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Ana L. Flores is co-founder of Spanglish Baby, the award-winning online community for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids, as well as co-author of the book, Bilingual is Better: Two Latina Moms on How the Bilingual Parenting Revolution is Changing the Face of America. A bicultual and bilingual Latina born in Houston, Ana was raised in El Salvador and lives with her familia in Los Angeles. She shares more of her personal life and insights as a Latina mom and entrepreneur on her blog Madre Vida.

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9 Travel Essentials for a Working Mom

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Life has become quite hectic and exciting in the last couple of years of my life as an entrepreneur, professional blogger and now an author. I’ve had to not only learn how to manage and attempt, just attempt, to balance my professional life and my personal life to lead a life with some semblance of normalcy, but I’ve also had to adapt to the necessary travel that is happening a lot more often than ever before.

This means that I’ve gradually had to learn tips and tricks on how to make my traveling life more comfortable, less chaotic and even productive. I used to completely over pack or underpack; I would always forget to carry at least one of the essential cords for my many gadgets; I would run myself on empty or eat too much junk food in a hurry at any given airport. Now, I’ve learned from my mistakes and have developed an almost fool-proof plan to make my constant travel more organized and less stressful by investing in these nine travel essentials.

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9 Travel Essentials for a Working Mom

The essential carry-on bag.

I’ve started to master the art of packing only a carry-on. For this to happen and not be under-packed, it’s important that you get organized and make a list of the activities and how many outfits you will need. If possible, choose mostly dresses because they are so easy to pack and a good pair of jeans (more on the perfect pair of jeans to travel with below). Traveling only with a carry-on bag will save you a good 30 minutes in the airport each way waiting for your bag to appear, and it guarantees your suitcase doesn’t get lost because it’s always with you.

Tumi Voyageur Carry-On, $148 at Neiman Marcus

What is your must-have travel essential?

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Ana L. Flores is co-founder of Spanglish Baby, the blog and online community for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids. She is also the co-author of the book, Bilingual is Better: Two Latina Moms on How the Bilingual Parenting Revolution is Changing the Face of America. Ana shares her personal life and insights as a Latina mom and entrepreneur on her blog Madre Vida. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ana's latest posts →

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11 thoughts on “9 Travel Essentials for a Working Mom

  1. @JustHeather says:

    I like to fly Southwest so I don’t have to pay for bags, at least. I can manage a carry-on if I need to, but I prefer not to think too much while I’m packing.

  2. Evelyn says:

    I can’t tell you how much I love that luggage!

  3. Vera says:

    That cardigan is SO cute! Looks comfy, chic and cheap!

  4. yessi says:

    love that target makeup kit. all that for $30? crazy!

  5. Nina says:

    If I’m meeting someone at the airport, I always want to look cute but I too realized that heals were just not working!

  6. Colleen says:

    That WiFi hotspot is so cool! Perfect as a gift for my husband who travels for work!

  7. Marie Hunt says:

    I love these tips! And I always bring a sweater when I fly too, it can get so cold on the airplane!

  8. Elle says:

    these are great tips, thanks. i’ve been wondering for awhile if one of those portable wireless things would be worth it. definitely considering it!

  9. Kelsey says:

    These are great tips, totally the things I need to think about when I travel!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    The right pants are so important when traveling! Also, shoes. Totally agree on the ballet flats, they get you through security fast!

  11. Meghan says:

    I’m taking a quick mid-week trip in a few weeks and have been trying to figure out what to pack…jeans and a lightweight cardi are at the top of my list!

    I hadn’t thought about the all-in-one makeup kit, but that is BRILLIANT!

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