Bonjour, my friends! But really, I should probably say hola! My poor blog has been neglected the last few weeks while I’ve been traveling in Portugal and Spain. I had the incredible opportunity to visit Europe on a food and agriculture tour through a leadership program I’ve been involved with the last couple of years. (You can read more about our European program here & sneak a peek at some of my favorite travel moments on Insta.) As you can imagine, Spain and Portugal’s culture is rich in food and wine, and I can’t wait to bring some of my favorite European finds to DakotaChic.
But for today’s post, I’m sharing about the less glamorous side of traveling… packing. Over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to a number of amazing places both in the U.S. and abroad. Aside from my tendencies to procrastinate and overpack (But who doesn’t?), I’ve definitely picked up some helpful tips and tricks when it comes to pre-trip planning. Whether you’re packing for a weekend get away or a lengthy international get-away, having the right luggage can make all of the difference.
Prior to my trip to Europe, I knew I needed to find a tote that could fit under my airplane seat as a carry-on, while still accommodating my 15-inch Macbook, as well as a change of clothes and other travel necessities. When I came across the Twill Weekender tote by Everlane, I instantly added it to my shopping cart. Their Weekender tote worked perfectly for my two-week travels, but it’s also great if you need to throw a few things in a bag for a quick weekend getaway. The best part? Like all of their products, Everlane’s design is very minimalistic chic. With this weekender on your shoulder, you’ll look more like you belong in the fashionable streets of Paris than schlepping along with the throngs of fanny pack-wearing tourists at the Eiffel Tower.
p.s. If you don’t know about Everlane, this company will quickly become one of the first shops you type into your browser. Focusing on high-quality, elevated basics, you won’t want to order a white t-shirt from anywhere else. Plus, they have a super transparent and ethical philosophy when it comes to clothing production. Check it.