If you ask me, 2019 flew by! This year alone, I’ll have spent 250 days in hotels living in-and-out of a carry-on. After a heavy travel schedule this year, I focused on stripping my apartment, and life, of all non-essential things. If it doesn’t bring me value…its gotta go. Moving into the new year, I fully intend on keeping up with this trend. So these are the things that I loved so much that I plan on buying again in 2020. My goal is to always add value to your life too so without further adieu these are the 16 things coming with me into the new year…
Allianz Travel Insurance – Hands down one of the best investments you can make if you go on more than one trip a year! When I first started traveling, I traveled without insurance and, shocking, there were plenty of hiccups. While traveling through Spain, “I took a pill in Ibiza,” pain killers…I broke my toe. The doctor’s visit cost me 300 euros. I currently have the Allianz AllTrips Prime annual plan and for about the same price all my trips are covered including benefits for trip cancellation and trip interruption, medical emergency, lost/stolen or delayed baggage, and more. I can’t say enough how much I recommend everyone purchase an annual plan in 2020. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use it but on that rare occasion you do…you’ll thank me.
Mobile Passport – It’s FREE! So technically not a re-purchase, although you can do a yearly subscription for $14.99, but this app has saved me so much time traveling through airports. Recently, I was interviewed for an article on Forbes about my best travel hacks and this is always my go-to tip. Essentially, on the free version, you input your passport information and customs form on the app while you taxi on the runway. Then once you go through customs you go on the mobile passport lane, usually with global entry, and you get to by-pass those long annoying lines. The paid version stores your passport information etc for future reference so it’s even faster.
Herschel backpack – Not a repurchase for myself but for a gift! This is my ride or die travel bag. I’m not gonna lie, I stuff this bag so much I feel like Reese Witherspoon in Wild hiking the PCT. BUT, that’s also the reason why I love it so much. As a blogger, I travel with a lot of gear and this holds my laptop, DSLR camera bag, drone, and occasionally a makeup bag or another miscaleanieous object when I can’t squeeze it into my carry-on. It’s durable, flexible, and not too heavy on my back, a win in all the essentials.
Toiletry Bags – If you’ve ever traveled with me through airport security, you KNOW I will fight tooth and nail to keep my liquids, sorry I’m not sorry. Not trying to take down a plane I would just like glowing skin, okay TSA?! Anyways, I put this on the list because I left my toiletries bag in the Philippines so technically this one’s a repurchase! I have two bags, one I partnered with Boarding Pass and gave away two of their shaving kit bags, which I use for my toiletries. It’s great for short weekend trips and is basically indestructible! My second is a foldable waterproof bag that hangs. I actually traveled with another travel writer who had this and I’ve never used anything else since —loyal AF.
Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment – To be honest, this is a fairly more recent purchase but oh my god…do I plan on repurchasing this holy grail product. Come winter, my skin gets really irritated and red from the cold weather. I tested this product a few times before purchasing and now that I finally own it, I don’t see how I’ve ever lived without it. When I’m traveling or just running errands I hate to wear makeup. I wouldn’t consider this makeup per se but it’s the perfect cream to calm redness and even skin tone without wearing foundation or concealer. Plus I just realized it has SPF 30 in it. Another win!
Grapeseed Oil – I’ve talked about how much I love grapeseed oil a million times. I just featured it in my most recent article for Hello Giggles and I don’t think I’ll ever stop talking about it. I have extremely oily skin and I always thought oil was enemy until the oil cleansing trend came to a head in the beauty world a few years ago. Since I started oil cleansing, I’ve never looked back. Grapeseed is great for oily or extremely dry and sensitive skin, plus you’re not likely to breakout from it. I use this on my skin, my hair, my nails, you name it. Ride or die product.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – What can I say about this product other than it’s the best foundation I’ve ever used in my life. Seriously, I’ve been wearing it since I was 16. One bottle usually lasts me a year and whenever I decide to be bold and switch it up, I always come back to this foundation. There’s no comparison or anything like it. I lather my skin in a layer of grapeseed oil before applying, then primer, and it glides over my skin like butter. PLUS, I’ve ultimately stopped buying concealer and will use the foundation of the edge of the bottle, that’s a bit thicker, to use as a concealer. Can’t live without.
D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops – One of the first articles on my blog was about my foundation hack! Back then, I was wearing the Estee Lauder double wear foundation in desert beige, that matches my skin perfectly, however, once I get a few hours of sun my then perfectly matched foundation now made me look ghostly pale. Recently I bought the D-Bronzi drops on a whim and have never looked back. Clean products, no harsh chemicals, and is actually beneficial to your skin. Just add a few drops to your foundation or moisturizer and you have an instant bronze glow. It’s been a staple in my skin routine since and I’ll definitely be repurchasing in 2020.
Swedish Dishcloths – This product goes by many names but Swedish dishcloth is one of the earliest names for reasons I’m not quite sure of other than it was invented in Sweden. Regardless, this product changed my life! I’m always doing my best to go plastic-free so when I heard of this product, from things I bought and liked, I was ecstatic. The cloth is essentially an absorbent sponge that cleans up dirt and rinses clean. I use it for virtually everything and haven’t bought paper towels in over five months now. You can still keep paper towels as a crutch until you’re ready to fully commit but I promise once you run out you’ll find yourself not loving the idea of running to the store to buy more.
Wool Dryer Balls – I wrote about this for my ways six easy ways to go eco-friendly article and I still can’t stop talking about them! Apparently, dryer sheets are the most toxic household products on the market. I haven’t done much research into the science behind it, however, I do know that throwing away these sheets regularly is no friend to the environment. On a whim, I bought these dryer balls to test them out and have never looked back. I keep them in my dryer 24/7 and they actually help dry my clothes faster. The smell is probably the only thing I miss about the dryer sheets but I do rub essential oils on mine for added scent. Since they last for so long, I always buy them as gifts and encourage all my non-crunchy/granola friends to try it. Some people push drugs, I push dryer balls. Stay in school kids.
S’well Water Bottles – Speaking of eco-friendly, plastic water bottles are actually so bad for the environment it’s not even funny. The stainless steel keeps my water cold for hours and, to me, there’s nothing more refreshing than an ice-cold water, in my honest opinion. I also bought an iced coffee cup as well and again, it’s a dream. I’m that lady at Starbucks who brings a reusable cup —I have no shame. It’s a game-changer.
Baggu – I constantly get these in swag bags and I still find myself buying more. I have them tucked away in virtually every bag I own. Once you realize how useless plastic bags really are, you’ll never go back to using one. If you have a car it’s even easier because you can just throw it in a compartment, grab and go. Single-use plastic? Just say no kids.
Wedge Lace-Up Espadrille Sandal – Call me crazy but I pack in three’s. Three outfits, three shoes, three accessories. I aim for one of each from these categories: athletic, casual, and fancy. Shoes especially. I go through sneakers like water and I usually switch it up between a black evening shoe for fancy attire. So for my casual shoe, I always pack the same espadrilles for every trip. I ordered these wedges about three years ago and it’s the best investment I’ve ever made. They dress an outfit up or down and fit for any occasion. They’re the most comfortable shoes in the world and extremely durable. Unfortunately, I’ve stained them one too many times and I plan on repurchasing the same pair for the new year. C’est la vie.
ASOS Premier Delivery – Essentially Amazon Prime for fashion. I discovered this chain in London and I love ASOS so much. It’s a lot of merchandise to comb through on the web but the gems you find make it all worthwhile. I’ve done the yearly 2-Day shipping subscription for the last two years and it’s worth every penny, read $19.00. With the exception of the holidays, all my orders come within two days after ordering without an extra charge. Not to mention, they now offer a home section, beauty, vintage marketplace, etc. I’m about to renew my subscription again as one satisfied customer.
Madewell Chunky Small Hoop Earrings – This was also a fairly recent purchase and I’m already in love! Durable affordable jewelry that’s, ahem, made well is hard to come by. I have desperately been on the hunt for an amazing jewelry bag and unfortunately have been unsuccessful. Most are just way too bulky and I end up throwing everything in a small pouch, aka my jewelry receives a lot of wear and tear. These have definitely made it through a few trips and I plan to purchase them in other sizes in 2020.
Choosy – Got it from the gram! Choosy is definitely an up and coming indy brand that completely took off this year. I felt like every influencer was wearing them this season and for obvious reasons. In fact, you’ve probably seen their famous Crosby St dress on Instagram. I recently bought it in black, along with a few other items, and I have no complaints. Their clothes are on-trend, affordable, and a great blend of fashion-forward yet functional. Excited to see them grow in 2020.