimi 3 Comments

With summer around the corner, people will be traveling left, right, up and down. Whether you are traveling by car, train or airplane, being prepared to travel comfortably and efficiently is key. I personally LOVE traveling by plane. I know this isn’t a popular opinion, but for some reason I love the idea of walking through an airport surrounded by strangers from different parts of the world. I think the airport is a great way to encounter people from all types of backgrounds. That being said, I wanted to share a few ideas on traveling like a Kiss Me Kloth pro. 

1. Packing

Depending on where you go, the first step to travelling like a pro is to check the weather app. I find that seeing the exact temperature narrows down a lot of clothing options and reminds me not to pack 5 swimsuits. The next step is to make a list. Now, this list doesn’t have to be a full on story, but just a few general categories jotted down can really help. I usually have 6 labels: clothes, shoes, makeup, toiletries, accessories and technology. And finally, don’t forget to ROLL lighter weight clothing items and LAY DOWN heavier sweaters on top. This trick really can allow for more room in an already cramped suitcase.

2. Style 

Ok, if you are the person who likes to wear stilettos while waiting in long lines at the airport please stop reading now. This article isn’t for you, congratulations on your insanely fit calves. FOR THE REST OF US who just want to get somewhere in one piece, read on. Flat shoes, whether they are sneakers, boots, or sandals are a MUST. For the chilly air conditioning on the plane (is anyone else freaked out by the recycled air or is that just me?), bring some type of sweater or cardigan. My favorite cozy accessory for planes: fuzzy socks. Let me tell you, these babies have really saved me. Cold feet = cold life, people. A scarf is another warm accessory that can double as a pillow for those of you who didn’t bring a neck pillow (more on that down below). For the bottoms half, I’d say stay away from any material that involves squeezing or anything you couldn’t eat a Thanksgiving dinner in. Sweats, leggings, or even some baggy shorts will do. Rompers are hella comfortable, but going to the bathroom can sometimes be a struggle.

Jacket: YSL
Shirt: Forever 21
Pants: Nelly
Suitcase: Nordstrom
Sneakers: Nike via Bloomingdales

Cardigan: H&M
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Hear band: Lane Crawford
Bag: Hermes
Shoes: Converse

3. Essentials

These are just some quick little products that improve a travel experience immensely. Because planes, trains, and buses are so dry, lotion, lip balm, and eye drops are lifesavers. For all the sleeping beauties, remember to pack a sleeping mask and a neck pillow. No one wants to be that weirdo who will sleep on a stranger’s shoulder. It could be a great conversation starter, but why make things awkward? Earphones, of course, are essential for watching movies, listening to music, or even just blocking out that baby behind you’s incessant screaming. I have a theory that whenever there’s a crying baby on a plane, all the passengers experience motherhood for that short (or long) period of time. 

Waterbottle: Connox
Neck Pillow: Nordstrom
Ear phones: Kirna Zabete
Eye Mask: Asos
Lip Balm: Burt's Bees
Hair Ties: Madewell
Lotion: Kiehl's
Socks: Etsy

4. Entertainment

And finally, my favorite category of all: “What to Do While Waiting for 4 Hours”. Of course, you have your iPhone and you’ve never scrolled down Instagram so hard in your life, but let’s get creative here. You can always start a new read, one time I finished a whole book, BJ Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, while waiting for a flight. It was the perfect combination of hilarious and enlightening and you should all run to your nearest book store to buy it now. Also if you don’t have wifi on the plane, releasing yourself from technology at this time would be beneficial. My favorite magazines that I buy from the airport shops are Lucky, Cosmopolitan, The Food Network Magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens. Although I must say that if you are in the middle of the raunchy “100 New Sex Positions” article in Cosmo be aware of your surroundings. Those pictures can get pretty graphic. My next entertainment recommendation is podcasts. I know I’m late to this party, but I’ve lately become incredibly addicted and will soon be posting an article on my favorite podcast shows. Podcasts remind me that there is an incredible amount of knowledge at our fingertips     and it is easier to access than we realize! But if you’re tired of reading or listening to things, there’s always sleep. Sleep conquers all activities.

I hope all of my tips will help you travel bugs on your future summer adventures!
Until next time.



  1. Oh my goodness I love that suitcase! I think one of the most exciting parts of getting ready to travel is deciding what you're going to bring and figuring out how to take it all!
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    1. I totally agree! As long as your methods are organized, packing can be fun! Especially with some fun music in the background! Thanks for reading :)

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