Carry-on must haves for any trip: Haute Travel


Before any big trip, I’m always scrambling to get packed – no matter how many trips I take.  However, there are a few staples I always include in my carry-on luggage, no matter where I go.

  1. Eye Drops:  Flights are super drying, and I learned long ago that they can dry out one’s eyes, especially in the winter months when everything is dry.  Give your eye health a boost while traveling and invest in some of these, it’s worth it for a lifetime of great sight. I like Systane brand or any pure tears, as they have less chemicals than other types.
  2. Hand Creme:  Also a great took for not getting too dried out, I invest in a great hand creme, like L’Occitaine Creme de Maine.  This can help after washes with harsh soaps and keep your hands looking great.
  3. A great snack:  Gone are the days of airplane meals (on most domestic flights).  And while you can get the occasional bag of pretzels, I try to keep something on hand for any snack-attack.  I like Kind Bars, because they are packed with good protein, are natural, and keep me feeling fuller longer, even if I miss a meal while on the road.  And buying them ahead of time saves money too, as I have seen airports charging up to $4 bucks for a single bar.
  4. Tissues:  Every get caught having to sneeze while you’re packed into your window seat?  Well, I may be one of the few suffering from this, but tissues are great to have on hand for various things, like your nose, or a small spill from your favorite cocktail.
  5. Mints or Gum:  I probably don’t need to explain much here, but I am a plane sleeper, and these keep me feeling fresh after what I call “adult nap time” on my frequent flights.

Other goodies to keep on hand: face lotion to keep you hydrated, lip balm, and a bottle of water (usually something I grab at the airport).

I grab all these things in 3oz. or smaller packages of course, so I have no issues with the lovely folks of TSA.

Hope these tips help with your next trip!  Wishing you haute (and hydrated) travel!


Why travel books are still on trend: Haute Travel

a little reading for my upcoming trip!

a little reading for my upcoming trip!

I am a devoted travel book buyer, because in the end, they just work. Yea we live in the age of trip advisor (which I use a ton), yelp (also use a ton), and travel reviews, but when it come down to key points, I love a travel book on hand for every trip!

  1. The pictures – Yes, the pictures in travel books are awesome, and usually professionally done.  Still, I love seeing a great photo and letting it guide me along my trip, helping me find a new cool spot or place I wasn’t expecting to go.
  2. User-friendly maps/info– When I went to Croatia I tried an e-travel book, thinking – well this must be better cause it’s 2013 (it was 2013 then).  But where the book consolidated info to links, I found the whole process of using it less useful when I didn’t have wifi.  I want to see the name of a place and find it on a map. Simple.  In the car, on a train, on the go, no wifi needed.
  3. Telling your story – I love how a good travel book tells your story of travel through the years, whether perked on your shelf, or in hand.  It’s very nostalgic.
  4. Disconnect – a book helps you disconnect in a way that no e-device can, and it really can be therapeutic in today’s world.  So it’s worth being on the list.

Now, I do my best not to carry these around openly on busy city streets, and love DK Eyewitness Travel’s line of Top 10 books for the handy pocket map  (yes, how un-digital of me). Some of the best books for me are also thin/purse size, so I don’t have to be weighed down.

All this is a bit of an intro to my upcoming adventures in China, Bali and India – so I’ll be sure to keep things updated along the way.  Wishing you happy and haute travels!

New Year, New You, More Yoga: Haute Happenings


Happy 2014!  It’s always exciting to start off a new year, with new resolutions and plans to make ourselves better.  For some it may be to hit the gym, and for other it may be to eat better, as health usually takes a center stage after we indulge during the holidays.  For me, it is more yoga this year (along with a few other things).  In my quest for haute yoga experiences I ran into a few which are really interesting, and worth looking into for any aspiring yogi!

  1. Yoga Journal Live! in San Francisco (Jan 16 – 20) – this weekend-long yoga fest is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in SF, and features tons of classes, workshops, and day long intensives with a lot of master teachers doing special sessions (i.e. Baron Baptiste, Scott Blossom, and more).  Check out all the fun events at http://www.yjevents.com/sf/.  And if you want to check out Yoga Journal Live! events in other cities, check out http://www.yjevents.com.
  2. Personal Retreats – I found out about personal yoga retreats from a site dedicated to booking yoga retreats around the world, bookyogaretreats.com.  Personal retreats are all about you, allowing you the flexibility to attend yoga classes, hike, or just wander at institutes, like the Mount Madonna Center in Monteray, CA.
  3. Yoga workshops and retreats – looking for more structure and intensive learning, many yoga centers and sites offer day and week long retreats and workshops…sounds like a perfect getaway!

I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to a wonderful, haute and healthy 2014!!