Florida Packing Travel

Packing For a Mini Getaway

December 7, 2016

Away Luggage Carry Ons Packing Travel

I’m packed up and on my way to Florida for a mini getaway! I’ll still be posting beauty reviews while I’m away. This will be my first time visiting Florida and we’ll be in Tampa and Miami. If you have any recommendations let me know in the comments. My husband and I are traveling carry-on style again. This one will be a short trip so packing hasn’t been too hard. I have to admit though I don’t know how I survived an entire month in Europe last year with just a carry on back pack and a tote.

If you’re interested in a travel packing and beauty post I can definitely do another one. Many of you liked my previous packing posts and I always enjoy reading about what others bring with them on their travels. I am bringing my Drybar Baby Buttercup Hair Dryer. It folded up nicely to fit inside my suitcase without taking up too much room. For other beauty items I’ve packed the Les Minis de Chanel Brush Set, Bioderma Minis in the Hydrabio and Sensibio, and as many skincare minis I’ve been able to squeeze in my quart sized bag. As I type this post I’m still trying to narrow down my picks for makeup.

I’m bringing three pairs of shoes: two pairs of sandals and a comfy pair of running shoes. I bought the Nike Free RN shoes last month and even though they’re supposed to be for running I’ve found them really comfortable for walking too.

The iPhone cases shown in the top photo are from Gray Malin. He has a number of options available which I’m completely obsessed with. I think I’ve accumulated around 5 different designs by now. They always brighten my day as his photographs are so inspirational and always have me dreaming of a getaway.

Away Luggage Carry On in Sand

For this trip we’re bringing our Away Carry-Ons again (previously reviewed here, you can use this referral code to save $20 off your first suitcase order). My husband’s is the black one and he’s checked it a couple of times. It’s held up pretty well but there are some scratches on his (as expected with the way bags are handled). Above you can see a real life photo with the Gift Set I mentioned a few days ago. I did not know what to expect for size – the mini case is absolutely adorable! The Gift Set is basically a gift card packaged in a cute case with socks and Aesop minis. You can order a gift card for any size suitcase as a gift. It’s a great way to gift someone something unique but still allow them to pick out their own color. It’s limited-edition and available this season only (ships to US addresses only as well). I’ve been such a huge fan of their line for their simple no-fuss yet well made luggage. When I first discovered them they had 1 suit case size and have since expanded their product range.

I’m excited to be able to host a giveaway of 2 Away Gift Sets for the Carry On size via Instagram (US only)! The giveaway will go live later today so be sure to follow me @beautylookbook for all the details on how to enter.

Away Carry On Luggage Packing for Florida

For those curious about the black pouches shown, the one in the top is a Truffle Clarity Clutch Mini and the larger zip case is the Anya Hindmarch Inflight Case. I’ve traveled with both numerous times and highly recommend them! I’m excited for a much needed vacation but the hardest part about traveling is leaving our fur kids behind – but we’ve placed them in good hands. The place we’re boarding our kitty has a webcam so I’ll be able to check on him at any part of the day. Since I’ll be traveling comments might take a while for me to moderate but I’ll be checking in every now and then. Any recs for Tampa or Miami would be greatly appreciated πŸ™‚




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  • Beti December 7, 2016 at 6:30 am

    You have to go to South Point Park if you visit South Beach, the park is beautiful and it’s by the beach so very scenic. If you like to people watch and also do some shopping, Lincoln Rd is great. It’s an open type mall with a lot of restaurants and cafes and plenty of shops. Segafredo cafe which is almost at the end of Lincoln Rd is excellent, they have house music at night and the cocktails are strong and yummy (mojito and caipirihna are a must).

    For food, if you like steak, there’s a steakhouse called Red, The Steakhouse that’s south of fifth, has the best steak in town. For a quick bite two of my favorite are Juice & Java (healthy food with plenty of juices and wraps) and Huahua (best tacos I’ve tried). Two restaurants that I like for a romantic by the water date :), Smith & Wollensky (south of fifth on south beach) and Il Gabbiano (a fancy Italian place in Miami).

    Have fun and make sure you bring some comfy sandals for walking and setting powder (it’s super humid compared to Cali).

  • Lottie December 7, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I love those sandals! x

  • Janie December 7, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I wish I had packing skills, but everytime I pack, everything just ends up looking messy… love this post!

  • Karen December 7, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Sabrina, where are your clothes to pack! Please post what you are bringing with you to Florida.

    And do a travelogue post when you return home: hotels, sights, and restaurants!


  • Gail December 8, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Going to be cool this weekend in both Tampa and Miami..if u renting a car. In Tampa drive to St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota..not far..I just returned from there and St Pete..Bradenton/Anna Maria Island..great museums St Pete and the Ringling in Sarasota..I live in Boca and go to Miami often. SO many things to do in Miami..what part? If it’s S Bch..I would just hang out there..I almost bought that brush set but have 3 from MAC and always seem to take full sizes..Love Your packing..Enjoy

  • Nicole December 8, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Can you please provide a link to those Nikes? Very cute!!!!

  • Kaja Elisabeth December 9, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Always interested in packing posts! They might be my favourite of yours, I can never ever get enough.

  • andy p December 11, 2016 at 7:17 am

    One of my favorite things to do is get up relatively early and walk the Miami Beach boardwalk that runs from just south of the W hotel all the way into around 7th St in South Beach parallel to the ocean. Great exercise, beautiful scenery and great people watching. Lots of great restaurants and these 2 are only fun because they are the quintessential Cuban hangouts, though not the greatest food: Versailles, pronounced as in Spanish, Vehr-seye-ez on 8th St (Calle Ocho) and Puerto Sagua in South Beach on Collins Ave. Just get a Cafe Cubano and a guava pastry. Also, if you are a shopper, do not miss the Bal Harbour Mall. It is beautiful.

    • Sabrina December 20, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Hi Andy – I’m late to responding to this but thank you so much for the recs. We didn’t make it to the Miami side as it was raining while we were there so we made last minute plans to go to Key West instead – definitely bookmarking this for our next trip though! Thank you xoxo