WHAT'S IN YOUR TRAVEL BAG?: Mickey Tortorelli

March 10, 2016 - Posted by Mickey Tortorelli

The transitional season between Winter and Spring has always been a popular time to travel, especially to more tropical locations to ward away the winter blues! Many of your customers may be traveling to a sunny climate, and helping them create a well-thought out packing list prevents them from having to spend precious time on location shopping for them - time that could be spent sipping on a mojito and enjoying the beach!

Below is a tried and true list of items that our CEO and founder, Mickey Tortorelli, uses each time she's ready for a sunny vacation, and why they're essential for her:


Sun Protection: (the most important items to ensure an enjoyable, burn-free vacation!)

  • SHISEIDO Brilliant Bronze Quick Self-Tanning Gel
    – Love this product! Can’t go down south without a bit of colour!
  • SHISEIDO 50+ WetForce Ultra Sun Protection Cream For Face 
    – perfect on its own or under my bronzing powder for day tripping!
  • SHISEIDO 50+ Wetforce Ultra Sun Protection Lotion For Body 
    – It becomes more effective when it comes into contact with water! Plus I love the scent!
  • SHISEIDO Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF 32 
    – Got to protect those peeps!
    – It’s such a multi-purpose product, I use it everywhere – on my hair; as a cuticle oil, to moisturize my body, post shaving – it’s a must-have for every travel bag!
  • PHYSICIANS FORMULA Bronze BoosterGlow-Boosting Airbrushing Bronzing Veil Deluxe Edition
    – I usually skip the foundation when down south and just take my bronzer for the all-over sun-kissed glow!


  • L’OREAL Volume Million Mascara
  • L’OREAL Intense Felt Tip Liquid Liner
  • NARS Blush and Illuminator in Orgasm
  • NARS Duo EyeShadow in Kuala Lumpur
  • NARS Lip Gloss in Belize
  • COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick in Hot
  • THIERRY MUGLER Angel Fragrance Purse Spray – my ‘go-to’ fave for all occasions


Below are bonus checklists to ensure that you're armed with everything you need for a hassle and stress-free packing time!


  • Travel size Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Shower Gel
  • Hair Clip & Elastic Band
  • Razor (keep it in your check-in luggage!)
  • Baby Wipes (especially important for the day trips)
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush & Paste
  • Small Package of Tissue
  • Small Scented Candle (Keep my room smelling pretty!)


Meds & Related:

  • Bug Spray, Anti-Itch, Solarcaine, Tweezers, Small First Aid Kit, Imodium (You never know!), Hand Sanitizer, Tweezers, Ear Plugs (in case your neighbors are late-night partyers or your room is above the disco!)
  • Advil & Pepto!


Clothes & Accessories

  • 2 Bathing Suits
  • Wide Brim Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sarong or Bathing Suit Cover
  • 2 – 3 Sun Dresses
  • Linen Pants (Black and White)
  • 3 – 4 Tops Dressier for Night
  • Undergarments & 2 Pairs of socks
  • Sandals, Flip Flops, Dressy Shoe, Running Shoes, Water Shoes
  • 2 Shorts & 4 Casual T-Shirts
  • Cashmere Wrap for cool nights
  • Fashion Jewelry
  • Beach Bag with zipper (safer & nothing falls out)
  • Small Clutch


  • Large Ziploc Bags (For camera, phone, tablet, ear buds or other electronics I don’t want covered in sand or getting wet, plus great for packing laundry coming back home)
  • Chargers
  • Converter
  • Small Collapsible Cooler for Day Trips
  • Pens (For Immigration Card)
  • Tip Money (Singles are great to have handy)
  • All Documents, Passports (with 2 copies – 1 at home, 1 in luggage), Ticket/Reservations, Credit Cards & Debit Card (Don’t forget to let your bank know you’re traveling), Blue Cross Card, Drivers License, Birth Certificate
  • A couple of books, a deck of cards
  • Gum
  • Portable Umbrella

Did we miss any items that you think should be included? Let us know in the comments below!

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