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Thursday, October 20, 2016

5 Traveling Tips + Vera Bradley Leather Avery Handbag Giveaway!!


Jeans // Top // Heels (old, similar) // Bag c/o // Spinner c/o // Duffel c/o // Jewelry Organizer c/o // Flatiron Holder c/o

Shane and I took our first international flight in years last month.  It had been so long.  Though I fly about 6-8 times a year for work, it's all domestic, so I was a little rusty.  Whether you're traveling internationally or domestically, I wanted to share a few tips that will help you while traveling.  From what to pack, how to pack it and how to dress, these tips will help make sure that your trip goes pretty smoothly from start to finish.  P.S. Keep reading to see how to enter to win a Vera Bradley Avery handbag!

1.  There's an app for that.  Your airline, your hotel.  Most every place has an app now.  Use it to your advantage.  It is so much more convenient to just pull up your boarding pass on your phone than to print it out and have to keep up with it at the airport.  Let's be real, we already have our phones in our pocket or our hands already.  Some of my new favorites are Airbnb and Uber too.  There's a great list of the top 10 travel apps here too.

2.  Organize everything.  Jewelry organizers, flatiron holders.  Having a place for everything helps so much!  When you get to your destination, you won't have to dump everything out just to find your favorite pair of earrings you packed.  And believe me, no one wants to end up with a necklace 3 necklaces that now look like one knotted mess.   

3.  Pack wisely.  It's SO easy to overpack, but no one wants to tote too many bags around at the airport or not have enough room to bring everyone home once you've added a couple souvenirs along the way.  Stick to 3 pairs of shoes.  Dressy heels that are versatile, flats or sneakers and another pair like boots.  Neutral ones are best to go with everything.  I usually only pack 1-2 purses, jewery that is versatile and will go with anything.  I always take 2 pairs of jeans, 1 dress, 3 blouses and a cardigan in case it's cool.  Think pieces that can easily be mixed and matched with each other.  And roll each pieceh up and pack into your suitcase.  It's crazy, but it takes up a lot less room, and as a bonus, it keeps them from getting very wrinkled.

4.  Dress Airport Friendly.  I always wear leggings, a long tunic, flats and no jewelry.  It makes it so much quicker and easier to get through security when you can slip your shoes on and off quickly and you're not wearing jewelry. 

5.  Carry a purse that has an outside pocket like this tote (I'm giving one away!)  Easy access to a pocket where your cell phone, chapstick, drivers license or boarding pass is will make such a difference.  I traveled without one a couple weeks ago, and it was horrible.  I was constantly misplacing my phone and boarding pass in the airport, and I just felt completely unorganized.  You need one easy to access central location to store everything you will need at the airport.  And it may cost more, but I 100% recommend checking every single bag so you're only carrying your purse around it.  It is so worth it!  Even if you have a spinner bag and a rolling duffel, it is so nice to be hands free while navigating the airport! 

Now for the good part!  I'm so excited to team up with Vera Bradley today to give away this gorgeous Avery tote in your choice of color.  To enter, just use the widget below and good luck!

181 comments:

Jessie said...

I love the diaper bags. I had one with my first child and it was great! I hope to get one with my second.

Krissie Lambert said...

The Avery tote in cognac is beautiful. Husband always says my wardrobe lacks color and this would add a little without it being too much! (Lol)

A View from the Sidelines said...

I love the Avery tote!

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

I like the Commuter Tote in Classic Black with Black.
Jennifer Rote

Sarah Bryce said...

The large travel Duffel is my favorite!

Christy DuBois said...

They have added so many styles I wasn't even aware of until now. The Comuter Tote in black is what I have been looking for. Thanks so much.

Amy Heffernan said...

I love the "get carried away tote" Thanks!

SincerelyKimberly said...

I love their wallets. I'm a huge wallet person!

KV H said...

I like the Ultimate Wristlet.

Alina Conn said...

I love their Sidesaddle Crossbody bag. It's gorgeous!

CosmeticCrazy said...

The Large Duffel Travel Bag in the Scottie Dogs print.

(Rosie A)

Straight A Style said...

Great travel tips! International flights are a whole other ball game. I haven't done many either. I am loving what Vera is doing lately!

Amy Ann
Straight A Style

Danielle said...

I love both the Avery and Hadley totes.

Sean C said...

I'm drooling over the Elena Crossbody bag in Forest Green.

Stafford Brix said...

My favorite is the Canyon Tote.

Janine Markham said...

The quilted large duffel is super pretty. Love it!

Melinda Eva said...

I have a weekender and use it for a lot of trips. Another favorite is my leather quilted clutch- so different from the Vera Bradley I remember from school!

Darby Elizabeth said...

I love the wristlets

San. M. said...

I like the stroll around baby bag

Anonymous said...

I would love to have one of Vera's wristlets, they are so versatile

Sarah said...

so cute!

Meegan said...

I love VB! My favorite thing right now is the Large Spinner Rolling Luggage!

Patti said...

I love the Large Duffel Travel Bag
in Kiev Paisley! So pretty!

Ashley B. said...

I love the Preppy Poly Marlo Satchel

Cami Valenzuela said...

I really like Large Duffel Travel Bag Ltd.
in Classic Black

Elena said...

I like the Lighten Up Weekender
in Bohemian Blooms
follow on Instagram and bloglovin as elena1509

Ashley Perez said...

I love their "get carried away tote" :)

Cynthia Gaarder said...

http://www.verabradley.com/product/quilted-marlo-satchel/black/1004323_204206.uts?N=30000+4294966790

Jenny Scheldberg said...

I love the Sofia Plaid Crossbody! Very cute fall pattern.

rainesmom said...

I love the Marlo Satchel. It comes in some great colors/prints for fall like Sycamore Bronze Age, Uptown Stripes & Downtown Dots!

~ Kim Pincombe Cole

yo misma y yo said...

I love the Black Avery Tote! Very classy and elegant. It is perfect for business meetings and trips, and for an evening out too (even though they don't happen that often now that I am a mom of a 10 month old baby :D )

Jordan Troublefield said...

Love the Cara convertible bag! So perfect!

jessica.kenemer said...

I desperately want to try this luggage for a trip to NYC I have for graduation in a couple of months!

Laura Borchert said...

Not sure I can pick just one....either the wallet or the flat iron sleeve!!

Sandy said...

I like the Brush Up Cosmetic Case.

Mrs. M said...

I had no idea Vera Bradley had leather bags the Avery tote is gorgeous.

Kimberly said...

I love the Weekender Bag! So much room :)

April Proveaux said...

I really like the big sky backpack!

Shaylee Hardman said...

I loved their backpacks

Maribel said...

I love the Elena crossbody bag in sycamore Caspian sea

Katie Baier said...

My favorite is the large duffel! I use it every time I go somewhere!

callbr549 said...


I like the Sagebrush Satchel in Mesa Brown it's very nice.

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

I love your bag! So cute! I've been really loving their new backpacks too!

Fizz and Frosting

Cheryl said...

My favorite item from Vera Bradley is the Fenwick Hobo Bag in Glossy Navy.

Tiffany Weikel said...

I really like the triple zip hipster in blush pink.

LoriP said...

I love it! Especially the large duffel

Andi said...

I'm loving the backpacks! I think they are so helpful for moms with little ones.

Darcy Koch said...

I really like the Side saddle crossbody.

Kim Niland said...

I like the Elena Crossbody Bag
in Sycamore Kiev Needlecraft

the cape on the corner said...

whoa, i love that sycamore bronze age color!
b

Amanda Lea said...

I am a sucker for a pretty crossbody bag! I like the Sidesaddle Crossbody
in Canyon Sunset with Mesa Brown

Kim O. said...

I love the Diana Satchel in forest green

latanya t said...

Day Off Crossbody Bag
in Bohemian Blooms with Claret

Brian Kautz said...

Large Spinner Rolling Luggage
in Classic Black

megan merson said...

I love the get carried away tote! Really, I love all VB!

Jeremy said...

My wife loves the Wristlets.

Julie Waldron said...

I like the Elena Crossbody Bag in Kiev Needlecraft.

Meghan said...

love the duffle bag

Gladys M said...

I love their diaper bags

kellyr78 said...

My favorite item is the Day Off Crossbody Bag
in Kiev Paisley with Black.

Margaret Edlund said...

I like the Keep Charged Triple Zip Hipster.

Jen said...

Sidesaddle crossbody purse!

Mariah said...

I used to have a purse from Vera Bradley, but not sure what the name of it was. It was my favorite purse EVER and I haven't been able to find anything that comes close yet :(

jdine said...

I like the Weekender Travel Bag
in Art Poppies.

BethElderton said...

I love the Canyon Tote in Black with Golden Tan. Gorgeous.
Mary Beth Elderton

Kee Thorud said...

The Avery in cognac is beautiful! Neutral color but adds a pop to any wardrobe. The color and bag is versatile, perfect travelling because you can dress it down while travelling or dress it up when you get to your destination.

Stacie H said...

I love their lunch bags.

Michelle Neeley said...

I love love the large duffle travel bag in bohemian bloom. So pattern in amazing!

Heather Brown said...

I love my keychain/id holder from them but I'd LOVE to have their luggage!

Aunt Nanny said...

wow. I'm not usually a Vera fan. but this bag is gorgeous in black! ty

Alison King said...

My favorite is the Sagebrush Satchel. I love that they have leather purses now.

Jamie Williams said...

My favorite is the weekender bag in Bohemian Chevron.

Makenna McLean said...

Love! this is super cute

Mary said...

I really like the Avery Bag that you are giving away from Vera.
That is a stunning bag in black.

omahablack said...

Day Off Satchel

Ellen said...

Large Duffel Travel Bag in Nomadic Floral is my favorite.

momof2girls said...

I like the plenty of pockets crossbody.

Susan P. said...

I have a zippered coin purse I won a long time ago that is a blue/green/black paisley that is my favorite (even though it is small). It has 2 compartments which is great.

Luis F. said...

My wife would love this!

Merideth said...

Great tips!

Amanda Patterson said...

My favorite item is the Day Off Crossbody Bag!

Kristin McCall said...

My favorite item is the RFID Grab & Go Wristlet
in Elderberry.

Wendi Watson said...

the Ohio state Univeristy tote!! I LOVE IT!!!

Wendy ArtsyChaos said...

Love the Small Avery Tote in Forest Green, so cute!

DC said...

I really like the weekender travel bag in blooms!

Sarah VM said...

The Sagebrush Satchel in black with golden tan is my favorite.

Sonja Samples said...

http://www.verabradley.com/product/day-off-satchel/classic-black-with-black/1004754_207530.uts?N=30000 Love the day off satchel in Black

Mercedes Lyne said...

Avery Tote in black is my favorite!

Jennifer Odom said...

I love the carry pink collection!

Mita said...

Like the quilted large Duffel Travel Bag

Jessica Miller said...

I like the Diana Satchel
in Forest Green and Black

Fizzgig said...

Um. I'm in love with pretty much everything Vera Bradley makes... I am quite partial to the rocking Large Duffel Travel Bag
in Nomadic Floral though. Love the quilted pattern!!

Anonymous said...

I really like the Wristlets. So many designs and colors.

pailofpearls said...

I can't copy and paste the name and it's too long for me to remember so here's the link:

http://www.verabradley.com/product/day-off-crossbody-bag/bohemian-blooms-with-claret/1004762_207351.uts?N=30003

diana shenderovich said...

ElenaCrossbody Bag

Patricia Caradonna said...

The Weekender Travel bag in Kiev Paisley is my favorite. This would be great for my weekend camping trips and getaways.

Kerry Wittig said...

Hard choice I love everything

Shannon Fowler said...

Its hard to pick one, but I love the petal drop earrings in the pink collection. They are elegant and classy with a touch of whimsical.

Tabathia B said...

I like the Villager Shoulder Bag in Bohemian Blooms

Lexi said...

I've always loved Vera Bradley's travel bags! I had the duffel for the longest time. Next up I want a piece with wheels. <3
xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

Dani said...

I want this: Carryall Crossbody in Kiev Paisley (#15457646)
Love the pattern. I want everything in this pattern!

Fashionfriesx said...

Thanks for these awesome tips. Dressing airport friendly is definitely something that I need to work on! Great giveaway too!!! Xo

michelle delvecchio said...

Love my wallet bit would also love a weekend Dr.

michelle delvecchio said...

Love my wallet bit would also love a weekend Dr.

Stacy said...

Great tips! I think my favorite Vera Bradley item is that travel duffle...looks so practical AND cute!

Stacey Roberson said...

I love the Sagebrush Satchel in Mesa Brown with Brown.

Two Peas in a Prada said...

Such great tips -- especially number 5! I need to find a good bag for this! Thanks for sharing!

Kasey Goedeker said...

That luggage is so cute! I feel like it's generally boring and always looks like everyone else's I can't even find it when I'm getting off the plane!

Marilyn said...

I love the Day Off Crossbody Bag in Kiev Paisley with Black -- Super Cute!

Rita said...

Great tips! These are awesome bags, so many great style. I love computer tote. Thanks for sharing.

Rita | http://www.styleroundtheclock.com

Donna Dennis said...

I like the travel bags best.

Natalie said...

My favorite Vera Bradley item is the Quilted Marlo Satchel in Caspian Sea.

Dashing Darlin' said...

What great luggage!! It sounds perfect for traveling. And, what a AWESOME giveaway!!

xoxo,
Angelle
www.dashingdarlin.com

stefanie gladden said...

I love the Day Off Satchel
in Kiev Paisley with Black

Holly Storm-Burge said...

I love the Sagebrush Satchel.

Jessica Camerata said...

Vera makes the best stuff lately. Loving those suitcases!

xo Jessica
My Style Vita

Cheryl Repeta said...

I would love to win. The bags are beautiful.

Alyson Cornman Photography said...

The backpack's are amazing!

Sylvana B said...

I really like the Lighten Up Wheeled Carry On Luggage in Bohemian Blooms.

kmcgrew213 said...

i absolutely love the day off crossbody!

Suzanne said...

I Li,e their Leighton backpack in Bohemium blooms.

Jordan said...

I like the Elena crossbody bag in Bronze Age.

Elle said...

I like the Elena Crossbody Bag.

keshakeke said...

I love the Big Sky Backpack
in Mesa Brown with Brown

Anita Duvall said...

I really love this Avery Tote. The Claret Color is my favorite. The new Keep Charged Triple Compartment Bag is also one of my new favorites.

Laura Beverlin said...

Such great tips! Those bags look so fab!

xo,
Laura
Styled Adventures

Little Tree Vintage said...

Great tips girl!

Sue Ringquist said...

I love my VB flat iron case - can put it in hot and everything stays safe.

Loraine Ellis said...

I like the crossbody bags- I have a brown one

Sarah Lindner said...

I love vera! They make the cutest bags!

xoxo
Sarah Lindner
www.thehouseofsequins.com

Karen Behrman said...

all the leather bags most likely a crossbody bag

Melanie said...

I really love the Large Duffel Travel Bag in Pop Art!

Katie Hanson said...

i love the elena crossbody - it's the perfect size! the sycamore kiev needlecraft pattern is soo beautiful!

Misty said...

I love the Clemson Backpack. Go Tigers!

sarah gillespie said...

The quilted Amy back pack is literally the cutest thing I've ever seen!

sarah gillespie said...

The quilted Amy back pack is literally the cutest thing I've ever seen!

Lauren said...

I like the Weekender travel bag in Bohemian Blooms.

Bridget Heiple Reich said...

I LOVE the bag you are giving away! I also like the Large Duffel Travel Bag
in Lilac Tapestry

Heather D said...

I like the Keep Charged Triple Compartment Bag.

Colleen Boudreau said...

I like the Weekender Travel Bag in Art Poppies.

Danielle Russell said...

I LOVE Vera Bradley backpacks!

LesleyfromWI said...

I like the Sagebrush Satchel

Andrea Darst said...

I'm obsessed with the backpack that has the same name as your beautiful daughter, the Leighton Backpack in Siberia!

Sarah Hayes said...

I really like the black commuter tote

Laurie Nykaza said...

Keep Charged Triple Zip Hipster
in Classic Black (#21080081)love this bag its so nice !

Tiffany Russell said...

I like the Brush Up Cosmetic Case in Preppy Poly Burnished Pewter. Such a cute case!

Unknown said...

I like the Hadley tote black.-Monica Cobbs

Unknown said...

I like the Hadley tote black.-Monica Cobbs

Charles Darnall said...

My favorite would be the Preppy Poly Yoga Sport Bag.

Kimber Scannell said...

Awesome tips, I really like your Vera Bradley bags specially the sky bags. They are look gorgeous and comfort on traveling. Thanks for sharing.

Kim - http://www.condorny.com

jerseygirl137 said...

I love the Lighten Up Large Wheeled Duffel Bag in Kiev Paisley. I really like traveling with a duffel and when they roll it makes it even better.

Erin Natalie said...

Love this luggage set!

Angela Blandsbury said...

I love the Jet Set Go Weekender Travel Bag
in Bohemian Chevron
Jaimebroadwater@gmail.com

Michelle Grigaitis said...

I love the spinner bag!!

Sarah Cool said...

I love the 27" Spinner Rolling Luggage in Bohemian Chevron! So cute
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Rivka said...

Love their travel bags!

heymissvirginia said...

I absolutely love the On the Go in Kiev Paisley.
heymissvirginia at embarqmail dot com

Melissa Miller said...


Plenty of Pockets Crossbody
in Bohemian Blooms

skater425 said...

I love the Leighton Backpack in Kiev Needlecraft. It is absolutely stunning!

Robert Shook said...

The large duffel travel bag looks awesome!

cakyjo said...

I really love the Diana Satchel
in Forest Green and Black.

Unknown said...

I love this. Classy but not flashy...

Unknown said...

I love the side bag..classy, but not flashy!

Missi said...

Love the tote!!

Maegan said...

I love the Vera Bradley Diana satchel. So chic and the perfect size! X

JillyB said...

I really like several items but the one that I LOVE is the Elena Crossbody Bag
in Forest Green (#21262D48). Thanks for the contest!

Lily Wolfe said...

I love the laptop cases!

Lily Wolfe said...

I love the laptop cases!

AnnaZed said...

I adore the Day Off Satchel in Kiev Paisley with Black.
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{in the contest I am Margot C__ on the Rafflecopter}

Nancy Loring said...

I like the Cole Mini Shoulder Bag in Glossy Coral. Although there were so many others that I had my eye on.

Susan Christy said...

The Sagebrush Satchel in Canyon Sunset is my favorite.

Susan Christy said...

Sagebrush Satchel in Canyon Sunset is my favorite!

Holly Lawson said...

I love the Diana Satchel in Forest Green!!

Candace Barrow said...

I also like the Leighton Backpack
in Bronze Age.

Candace Barrow said...

I also liked the Leighton Backpack
in Bronze Age.

Breanne said...

I like the Lighten Up Drawstring Backpack.

Jennifer Herman said...

I like the Triple Zip Hipster
in Scottie Dogs .

John Herman said...

My wife would like the Triple Zip Hipster
in Scottie Dogs .

Christy DuBois said...

If possible I would use the credit to get one of the spinner rolling pieces. I am surprised that the hard luggage is less than the other. But if I couldn't do that I would get the foldable rolling luggage. Thanks so much. This would be wonderful.

Christy DuBois said...

I'm sorry that comment was suppose to be on your current post. I came to this post, which I remembered, but to recall which pieces you have. Anyway I commented here instead of the current post.

adriana saucedo said...

i would choose Lighten Up Large Wheeled Duffel Bag in havanna rose.