Travel Essentials: Istanbul

Travel Essentials: Istanbul | San Francisco
Travel Essentials: Istanbul | Sacramento Street

With all of the travel adventures that are planned for this year I wanted to start a new series that shares where I’ve been and what essentials I brought with me. For each city and destination I’ll be sharing a handful of items that have been crucial for the journey. Each trip I plan always requires a new set of essentials because no city is the same. When I travel to a new place I’m constantly researching beforehand what I might need.

I’m kicking off this series with Istanbul. For this trip I knew I’d need both comfy and chic items. Long journeys require a weekender filled with items to keep me entertained on the flight and layers to add on when I land. I also knew that I’d be documenting everything we do – shops we find, museums we loved, and restaurants. So a notebook was essential – I actually never leave for a trip without one.

So far Istanbul as exceeded my expectations – it’s truly a magical city. Don’t worry, a full post will be coming when I return.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this new series. Next up is Paris!

1.) Topographical Map Decomposition Notebook | 2.) Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Camera | 3.) J.Crew Ribbed Alpaca Sweater | 4.) Stripe Cashmere Wrap | 5.) Montblanc Classique Rollerball Pen | 6.) Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Moisture Serum | 7.) Clare Vivier Weekender | 8.) Warby Parker Reilly Sunglasses | 9.) New Balance Classics in Black | 10.) KYI KYI Genuine Fox Pompom Hat

Map by Heather Day for Sacramento Street


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Since 2009, I’ve been documenting and sharing the small bits of inspiration that make up my daily life. Here, you’ll find musings on all things lifestyle, from fashion to motherhood. The common theme is recognizing and creating beauty in the everyday.