Basically everything I can shove in a carry on.
Disclaimer – I am not a great packer. In fact, I am a chronic over-packer, shoving everything and anything into my suitcase with the age old excuse – you never know! What if we go out to five nice dinners or rock climbing, I definitely need options – multiple pairs of sneakers, loafers, and nearly identical dresses tend to magically duplicate and mysteriously find their way into my luggage. (This is of course to great dismay to my husband who could easily pack for a week in a backpack). However, there is one small area of travel packing where I believe my maximalist tendencies come in handy – and that is the carry on! Need something to settle your stomach – I have it; hand sanitizer – check; feeling cold – blanket scarf to the rescue. Thus, in light of my recent plane travels and my penchant for being prepared for anything and everything while away from home, I wanted to share my top picks for taking with you on the road. Travel can be stressful, but knowing that I have these particular items on hand calms me down and makes my final destination feel a bit more home away from home. Two hour flight delay, sitting on the tarmac for hours – no problem, you’ve got this!
- The bag – first things first, we need something reliable, sturdy, and hopefully chic enough to store all of our goods. Andrew gave me this one last year and I absolutely love it. It stores a surprising amount, has stood the test of time without even a mark, and works just as well as a carry on as it does for a weekend away. Bonus – you can monogram it! Classic and functional – this is certainly my top pick. 🙂
- Headphones – my number one essential – block out all the annoying screaming, conversations, errant sounds, and you will immediately feel more zen. I tend to go for either a comforting playlist for sleep or tune into one of my favorite podcasts. (Make sure you have all of yours downloaded pre-takeoff). I travel with two pairs – these have fabulous sound quality and are perfect while in the air. These are essential for once you reach your destination and may want to squeeze in a workout.
- Massive scarf – planes and trains are notoriously challenging temperature wise – one second freezing, the next boiling hot. To survive those times when they turn the cabin into a freezer, I always pack a huge scarf that can double as a blanket or even pillow. Bonus points – pack some socks to slip on, these add a little sense of luxury.
- Aromatherapy – there is nothing worse than weird smells when on the go to ruin your experience. Trying to block out that stinky sandwich scent as you are drifting off? I would advise always having a rollerball fragrance with you. This one is my personal favorite, calming yet strong – roll on pulse points and breathe in.
- Tea – the healing powers of a warming tonic should not be overlooked. I tend to bring a personal stash of my favorite flavors, which instantly relax me no matter where I am and can also soothe an upset tummy.
- Face mask – Planes are notoriously terrible for your skin, the dry air circulating can lead to breakouts, flaky patches, and other frustrating symptoms upon arrival. To mitigate some of these annoying side effects, I like to slather on a hydrating mask that goes on clear.
- Eye Cream – along the same lines as the face mask, our under eyes can start to feel dry, uncomfortable, and puffy. This mask makes a world of a difference.
- Hand Cream – my favorite hands down (haha) is crafted by an apothecary based out of Brooklyn in the bamboo scent. Aromatherapy and hydration in one fell swoop.
- All over balm – perfect for lips, dry cuticles, rashes, you name it. The best all in one that I have tried (plus the packaging is gorgeous).
- Hand sanitizer – this goes without saying but public forms of transportation are breeding grounds for germs. Keep this natural option handy for any time you feel a little grimy
- Herban Essentials wipes – I like to wipe down my seat, tray table, and seat belt first thing. Warning – be prepared to be horrified at the amount of gunk that comes off.
- A few makeup essentials – these are the items I rely on right before touch down to make me feel a little more human: tinted SPF moisturizer, face spray, mascara, concealer, lip tint.
- Clear toiletry case – Chic and TSA friendly – no need to worry about repacking into 1 quart size plastic bags ever again.
- Snacks – saving the most vital essential for last – no one wants to be hangry! I love bringing fresh and washed apples from home, a bag of almonds, and even try to make ahead energy bites and/or some form of dip like hummus.
- Miscellaneous – water bottle!!!, tissues, greens on the go, reading materials, sunglasses, clean underwear, and a t-shirt (trust me I’ve learned the hard way when your luggage gets lost).
I hope this list helps anyone about to jet off for a getaway as I know that the holidays are fast approaching and many of us will be on the go. Let me know in the comments below if you have any travel essentials that you would add.
Have the best day!