Portland was incredible… long weekends and best friends are always a fantastic combination, but choosing a new city that was beautiful, walkable, and packed with incredible shops, bars and restaurants made for one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time.

I always survey social media friends for places to visit and things to do while traveling, so I wanted to recap my favorites here in case any of you have any upcoming trips to Portland. I have a lot of travel coming up (!!!) so this will be an ongoing series on TAE… my next trip (Miami) is this weekend.

If you are looking for any other travel recommendations, check out the #SFgirlguide hashtag on insta – Victoria from SF Girl by the Bay started it as a visual travel guide, and I’m addicted!

Follow along on instagram and twitter for more pictures and American-made goodness! and if you are already following, thank you! xx

The Edit: American Made Travel Essentials

If you follow along on Instagram, you know that I’ve spent the weekend in San Francisco, gallivanting throughout the city with friends and family and soaking up the sunshine. Today I’m in work mode, running around to meetings and interviews and working on some great projects and brand features.

I’m a little bit crazy about sticking to a carry-on when I travel – whether for work or for play, these are the items that always make the cut.

Clare V messenger –> I actually currently use this duffel, which holds all of the above and then some, but am ready to add the messenger to my collection for a little extra space!

Clare V pouch – perfect for extra chargers, jewelry, business cards… these pouches save me from having to empty my bag every time I need something.

Baggu Wedge Pouch – the perfect size for extra memory cards.

Fotostrap Camera Strap… because I’m not interested in being a walking Nikon advertisement. These straps also have a charitable component, which I love. 

Shinola notebooks – my current favorite notebook…

Rodin Lip Balm & Earth Tu Face Skin Stick my skin gets so dry when I travel but I picked these up at Mille recently and have had no issues this trip. The lip balm feels like a treat throughout the day and the skin stick is obviously portable and perfect for all over use.

What do you always bring with you?