I’ve been doing a lot of flying lately back and forth between Miami and Mass because of my internship this summer, so I wanted to share with all of you my must haves when spending long days in the airport.
Flying can be such an awful experience if you’re not well prepared. When it comes to flying, I always say: expect the unexpected. Below are my seven must-haves that I always bring with me on any flight. While flying itself my not be the best experience, it is what gets you to all these wonderful destinations. Where are you traveling to this summer? Comment below, I would love to know your favorite travel destinations!
1. The Perfect Travel Ready Carry On Bag
For my carry on bag I use my Henri Bendel backpack. Using a backpack is much easier than using a tote, and this one has so many different pockets to hold important items such as your cell and plane tickets. Plus the color of the Bendel’s backpack is so summery and goes with everything. It’s also great to have on a day during your vacation where you decide to go exploring or shopping. It holds a ton and it’s fashionable, what more could you want?
For my form of entertainment I bring along my Kindle Fire from Amazon. It’s small and portable and only $50! While the Kindle is known for holding books, it also has an AppStore for your favorite apps like Netflix and Facebook, a newsstand for electronic magazines and newspapers, and if you have Amazon Prime you can access your account and use Amazon Prime Video to watch your favorite movies and shoes. On top of that the battery lasts super long, and it’s a great tablet to read on the beach. It seriously has everything and for $50 it’s worth the buy.
3. A Notebook and Pen
A small notebook and pen are necessary for flying. You’ll never know when you need to jot down some important information, or for bloggers like me, you never know when your next post is going to pop into your head! I carry around this small Kate Spade notebook that my bestie got me when I started my blog. It’s the perfect size and beyond cute.
4. Hand Cream and Lip Balm
Hands and lips can easily get dry with all of that cold dry air blowing on you in flight. I always keep hand cream and lip balm on me when flying so that I can apply it whenever it’s needed. My favorite hand cream to use is this one from The Body Shop. It absorbs right into my skin and doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy, which is a big plus. And as an added bonus, if you don’t have a ton of room in your carry on for the full size, they have a mini! As far as lip balm is concerned, I’m easy. I don’t like flavored lip balms so I always go for the Burts Bees original lip balm.
5. A Change of Clothes
I always bring an extra sweater or sweatshirt and pair of leggings in case something happens. For starters, it is always cold on the plane, so even if you’re jetting to the tropics, you’re going to want a sweater or sweatshirt for the plane ride. Something as simple as this cardigan from Forever 21 will do you wonders, I promise. Also, unfortunately theres always the chance of a flight being delayed, or even worse, cancelled. I’ve had my fair share of delayed flights where an hour layover turns into a ten hour layover. In that case, you’re going to want to have a fresh change of clothes. It’s rare that it happens, but it does happen.
6. Necessary Medicines
Make sure that you pack a tiny emergency kit for the plane with medicine. I pack ibuprofen and eye drops with the rest of my hygeine items. Long flights usually give me headaches and the air can sometimes dry out my eyes causing them to burn and itch. You want to try and make an uncomfortable situation as comfortable as you can, and to do that you need to be ready for anything.
7. Hygiene Items
So besides the medicine, I pack a few hygeine items to freshen up if need be. On this list is the following:
- Travel toothbrush and toothpaste
- A pack of gum
- Small travel perfume
- Dry Shampoo
- Face wipes
- Eye brightener
- Face cream
- Face powder
- Make-up brush
- Hair ties
Obviously for short, quick flights not all of these items are necessary, but for those long, many hour flights, you’ll want these. Make sure all of these items are under 3.4 ounces though, otherwise you’ll get them taken at security.