What I keep In My Carry On

When packing for a vacation, the goal is to pack only the necessities. You don’t want to be one of those people lugging around 10 huge suitcases full of things you really don’t need (Unless your Blair Waldorf, then you can get away with it). Whether you’re traveling by car for a couple hours up the road or taking a plane halfway across the globe, I hope you find my advice helpful for your next vacation.

First I want to dive into what I like to call PLANNED PACKING, in other words… don’t wait till the last minute! Trust me, it’s never fun when you’re searching for your “special” pair of headphones and your mom’s beeping the car horn at 6 in the morning. If you’re like me you spend hours trying to pick out one outfit that “could” work so I suggest you find a good chunk of time, at least one or two days before you leave to start the process. To start, it is good idea to make a list (create one specific to the trip) so you can prevent the floor of your room becoming a carpet of clothes. After a list is made I personally like to lay out all my outfits and get a second opinion (mom, sister, or friend, unless…again…. you’re Blair Waldorf, her outfits are always poppin’) Finally, it’s time to pack it all up.

Now that you are a “planned packer” the next thing I want to talk about is what you need in a carry on bag… because c’mon, we all know that’s the most important bag. I couldn’t imagine being on a plane for more than an hour without my headphones or even my eye mask!!!! Here’s a list I created specifically for your carry on bag on a flight (see below).

Good luck on your next traveling adventure and don’t forget to ONLY pack what you need, DON’T wait till the last minute, and have fun with it. (p.s I like to invite a friend over or blast music, makes it more fun).

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(Your favorite) headphones

Downloaded music or netflix shows/movies

.    Some of my favorites available for download- Gossip Girl, 90210, Carrie Diaries

Cell phone

Portable charger

Travel pillow

Fuzzy socks

Big sweatshirts



Snack (or candy!)

Hair ties


A Book

Eye Mask


Melatonin (must need for long flights)


Any and every charger


Adult coloring books – actually fun, so don’t judge



Food that smells (can you tell it’s a pet peeve of mine)9CFFC37C-D441-46E2-BBE1-69A3FB9E7092



DIY Patches Jean Jacket

Check. It. Out. This plain denim jacket just got a makeover. With some free time on my hands this summer, something to keep me busy has been DIY projects. I’ve had a lot of fun painting a cooler, decorating shoes, and taking scissors to some t-shirts. One of my most recent favorites projects, though, as been vamping up my jean jacket from Target! (Click here for the jacket I bought) I saw this idea on Pinterest and it seemed simple enough. And let me tell you…it is!! Try it!

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All you need is a denim jacket (which, c’mon, you already own), an iron and as many patches as your heart desires! I ordered 18 patches in attempt to pretty much cover the entire jacket without looking cluttered. I individually searched the name of the patch I wanted on Amazon and was shocked to see they had basically anything I wanted! This is the fun part…search for icons that represent and describe YOU! Here are some of my personal faves (American flag, giraffe, stars). Just make sure they are “iron on” patches when you are picking them out, this will make your job a lot easier. ENJOY!

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  1. Turn on iron to hottest setting. DO NOT use steam during the process.
  2. Preheat fabric where patch will be attached for 10-20 seconds.
  3. Place patch on denim. Cover design with thin cloth (I used a cotton pillow case).
  4. Press STRAIGHT DOWN for 20-30 seconds with constant pressure…medium to hard.
  5. Turn jacket inside out and repeat.
  6. Let the patch cool for one minute. If edges come up, repeat.

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Love, Rose


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