‘Tis the season to be traveling. Whether it is the season to be traveling or not, I always find myself wanting to travel and explore the world. Currently, I am traveling to California but regardless of my destination, there are a few essentials that I always pack with me while flying. Typically, while flying, I bring a large suitcase and a carry-on backpack with my purse inside to condense the luggage; my carry-on is always the lightest piece of luggage. A minimal list of go-to items to bring and wear on the plane that are divided into 4 simple categories, here are my TRAVEL ESSENTIALS: A MINI GUIDE.
1. The Obvious
“The obvious” consists of my passport and wallet...self explanatory. I included these items because how many times have you been traveling and have had to rummage through your bag to find both your wallet and passport? I recommend investing in a good quality wallet that fits everything; passport, money, ID, credit cards, cash, gift cards, etc. Having a wallet that fits your everyday needs and then some (like your passport) is not only convenient, but also solves multiple problems. I got this Vera Bradley wallet on sale for only $10 and it has made traveling easier; it keeps a plethora of little things, that normally float around my in my purse, organized. That way, when I get to the airport, I can whip out my wallet and be fully prepared with everything I will need to check in, get through security, and make it to my terminal.
As much as I would love to pretend that sleeping on an airplane is comfortable and effortless, it most definitely is not. With that being said comes the category of “entertainment”. Again this category seems very self explanatory however, I wanted to share a few of my favorite forms of entertainment while flying. The first would be headphones: a necessary carry-on in order to listen to music or watch TV/movies. Secondly, a good read: I am in the process of rereading “The Great Gatsby”. A classic read that, in my opinion, never gets old (have you read my blog title?...haha). Thirdly, my cellphone with a rechargeable battery case: this rechargeable battery case is literally a life saver and is perfect to utilize to recharge your phone since there are no outlets on the plane. Fourthly, a sleeping mask: in attempts to sleep on the plane, this is surprisingly quite handy...especially when the person sitting next to you refuses to close the window. Fifthly and lastly, a journal: as cliché as it may be, I always journal while I travel. It’s a way to keep track of what you’ve been doing and it’s also nice to have to look back on for memories and answers.
“Beauty” is often times a challenging category for travel. I am usually not one to wear make-up on the airplane but on the rare occasion that I do, I want to be prepared. Even if you choose not to wear make-up while traveling, it is smart to keep a few make-up essentials in your carry-on just in case your luggage gets lost. Water: although this technically is not a ‘beauty item‘ it is crucial to your everyday beauty. Always carry water with you but especially when you are flying; being in such a high altitude is dehydrating and drinking enough water while traveling will keep your skin glowing and your body healthy. Moisturizer: again, flying is dehydrating and keeping a good hand cream and face lotion with you will help your skin stay in tip-top shape. Having good skin goes hand-in-hand with drinking enough water to keep your body hydrated. Make-up wipes: a mini pack of make-up wipes never hurts to have on had. They do not take up a lot of space and they are convent while being on a an over night flight or a flight abroad. Make-up: again, keeping it simple, I bring make-up that highlights my best features. These products include, but are not limited to, concealer/powder (for an even complexion), eye brow pencil (to define the face), eye liner/mascara/eye lash curler (to define the eyes), chap stick/lipstick (to moisturize the lips and give your face some color). Extra make-up products to bring would be bronzer/highlighter/blush combo palette, lipliner, nude eye shadows, and foundation/foundation primer. Perfumes: I bring both a perfume and deodorant just to have to freshen up. Obviously nothing will compare to a shower but a body spray and deodorant with a pleasing sent will make due until you are able to shower again.
The “clothing” category; my favorite. My best advice for clothing to wear/bring in a carry-on while traveling is to keep it comfortable. Whoever said comfort and fashionable do not work together is crazy; I promise you can look good while being practical. Shoes: never, should you ever, wear heels in an airport. I do not care if you have an interview to go to. Rule of thumb? bring city flats and wear those instead because you never know when you are going to have to sprint through the airport. Point being, always wear shoes that you are comfortable enough in to run across the airport in. Layers: my jean jacket is something I typically pair with things on the daily so it works perfectly during travel. Often times while traveling, there are many climate changes so a jean jacket is good to either take off to tie around your waist in the heat or to throw on over your outfit in the cold. Warmth: even if your destination is warm with a 0% chance of wind or snow, bring something to keep you warm just in case. I always throw on a scarf with my outfit because I tend to get very cold on the airplane. Accessories: sunnies and your everyday watch is all you need. Do not go overboard with the accessories while traveling because you will regret it. Airport security is not fun and the less jewelry you have on, the easier it becomes. Bringing sunglasses along is almost common sense but be sure if you decide to wear only 1 item of jewelry, it is a watch. I suggest setting your watch to the time zone that you are traveling to so between your phone and watch, you can keep track of time more efficiently... and it’s kind of fun to know what’s going on in a different time zone.
I hope you found this post helpful... safe travels, readers!
jean jacket: J.Crew
scarf: Charming Charlie's
booties: Urban Outfitters
watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs