Travel Essentials | Carry On Edition

Posted on: October 14, 2013

Thanks for the kind words, friends! A much needed low key weekend with movies in bed, mugs of pumpkin spice coffee, and of course a bit of football was a great cure to a not-so-perfect week. I know some of you were having a few bad days too, so I hope your weekend was relaxing and your week is off to a good start. :)

I’ve been packing for my trip back to the States, and I keep thinking about some of the things that I just can’t live without, some tips and tricks I’ve learned while traveling through multiple timezones, and a few things I’m wishing I were packing in my carry on. Want to see?

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1 | Travel Wallet – I am in love with this wallet but sadly, this exact version is nowhere to be found. (Similar ones can be found here and here). I think the best kind are the ones that fully flip open so you can easily find your passport, credit/debit cards, and is long enough for your boarding passes. Win, win, win!

2 | Face Wipes – I love to keep a travel pack of these handy not only to freshen up after a long flight, but can double for hand wipes or spills.

3 | Dry Shampoo - this travel size version is great to give a bit of new life to jet-setter hair

4 | Cozy Cardigan – I love a cardigan that is comfortable, can easily layer for changing temps and if you are trying to sleep, you can curl into a cocoon and you have a built in blanket.

5 | Ear Buds – I’m too cheap to pay for the $5 airplane headphones, so some cute ones like these are a perfect alternative

6 | Vitamins - This is my go-to jet lag cure… Emergen-C, Berocca or just plain old daily vitamins always seem to get help me get over the fuzziness of the timezones…

7 | Bounce Protein Balls – these little gems of goodness are small, but pack a big protein punch when your airline decides to serve fish stew (I kid you not, that really happened). I love Coconut/Macadamia Nut or the Almond versions. Oh and they kind of taste like cookie dough, but with all natural ingredients and 12 grams of protein per ball, it’s a great boost when you are on the go.

8 | Clear Cosmetic Bag – many of these are TSA approved so you aren’t sifting through your liquids while standing in the security line

9 | Comfy Flats – in the UK and many European cities, if you are wearing flats, you don’t have to remove them through security. Traveling in the States, at least they are easy to slip on and off – no matter where I am flying, flats are definitely my favorite.

10 | Earphone Splitter - many times Tyler and I like to watch shows or movies on the ipad or computer together, and this splitter makes it so much easier than sharing a pair of headphones. It also means we actually can move our heads without the fear of pulling out the other persons headphones (what can I say? I’m fidgety!)

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