Keep Calm and Carry On

So I've found myself in airports at lot lately, a few times for work, but also for personal reasons which inspired me to write this post.

I am by no means a travel expert, but I have gained some experience in the last couple years/months giving me a pretty good idea of what to, and what not to bring in your carry on.

Since my SO was recently transferred to the states for work I have been traveling more regularly to visit him and will be heading there this weekend so I figured why not post about packing while I am packing. My roommate is also in a long distance relationship (as in across the continent long distance) and has become a bit of a travel guru herself so I picked her brain as well to come up with the below must have list.

First things first, you'll need the perfect bag. Both of us have lulu bags, mine is a tote (similar here) and hers is a back pack and there are benefits to both, so really this item is completely dependent on what you like best.

1. Reading Material

If your like me, you can't go anywhere long distance without a book, or five. But I wouldn't recommend bringing all five along in your carry on. Instead invest in an e-reader if you can, they are great for travel and you can download as many books as you want. I have a kobo and I love how light and easy to pack it is.

2. Face and hand lotion

Because it is dry AF and having a good hand/face lotion helps you to feel fresh after a longer flight. Avoid overly scented products as well since your in pretty close quarters with your neighbors and you wouldn't want to irritate them. 

3. Lip Chap

Same reason as #2, it's dry AF and nothing is worse than chapped lips. Plus if your like us and you're are travelling to see your SO, they will likely appreciate your hydrated luscious lips in comparison to the nasty dry alternative.

4. Gum or mints

Handy for a few reasons. The first, and most obvious reason is the whole ear popping sensation that comes with flying - gum significantly helps with that, don't ask me why. Just chew it.

The second and probably most important, because your breath will smell rank, and, for the very same reason as #3, you'll also want fresh breath.

And lastly, you can thank my roommate for this one, gum/mints help curb cravings, especially on long flights when you feel like the lining of your stomach is slowly deteriorating from hunger. Which brings me to my next item...

5. Snacks

In my humble opinion you can never have enough snacks. Trail mix is a good go to, as well as granola bars and the odd sweet treat. Anything that isn't too loud, messy, or smelly and that has some healthy components to it (the last thing you want is to arrive bloated, feeling hardly as attractive as you felt a few hours ago).  

6. Deodorant

For obvious reasons.

7. Noise Cancellation Headphones

Because, as much as you might love babies - which I do, love babies - on a long flight they become tiny terrors in just minutes and cancellation headphones can help correct the pure hatred you might (will) feel deep down inside towards them.

8. Face wipes

For before you go to sleep and after you wake up. Particularly nice to have on longer flights when you want to freshen up and apply a bit of makeup before landing. 

9. Makeup

I don't recommend wearing a lot of makeup on a flight, since it will clog your pores and probably not last nearly as long as you'd like it to but here are my must haves.

9. Water bottle

I am sure you are all aware of the outrageous cost of water in airports. So avoid those extra fees and bring your own re-fill-able water bottle!

10. Passport/wallet

I feel like I shouldn't have to include the very obvious items like your wallet and passport, but I am going to mention them here just in case your having a particularly forgetful day. Personally I am not immune to such days. Just watch, my next post will be titled "how not To forget your passport for an international flight".

Safe Travels! xx