have you ever daydreamed of quitting your job to travel with no fixed address? that’s exactly what Jen and her husband Tom are doing. they’ve been scheming for two years and as of the end of this month, they are off to Japan to start a year full of travel. with stops in Cambodia, Croatia, Bali, and Bolivia – to name a few – the itinerary will give them a taste of the entire world.

i’m looking forward to living vicariously through her photos and blog posts. i was happy to see Austria on the list, as it’s one of my favourite places in europe. if you haven’t been, you definitely should! the architecture, the mountains, the whimsical beauty. i’m swooning pretty hard from memories alone!

as Jen’s packing her bags to leave calgary, she’s sharing with us her favourite travel daypack essentials!


these are the things i always either have in my purse or in a travel daypack:

eating at restaurants gets old when you’re travelling, not to mention expensive. i love going to grocery stores or farmers markets and picking out items to make myself a picnic lunch. the spork comes in handy all the time for eating on the go.

wet wipes
from cleaning my hands when there is no soap in the bathroom or after eating a particularly messy ice cream cone, i never travel without them.

i am obsessive about using sunscreen. i love the sun and don’t like to stick to the shade but i also don’t want my skin to look like a prune as i age, so daily sunscreen protection is key.

the ultimate travel accessory. it instantly dresses up an outfit, covers your shoulders when needed for modesty in temples and churches, keeps you warm when the sun goes down, acts as a travel pillow on long bus or car rides and works as a beach towel or picnic blanket when needed.

lonely planet travel book
yes, i’m that traveler! i love the Lonely Planet travel books. they always find me the best places to visit, eat and stay. plus in areas where you don’t want to hire a guide, you can act as your own tour guide with the help of the book. i often rip out pages of my book to throw into my purse so i don’t have to carry the whole book around with me. it might make it less usable in the future but it’s more convenient at the time and you look like less of a tourist.

toilet paper 
if there’s one thing i’ve learned from traveling around the world, it’s that toilet paper is a luxury! i always carry a stash in my purse and restock before i leave a hotel.

portable phone charger
like most people i use my phone a lot and when i’m travelling i never want to be stranded without it in case something happens or i need the GPS (i’m hopeless with directions).

camelbak UV purifier
when you’re in countries where the tap water isn’t drinkable, the cost of bottled water can really add up. that’s why i carry a UV water filter. within seconds my water is safe to drink and i can save my travel dollars for wine instead of water.

camera (nikon 1 J5)
i refuse to let all my travel memories be captured on an iPhone camera. so even though it’s sometimes bulky to carry around, my nikon is always with me.

what are your travel essentials?

i’m pretty convinced that part and parcel is everyone’s favourite feature because we’ve got a group of voyeurs on our hands here at s&s. and that? that i like!

so here we go again! this time, let’s welcome leslie.

i met her through other calgary bloggers, and i’m quite thankful i did. she’s so cheerful, positive and supportive, not to mention funny and loves shoes so much it says so in her social media handles. (@Leslieluvsshoes). the sad part of just getting to know her, liking her, and having great monogram coffee dates with her, is that she’s moving out of the country! *sad face* but the good news with that is i’ll have someone to visit in texas.

leslie has some interesting things in her purse, and lucky for us, she’s sharing!


sephora blotting papers

i constantly struggle with oily skin and having bangs just compounds the issue. i have packages of these tucked literally everywhere and use them several times a day. they are amazing! i may also be known to encourage my husband to use them as well if i think he looks shiny (ha ha).

toe soxx

remembering socks for barre is something i am not good at. for a while i was always forgetting them and having to buy new pairs or renting (i don’t really like the concept of renting socks, YUCK!). literally the only solution is having a pair (or several) in my purse at all times.


this one is an odd one. my massage therapist recommend this for anytime i was sick or getting sick for immunity boosting and i absolutely swear by it. i always have a bottle with me in case i start feeling like i am coming down with something.


i used to be terrible at wearing my glasses (i really only need them for distance) but since i got these super cute Kate Spade ones i don’t mind wearing them as much.


hello Calgary dry weather! this is a must in my purse since i feel like my lips are always dry.

nuun tablets

the grape ones especially. i find mid-afternoon when i want something sweet this usually does the trick (sometimes i mix it with carbonated water and it feels like i am having a pop). they are also perfect for hydration when i am travelling and am struggling to get enough water in.

paper schedule

i have everything in my iPhone calendar but always have a paper version of the month printed out that i have tracked my workouts and anything else i have going on. i really need to invest in a proper planner…

what are some of your daily essentials?

being in a creative industry opens doors to meet many other young creatives that are putting their passions into actions. in those top rungs of my i’m-so-impressed talent ladder you’ll find Tanya. dynamo communications professional, down to earth and sweet human, oh so incredibly stylish, just to name a few.

her passion in action: Fond Boutique.

Fond, a mobile boutique, was inspired by a passion for sifting through thrift shops in search of overlooked treasures, and a love for creativity through style and self-expression, without the price tag. Tanya’s side hustle is driven by the philosophy of style, delivering a curated selection of chic, timeless, pre-worn clothing, shoes and accessories.

and lucky for us, she poured out her purse so we can steal some of her essentials.


neals yard remedies canada beauty balm

multipurpose and soothing, the WRBB works wonders to keep my paws moisturized while i’m filing through clothing racks. NYR is a go-to for skin care, and sits directly across from my building. it’s dangerous. (laura’s note: i’ve raved about this balm/cream/magic before, too. it’s incredible.)

moleskine planner

i’m a girl lost without my lists! the moleskine line has changed my life and drastically improved my tendency for tardiness.

vintage silver cigarette case

this prized find was found while antique hunting and then repurposed as a wallet. it’s sleek and minimalist, to a point where it won’t close if i’m packing too many receipts. it keeps me honest.

lip medex balm

lipstick is somewhat aspirational for me, and i haven’t met another balm that provides a dependable gloss, moisture and shine like this one does. thanks to lip medex, i haven’t had chaps since 2002, but go into panic mode if i run out – i’m completely addicted.

aesop vetiver root & zinc deodorant spray

aesop is a game changer in the body care world and this stuff smells so good i sometimes use it as perfume…improvisation is key!

what are a few of your essentials?