The Ultimate Guide to Traveling Light: A Fashion Lover’s Dream

Jet-setting as a digital nomad Unveiling my top travel must-haves — from carry-on essentials to electronic essentials.

As a digital nomad, I’ve lived out of my suitcase for 3 years. Here’s what I always pack, from carry-on essentials to electronics.

Meagan Drillinger makes her way from continent to continent, as a digital nomad. By Meagan Drillinger

You know what they say, darling – travel light, live large! In January 2021, I bid adieu to my New York City apartment and embraced the nomadic lifestyle with nothing but a carry-on. And let me tell you, it has been one of the most liberating decisions I’ve ever made!

Gone are the days of being weighed down by material possessions. Now, I believe if you can’t carry it, you probably don’t need it. Plus, living with less has not only saved me money (adios, Amazon addiction!), but it has shifted my priorities and let me focus on what truly matters – like looking fabulous wherever I go!

But don’t be mistaken, my dear fashionistas. Traveling light doesn’t mean sacrificing style or leaving behind your beauty routine. Oh no, we can have it all! Let me walk you through my fashionably fabulous packing essentials.

1. The Essentials

Drillinger always has a passport on hand. – Smith Collection/Gado

First and foremost, darling, never leave home without your passport – the key to unlocking stylish adventures! And please, do check what countries require travel visas in advance because fashion emergencies can happen anywhere, my dear.

Now, let’s talk about insurance, because even fashionistas need a safety net. I’ve got you covered – I personally swear by Allianz AllTrips Basic. For just $125 per year, you’ll have year-long protection for all your fabulous trips up to 45 days in one destination. Chic and practical, isn’t it?

2. The Fashionably Functional Baggage

Drillinger’s unpacked suitcase and all of her essentials. – Meagan Drillinger

When it comes to luggage, my dear, functionality is key. I opt for a combination of a carry-on bag and a travel duffel that’s as stylish as it is spacious. Trust me, this duffel is a shoe lover’s dream – it even has a secret compartment underneath to hold three to four pairs of shoes! Bye-bye, fashion dilemmas!

Now, let’s not forget about the mighty cross-body bag. It has become my go-to obsession! With its magical powers, I’ve bid farewell to the cumbersome purse and welcomed a world of convenience. My cross-body bag holds everything a fashionista needs – credit cards, sunscreen, sunglasses, headphones, lip gloss, passports, and boarding passes. Efficiency has never looked so… chic!

3. A Capsule Wardrobe to Rule Them All

Drillinger packs a capsule wardrobe when she travels and keeps her wintery gear on standby. – Meagan Drillinger

Ah, the eternal struggle of packing the perfect wardrobe! But fear not, my stylish darlings, for I have mastered the art of the capsule wardrobe. Picture this – two pairs of long pants, two pairs of shorts, five neutral-colored tank tops or t-shirts, joggers or leggings, dresses, a cardigan, two bathing suits, underwear, socks, bras, and sports bras. And yes, darling, shoes are included!

Speaking of shoes, here’s a pro tip: wear your bulkiest pair on the plane. Not only will you save space in your luggage, but you’ll also make a fabulous fashion statement while soaring through the clouds!

Now, let’s face the ultimate fashion challenge – different climates in one trip. Fear not, my adventurous souls! With a capsule wardrobe, you can conquer it all. Picture resort-style flowing dresses for tropical destinations or business-casual items for city escapades. And for those unpredictable weather situations, keep your trusty hat, gloves, and down jacket on standby. Style and practicality, hand in hand!

4. Beauty & Wellness On-The-Go

Drillinger always packs a makeup bag – Vitalij Sova

Who says you can’t maintain your beauty and wellness routine on the go? Not me, my dear! I bring along my trusty travel blender (I recently found a USB-c chargeable blender – talk about blending fashion and technology!). And let’s not forget the protein powder and vitamins – they’re the secret to glowing from within!

Of course, a fashionista needs to stay well-nourished between meals, so protein bars are a must! Nobody wants to witness a fashion meltdown caused by hunger rage, right?

Now, let’s unveil my skincare secrets. A gentle cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and eye cream are my essentials for that radiant glow. And don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the basics – shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, and face wipes for those unexpected overnight stays in airports or cars. Fashion waits for no one, my darling!

5. The Glamorous Mobile Office

As a digital nomad, Drillinger works on-the-go which means she also needs to pack her electronics. – picture alliance

Living on the road means I work on the road, my dear fashion lovers. Hence, my glamorous mobile office is always by my side. Picture me – iPhone in hand, laptop at the ready, and power cables galore. And of course, a universal adapter to conquer international plugs, because fashionistas know no boundaries!

Now, let me introduce you to my tech-savvy husband’s ingenious idea – a small dashcam for added liability protection. Safety and style, my loves! And he never fails to preload his iPad with movies and TV shows for those powerless moments. A true fashion hero!

Living out of a suitcase has transformed my life, my dear fashionistas. It teaches us to appreciate what truly matters, to embrace adventure, and to know ourselves better than ever before. So, pack light, travel far, and remember to live with only what you need – because fashion and wanderlust are the perfect companions on this journey called life.

Now, my fabulous readers, I want to hear from you! Have you embraced the art of traveling light? Do you have any fashion tips or packing secrets to share? Let’s connect and keep the fashion conversation alive!