My family is spread out all over the country, so I travel quite a few times during the year to visit them. Some are a quick 1 1/2 hour flight away, while others are a whole 10 hour day of driving, layovers, and plane changes! From carry-on bags to packing, here a few tips to make your next trip more enjoyable
Photo of the Turks and Caicos Islands
First, I like to take a big purse as my personal item so that I can stuff all that I need in it. I get super dehydrated on flights so I always pack my empty 32oz water bottle and then fill it at the airport after I get through security. And, try to avoid buying any drinks until you get through security
This is my must have packing list for flights:
- snacks (nuts, dried fruit, Kind bars)
- water bottle
- ipad loaded with digital books and magazines (get them free from your local library)
- charging cell for ipad & phone
- light sweater
- large scarf (doubles as a blanket on chilly flights)
- hand cream
- antibacterial hand wipes (because sometimes that tray table has someone’s snack still on it)
- lip balm
I’m sure you can come up with your essentials, and it’s helpful to make a list when packing. We have some great things here at PB&J Boutique to make your traveling more comfortable! Our Library of Flowers hand lotions smell delicious and are great to travel with. Bonus they are under the 3.4oz limit so you can put them in your carry-on.
Mini Punk Bag (sold out) Similar, Silver Coin Bracelet, The Forest Handcreme, Tool Pouch, Ada Sweater, Gold Speckled Scarf, Persian Zip Pouch, Lavender Ranch Hand Sanitizer, Sampler Tin by Library of Flowers, Elodie Ipad Case, Frankie Mint Sunnies
Depending on the length of stay, I usually try to pack a carry-on. This saves time on waiting at baggage claim and you know you will always get your luggage. A carry-on plus rolling your clothes can last quite a few days. Which brings me to another tip – try to roll your clothing! Not only does it help with wrinkles but it saves space too! Room for one more pair of shoes! ; ) I always try to plan out my outfits so I am not over packing.
When packing a carry on, you need to be mindful of your liquids. This is a problem for a product junkie like me. Here is where that subscription to Birchbox comes in handy. I have a ton of sample size shampoos, conditioners, bb creams, lotions and perfumes. I like to save up my sample size products for trips and then throw them in that quart sized zip lock baggie. It’s a fun way to discover new products. Stores like Sephora will give you a sample size of anything you might want to try in store. I like to reuse those little cups they use to fill with my eye cream, serum, or foundation. For a 4 day trip, you only need a little bit of product so don’t waste precious space with full size bottles. Remember 3.4oz or less, and 1 quart sized clear bag per person! Sometimes I just can’t fit it all in one so I put the extras in my husband’s quart sized bag. : )
I hope these tips help you on your next trip!