TRVLR102: What’s in my bag? Boston

Jake and I headed up to Boston this past weekend for a conference he is attending (PAX East, if you are familiar with the video game industry). This trip was all over the place; we needed to be ready to walk a convention show floor all day, and then head to dinner and after parties with barely any time inbetween. This called for packing a few key things to get me from Friday to Sunday without taking my whole closet!

Tops and shoes, tops and shoes…

It is super important to have clothes that can easily move you from day to night. I rarely bring more than two pairs of jeans anywhere I go. I bring a loose fitting pair and a skinny pair, both of which can be dressed up or down. I ALWAYS bring more tops than pants because they wear much faster. So, I save a lot of room in my bag by only bringing two pairs of bottoms, one of which I wear on the way there!

This trip, I brought six shirts and wore three. Again, I like to be safe rather than sorry and bring more tops, since I’ve literally been sorry too many times (like forgetting pants altogether…). It was good to have options since the weather was a little all over the place!


Same holds true for shoes, and I always bring a few options. I brought two pairs of sneakers (one pair walking, one pair gym), a pair of sandals, and a pair of heals; I wore all four pairs! Since we were driving I could bring an extra pair of sneakers, which was good! If I have the ability to bring a few pairs, I jump on it! If I don’t, I make sure I bring shoes I can wear for multiple occasions, dressed up or down.

Beauty in 1, 2, 3…

And done! My beauty routine is always easy. I honestly rarely wear makeup because I breakout so much, so I just keep it clean and fresh most days. I also am one of those gross people who only wash their hair once every few days, and I promised myself no clean hair on this trip. I brought my personal holy grail 🙌🏻, dry shampoo, a few other minis, and my curling iron to keep my hair in check. I did bring some shampoo and conditioner for Jake, even though he ended up just using the hotel’s stuff (lame!).

In a previous post, I’ve raved about Amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo and Number 4 Hair Care’s Super Comb Prep & Protect, so I will just say I love those, I use them everyday, and you should too! (You may be asking why I brought a leave-in when I swore I wouldn’t clean the tresses; it’s always in my travel bag, just in case!) However, I will talk quickly about my hair and skin routine, which includes some downright wonderful brands!

The hair was my biggest battle; I was constantly retouching it. I kept my hair naturally curly because of the chance of rain, and just used my Hot Tools Tapered Wand to get the top of my hair back in shape. But because of the rain and humidity, I was curling it in the morning and at night. No fear though, for Rusk Texture Spray and PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray literally saved both parts of the day! The texture spray always gives my curls exactly what is necessary to hold them without weighing them down, and the sea salt spray gives them just the right amount of grit for that lived-in look, but doesn’t dry my hair out. Ultimately, the hair did what I needed it to do.

The skin situation was much easier. Malin & Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser was gentle yet super effective; Aura Cacia Rosehip Oil is literally my daily serum go-to, and my skin is all the better for it, so it was a no brainer to bring it along; a few spritz of Liz Earle’s Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer gave me that instant pick-me-up to get out the door and get going! All three together were a perfect combo for clean skin and no irritation!Boston Beauty Essentials.JPG

As for makeup, I kept it simple: a little bit of my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which I just adore, Benefit Watts Up Highlighter that doubled for my eyeshadow, Mirabella Eye Definer in Khaki for a little lift in the eyes, Benefit Roller Lash Mascara because it’s amazing, Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tiny for some color on my cheeks, and whatever dusty rose lip color I had in my purse. Took 5 minutes to put on and gave me just the right amount oomph I needed.


Ultimately when you are always on the go, you want to have a quick morning routine to get you out the door and a quick refresh at night when you need to go out looking somewhat “put together.”These bad boys did the trick.

Final thoughts…

I kept it simple this weekend and knew what I was up against ahead of time. This trip was not a traditional one for us, as it was mostly business. Multi-functional pieces along with a simple beauty routine (even for the guys) kept my weekend bag lean and got me out the door faster to take on the day! I hope this packing list and my routine help you pack for your next busy trip! Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this post: what you liked, what you didn’t, and what you want to know more of!

Also, send me your tips for simplifying your beauty and clothing checklist for quick trips that pack a big punch! I love new ideas to take with me on my next adventure! And don’t forget to check down below for all of the products I mentioned in this post to try them yourself!

xoxo Amanda

Products Discussed
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo: Full size $24; travel size $10
Number 4 Hair Care Super Comb & Protect: Full size $30
Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle: Full size $23.50
Hot Tools NanoCeramic Tapered Iron: Multiple Sizes $59.99
Rusk Texture Spray: Full size $18; travel size $7
PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray: Full size $24;
travel size $8
Malin & Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser: Full size $32
Aura Cacia Rosehip Oil: Full size $7.79
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer: Full size $25
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: Full size $29
Benefit Watts Up Highlighter: Full size $30
Mirabella Eye Definer: Full size $19
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: Full size $24
Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint: Full size $36

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