Bon Voyage: Travel Tips, Tricks & Essentials

Whether you are a seasoned traveller or someone heading on a trip for the first time, there are some tips and essentials that everyone should know when it comes to preparing and packing for a trip. As I prepare for my own trip to Panama, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some tips and tricks I have learned from my own travels.

While packing


No matter if you are going away for a few days, a week, or a even month, a must-have for a good travel experience is a sturdy suitcase. A hard shell suitcase is a great option; they tend to be more resistant than the average suitcase. Also, it’s a good idea to choose a color or pattern that stands out so that you have an easier time finding it at the baggage claim. There’s also a much lower chance of someone mistaking your luggage for their own!

Pack as light as you can. It’s important to make sure you have enough clothes, but don’t go overboard! Pack only what you will actually wear. It’s also important to leave space for the shopping that you will hopefully get to do 😉

When it comes to packing your toiletries and beauty products, travel size is a must! So many products come in smaller sizes that are perfect for travel, and many companies also make travel bundles of their products. If you plan on bringing some of your skincare or beauty products in your carry-on, look up the quantities and products that you are actually allowed to bring on the plane! And don’t forget to bring some sunscreen!

Day of Travel

Even if you are heading somewhere sunny and hot, make sure you dress in layers on the plane as they tend to get quite cold! It’s good to keep a hoodie or sweater on hand so that you can wear it during the flight and take off when you land.

On a similar note, make sure to wear shoes that are comfortable, and, if you can, wear socks so that when you take them off during security check or on the flight itself, your feet are not directly touching the ground of the airport or airplane (yuck!).

And don’t forget to make sure you have your plane tickets and passport before you head to the airport!

While on the plane


If your ears pop as painfully as mine do during take offs and landings, make sure to bring along either earplugs or earphones. Another trick I’ve learned  is making sure to also chew gum and swallow saliva as it help’s alleviate the pressure you will feel in your eardrum.

If you are planning to actually sleep on the plane (lucky you!), make sure to have an eye mask on hand! It will help block out all the light especially if it’s a day flight because the passengers in the other aisles may choose to keep the blinds on their windows up.

It also helps to have a good book, magazine, e-reader or tablet to entertain yourself especially if the in-flight entertainment/movie options suck (or cost money) or if your company is not so talkative.

No matter where you are travelling to, always make sure to stay safe and have fun! 🙂

Happy Travels xoxo


Fashion Spotlight: m0851

Zip Around Wallet – WA 81

If you are looking for a brand that is stylish yet classic, unique yet practical, then look no further, because m0851 has got your back! m0851 is a fashion house that creates accessories and outerwear from various high quality raw materials like leather, cashmere, silk and wool. Since its conception in 1987 under the name Rugby North America in Montreal, m0851 has paired European style with local design concepts. Ninety percent of m0851’s collection is being made in their Montreal workshops, and they currently have 22 boutiques located around the world coupled with 35 international retailers selling their products.

Bell Shaped Cosmetic Pouch – PO 52; Mini Cosmetic Pouch – PO 01 in Arctic Ocean

m0851 has a wide variety of leather goods including bags, cosmetic pouches, wallets, travel accessories, key chains, cardholders, and document organizers. Their product selection doesn’t stop there. They also manufacture jackets, coats, and seasonal accessories like hats, gloves, scarves and even umbrellas. When you purchase any of their items, you know that you are buying something that is of quality and something you know you won’t see just anywhere!

Toiletry Bag – PO 10 in Black; Large Passport Holder with Pockets – CA 02 in Black

m0851 is a great brand not only because of its stylish and sleek designs that are easy to add to any wardrobe, but also because its customers are provided with well-crafted products that come from quality, ethically procured materials. I know first hand from the products that I myself own; the leather that makes up the purses and wallets wears beautifully overtime. Because their designs are not over the top or flashy, they are versatile but also very practical. Every piece is designed to be a functional part of a consumer’s life with the various sizes available for wallets and bags. Another reason that I love m0851 is the great selection of seasonal colours that range from bold to neutral.

To see for yourself, check out their website:

And don’t forget to visit their facebook and instagram pages!!