Packing for your next trip can be stressful, more stressful than we care to admit. During a time that is “supposed” to be full of excitement and anticipation – we have to worry about and plan what is going in that precious carry-on bag. If you are someone like me, you take it as a personal challenge to never check a bag. I know it sounds a bit sadistic, especially for a woman, but my impatience and slight control-freak nature dictates that I avoid the situation at all costs. In addition to the new charges for checking a bag, I don’t like worrying about waiting for my bags, losing a bag (I would seriously cry), or carting around more luggage than I weigh. Not fun! All things considered, I have become a pro at packing (the key is multi-function items).
These five items will make your flight more comfortable and enjoyable!
1. Rosebud Salve: It’s been around since 1895, and that is not by accident. This multi-faceted item works as a lip balm, lotion, can soothe a dry nose, and all for under $6. I know some who use it to gloss up their lipstick, moisturize their elbows or their feet, you can even use it for diaper rash! It’s also safe to go through security.
2. Pashmina/Wrap: This is something I rarely leave home without. It works as a make-shift blanket as well as keeps you warm from the chilly airplane air. Upon your arrival, you’ll have an item that can be dressed up or dressed down depending upon the occasion!
3. Socks: If you aren’t already wearing them – bring them with you. I often wear sandals or flats – and regret it the instance I am on the plane with freezing feet. It is amazing how putting on a pair of socks makes you feel just a little bit cozier. It’s the little things that matter when looking for comfort on a flight!
4. Evian Spray: If I could have a nickle for every time I heard a woman say how much she loved this product – well, I’d have a lot of money! A great way to feel more refreshed and help hydrate your skin. Even with the horrid dry air on the plane, this mist will help keep your skin from drying out and becoming oily. It now comes in TSA approved sizes!
5. Medicine: This is a commonly forgotten item. The last thing you want is a gnawing headache, a spasming back muscle, or major nose congestion going on. I suggest bringing a pill box and add some ibuprofin/aspirin/tylenol (your choice), decongestant, benadryl, and any other regular daily meds that you take. There is no need to have the full bottles available at-hand, but put a few of each in a cute pillbox – it could be a life-saver. Make sure to think of you kids too, pack some children’s medicine as well. I picked up really cute pill containers (similar to the picture) from Cost Plus for under $5!
Other important mentionables:
Portable mp3 player or iPod – This should be a given, but having your own music, games, and for some – movies, really helps the time fly. If you invest in a good pair of earphones, it also helps drown out the noise of the jets.
Snacks – Airline food is now non-existent unless you want to pay an arm and a leg. Solve that problem by bringing a care pack of your family’s favorite snack items.
Sunglasses – If you are traveling during the day time, having a pair to wear while flying can help with the glare, as well as provide a bit of darkness should you try to take a nap.
Magazines and books – I am sure another given, but I had to mention it! Don’t go overboard bringing too many, and leave behind the ones you finish. The flight attendants will love you for it!
Are there any items you can’t live without on your travels? Share your favorites and leave a comment below!
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