Carry On Essentials

Carry On Essentials

Tote:

I’ve been eyeing the OG Bag by Lo & Sons.  It’s the perfect woman’s carry on.  There’s hidden pockets everywhere, which will satisfy any organized nut on the go.  There’s a slot for a 13″ laptop, front pockets, and even side pockets. But here’s why it’s really the perfect travel tote – there’s an adjustable sleeve at the back that allows you to attach it to your suitcase’s handle.  Bye bye bag falling off my suitcase and dumping on the floor.

It’s slightly pricy at nearly $300, but I may just treat myself to it, and double it as a gym bag (when I finally get my butt going there again!)

Entertainment:

Airlines are getting stingy.  I can’t tell you the last time there was a movie on during flight, or when the stewardess gave me a free set of headphones.  Delta charges $16 for a 24 hour wifi pass.  So on a 6 hour flight, you’ve got to entertain yourself.  Especially if you can’t take a siesta on a plane (like me).

I always bring a notebook when travelling.  Travel time can be productive brainstorming sessions or just time to get organized.  I find myself making to do lists, to buy lists, and blog post idea lists.  Ummm… so am I type A??

Headphones are mandatory.  I rarely listen to music on flight.  So why do I need headphones?

  1. In case that stingy airline decides to play a free movie
  2. To make it clear to the Chatty Cathy sitting next to me that I’m not interested in engaging in 5 hours of dialect
  3. To reduce the noise of crying babies around me

My iPad is also an essential.  I always purchase an ebook before the flight and download it to my kindle app while I’m still connected to wifi.  Airlines recently changed their policies which allow you to keep the ipad on from take-off to touch-down (provided it’s on airplane mode).  Hello uninterrupted reading… bye bye bulky book. Just finished The Girl on the Train on a flight back from Florida. i highly reccommend it.

So Fresh So Clean:

I don’t know what it is,  but flying makes me feel dirty and dried out.  I have a compulsive need to wash my face.  Meanwhile my face feels tighter than an unopened jar of artichokes. (Did that even make sense?! Totally not Simon Cowell with the analogies).

I’m pretty sure I’m getting ripped off here, but I need my Evian Mineral Water Spray.  A quick mist rehydrates skin and/or refreshes makeup. I just paid $7.50 for 1.5oz of water, so I’ve convinced myself it’s just as powerful as a face shower.  I’d also like to point out that over 10,000 people have given this a Sephora like, so I’m not that crazy.

If you’re really having the urge to wash your face, try a cleansing wipe.  One of my favorites is Simple.  I also use these to wipe down areas around me like my tray table and arm rest.

Hand cream – does that need to be explained?

Germs are rampant on flights.  You’ve got sick people flying (why can’t they just stay home), tiny dirty bathrooms, and sneezing culprits. Use Purel as a precautionary measure so you’re not arriving to paradise with the flu.

There – now you can travel in style, entertain yourself for hours, and ward off dirt and germs making flying more appealing.

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