Packing for Travel: Beauty Finds & A Perfect Bag

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Tumi Voyageur Zebra Brown Ravello 20
Tumi "Voyageur" 20" Carry On

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Over packing has always been one of my downfalls and the biggest mistake for most people when traveling. Packing light is a hard thing for women to master, especially getting it down to packing efficiently. The smartest thing is to have a checklist prior to leaving on a trip, that way you aren’t leaving anything out and it prevents you from spending last minute money at the airport.

The best thing is to carry-on at all times, but that seems to be a difficult task for women, especially because we have so many products that have to fit under the 3 oz. TSA requirement. A very important part of traveling is having appropriate luggage that can resist ripping after being tossed around. I recommend Tumi bags, because they are multi-purpose bags that are durable and reliable. Once you in invest in one Tumi bag, I think you will start buying their entire line of products because they are so functional.

Women's Travel Kit - travel size toiletries, TSA compliant
Women's Travel Kit

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The Tumi bag I suggest is the expandable Tumi Voyageur 20" Wheeled Carry-on bag. It will fit almost all airline carry on measurements and it is lightweight nylon with leather trim, making it easy to maneuver. The zebra brown pattern makes it easy to spot in case you decide to check the bag in. The bag features an adjustable-height telescoping handle and accessory pockets, making small items easy to store and accessible.

I found an awesome site that carries all kinds of travel kits to make traveling a much more enjoyable and simple experience. The site is, and it started in 1996, carrying everything from adaptors to toiletries. I like the Women’s Travel Kit for $9. It is a conveniently sealed, crush resistant plastic container that has important daily essentials in it. It includes: Lady Speed Stick, a small packet of shaving cream, a disposable razor, pink folding comb, Aloe Vera hand and body lotion, Salon Selectives hairspray, Colgate toothpaste, and a travel toothbrush. For $9, it has it all covered in a small non-space consuming package.

CHI Mini Flat Iron and Dryer Collection
CHI Mini Flat Iron & Dryer Kit

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Lastly, I know how important it is for us ladies to have our hair in order and tamed at all times. The hard part is being able to fit our hair dryer and flat iron in a suitcase. A lot of times I have to make the tough decision between the dryer or flat iron. I found a helpful life changing CHI traveling kit that will brighten your next trip and have your hair looking as good as it would if you stayed home. This CHI Mini Flat Iron and Dryer Collection even includes a travel bag, which is awesome to use for anything and keeps everything organized in one place. The CHI kit includes: a mini ceramic flat iron, mini hair dryer, Infra Shampoo, Infra Treatment, Silk Infusion, and 44 Iron Guard.

Hopefully my recommendations will make traveling a whole lot easier and less stressful for you. Next up, packing made easy-- less clothing, more outfit options.
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.