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Banff (& Beyond) Packing List

If you follow me on Instagram, then you are more than well aware that I have been in Banff National Park (and the surrounding areas) in Alberta, Canada for a little while now. It was a place that was on my travel bucket list for quite some time, and I am so excited that I finally made it out here. It was kind of a hike getting here (no pun intended), but so, so worth it. Honestly, it is even more breathtaking in person than it is in all of the amazing photos I had seen of before. Somehow, it is just too stunning to capture with a camera.

Anyways, as per usual, I overpacked just a tad on this trip. If there were such a thing as Overpackers Anonymous, I would be the first person to show up to the meetings and the last person to leave… I need all the help I can get. For some unknown reason, I always think I am going to need more options and outfits than I ever end up wearing — I don’t know how I haven’t learned by now! This trip in particular, though, I have been even more surprised by how much never even got taken out of my suitcase! That being said, I thought it might be helpful to compile a quick little packing list for you, in case you are planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies like me, or anywhere else where you will be spending most of your time outdoors, whether it be hiking, camping, canoeing, etc.

Summer is the perfect time to head to the mountains or lakes — I have a few trips planned to the Adirondacks (a bit closer to home!) this summer, and I know this checklist will come in handy for me then, so I’m hoping the same goes for you. Happy glamping!

{download the printable pdf here, so you can save and print for your future travels}

Lastly, to get even more specific with my packing list suggestions, I wanted to quickly share a few of my favorite pieces that I brought on this trip, along with some items on my wishlist for my summer trips to the ADK. You can find them below 🙂

blue nikes // pink water bottle // herschel backpack // classic sunnies

 

What do you pack for a hiking or camping trip?

01. Packing for a Winter Wonderland
02. Off to the Beach
03. Beauty Travel Essentials for a Summer Escape
04. Newport Packing List
05. Off to Mont-Tremblant
06. Vermont Packing List
07. Weekend Getaway Packing List (free printable!)

Fall Gallery Wall (free printables!)

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I absolutely love gallery walls. I think they are such a fun way to add personality into your home, and they always add a nice touch to any room, whether it’s a bedroom or a living room.

I like to switch out the prints that I have framed and hanging in my own gallery wall every so often. There are a few of my favorites that I keep up all-year round, but then there are seasonal ones that I like to switch out for certain holidays, etc.

I recently made a few fall-themed ones to hang in my new apartment, and thought it would be a fun idea to share them as free printables for you guys, so that you can just download and print them for your own house, apartment, or dorm room. I hope you enjoy!

 

I hope you like these! Would you like to see more free printables in the future?

xoxo


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01. Health & Fitness Tracker (free printable!)
02. Packing List (free printable!)
03. Holiday Gift List (free printable!)

Off to the Beach

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As you’re reading this, I am packing up my car with my sister and headed on a road trip to spend the rest of the week at the beach with my family. The rest of my family left a few days ago, but she and I couldn’t leave until today. But, I am so excited to put down all of my work and relax for the next five days! I’ve got surf, sand, and sun (the three s’s!) on my mind (along with stand-up paddle boarding, popsicles, and prosecco — the three p’s!).  Like I usually do, I wanted to share what I am bringing for the trip, so if you’re planning any beach vacations you can get a little inspiration…

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{free printable packing list for your summer travels}

Swimsuit and cover-up combos are the name of the game, with some light and airy casual clothing pieces sprinkled in too, of course. Think beach first thing in the morning, brunch shortly after, and then back to the beach for the rest of the day, with a few trips to town or bike rides along the sand dunes here and there.

This spring I stocked up on a bunch of new swimsuits from Aerie — I swear they have had the best selection this year! Most of them are sold out by now, but a few other options (that I would pick out if I was choosing from their current selection!) are here, here, and here. As far as cover-ups go, I have been loving this one (but mine’s in white), and a crisp cotton or linen button up (I have this one) is always a great way to go, too. I, naturally, packed both. Although I’m making an effort not to overpack, I like to pair different cover-ups with different swim suits, so I figured I’d make room in my bag for options.

I packed a few pairs of shorts — namely these and these — with some flowy cotton tanks to pair with them. I can throw all of these pieces over my bikini or in town or around the house, which is key since I’m trying not to overpack.

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With any summer getaway that involves the beach, there are a few essentials: your beach bag must be locked and loaded (SPF, sunnies, and the like), including some easy-to-read books and magazines and a refreshing flavored water.

I pretty much always stick with cheap flip-flops (these and these are my favorite) when I go on beach vacations, because I don’t want the sand to ruin my nicer pairs (and I have admittedly left behind a pair or two before on accident, oops). I’m also bringing my favorite Nikes, because I love to go on early morning runs or bike rides along the water.

As far as beauty products go, I like to keep my hair and makeup minimal and simple, of course, but I also love to bring a few luxurious products to use after a long day in the sun. Think hydrating sheet masks, after-sun moisturizers, and refreshing facial mists for mid-day pick-me-ups.

 

Be sure to keep up with me on Instagram and Snapchat (@emilykgannon) to follow along with my travels!
What do you pack for a beach vacation? Am I missing anything important?

xoxo


check-these-out-tooONE // Newport Packing List (for a summer New England getaway)
TWO // Off to Mont-Tremblant (for a winter getaway)
THREE // Vermont Packing List (for a fall getaway)
FOUR // Weekend Getaway Packing List (for a fall getaway)

Beauty Travel Essentials for a Summer Escape

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Whether you’re headed to a luxurious Airbnb in Montauk for a weekend getaway or you’ve booked the cutest bed-and-breakfast for a week on Nantucket, you’re going to want to double-check your packing list and stock up on these beauty essentials. I’ve created the ultimate collection of beauty essentials for a summer escape, to make you feel like a million bucks no matter where you’re headed or what’s on your itinerary.

Long days in the sun require you to rotate in a few different products into your repertoire, which is why I’ve curated this list of products that are just as luxurious as they are effective. Without further ado, here are my beauty travel essentials for a summer escape…

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{just scroll over the graphic to save it to your travel pinterest board for your future travels}

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luxurious summer perfume // sandy polish // cooling gel stick // scented shimmer powder // moisturizing body balm // hydrating gel moisturizer // lip balm // bronzing and illuminating stick // air-dry hair styler // texturizing spray // after-sun moisturizer // water gel moisturizer // bronzing serum

While you’re getting ready for your day, start with an SPF (organic, of course), a light facial moisturizer, and a few spritzes of a luxurious summery perfume. For hair and makeup, keep it simple: let your hair air-dry into natural waves with the help of some styling cream and use a two-in-one bronzer and illuminating stick that allows you to swipe and go for an instant glow. Have time for one extra step? Sweep on a little shimmer powder to enhance your bronzy skin — this one has a beachy scent that’ll make you fit right in with the seaside atmosphere.

Post-sun is all about replenishing and rehydrating. Cool off with a water-based gel stick that instantly hydrates and energizes your skin, and follow it up with a thicker moisturizer. Add a thin layer of bronzing serum and mascara for a finishing touch. Enhance your sea-salt soaked locks with a texturizing spray that will keep you looking bronzed and beachy. To keep your newly sun-kissed skin moisturized (and keep you from peeling!), coat your body in an after-sun lotion, and slick on a layer of thick lip balm to replenish them, too.

FreebieWant a printable packing list to help you stay organized and prepare for your summer escape? You can get the free downloadable/printable here (the link is at the bottom of the post).

Do you have any plans for a summer escape?

xoxo

Off to Mont-Tremblant

Today I am off to a weekend escape to Mont-Tremblant, Québec. My 23rd birthday is Monday, so my family and I decided to pack up and head off for a little winter getaway to celebrate. We have never been to Mont-Tremblant before, but from what I’ve heard and from the pictures I’ve seen, I am 110% sure we are going to love it!

Mont-Tremblant is notorious for absolutely bone-chilling temps, so we are so, so lucky that this weekend it’s going to be about the same winter weather that we’re used to (even a little bit warmer, actually!). The high all weekend is supposed to be about 30, dipping down to about 10. Here in Syracuse we had temperatures of 25 degrees below zero earlier this week (I wish I was kidding), so this honestly sounds like a tropical getaway at this point!

So, what to pack? My theme for ski towns is of course warm, comfy, and cozy, but also a with a touch of style and class. So without further ado, here is my weekend getaway packing list for Mont-Tremblant, Québec…

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Because I’m anticipating chilly winter weather, my suitcase is chock-filled with chunky sweaters. I have purchased this one from Banana Republic in multiple colors… I just can’t get enough! Bonus: it’s now on sale — such a steal! It’s super warm and cozy, and you may or may not see it featured in a post next week. This or this would be another great option.

I also plan on piling on the winter accessories, like this or this cozy knit hat and, of course, some big and chunky scarves like this one. These mittens are adorable and keep your hands nice and toasty. I also packed a huge stack of hand warmers… If you’ve never tried these then you are seriously missing out! I used to use them when I went snowboarding all the time, and my dad uses them on the reg, too! They are a serious game-changer.

Another winter weather essential? Boots! I was planning on bringing these, but I think this classic pair will be a bit warmer. The fuzzy inside will hopefully keep my toes nice and warm, because I seriously believe that there’s nothing worse than cold feet when you’re outside! To go with the boots, I am bring these thick socks. They are my favorite pair for the winter, whether I’m pairing them with Bean Boots or Uggs! I love that they are a little taller than both of those boots so that they peak out of the top — such a cute touch to a winter outfit.

Sunglasses are another must (I love this pair!). If you’re not from somewhere where you get a lot of snow, you might think this is an odd necessity, but when the sun reflects off the snow, it is super bright! Sunglasses are a year-round thing in snowy areas. And lastly, how adorable is this luggage tag? I just couldn’t resist when I was shopping the other day.

 

Do you have any weekend getaways planned?
If you are familiar with Mont-Tremblant, please, please, please leave your suggestions for things to do or places to eat in the area! I would love to hear.

FreebieP.S. Want printable packing lists? You can get your free printable here (the link to download it is at the bottom of the post!).

xoxo

 

Health & Fitness Tracker (free printable!)

How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions? Still going strong? I know a lot of people have the best intentions to make 2016 their healthiest and fittest year yet, so I am here to (hopefully) help you achieve your goals! Over the next few weeks I will be uploading a few more health/fitness related posts than normal, and to kick it off I have created a health and fitness tracker that is free for you to download and print. This is a great way to stay motivated and keep track of your progress. Even if this isn’t a New Year’s Resolution for you, these handy dandy sheets are still super helpful and interesting to fill out… I like to use them every once in a while for a few weeks at a time, just to reflect on my habits and see if I need to make tweaks to my routine. Sometimes I’ll notice I’ve been slacking on how much water I’ve been drinking or realize I’m doing more strength training than I’d like/not enough yoga classes each week.

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To get your free printable, just click here, and save the PDF to your computer!

I really hope this helps you guys out! Please let me know if you like these free little sheets I’ve been making; I make them for myself all the time and would love to share more with you! You can find the other free printables that I have shared here. If you do download this, I would love to see you using it! Snap me a pic on Instagram or Twitter so I can see 🙂

 

Do you use a health and fitness tracker?
These are my goals and words to live by for 2016.

xoxo

Gift Guide | For the Guys

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Whether you’re shopping for your dad, boyfriend, brother, or husband, the guys in your life deserve the very best this holiday season. It seems like guys would be harder to shop for (because when you’re shopping for girls it’s like you’re shopping for yourself!), but once you get going you actually find so many options and they end up being fun to shop for. Today I’ve rounded up a few ideas to get you started, so without further ado, here is my gift guide for the guys in your life…

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Click here to get your free downloadable/printable holiday gift list, and don’t forget to check out my shop for similar items!

 

What are you gifting the guys in your life?
See my previous gift guides here and here.

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XOEmily

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