I'm currently on a two week trip to California. I'm starting my trip in Los Angeles and making my way to San Francisco. So my goal was to pack light and stay organized. And it never hurts if your luggage looks good at the same time. Here's what I brought to California.
1. Kleenex, in a case I picked up at City of Craft a few years ago. Never know when you might need a tissue.
2. Waterproof Marimekko toiletry bag: Contains my essentials in case I get seperated from my luggage.
3. I've always been a fan of the very light-weight and durable Le Sportsac range — the weekender tote pictured at the top of this post has been my go-to for years! This patterned delight of Le Sportsac Travel Wallet has multiple pockets to hold American dollars and travel documents.
4. Snacks: Nuts and dried fruit to keep me going throughout the flight.
5. Phone Stuff: An external battery for my phone (for when I'm low on juice); a SIM card to accomodate my US calling plan (I use ROAM); and headphones for music and in-flight movies.
6. Extra bag: Baggu makes the best! It's light but holds a lot of groceries for those trips to the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, is available in so many good patterns and it folds down into 5" x 5" pouch so it doesn't take up much room in your regular bag.
7. A case with hand sanitizer, lip gloss and gum to combat in-flight pressure changes — mine is by Lovell Designs.
8. My favourite Hand & Shadow scarf to keep me warm on the freezing plane.
9. My Sony Alpha N-EX camera. It shoots like an SLR, accomodates my old Nikon lenses and is not a heavy beast so it's easy to take along on day trips.
10. To combat boredom on the plane, I loaded my iPad up with my favourite magazines. I got some from iTunes subscriptions and others from the Toronto Public Library's great online collection. (Thanks to Avery Swartz for the tutorial on downloading!)
12. Covet Garden promo cards to spread the word that Covet Garden Home is now available in the U.S.!
PS. If anyone has tips for some cool places in California that I should check out, I'd love to hear about them in the comments below.