Fashion Travel

Flying Essentials

With another very long flight under my belt I thought it would be best to discuss what saves my sanity in this half-world long hauls that always involve AT LEAST two connections.And when I can help it I never fly with a stupid ziplock baggy. I hate that thing. I hate getting it out and putting it in the bin at security, I hate cramming things into it. I try sticking to these few essentials and just darting to the airport bathroom after getting my luggage when I need to freshen up instead!

I also hate having to cart a super heavy bag around all day so I’ve narrowed my carry-on list down fairly precisely!

Flying Essentials

1. Reading Material- I love my Kindle. Don’t get me wrong, I love the feel of real books but I can guarantee that I don’t run out of reading material without taking up precious room in my carry-on.
2. Scarf- I always get chilly on planes. I’m the passenger that turns the her air vent off and requests extra blankets so I travel with a scarf always. Even in the summer.
3. An extra shirt and pair of underwear- My baggage has never been lost *knock on wood* but I dread the day that it might be. I always fly with spares to get me through the next day, just in case.
4. Water bottle- I am super cheap and airports are really expensive. I’ve found that you can fly with a water bottle. AS LONG AS IT’S EMPTY. And you take it out of your bag and put it next to your shoes/jacket in the bin when going through security. Then fill it up at a water fountain once you’re on the other side!
5. Snacks- Ditto, still cheap. But man do I love snacking while traveling. The purple skittles bags are my favourite candies on the planet.
6. Gum-  Because I don’t bring a ziplock with toiletries I bring gum to “freshen up” in the morning, before going through immigration and getting to pick up my luggage. Once I get my luggage I immediately brush my teeth.
7. Phone and earbuds- Pretty self-explanatory. 
8. Journal and pen- I am queen of the “To Do” List and that doesn’t change mid-flight. Actually, I’ve gotten lots of writing done on planes, including some decent poetry.
9. Face cloths- I hate the way skin feels midhaul on international flights. I like to cleanse it off before trying to get some rest and when the plane lands.  
10. Tangle Teezer- It’s the only brush I use. When I’m at someone else’s home and I borrow a regular brush all I feel is pain and cry “What kind of torture is this?!?!” Seriously, this will change your life.
11. Burt’s Bees- I swear that I get the worst chapped lips while flying. And I am freakishly brand loyal to Burt’s Bees.

What do you all always travel with?

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  • kathy @ vodka and soda

    i lost my luggage once when i was 7 months pregnant so now, i always pack an extra set of clothes in my carry-on!

    i always carry moisturizer with me; the air on the plane dries out my skin!

  • Dee

    I was planning to blog about this too! Maybe one of these days. I love your list. Kindle and scarf is on mine too. And now I want that brush! Must find in Sg.

  • lost in travels

    looove that you have skittles, i always need SOME sort of junk food on a flight! and i try not to go on a trip without my kindle!

  • Kyla Smits

    I love using the water bottle trick!

  • Laura H

    Same as you: Kindle, phone, earbuds, gum, and germX is a must. I usually have a cardigan because I need more warmth than a scarf. I travel with all my facial lotions because I don’t want to lose them. They are my splurge. I especially like Rhonda Allison’s Drops of Essence to rehydrate my face. Thanks to your list, at the end of the month when I fly to Cali I will be packing a water bottle and facial wipes. PS: I hate the plastic baggie too!

  • I have a Kobo. Love it! It’s so light! I can’t travel without that. Same with the phone and earbuds. I can’t go a day without listening to music. Plus, I’m cheap too. I’m not going to pay for their expensive headphones on the flight to watch the in-flight movie.

  • Sarah Elizabeth

    Lovely post!
    I cannot fly without my ipod! It makes time go much faster πŸ™‚

  • Amy @ The Tide That Left

    We have a lot of flight essentials in common. Burt’s Bees (in Red Dahlia), face wipes, mints, tangle teezer, Kindle, and Dr. Hauschka Rosemary Arm and Leg toner to freshen up with. I always take a full make up bag though – I can’t get off the plane without a full face ;/

  • i always travel with skittles! so funny! always travel with a couple trashy mags to keep me occupied and my makeup!

  • Haley

    My kindle is definitely #1! I love it but if you’re bringing it don’t forget the charger!!! My biggest pet peeve is having hundreds of books trapped inside a dead kindle! But you basicaly covered all of the important stuff- right down to a good lip balm.

  • Samantha Curtis

    I am a snacker too! Except I always have to brin like 5 different snacks with me because I get bored with only having 1 thing!

    ♥ Samantha

  • Megan C. Stroup

    Your Kindle comments = dead-on. That’s exactly how I feel. And I also always have a water bottle and a scarf. I love those huge infinity scarves because they really are the size of a blanket! I did a similar post to this when I was a traveling consultant last year, so I always love hearing what other travelers consider to be necessities. πŸ™‚

  • Fran

    great post! I always pack extra undies, I’ve never lost my luggage either but I can’t imagine being without a change of clothes haha