Day Trip: What I Pack in My Bag

Here's a peek into the two versions of a day trip bag: all of the essentials I bring with me. These are all tucked into my purse on any given day, depending if I'm going minimal with a few cards or toting the just-in-case items I don't want to be without.

MINIMALIST

There are times I don't want the bother of a big, heavy purse. On travel days when I can bring only the necessary items, or want my bag to easily transition from day to night, I take out the most necessary cards, bring along a tiny size of my current scent -- still loving this old sample of Marni's debut fragrance, a EO deodorant wipe, concealer, lip of the day, and phone. That's it. 

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MAXIMALIST

There are other times when I know an outing will require a bit more preparation. Or maybe I am feeling a little more "needy" that day. Either way, I have another way of packing my bag to ensure I have my necessities. 

Inner pouches are my favorite way to keep things organized. I have a large blue zipper clutch that was given to me years ago by the Rebecca Minkoff team and it's still my favorite (mostly because it has my initials on it). In there I keep a random assortment of the just-in-case variety like sunscreen, rosary beads, lip balm, pens, hair pins, another EO deodorant wipe, Aesop hand cream, and lavender essential oil (which works for everything from stress relief to bug bites). Plus, you just never know when you might need an added shot of healthy fats in the form of Brain Octane Oil, or a spray of citrusy hand sanitizer. The Altoids mints box holds a few of my vitamins in case I forget to take them, and I love how the & Other Stories jewelry bag practically stores my earbuds. This pouch holds every one of my essentials for a day on the go with my 3 year old.

In another little zipper bag is my travel makeup, composed of mini products I love, that if I had to, could create an entire makeup look, because you really never know. When I'm traveling, it's nice to know I have a prepacked bag ready for just about any occasion.

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There's a mini eyebrow gel (also awesome for flyaways), 2 lip liners (one nude and one berry), 2 lipsticks in similar shades, hair pins, clear gloss (can be used on cheekbones, eyelids, or lips), perfume, mirror compact, and a longwear eyeshadow in a smoky grey. Maybe I should do a tutorial on how I'd make a look with these products? If you like a quick makeup check out my 5 minute makeup video.

What essentials do you stuff into your bag[s]? 

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.