Recently, my fiance Darin and I took a trip to Monte Carlo & Paris for the TV festival and to film an episode of The Bold and the Beautiful. The trip was incredible but we learned an extremely valuable lesson. Ready for it? Shit happens! You can plan and plan all you want but ultimately shit does happen and you have to either be SUPER prepared or improvise. This particular trip required many outfits for different red carpet and press events (5 to be exact and more on that in a future post) and each outfit had a lot of thought and preparation go into it. We packed strategically and were really prepared for anything and everything. We had multiple options in case of weather changes, back up shoes, back up dresses, you name it. We were all packed and ready for the fun journey.
We flew from LAX to London Heathrow and then off to Nice we went!
We arrived in Nice after a 15 hour travel day to find out that there was a glitch in the system at Heathrow and none of the luggage made it. NONE. OF. IT. MADE. IT. Opening ceremony for the festival was less than 24 hours away!
As a product addict, you would think I would be smart enough to carry everything on the plane with me but I wasn’t. Yes, I had my makeup that could break, but my face wash, all creams and hair products were all in my bag! Not to mention what about a clean pair of underwear or something to sleep in?! We arrived late at night and everything was closed. Luckily British Airways provides you with a cute little overnight bag that had a toothbrush and toothpaste in it. Then came my hero Shelby Hines. She is the international publicist for B&B and little did she know, was shortly gonna become my new best friend for life. She was one of the only people who got one of her bags. She lent me her Aveeno Active Naturals Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser and some Ponds makeup remover cloths. I had never used the Aveeno wash but was pleasantly surprised. It got all my makeup off and left my face feeling clean, refreshed and left no residue. But more importantly, She gave me 2 pairs of Hanky Panky underwear and a tank top. Oh, the little things we forget to appreciate people! The feeling of getting out of a shower after 15 hours on an airplane and just having a clean pair of underwear and a tank top is impossible to put into words! I will love her forever.
The next morning we woke up and had a beautiful breakfast on the French Rivera. We then proceeded to run to Zara and get clothes for the day.
After a very stressful day of running around and trying to find clothes (In between an autograph signing we had at the Cap 3000 mall in Nice) We rushed back to our hotel with about 45 minutes to get ready for the Opening Ceremony of the festival. Let me repeat that. 45 minutes. My back up dress that I found was not only really expensive but it needed to be altered. As we were on our way to the store to pick it up, the hotel called to let us know that some of the bags (not all) arrived at the hotel. We rushed back and as luck would have it, ALL our bags were there!!!
My amazing Monte Carlo makeup artist Joe Ghannam was waiting in my room along with the incredible hair team from Franck Provost to get us ready in record time and off to the Opening Ceremony we went.
The moral of the story is this: when traveling. ALWAYS bring at least one days worth of clothing and product with you in your carry on!!! In the off chance you lose your luggage and don’t have a Shelby near by, you will thank me, trust me!!
My new carry on essentials:
Toothbrush/Toothpaste, face wash, moisturizer, eye cream, lip balm, eye makeup remover pads, glasses or contacts/solution, 2 pairs of underwear, 1 pair of socks, 1 tank and 1 sweatshirt or jacket.