i have traveled more this year than ever before, and these five purchases have proven to be worth every penny.

#1 classic black carry on.  i initially balked at spending so much on a suitcase, but years later, it still looks gorgeous.  mine is anya hindmarch, but any classic style in a dark color will do.

anya hindmarch suitcase

#2 lightweight tote bag.  this longchamp tote is the perfect size on its own for an overnight trip, and matches my carry on for when i am traveling for a few days.  as a care tip, i wipe down any stains on the tote or suitcase with baby wipes before i store them.

longchamp planetes#3 preprinted packing list.  i am one of those people who always forgot something, but this pad now saves me.  it lists everything you can think of (organized into helpful categories), and you can simply tear off the page when you are done.

packing list#4 wool shawl.  this shawl has been around the world with me.  it is warm yet light, and it is large enough to use as a blanket.  the blue leopard also adds a little extra to any outfit.

bcbg scarf

#5 small point-and-shoot camera.  i use this camera for almost every photo on this blog.  while i do have a digital slr, i usually find myself reaching for this instead because it is so easy to travel with.  in addition, considering that it is a point-and-shoot, i think the photo quality is excellent.

canon s95