Somm’s Picks: Top Travel Essentials!

I have received a wonderful opportunity to travel to Spain to experience in full the Food and Wine of this beautiful country. I have wanted to go to Spain ever since I tasted my first Tempranillo and admitted to my obsession with Spanish Tapas.

The big reds of Rioja, the crisp whites of Priorat and so much more will be explored, tasted, and of course photographed and written about on here! I can’t wait to share all the wonderful experiences with you, so you also can take your palate on the ultimate food and wine exploration!

Packing for a trip abroad can be difficult, especially when you have an idea of what to pack but have to be prepared for any situation. From camera equipment to laptops, to shoes and clothes, the list is endless. I am sure you have all felt the worry: what to pack, how to organize and maximize your suitcase to fit everything, and still have enough room for souvenirs (in my case wine)! I have personally selected to partner with a few brands for my Rosehip-Collectionupcoming trip to Spain. I chose these brands, and to share them with you because of the company’s mission, quality of the products, convenience for travel, and affordability for every budget. 

Here are my top packing essentials for any type of travel (abroad, road travel, weekend getaway’s, and more)!

Trilogy Skincare: Travel sized, organic and absolutely delicious for your skin. The Rose Hip Collection is perfect for any traveler who wants to keep their skin refreshed, renewed, and healthy. While I am walking through the vineyards, tasting wine and food, cooking and exploring the major cities in Spain this skincare will be my morning and evening survival!

travel_03_1024x1024Be Brilliant Bag: This bag is essential because as every woman knows, we can “get away” with a carry on and a purse. This Be Brilliant Bag is literally brilliant in that it fits my laptop, passport, makeup, a pair of shoes (the bottom of the bag unzips to fit sneakers or heels) plus it has a compartment in the front for a tablet and two extra inside compartments to fit books, magazines, and more. If that isn’t enough it comes in four unique colors. See me around Spain and NYC with this beautiful bag, perfect for the girl on the go! $265.00

 

RTC269_B0002_FrontBaggallini Rolling Tote: This brand rocks! When it comes to cool and convenient but stylish purses, clutches, and carryon’s Baggallini has just what you need. The Rolling Tote is $178.00, sturdy, light weight and the measurements meet TSA guidelines! This three compartment tote can easily fit clothes, a laptop, paperwork and books as well as seamlessly fits right on top of your luggage for easy airport travel.

 

 

NAU870_B0621_FrontBaggallini Gold Nassau: Because every traveler needs a cross body bag to tote around their favorite cities! This Burgundy Mini Bag not only reminded me of the color of wine, but it has small and convenient compartments to fit all my essentials such as my phone, lipgloss, a camera, foldable camera tripod, business cards, vitamins and more. For $75.00 this is a steal with how much it can really fit due to the size… making it the perfect travel companion!

image002-15Vinnibag Inflatable Wine Bag: Wine, olive oils and liquids will be safe for my flight back to NYC with the Vinnibag Inflatable Wine Bag! This bag is TSA friendly as well and can be re-used, which makes it the perfect travel partner for any wine lover! This bag also fits olive oils, liquids, and up to three are allowed in each luggage according to TSA regulations. For $28.00 how could you not!?

MG1A1089_aBrode Electrolyte Vitamins: These vitamin’s are a lifesaver when you want increased energy, hydration and focus. I came across these after a series of massive hangovers and gym sessions missed due to my “wine flu”. Brode has simply given me the energy and hydration back that I need to keep my gym routine going, my focus on point, and when I do have those nights where I may overindulge (not often… but it happens) I take Brode before bed and viola! In the morning I wake up refreshed and ready to begin my day. When it comes to plane travel this is ideal for the bloating, dehydration and jet lag we all struggle with. $18.97/Monthly Subscription 10 Brode Bags + other options!

Word Notebooks:word-adventure-log-black-2 The Adventure Log by Word Notebooks are fun small compact notebooks for any traveler. I love these because they fit into my purse and I never have to worry that I will miss anything that pops into my head. Complete with location, companions, date, and conditions plus plenty of lines for writing, this little notebook can and will hold all your adventures! I will be taking wine notes at wineries as well as documenting my entire stay in Spain and beyond with these adorable and very slim notebooks! $12.00/3 pack. 

 

 

 

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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