Search Me: The TSA & How To Pack For A Weekend in FLA

TSA notice

TSA notice

The TSA searched my luggage.

Terrif.

Found this notice tucked into the outside zipper compartment of my luggage. Right where I had put the Hello! magazines I was bringing to my mom in FLA. (Yup, she's an Anglophile.) Maybe they have something against Hello! or frequent cover model Kate Middleton? Not sure who would have a problem with Kate, a woman who is single handly responsible for making both pantyhose and recycling outfits hot trends, but who knows?

Also, regardless of what any TSA inspectors may tell you, I am a good packer. One of the worst things in the world you can do is over pack, especially if (like me) you're staying in a condo that has a washer and dryer. Even if you're not though, a weekend away to a warmer climate requires no more than one suitcase max, with the following essentials:

1) 1-2 pairs of cotton pajamas

My twenty-something nieces tell me matchy pj's could not be more out of fashion, but I don't care. I'm forever a fan of menswear inspired pj's (for sleeping mind you, definitely not for wearing in public - that's gauche) in the grand tradition of everyone from Claudet Colbert in "It Happened One Night" to Diane Keaton in "Something's Gotta Give". It's timeless and modest, especially important when you're staying in a condo with 4 or 5 other people.

2) 1-2 pairs of cotton ankle pants

The 'Andie' ankle pant from J.Crew can be a fabulous alternative to shorts. Some people prefer crop pants, but those can hit you in the wrong spot and make your legs look short. #Not flattering. 

3) 1 pair of comfortable yet chic sandals and a pedicure

Do not, I repeat do NOT listen to Gwyneth Paltrow when she told People Stylewatch she'll be spending the entire summer in overalls and ugly sandals. Run out and find a pair of flat strappy sandals in either a metallic or a neutral hue. Believe me, GP will be sporty the same thing in Montauk. 

And the pedicure? It's the biggest confidence booster you can give yourself. Nothing feels better than glancing down at your perfectly pedicured feet in strappy sandals. Conversely, nothing feels crummier than looking down at your feet when they are in desperate need of a pedicure and you've crammed them into sandals

4) dry shampoo and (optional) a flair for ponytails

Unless you're staying in a place where the water is filtered, you should put off washing your hair. Otherwise, the highly chlorinated water in much of FLA will do a number on it. Luckily, I was staying with my 22 year old niece who has a flair for doing hair, especially ponytails. If, by chance, you are not staying with someone who can fashion a mean pony (which btw is also the quickest non-surgical way to get an instant facelift), then you need to order my fav dry shampoo by Klorane. It gently de-greases your scalp (without a heavy perfume scent) and gives you those all important extra 1, 2 or even 3 days between shampoos. 

Happy Packing & Travels!