My travel + carry on essentials
Can I first say how happy I am it’s finally spring? I’m not a fan of traveling (or doing anything really) when the weather is cold, so this means travel season has officially started for me! Today, I’d like to share some of my must-haves that I always carry in my travel/carry on bag:
For travelling I prefer to use a larger canvas bag, especially since it gets stowed under the seat on the airplane – not trying to put my nice leather bag on the floor and getting it kicked! A favorite of mine is this lovely yellow Coach tote I got from the outlets years ago – it holds a ton and is quite sturdy. The color makes it perfect for the spring and summer too!
My iPhone 5s is a must-have, and so is my trusty +Lifeguard portable charger. First, it’s well designed, compact, and pink, so that’s pretty sweet already. It also packs a lot of juice – I can fully charge my phone twice and there’s still power left! It also comes with 2 cables – one for charging the iPhone, and one for charging anything that uses a micro usb, so I can charge my camera too!
My Sony A5000 camera is my new baby and I’m so excited to take photos with her! I used to just use my phone camera, but during our honeymoon in Moorea we noticed that everyone had a camera, and suddenly we felt like total n00bs with our iPhones. I love how compact this camera is, yet it take photos that rival my Canon DSLR. And it’s got a swivel screen for selfies :D
You might remember my makeup bag from my What’s in my bag post, but when I travel, I pack a little extra more. Cleansing wipes are essential for long flights, and if it’s 5+ hours, I’ll even apply a sheet mask afterwards. My favorites are from My Beauty Diary – they’re affordable and they work really well! Finish off with a thick layer of lip balm + some rich hand cream, and I get a mini spa session at 40,000 ft above ground! If I don’t have time for a mask, I’ll keep my skin hydrated with a facial mist. Look for one that contains moisture-binding ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid.
Lastly, you know how cold it can get on the plane, so fuzzy socks are a must have. Even if you’re already wearing shoes with socks, they’re not very comfortable once your feel start bloating from the altitude + air pressure. I also carry a container filled with vitamins and supplements: vitamin c + zinc to boost my immunity, Tylenol for headaches or any discomfort, and melatonin to help me sleep better. If there’s room I’ll also pack a day’s dose of my daily vitamins.
Of course then there’s my wallet, my passport, my boarding pass, but those are boring and duh, of course those are essential. Seriously, writing this post makes me want to travel like right now!