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What's in That Tote Bag?
by ivillager akorelc/cl-akorelc (July 2000, rev. Feb 2001)
This is the second in a series on packing for travel written especially for women In the first part, I gave you a wardrobe plan that offers 31 combinations from 9 easy pieces.
UPDATE: drop the pearls and the pumps! Go for more fashionable beads and well-padded loafers on good polyurethane soles, unless you really do have to have the classics for business travel. Sometimes we do have to update ourselves!
Now, for that tote bag: consider how long you will be confined to the plane, train or other vehicle and how heavy lugging everything you'd like to have can become. What do you like to do to while away the time, read? Listen to audiobooks or music? Work on your laptop? My favorite tote bag has a woven strap stitched across the back that slips over the handle of my rolling carry-on. It's big enough to hold my laptop in its own padded pouch plus the various things I like to keep close to me, yet small enough to slide under a passenger seat. If you don't have to carry a laptop, you'll definitely have more room (and less weight to carry) for other things.
In my tote you'll find:
*If you need to carry prescription, put the original containers in a labeled zippered freezer bag. This is particularly important if you're going overseas and need to have a prescription filled.
**I suggest contacting a Mary Kay Consultant near you for the best compact I have ever found Called the "Custom Compact," it can hold a blusher; three eye colors, one full-sized lipstick and applicator brushes. If you don't know a consultant, go to: http://www.mymk.com/dthompson7 and tell her Alysia Korelc sent you (I don't get anything from this).
That's it. Isn't that easy? So, now you should have room for the extra goodies you want to bring home!