So, my life is a constant whirlwind of change. Which is great, I think the Lord knows I don’t do well without lots going on in my life. (currently a full-time student, full-time wife, full-time employee, and over-time blogger) I think I am going to write a post on peace because I’ll be honest with you, I am in a really great place despite the crazy schedule.
ANYWAY…my crazy life is not what this post about. So here’s where I segway back to what I this post is supposed to be about. One of these life-changes I have had lately (see, here’s where I was supposed to go when I brought up change) is I got a new job. One I wasn’t really looking for haha. With this new job, I get to travel…a lot. I just got back from Bozman and Big Sky, Montana; which I think I will also do a post about.
Needless to say, I am becoming a travel aficionado so I thought that I would share some travel info with you all.
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1. If You Can, Choose A Backpack As Your Personal Item
Essential numero uno. My last few trips I have gone with a backpack instead of a purse, and it is a game changer! (If you know you are going to want a purse when you get to your destination, just pack it in your suitcase). It’s so great to have my hands free and not worry about a purse strap falling off my shoulder. I can also store those items I don’t want to potentially be stolen, deep down inside. There are plenty of pockets to keep everything organized, and my laptop has a secure place to travel in. A backpack also gives you plenty of room to keep all the things you will need on the plane ride.
#sorrynotsorry but there is nothing more annoying than when people are trying to get items out of their carry-on while the plane is boarding. All that does is cause a traffic jam. I am guilty of this too, but I have been shown a new way.
Now, I personally travel with the Lululemon Traveling Yogini Rucksack, but they are no longer sold and SUPER expensive on eBay (like $200! Sometimes I am tempted to sell mine…). But this backpack would be a great traveling backpack.
2. You Need To Bring An Insulated Water Bottle
This mirrors the advice that I gave in my Belize Post, but it’s seriously so important. I will openly admit that I was unaware that you could bring a water bottle on the plane. You can NOT bring a water bottle that contains water in it; you CAN bring an empty water bottle past security. So to avoid paying like $12 for a water that would cost you $2 outside the airport, bring an empty water bottle. Once you’re past security, you can fill ‘er up! Airplane dehydration is no joke, and those puny cups they give do not quench my thirst!
Now I suggest an insulated water bottle because it will keep your water ice cold the whole plane ride. This is my pick; it’s just as good as a Hydro Flask but like half the price. (Score!)
3. Blanket Scarf
So I am ALWAYS hot, except for when I get on an airplane. Then it’s like being in the fridged north! So in the past, I have been stuck in a predicament. I would be freezing on the plane, yet where I was traveling to was going to be hot and humid, with no opportunity for an outfit change.
Enter in the blanket scarf! This thing is like a Swiss Army knife! I can use it as a stylish accessory, ball it up and use it as a pillow, cover my head in a headscarf fashion (it’s an easy and polite way to tell your seat mates “don’t interact with me, I don’t like people”) OR as a blanket! Now, some of you may be thinking “but Melinda, you can ask the flight attendant for a blanket, ” but that tiny, thin thing is never enough. The best part is I just stuff it in my back pack when I get to my destination.
4. You’re Going To Need Some Personal care Items
I can only speak for myself, but man traveling makes me look like a hot mess! That was until I realized the importance of having personal care items handy. Now, remember that everything can only be 3.4oz. Feel free to use whatever you would like, but I am going to list and link what I use.
- Yes To Coconut Wipes I love these for a few reasons. 1, I love the smell of coconut and 2 they have the resealable top. This is a pack of 30, so I keep this in my carry on and just put a few in a baggie in my backpack.
- I LOVE Bliss products, and this body butter smells heavenly and SO moisturizing; which is great because plane air sucks the life out of your skin!
- These disposable toothbrush thingys are THE BEST. They don’t require any water and leave my mouth feeling “so fresh and so clean, clean.”
- Chapstick. Your lips will love you for bringing this along.
- A roller ball of your favorite perfume, so you can freshen up a bit.
5. Snacks, Entertainment, and Chargers
I load up my bag with snacks now! Always check the TSA website for the most up-to-date restrictions, but bringing these along is a life saver. (well for me). Granola bars, fruit snacks, maybe some candy! I suggest choosing some semi-nutritious and filling snacks, you could be up there for a while and plane food is not always the best.
You will want to bring along 1 or more of the following
- headphones (planes have some rather annoying noises going on)
- kindle or book
- coloring book
- cross-work puzzles
- finger puppets…..it doesn’t matter, you just need something to keep you entertained.
Unless you are like me and can fall asleep just about anywhere.
And you will need to make sure to bring the appropriate chargers in your backpack. Most planes now come with either a wall plug or USB port. So bring along a block and charging cords in your backpack. No one wants their device to die on them mid flight!
I hope this was helpful!