Weekend Travel Essentials

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Weekend Travel is one of my favorite things to do. Leave Friday come back Sunday… ahhhhh spend the weekend away from real life. As I have had many, and I mean many Weekend Getaways, I have perfected the art of packing those weekend essentials without over packing and maintaining my style. This last weekend I had the opportunity to go to the Bacardi Triangle at El Conquistador in Fajardo! What an amazing weekend! Here’s what I packed for that little getaway! Stay tuned for pictures of this epic weekend featuring Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, an amazing villa, bikinis, friends and lots of Bacardi!

1. Weekend Bag: First things first, a weekend bag is the most important part of your trip! A nice sturdy bag will allow you to pack your outfits and toiletries and will fit in any overhead bin if you are flying or the back of your car if it’s a road trip. For this particular trip I decided to go with a small carry-on as I was taking my Halloween costume and clothes for the parties.

2. Toiletries: In terms of toiletries you do not need to take our full size items on a weekend trip. Its unnecessary and a pain to carry. Stock up on your favourite items that come in travel size and take them with you! If you are not sure if a particular item comes in a travel size, ask for a sample at the store! Those usually last a couple of days that is just what you need for your trip!

3. Makeup: Unless you are going to an important event, makeup should be kept down to the basics: foundation, powder, concealer, ONE basic eyeshadow palette, blush, mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick. It sounds like a lot, but to makeup junkies like myself, these are the basics. If I know I’m not going to be going anywhere too fancy or that requires too much makeup, I will bring my BB cream and some powder. I have travel sizes for my primer and mascara so those come with me as well!

4. Outfits: PLAN AHEAD! I used to over pack, A LOT! Now I plan my outfits ahead of time and take only what’s necessary. I usually take a pair of jeans and a skirt and change the blouses and shirts and I try to use the same pair of shoes for all my outfits. If I know I will be going out then I add a pair of heels. Trust me, when you plan ahead you will feel so proud when you see all of your wonderful clothes and shoes fit in the weekend bag, with space to spare!

5.Comfy clothes: Whether you are arriving my plane, train or car, nothing sets the bad mood as uncomfortable clothes do. Remember, you will probably be sitting for a good two hours, and you want comfortable items to move around or at least give your body space to breathe while you are sitting down. Take an outfit to go to your destination, and one to come back. A pair of leggings, a t-shirt and my trusty Chuck Taylors always does the trick!

Now what are you waiting for? Go pack that bag and head out for the best weekend ever! Don’t forget your camera!! Where is your next weekend trip? Do you have any favorite tips when you are going away?

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What’s in my beach bag?

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 9.09.55 AMSummer is here, and as an island girl, my beach bag goes with me everywhere. You never know when that sudden urge to hit the sand and the water may strike. Now that I am back in Puerto Rico, my beach bag is ready to go back into action. Throughout the years, I have become an expert at packing just the right amount of things to keep me comfortable, entertained and protected while catching that tan. Here are my essentials when packing my beach bag.

Beach Bag & Towel: Well this is a no-brainer! A beach bag is the first thing to have when packing.. A beach bag! A nice, big sturdy bag is what you need that will not only help keep the sand out but also can withstand the water and wind. Weather conditions are a little harsher at the beach, therefore, the materials used for the bag should be able to handle it. The designated beach towel should also serve not only to dry oneself but also to lay in the sand. That’s why they also come in bigger and sturdier materials.

Sunscreen: Now, I am a fan of tanning at the beach, but I am very aware of the risks of sun damage, especially to the face. I have a strong sunscreen designated for this area that is oil-free and light in substance to maintain the skin blemish free as well. We all know the no-no that is to apply tanning lotion to the face! I also lightly apply sunscreen on my shoulders and upper back to further protect them from sun burn.

Tanning Lotion: My absolute favorite tanning lotion is Bain de Soleil. It has SPF 4 ( low, but my skin tone is on the tanner side, so I do not need as much coverage as fair skin types) and it provides a beautiful even tan that will last. Misting Spray: Since it gets so hot and humid at the beach, I find it very helpful to bring a misting spray to keep my face and body cool. I do tend to get very dehydrated at the beach and this is a way of giving my body some moisture. My current favorite is Avene Thermal Spring Water.

Sunglasses and Hat: Although I love the beach, too much sun can be a little annoying and can give me a bit of a headache. That is why sunglasses and a hat are essential to me, not only protect my face and my eyes, but also provide shade and prevent a headache. Remember to remove the sunglasses when tanning face front, you do not want that hilarious sunglass tan line!

Magazines, Books, Ipod: I always bring magazines with me to the beach. Whether is to do some research for my next post or to read a bit of gossip (we all love celebrity gossip, don’t lie!). I also bring my Ipod in case I feel like relaxing. A book can also keep you entertained for hours. 

Snacks: For snacks at the beach I like to bring fruit, because they do not need refrigeration and they are full of water (especially watermelon) keeping you refreshed and hydrated. I also like to bring water and some adult beverages :).

Miscellaneous: In my bag I always carry lip balm with SPF in it, since my lips tend to get dry pretty quickly. I also carry a comb and detangling spray and some hair ties, to keep my hair (prone to worst of tangling) as manageable as possible. The summer is the perfect time to recharge batteries for what is left of the year, make new friends and have some me time. Enjoy the most of it and have some fun!   Share with us, what’s in your beach bag? signature   Dont forget to follow me at:

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