My Travel Necessities

I’m baaack…from my adult Spring Break!  I had an absolute BLAST in New Orleans with my girlfriends, which I’ll be sharing tidbits of my trip with you over the new couple of weeks.  For starters, today I’m teaming up with Dove to talk about my travel necessities, specifically five things that I always take on vacation (aside from the obvious).

Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant

I wouldn’t consider myself a stinky person, but when you spend an entire day walking the streets of New Orleans, in the heat, while eating lots of Cajun food and drinking adult beverages, you need some legit deodorant or it will not be a pretty sight…or, in this case, smell.  Dove’s Advanced Care Antiperspirant offers 48 hours of order and wetness protection (48 HOURS!) + added skincare benefits of Dove 1/4 moisturizers and NutriumMoisture for softer, smoother underarms.  This stuff is a lifesaver!  I can spend my entire day outdoors, pass out without showering (because, real life, that often happens on vacation) and still wake up with freshness!  If you haven’t tried Dove’s Advanced Care Deo before, I highly suggest grabbing some next time you’re out.  There are several scents to choose from, all are equally amazing!  You can read more about this product here.

Cute + Cheap Sunglasses

I can’t say that I never bring my nice sunglasses on vacation, but, regardless, I always bring a pair or two of cute inexpensive pairs.  On this last trip to New Orleans, I left a pair of sunglasses at a restaurant.  Luckily, they were nothing fancy and I had another pair to wear.  I always get on Amazon for sunglasses before heading out of town.  I have purchased this exact pair a handful of times; they’re my favorite and under $10 + free shipping!  Amazon has tons and tons to choose from, but this mirrored pair is my go-to.

Fun Lip Colors

I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup of vacations because, usually, I’m in warm temperatures and I’ll be outside all day.  My make-up routine usually consist of bronzer, doing my lashes and brows, and then throwing on cute sunglasses and a fun lip color.  I let my shades and my lipstick be the “beauty” for my face, rather than piling on a ton of makeup.  So, whatever fun colors you have (pinks, reds, plums), definitely throw them in your bag.  Plus, what better way (or place) to wear those fun/bold lip shades than on vacation!

Crossbody Bag

I never travel without a crossybody bag!  I honestly don’t know what we did before crossbody bags were around because who wants to carry a purse on the their shoulder all day while on vacation?  I do have friends that will carry a wristlet, but I’m a crossbody girl, for sure!  I like to carry one that isn’t too bulky…just big enough to carry the essentials.  This is the one I carried in New Orleans; I love it!

Steve Madden Sharini Booties

Do you have a pair of “travel” shoes?  If you have been following this blog or my Instagram for awhile, then you know I always, and I mean ALWAYS, wear these Steve Madden booties when I travel.  I don’t necessarily wear them everyday while out of town, but they always get worn.  They are GREAT for walking long distances, they’re super cute, and the color is very versatile (I’ve worn with jeans, shorts, and dresses).  I have several friends who have also purchased these that do/think the same thing.  These Sharini Booties are fab!  They’re currently on sale here + an additional 25% OFF and FREE shipping with code: PREZ

Straw Panama Hat

I always throw a hat in my carryon bag because, let’s be real, I don’t want to have to wash/fix my hair every single day.  Even if it’s just for the plane ride home, I always ended up taking + wearing a straw hat.  This is the one I took on this trip (and I also have this one).

This post is sponsored by Dove.  Thank you for supporting brands who support The Sister Studio.


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Hi, I'm Jen!

I'm a mom of two who lives on coffee (and wine) and a lot of humor! If you enjoy affordable + achievable style, then you're in the right place. I'm so glad you're here!


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  1. Such a great list and definitely love Dove products!

    Posted 2.24.17 Reply
  2. Joelle wrote:

    Hi!! I saw you do a hair tutorial the other day with some sort of cloth hair ties. BUT I don’t see it in highlights or at Like to Know. I think you said you got the hair ties on amazon but I can’t find them

    Posted 11.18.19 Reply

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