The Travel Essentials Everyone Needs

This past weekend was a hectic one guys! I took a little trip to see the hubby and boy was it a journey. The few days I was there was filled with love, activities, and relaxation. But the plane hopping and flying I did prior wasn’t fun at all! I realized how many things I had left out of my carry on and thought about everything I should have brought with me. I could have made my life 10 times easier!

So, I decided to put together this post in an effort to help some of you! These are my must-have travel essentials for a successful vacay!

Swell Bottle

This first one is so obvious I shouldn’t even be typing this but I’m just now realizing I forgot this on my last flight! Yeah, the flight attendants come around with their little cart full of drinks but those tiny cups just aren’t enough for me! I find myself getting very hot on planes and always end up way too close to my neighbor. My Swell bottle stays cold throughout my connecting flights and keeps me hydrated when I need it!

Laptop Case

My recent flight to Texas took a turn for the worst with awful turbulence and a packed cabin. Before boarding, I was asked if I wanted to check my carry on for free instead of storing it away on the plane. I opted for that option since I hate lugging around my stuff through airports.

Not realizing it, I completely forgot my laptop was located inside that carry on! When I landed, I opened the bag to find my laptop destroyed! Cracked screen and all. Long story short, I’ve learned my lesson and next time I’m making sure I’ve got my baby wrapped in a laptop case. Don’t take any risky offers like I did or simply remember to remove your electronics and valuables before hand!

Sweat Pants or Leggings

My favorite airport attire will forever be leggings or sweats. I’ve got no one to impress at the airport so looking great isn’t always my top priority. You can catch me hair up, hoodie on, with Nikes on my feet.

Passport or Boarding Pass Holder

I’m obsessed with these foldable wallets that hold everything I could every need. It’s bigger than other ones I’ve owned which makes it harder to lose! Super simple to carry around the airport and get out the things you need. Mine is from Michael Kors but I’m sure you could find a less expensive option at Target, Walmart, or other big box stores!

Portable Charger 

You never know when you’re going to need this item. I’ve found myself in so many situations where I’ve had to spare my phone battery so I could use it when I land. Don’t get yourself stuck in a sticky situation. Pick up a portable charger so your phone always stays full battery.

Granola Bars

I’m always hungry so a snack is always on my mind. To avoid spending ungodly amounts of money on airport food, I try to keep a few protein or granola bars in my purse. It keeps me full until I can find a more affordable option!

Beach Spray

When I travel, I hate getting up to do my hair. A beach or sea salt spray is always in my bag because it keeps the hair tamed without heat! This is my #1 solution to looking presentable while I’m on the move.


Running Shoes

My Nikes to be exact. There’s nothing nicer to wear during those runs to your terminal. It’s been pretty clear throughout this post that I’m focused 100% on being comfy and sprinting through the airport in intolerable shoes is not one of them!

Polaroid

Of course, we all have phones to take photos off of during flight. If you want to step it up a notch though I suggest bringing on a Polaroid. They’re light and convenient to whip out when you need it. I love having this on me just in case my phone loses its power and I want to snap a pic of something!


Burt’s Bees Chapstick

Long flights can dry out your skin and lips so I always try to make sure I’ve got a good chapstick on hand. This item doesn’t take up much room in your bag and does wonders for something you may not think about!

Gum

Ears popping isn’t fun so make sure to carry your favorite pack of gum to prevent that from happening. I always regret not bringing this on the plane when I’m already in the air. It’s such a bummer not to have!

So, what’s your must have travel item? Going on any trips in the near future? In June, I’ll be headed to West Virginia for a quick few days! Any suggestions on what I should do there? The next time I travel I’ll be able to quickly look back at this pre-made list and hopefully not forget a thing! Let me know in the comments or on my other social accounts if this post was helpful to you!

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5 Instagram Themes + How To Create Them 

Goodmorning or good afternoon, depending on when you’re reading this! I hope all of your days are going well! In this blog post, I wanted to feature five different Instagram looks perfect for building a cohesive feed! I tend to switch up the way I edit every few weeks to keep things exciting and new. To me, continuously keeping my photos the same gets boring so I love to try new filters and trends often.

To make this post easy to follow and understand, make sure you download the VSCO Cam app. Get yourself familiar with the features and different filters. This guide is also tailored for those who can navigate well around the Instagram app itself. There are tools specifically located in the Insta app that we’ll need for later. Take a look and mess around, everything can be deleted and retried if need be. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to get started!

Theme #1: Bright and Colorful

This is one of my absolute favorite themes I’ve created since beginning Instagram. It’s fun and virtually anyone can create this no matter what you’re taking photos of. It works the best with shots taken of skies, greenery, or brightly colored food.

Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter C1. Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Brightness +30, Structure +5, Shadows -10, Sharpen +10.

Theme #2: Structured and Shadowy

My second theme idea looks very high detailed and thought out. It gives the illusion you’re putting more effort into your feed than you really are. I like to use these selections when taking photos in the city or of architecture. It let’s everything pop in a subtle sort of way.

Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter A6. Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Structure +40, Highlights +39, Shadows -28, Sharpen +10.

Theme #3: Warm and Sharp

This theme is super simple to acheive because the filter we’re going to use gives a warm tone to any photo. From there, we’re able to brighten the lighter features and make everything come together as one. This style gives me total 70’s vibes and I’m digging it. Try throwing this filter on when the sun is out to counter-act the harsh tones.

Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter A4. Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Brightness +25, Structure +50, Saturation -20, Shadows -10, Sharpen +5.

Theme #4: Light Toned and Built

I feel really cool and collected when I use this editing style. I’d say this was typically the look I went for when I first started Instagram. Just very natural and colorless. The saturation is very dull in this option which makes for a perfect contrast when laid upon items flourishing in detail. It brings more attention to the object you’re taking a photo of rather than all of the added editing tools. This look is easy to accomplish and great for beginners.

Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter A6 (adjust the intensity level to +6). Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Brightness +50, Structure +60, Saturation -30.

Theme #5: Dark & Intense 

This theme is similar to the first one we talked about but has darker features. This feed will make your colors pop, your whites bright, and your darks even darker. This is another universal editing style that can be used on photos of anything really.

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Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter G3. Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Brightness +20, Structure +10, Saturation -20, Contrast +30, adjust the shadows and highlights accordingly so that your whites are popping and very bright.