My husband and I prioritize travel above most everything else. One year, we made it a goal to fly somewhere at least once a month (which quickly turned from exhilarating to exhausting). However, in our many trips up to cruising altitude and back down, we picked up a few tips and essentials along the way.

Don’t overpack, for real

For starters, why do you need that many clothes? Unless you’re an influencer who’s using the trip for equal parts pleasure and profession (you know, the profession of trying to make everyone jealous AF of their lifestyle on the ‘gram), then it makes no sense to pack so much. It’s like the old adage – I didn’t have time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long one. Basically, overpacking is a result of either not having enough appropriate items (i.e., staples) in your wardrobe to mix and match different OOTD or not having time to really think through your list. Either way, it’s not a good look, on anyone.

Pro tip: Pack a carry-on like a pro. Use packing cubes to help organize your clothes and squeeze a little extra into your luggage.

Invest in good luggage

Nothing is worse than arriving after a grueling flight, only to have to schlep your shitty luggage through the airport. Believe it or not, modern luggage is supreme. They roll better, are more immune to hard hits and scratches, weigh far less than their dated cloth counterparts, and just look sleeker. We prefer Monos luggage because they have enormous quality assurance standards. (Read: they put their shit through the ringer.) My husband and I each have the Carry-On Plus. We also just ordered the luggage covers because nice luggage is an investment and I’m a perfectionist.

Don’t skimp on the skincare, just downsize

You shouldn’t have to compromise on your skincare simply because you’re traveling. Silicone liquid containers are a great way to transport your precious treatments because they’re lightweight, packable and eco-friendly. They come in lots of sizes, so you can store your serums, sprays, tonics and toners each in their own container.

Know your needs

This is especially true when traveling overseas. Longer flights can leave you dehydrated, bloated and stiff. Planning ahead for extra hydration (think water and moisturizer), sneaking in a few snacks, dozing on melatonin and packing some compression socks can all help make a world of difference, so you can land refreshed and ready to hit the scene (and channel your best Party in the U.S.A. vibes ;).

Travel like a VIP

Save your ass and get the pass. I can count at least half a dozen times when the Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check and Clear Choice have saved our asses due to late airport arrivals. The $150 or so is a nominal price to pay for easy entry, less hassle, and 5 years of VIP security access. If you’re a more frequent traveler, splurge on the Clear Choice, or check your airline perks credit card for possible reimbursement.

with love,

Amy Abt