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Jet Set Packing List & Giveaway

Welcome back! When I relaunched this site, I mentioned that something I would be placing a heavier focus on is travel. I love to travel — it’s my favorite thing to do — so it’s only natural for me to share that with you here, which brings me to today’s post: I started creating these little packing lists for my own personal travels about two years ago, and now I can’t pack for a trip without them!

I then started having friends and family members asking for one while they were planning their own trips, and it sort of just became “a thing.” I use this general/master list the most, but I also started creating customized ones for different types of vacations — beach vacations, ski trips, camping trips… You get the idea.

Once I started getting so many people asking for these, it made me realize that apparently I’m not the only one who finds them useful. I recently got them printed on these pads of paper (50 sheets per pad) as a tester before launching an entire line (!!), and I’ve been sending them to a few blogger friends to get their input. I’m just about ready send another order to the printer and work on creating the full line, but for today I wanted to get the ball rolling…

So, with all of that said, I am very excited to announce that these packing lists are now available to purchase from anywhere in the continental United States for $15 + free shipping! I am hoping to open up the shipping destinations to be worldwide soon, but for now it is just available to the U.S. (luckily most of my audience is based here!). If you are interested, just email me at emilykgannon@gmail.com 🙂

What’s even more exciting is that I am also going to be sending away a few to you guys for fun! To win one, all you have to do is follow me on Instagram, like this photo, and comment either where you are taking a trip to next or where your dream vacation is. I will be choosing a few of you by random, and will DM you right on Instagram for your address if you win. The giveaway will be closing on October 13, and I will ship all of the packing lists to their new owners on that day. Best of luck!! I hope you are as excited as I am.

 

I would love to hear if there are any other products that you would be interested in me making! Whether it’s packing lists for specific getaways (beach, mountains, etc.) or something completely different, please let me know!

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!)

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

Newport Packing List

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Summer is the perfect time to pack up your duffle bags and escape to a little weekend getaway. I mentioned at the beginning of the year that I wanted to explore more of the Northeast (remember this post?); instead of planning just two big vacations for the year, I wanted to go on as many smaller weekend getaways as possible. This weekend I am headed to Newport, Rhode Island, which looks like an absolutely beautiful location.

I’ve only been to Rhode Island once or twice, and they were when I was really little and there for soccer tournaments, so I didn’t exactly get to explore the state much. That being said, I’m pretty excited to head back to the Ocean State! So without further ado, here is my Newport packing list…

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Newport is the quintessential New England summer escape, so I’m going fully-prepared with my classic and preppier pieces from my wardrobe. First and foremost is a pair of white jeans — they were the very first thing I pulled from my closet to put into my bag. And, what kind of New England look would I have without a blue striped shirt? That was the other piece that I packed right away.

I loaded up my bag with a few other items — namely chambray, flowy tanks, and shorts — and also piled in the sandals. I love packing a few different styles of sandals for weekend getaways in the summertime because they can help transform your look from day to night, beach to dinner and drinks, etc. (Think casual, flat, strappy sandals during the day and a pair of wedges for night.) Aside from sandals I also threw in a pair of practical but stylish sneakers (my white Chucks, of course), because a trip to Newport wouldn’t be complete with a walk along the Cliff Walk — a 3.5 trail along the shoreline.

Stay tuned for a few posts from my trip next week — you can expect an outfit post along with a Travel Diary, which will include photos from my trip and my travel guide to the island, filled with my recommendations for places to eat, play, shop, and stay. Also, if you are familiar with the Newport area, please leave any suggestions for restaurants or any other things to do — I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Do you have any weekend getaways planned?
Is there anything I should add to my Newport packing list?

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

 

Vermont Packing List

Happy Thanksgiving! My mantra today is wine, pie, nap, repeat, lol! I am currently in Vermont with my family; we decided to come here for a few days for the holiday. It is absolutely beautiful here! If anyone is familiar with the Manchester area and would like to leave recommendations, I would love to hear them!

Today I wanted to share a few of the key items that I packed for our trip. It was a no-brainer to go comfy and cozy, since it’s chilly here in the mountains. We usually spend thanksgiving in North Carolina with our extended family, where I go for more of a chic look, so this is much more relaxed and laid-back. Without further ado, here are the main items I brought with me for our eleventh-hour escape…

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I’m bringing flannels and plenty of comfy t-shirts to rock basically every day, along with a few scarves (my favorite one here, use the code ‘BAUBLESBRUNCH’ for 10% off!) to mix and match with all of the different tops. I also brought a few pairs of warm and thick socks (my favorites are here and here), and all of my beauty essentials in my new funky travel case (more on this soon — stay tuned!). For shoes, I am keeping it simple with my Bean Boots and classic pair of Uggs that I just can’t go without.

 

Click here to get your own free downloadable/printable packing list!

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Any good Black Friday sales to share for tomorrow?

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