My Essentials is a series that highlights the items that the trail-blazing women in the vitruvi community can't live without.
Lauren is a talented photographer who’s been creating content for us here at vitruvi for a while now. She manages to capture our products in beautiful ways—always finding the most soft, subtle light. We love working with her, and wanted to feature her here because we know she’s got some good essentials hiding in that tote. This edition of My Essentials has a travel twist to it, since Lauren is actually headed on some adventures over the next couple of months. She has 2 epic trips in the pipeline: Iceland in August and Italy in September. Before we dig into her must-have travel items, we asked her a few questions about her upcoming travel plans:
Why Iceland and Italy?
The incredible scenery, mountains and waterfalls is primarily what drew me to Iceland. I’ve been dying to go there for quite some time (ever since I realized it’s not actually an entire island of ice) and there’s something about small towns on islands that really gets me jazzed. I’d be lying if I said that the draw of Italy wasn’t the food. I honestly can’t wait to drown myself in pasta, pizza and bread. But other than that, the countryside, the locals, and scenery is really what inspired me about Italy.
What role does photography play when you’re traveling?
Besides the obvious capturing moments and memories to look back on, I feel like photography is a great way to connect with a location, person or place. I find it forces me to look at my surroundings in a unique way that might otherwise go unnoticed. A little nook besides a window with gorgeous light or a beautiful tile pattern below your feet, there are so many little moments to capture! I think that’s such a special aspect to photography, it feels pretty sacred in a way.
What other places are on your travel bucket list and why?
I’d definitely love to explore some small towns in Bali, but there’s this Giraffe Manor in Kenya that has been on my brain for years! Other than that, I’d pretty much go anywhere (even Antarctica—glaciers!)
Please eat all the pasta, pizza and bread you can for us, too. Now, onto Lauren’s travel essentials:
Inspiration seems to strike at the weirdest times, so having a small notebook to write ideas down is super important while traveling. I love a good moleskin as much as the next person but I find there’s something charming about getting notebooks from thrift stores so all of my journals are thrifted finds. Besides inspiration, having something to write directions on or doodle on a flight comes in handy while traveling.
Face Cream and Lavender Oil
Being on a flight for hours on end always seems to make my face dry (I think it’s the re-circulating air) so having a good face cream is a must. My personal favourite is the Sibu Nourishing Face Cream. I also like to bring lavender oil along to freshen up and help put me into a relaxing state at the end of the day.
I’m a big supporter of podcasts so having these while on the go is super important. There’s a podcast for every person and every mood so I like to fill the gaps between activities with a little bit of audio. My all-time picks are Beautiful Anonymous, School of Greatness, Where Should We Begin? and Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations but I’m always adding new favourites to the collection.
A literal life-saver might be a bit of an exaggeration, but this stuff has come in handy so many times. The No Drought dry shampoo from Lush is hands down my favourite for so many reasons—it lasts forever, isn’t in an aerosol can (perfect for travelling) and it smells incredible. I could go on, but you get it.
Pretty self explanatory — hydration is key!
Cameras (Digital and Film)
These obviously had to make the list of essentials. I’ve been getting into film lately, so bringing my digital and analogue cameras along with a few rolls of film (read: 20) is a definite must.
Photo by Lauren Leggatt