Hooray for Multi-taskers

a yellow and blue skirtIn the business world, we are required to multi-task all the time. Answer email while on a conference call. Finish a report while talking to a customer. Well, in travel the more multi-taskers you’ve got, the less you have to pack. And the less you have to pack, the easier it is to get around. Hooray, multi-tasking! Here are a few of my favorites.

All-in-one makeup. These things are great. In theory, you can use one for your cheeks, eyes, and lips, although I usually just use them for cheeks and eyes. Simplifies your makeup routine, and makes packing super easy. I love Nars’ “The Multiple” in South Beach, a peachy shimmer.

Intuition razor. A razor and shaving cream built into one? Sign me up! I have used this razor for around eight years, and I love it. My favorite type of blade is the Pomegranate one, which smells great and gives me a smooth shave. (Another multi-use toiletry: conditioner. Use it for shaving cream in a pinch.)

Pashmina. You guys hear me talk about the pashmina all the time, but that is because it’s my most important travel accessory. It can be a scarf, blanket, pillow, swim-suit cover up, napkin….. It’s a great and wonderful thing!!

One dress, two (or four) ways. I have a dress from Athleta that is blue on one side, green on the other, and can be worn as a dress or a skirt. The ultimate multi-tasker! I have also seen dresses at TravelSmith that have a scoop neck on one side and a V-neck on the other, or that are patterned on the inside and solid on the outside and can be worn either way. Although I don’t have either one, I am intrigued!

Readers, what are your favorite multi-functional items for packing?


  1. I have one of the TravelSmith reversible sets. Pants are black, skirt has black on one side, pink floral print on the other. And there’s a reversible tank top and “sweater” that’s reversible in the same patterns. It’s polyester and that annoys me or I’d wear it a lot more often as it’s so convenient when traveling. Black to hides stains, and the other side to add some color.

  2. How can any woman exist without a pashmina?! Even when not travelling it’s by far the most versatile piece of clothing I own AND it’s always in style 😉

    I’ve been looking for a reversible dress for a while now but it seems they’re really hard to get your hands on in Austria.

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