After 80 something flights in 2018 alone, we’ve become somewhat of an expert when it comes to packing our carry-on to make sure that we have everything we need to make sure of our time in the air without being extremely cranky on the other side.
THINGS TO KNOW:
Hate to say it, but where you sit has a huge impact on how your flight goes. We recommend picking a row or window seat, because sitting in the middle seat for a long (or a short flight is not only annoying but very uncomfortable).
PRO-TIP: Start collecting points with the airline that you travel with the most so you can get perks like upgrades. If you don’t travel that often you can either get a credit card that lets you collect points, or do what people did before status was a thing- log in as soon as you can and pick your seat.
Now that we have that part covered, let’s move on to the list of things that make every flight better.
WHAT TO PACK IT ALL IN:
We normally take one or both bags of these with us on the flight, depending on how long of a flight it is.
MADEWELL WEEKENDER BAG
If you’re like us, chances are that you’re obsessed with the Madewell weekender bag, too. Easy to pack, comfortable and stylish- it hits all the marks.
GATTA RAE NOIR CAMERA BAG
This multipurpose bag is the perfect way to house our camera and extra lenses. It looks like a regular purse but the padding keeps our gear safe. The best part is that we can take the camera gear out and use it as an everyday day when needed- thus eliminating the need to pack an extra purse!
Does anyone else remember when these headphones were all the rage and everyone wanted a rose gold one? Yeah, us! And we still love them! They are comfortable, easy to pack, and sound great (and look cute)!
HAPPY PLUGS HEADPHONES
We’ve been using Happy Plugs headphones for 3 years now, and always have an extra pair with us when we travel.
They are pretty much as perfect as headphones can get- they don’t rip, are noise-canceling pack light, and you don’t have to worry about batteries draining.
If you’re like us and can work on long flights then having your laptop on your is a must!
There’s no better time to learn a new skillset then while being stuck on a long flight.
With 30 different languages under its umbrella, and with subscriptions ranging from 3-24 months, chances are that it fits in most budgets and language interests. With a great user interface, the program is really easy to use, and the lessons, challenges, and activities work with a variety of learning behaviors and styles.
The Rosetta Stone app is made for situations like this. Bonus: brush up on your language skills before getting to your destination!
BACKUP BATTERY PACK
Your phone battery never lasts as long as you think it might. Grab a backup charger- just in case the airplane doesn’t have outlets. We travel with 2- just in case.
If your skin reacts to the dry cabin air like ours does- by drying out- then sheet masks are your best friend. We travel with a few just in just. PS: Don’t worry about looking weird on the plane- your moistured skin will thank you when you land.
CAUDALIE BEAUTY ELIXIR
Made with unicorn tears by the hands of angels, this travel-sized bottle is going to be your best friend. A quick spray and your dull skin will come back to life.
CLINIQUE MOISTURE SURGE 72 HOUR
One of the best moisturizers on the market, and perfect for flights. It’s hypoallergenic, and pretty much our go-to moisturizer- esp in cold or dry environments.
We love the smell of everything L’occitane, but everyone has their favorite. Be sure to not bring something that has too strong of a smell.
Your lips will also dry out. Bring something that has a bit of tint so you look fresh getting off the flight.
Something to hold your passport in. And your boarding pass and the parking ticket. That’s what we use ours for.
TED BAKER SMALL WALLET
We recommend a smaller wallet just for your cards and cash. No one needs a huge wallet these days.
Finding the middle ground between comfy and style is key here. There’s nothing worse than wearing super uncomfortable on a long flight.
In the rare event that you do want to take your shoes off, YOU must have socks on because there is nothing grosser than bare feet on a place. TIP: If your feet tend to swell on a really long flight- opt for a pair of compression socks instead.
Doubles as a blanket because airplanes are always colder than necessary. We carry on with at all times and sometimes opt to use our scarf instead of the in-flight blanket.
A great way to pretend to be asleep/wake when you don’t want to take to the person next to you.
You know that person who needs the overhead light on to read? There’s a great chance that they are going to be sitting beside. An eyemask stops you from being cranky the entire flight.
And there you have it- our master list of everything that we carry to make our in-flight experience that much better. Travel is hard already, there’s no reason to make it harder on yourself by not being prepared.