Packing Tips From A Travel Blogging Pro

Photo: Courtesy of Djordje Radovanovic.
As a travel blogger, I'm frequently asked how I pack for long stints on the road. For me, successful packing means fitting everything that I could possibly need in only a carry-on bag. There's nothing glamorous about dragging a 50-pound suitcase around in the heat of summer, only to realize that you didn't need half of the things that you packed. Ahead, I've shared some of my tips and tricks from packing a carry-on like a pro to staying camera-ready while you're jet-setting this summer.
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Photo: Courtesy of Djordje Radovanovic.
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What are your carry-on bag essentials?
I always take my Bose OE2 headphones, which I love because they fold flat and have huge sound — enough to block out any screaming child. Rohto eye drops are necessary for bright white eyes after long, red-eye flights, and I always have EBOOST to kick the jet lag. Oh, and my GoPro camera! Plus, I also always buy at least two big bottles of water right before I board.
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Photo: Courtesy of Djordje Radovanovic.
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What are your top tips for packing strategically?
It begins with the right luggage. Right now I'm using Bric's 21'' Rolling Duffel Carry-On. It's a soft case and it's spacious enough to fit it everything I need. (I've traveled for a month in just this bag!) Be sure to check your specific airline's carry-on size specifications before your trip.

Frame out the bottom of your suitcase with your shoes, then create two neatly folded stacks with heavy-weight jeans and sweaters on the bottom, more delicate items on top. Any clothes that are left can be rolled and tucked around the edges. If you need even more room, rolling some of your essentials like dresses and tees helps save some space, and keeps your stuff (mostly) wrinkle-free.
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Photo: Courtesy of Djordje Radovanovic.
I also recommend investing in a lightweight, oversized tote as your personal item. I love this DAY Gweneth Bag that I picked up in Copenhagen. It's durable and comes in lovely colors!

A few days before my trip I like to lay out all of my favorite clothes and accessories, then start creating looks. Weed out items that don’t coordinate, are too bulky, or just don’t make sense for your particular trip. An ideal travel wardrobe is one that can be mixed and matched into a variety of outfits.
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Photo: Courtesy of Djordje Radovanovic.
How do you look your best after a long flight?
I recommend starting with the Clarisonic Mia sonic cleanser, then applying Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting Moisturizer — it's light as air and not greasy at all, which lessens the chance for shine. I also love Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, which gives a flawless look, even on HD television.
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Photo: Courtesy of Djordje Radovanovic.
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Hairstyling Secrets
For hair, I've tried lots of curling irons and wands over the years but the one that works the best for me is Bed Head's Foxy Curls Conical Curls (1 1/4''). And, it's under $25! I use a dab of Kerastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide right before I go on camera to tame my waves.
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What clothing item won't you travel without?
A white linen kimono from my favorite shop in Positano, Italy, La Bottega di Brunella. My favorite items tend to come from my travels. Wearing them brings you right back to a certain place and time -- usually a good one!
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What are some of your upcoming projects?
Last year I launched a weekly web series for Travelocity, and this year I'm working on additional travel video projects which I'll be announcing soon on my website.
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What do you love about your job? I love telling a story that's never been told before and I also love the creative process of travel filmmaking — from the conception of the idea, to long shoot days in new destinations, to sitting in on edits and finally seeing the finished product.
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