Travel essentials for your summer vacations!

Summer family vacations are a highlight in the Gilliland house. We just got back from a fantastic trip to Washington DC and this travel tote and essentials were perfect, so I thought I would share my finds with you. And, YES they all give back to great causes!

Noonday Collection Travel Tote

This is the perfect carryall leather tote. It is a great size, very roomy with great pockets. This bag is made by Artisans in the desert region of Rajasthan, India. Noonday partners with an Artisan Business that creates opportunity for leatherworkers. By developing this Artisan Business through fair trade, they empower the Artisans to earn a sustainable income and to preserve their cultural heritage.

Slumlove Cardigan Cotton Sweater

This soft sweater is perfect for drafty airplanes. It is 100% cotton with hand-carved coconut buttons.This awesome sweater was made in Nairobi, Kenya and is providing a living wage for the women who made it. But it doesn't stop there. They take part of the profits from this sweater and provide funds for high school scholarships to children living in one of the world's largest slums. 

TribeAlive Crossover Bag

I purchased this soft leather bag for our upcoming summer vacations. It is the perfect size and super easy to pack.This amazing company is based out of Ft. Worth. TribeAlive’s mission is to build sustainable partnerships with marginalized groups in developing countries by connecting them to the global marketplace. They work to break the cycle of poverty by providing artisans with the tools, training and support needed to reclaim their futures and thrive as independent business men and women.



GAIA bags are a must have for your vacation. The small zipper pouch is great for cosmetics and beauty products. GAIA creations are handmade with love using vintage & handwoven textiles by refugee women resettled in Dallas, TX. These pouches represent a new beginning for the GAIA women in a country where they can find empowerment in employment, where their children can flourish and have a future. 

FLORA Stationery Journal

Journaling is a great way to remember all the highlights from your vacation. I love the floral design on the front of this journal. Every Flora Stationery purchase supports college scholarships for young women in developing countries. 


I have found a great way to study scripture and have it with me on our vacations - cling a Scripture Cling to the bottom of a journal page. I focus on this specific bible verse and use my bible app. to study the chapter and verses surrounding that specific verse. A set of 12 business card size, repositionable vinyl clings that feature 12 different Bible verses. Scripture Clings will adhere to any surface and can be easily removed and reapplied up to 5 times. Click here to view the collection. Half the proceeds goes toward the purchase of a 3-in-1 crib that will be donated to a pregnancy center.