My love for travel stems from my mother. She traveled all over the world and simply had the BEST style. She made dressing up look so effortless and chic. I love going through her old photo albums and admiring the many countries that she’s visited and talking to her about her former jet-setting lifestyle. Growing up, I always dreamed of living a similar life. As I got older, I became interested in pursuing a career in international law and hoped that this career would allow me to impact the world while doing something that I loved, traveling.
During my sophomore year of college, I decided to do a Criminal Justice study abroad program in London and had the opportunity to visit the Fraud Prevention Unit at the American Embassy. I will never forget the attorney that I met during my tour. She was one of the most fabulous attorneys that I’d ever seen (unfortunately Phylicia Rashad from the Cosby Show played a fictional attorney on the show and does not count). She was intelligent, confident, and so well-dressed that her appearance and demeanor alone initially inspired me to consider the practice of law. She spoke to us about the cases that she was working on and her overall international lifestyle. Her life sounded amazing. I admired the passion that she exuded when she spoke about her work and how knowledgeable she was about the international laws that governed her field. After meeting her that day and learning about one aspect of international law, I decided that I wanted to become an international lawyer like her one day.
Reality soon hit when I did an international law clinic in law school and realized that the practice of international law was not for me. I commend all international lawyers for their life-changing work, but realized through my clinic that I am better suited in a different area of the law (Special Education Law). I currently live vicariously through Amal Clooney and her international crime-stopping life. Nevertheless, I still have a passion for traveling and hope to incorporate my love of seeing the world in my career.
Below, I’ve shared some items that I never travel without. If you know me, then you know about my obsession with finding chic and stylish accessories, especially travel accessories. Durability, longevity, and quality are all characteristics that I look for when purchasing travel items. I want to make sure that whatever I am buying will last me a lifetime. Here are some of the items that I always carry with me when traveling:
- Travel Bag – This Lo & Sons travel bag is simply the best. The different compartments, inserts, the adjustable back panel that easily attaches to the luggage handles makes this one of the most travel friendly bags that I own. I love how there’s a padded laptop and tablet compartment. I’m able to fit all of my tech gadgets, including my laptop and iPad, my small makeup bag, wallet, several pairs of sunglasses, and many other items.
- My Camera – Cameras are another obsession of mine. I’ve been collecting cameras ever since I can remember. I always travel with my canon rebel T3 and this 50mm lens.
- Luggage Tag/Passport Holder – I am always looking for the latest luggage tag or passport holder. I love the luggage tags from Gigi New York (featured above). This tag was designed by Kat Tinita from With Love From Kat and the quality is great. I also always carry my passport holder (also from Gigi New York).
- iPad & iPad case (the case featured above is an older style and no longer available; you can find a similar one here) – I typically use my iPad to read and to browse the internet while traveling. I always make sure to bring an iPad case for protection.
- Travel Steamer – I never like relying on the irons that hotels provide, so I always end up traveling with a travel steamer. I always travel with this small and compact one. It fits nicely into my suitcase and always comes in handy.
What are some items that you never travel without?