Freshman Five: Travel Essentials ft. Vera Bradley

I have always considered myself to be somewhat of a citizen of the world, but studying abroad this past summer (check out some of the amazing places I was able to visit!) solidified this thought and only fostered my desire to really become one. Whether packing for a weekend trip or a few weeks abroad, here are a few important things to always have with you!

Sweater Similar | Jeans Similar | Boots Similar | Duffel (c/o) Vera Bradley

A Trusty Duffel Bag | I love duffel bags. Their basic structure is so simple, but that's what helps you ensure you're not overpacking (one of my truly great weaknesses). One of my favorite things about the Vera Bradley duffels is that because of their structure and material, you can actually pack them in your larger suitcase to fill with all of the goodies you buy to bring back!

Comfortable Shoes | Although this is highly dependent on the weather of the places you are traveling to and from, I am a big fan of using boots for travel. They are closed-toed, comfy, stylish, and really easy to pair outfits with. This pair and this pair are similar to what I'm wearing in the photos (and they are both on sale!).

Reusable Water Bottle | Staying hydrated is generally one of the hardest things to do, whether while traveling or at home! Buying water on trips can be such a hassle, so reusable bottles are my go-to. I have had my eye on this beautiful gold S'well bottle for a while and I think I might just pull the trigger on it soon!

Portable Charge Pack | I cannot tell you how many times my portable charger has saved my life. Sometimes there isn't a free outlet at the airport gate, the next city or rest stop isn't for hours, or you forget to turn off your cell phone instead of just leaving it on airplane mode. This tiny one is good for keeping in a jacket or small purse, but I have a much larger portable charger like this because they can hold enough power for multiple charges. When traveling, becoming unreachable is scary. Social media cleanses are fine, but you should always make sure you have a way of calling for help if you ever need it!

A Worst Case List | Perhaps this isn't the most apt name for the list, but that's what I have always called it - this should have all the simple things you could need, from the phone numbers of your airlines and hotel to your reservation codes. Type this up in the 'Notes' section of your phone and keep a hard copy on a piece of paper in your wallet or, my favorite, as a sticky note in your passport!

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Vera Bradley and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.

Catch you next time.


  1. I love my big trusty Vera Bradley duffle. It was definitely an essential when I was going back and forth from NYC and DC!

  2. I Love the print of your bag! Matches your blog perfect :)

  3. Too cute! What a nice bag - it looks like it has lots of room for your trips!

  4. Nothing better than a Vera Bradley duffel :)

  5. These are all great travel essentials.
    I am an avid traveler and use my VB duffel all the time.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  6. I love that bag! The blue is so pretty!


  7. Duffel bags with the best! I usually fly home with one as a carry-on- you can pack so much into them!

    xoxo A

  8. I got this exact bag in college and I graduated three years ago and I still bring it everywhere I travel. It's amazing what you can fit in it! x Nicole | www.changeanddress.com

  9. I totally agree with the portable charger and worst case list. Those are so necessary!!! Especially since the maps app just drains my iPhone's battery!

  10. I absolutely love that bag!

  11. The Vera Bradley duffle bag is so cute! Definitely see how the portable charger and be a lifesaver too!


  12. I have a Vera Bradley Duffel and I use it so much! I love how you styled yours.

    XO, Brooke

  13. Super cute bag! Bringing a water bottle is my number one item!
    Sugar & Something

  14. I love Vera Bradley bags! They always add a pop of color :)

  15. Such great pick! i love my duffle

  16. I have a large Vera Bradley duffle and I swear I take it EVERYWHERE, it's a great bag for traveling.

  17. I love my Vera Bradley duffles! They make traveling a breeze and I love how roomy they are!

    xo Ashley

  18. It's pretty much impossible for me to travel without my Vera Bradley duffel bag! I love that all of my "travel supplies" can match :) These are such helpful tips!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  19. Love these! My Vera Bradley duffel is my life saver when It comes to traveling from school to home :)

  20. The worst case list is a good idea...electronics are not always reliable!!! Cool tips :) I used to work at Vera Bradley and they sell THE best travel bags!


  21. Love the bag you chose! Such a fun pattern and your outfit goes perfectly with it.


  22. That bag looks like it would fit absolutely everything you could ever need!

    La Belle Sirene 

  23. I love that duffel bag! Definitely perfect for traveling

  24. I have a Vera duffel and I love it!


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