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Summer travel season is upon us and we asked travel writer Amanda Blakley, writer for The Huffington Post to share her must have bag items.  Like someones house, it’s even more fun to peek into their purse.


  1. Sometimes you’re from aiport to dinner in no time at all. A travel pouch, especially one as chic as this is essential. Whether you’re housing all of your cords and chargers, a little chanel lipstick, credit cards or your passport, this mini bag can fill all your needs.  We love heymama (and mama to be) Ela Aldorsson’s line of gorgeous bags. elabag
  2. The perfect day to night dress. This gorgeous Zimmerman dress goes from sightseeing in a metallic sandal to night out with just a change of a shoe. The crinkley silk fabric is perfect to roll up and pack. zimmerman
  1. A hat is a MUST when traveling – it’s great for hiding under when your tots draw unwanted attention, for blocking out the sun’s harmful rays or just for covering up a week old blowout – wait, what?In any case, I love this sea green felt Janessa Leone number from The Narwhal.


  1. A gorgeous weekend bag makes you feel pulled together when you dash to the airport early morning coffee in hand. This one from Building Block and A Piece Apart is so pretty and feminine  you’ll want to carry it every day not just on travel days.



5,   A good camera – I’m currently lusting after this beauty. It’s true that an iPhone can take a mighty good photo these days, but sometimes it’s nice to ramp up the resolution (in case you want to print a large scale  version of a photo you shot as I plan on doing for Father’s Day this year – pat-on-back-to-myself). I recently made myself a promise that I would bring my SLR camera with me every time I go out with the kids so I can get in the habit of capturing our daily life – instead of just our travels.



Don’t want to miss a day from Instagram (even though you probably should!!), you can purchase an international SIM card (like trpprmobile – www.trpprmobile.com) so you can stay connected (with unlimited texting and data) without spending a fortune on international roaming fees. You can use it to navigate to a local park, pediatrician or just to read restaurant reviews to ensure that adorable local bistro you spied will be welcoming/accommodating to children.


About Amanda:

Juggling a young family, entrepreneurial pursuits and an insatiable appetite for travel and adventure, Amanda Blakley documents the unknown, unseen, and untouched for readers of The Huffington Post, The Tig and others. You can also catch up with her, and her chief adventurers at: www.theadventuresofatticus.tumblr.com and check out her heymama profile here.


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