I know its been a while since I’ve posted anything, but its been a really busy couple of months, what with the holidays and getting settled into my new job. Anyway, I forgot to share with you guys that I’ve booked a trip back to my beloved second home, the United Kingdom, for two and a half weeks! My dream is to expatriate the the UK entirely, but in the meantime I’m taking baby steps, exploring graduate school options and using the resources at my former university to see if they can help me out any.
I’ve got about two and a half weeks in the UK, though, and not all of its going to be hard work! I’m so excited to revisit some of my favorite sites and people, in addition to hopefully meeting some fantastic new people and seeing some amazing places I haven’t been yet! On this trip I am absolutely determined to do the Harry Potter Studio Tour and see Stonehenge, so prepare yourselves for posts about these two legendary attractions! I’d also like to do a few review posts about places I’ve eaten and visited and the like, so I’ll keep you posted on that.
In the meantime, though, I’m currently knee deep in packing, so I figured I’d write up a quick post to show you guys exactly how I pack! Unfortunately I didn’t think about this before I started packing my primary bag, which in my opinion is a bit boring anyway, so I’m going to do an upgraded-fun version: the carry on. This is only a quick trip, so I’ve invested in a lovely black faux leather day bag from H&M, which you can find on their website HERE. So far it looks great; it closes with a drawstring and a snap, is big enough to hold my laptop and all the other goodies I’ll put inside of it. Added bonus: it doesn’t look like its going to fall apart immediately, which is, of course, probably the most important part.
So what do I keep on me for an overseas flight? First and foremost I bring my laptop, pre-loaded with work I optimistically want to get done during my flight. My laptop is definitely the foundation of the bag and always goes in first, as it’s pretty difficult to squeeze it in there with all my other things in the way.
I sort out my cosmetics or body products into two piles before I go: dry products and liquids. Although I know its best for my skin to go naked during flights (face only, thanks, I’m not the resident inappropriately dressed person sat next to you on the plane), but oftentimes I’ll want to have at least a halfway decent looking face on during my time in the airport and during layovers, so I keep my look super simple and skin refreshing. Currently, I’m going to be using my daily skin-clearing products, which will have their own little bag, then build with a non-comedogenic facial moisturizer, the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (added benefit of being SPF 20!) in Nude, the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in .05, a spot of blush (Covergirl, nothing exciting!), a swipe of the Bareminerals eyeshadow in a light color that suits my skin tone, and the Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara. Nearly all of those products are clickable, so if you want to learn more about a product feel free to click the link and check it out! I’ll write a related post about my airport and in-flight look, so keep an eye out for that!
I like to separate out all my skincare products beforehand, sorting them into wet and dry. In addition to the makeup I have on my face (and extras for pre-landing reapplication!), I also keep makeup removing/skin refreshing wipes, Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Toner, some Q-Tips and cotton balls and a travel size of baby powder, to keep my hair from getting too greasy during my flight. I also keep a little gaggle of bobby pins, a bun shaper (for a quick, sleek look!), a clip, a few hair elastics and a brush in a little bag with me. I never wear perfume on a flight because yuck, no one wants to smell you for that long! But I do always keep some deodorant on me to stay fresh. I also like to keep a toothbrush and toothpaste mini, in addition to a mouthguard because I always fall asleep! Keeping a super-hydrating lip balm on hand is my favorite personal bonus!
I always find flights to be crazy cold, so I like to layer up! In the bottom of my bag I always keep an extra sweater and a pair of super-cozy socks, fluffy or wool. A scarf is imperative, and eye-shades are definitely an added bonus. I dont take a neck pillow with me because I think they’re bulky, dumb and they help me approximately zero with regards to comfort, so that saves me a lot of space and hassle!
The most important part of packing my carry on, though, definitely has to be snacks. As most of you know I’m gluten-free, but I always forget to book my gluten free meal (one day I’ll learn. Maybe). So bringing snacks is crazy important to me. I like to make sure I have enough to keep me going throughout the flight, which honestly means bringing a lot of everything and making sure I have something for breakfast the next morning. I’ve been on a massive dates kick lately, so they’re a new addition to the team. Other things in my little lunch bag include caffeine free/herbal tea, green tea, multivitamins/fish oil to keep up my immune system, melatonin if I need to get adjusted to the timezone and fear I won’t be able to sleep, two Kind granola bars, three Trader Joes Organic String Cheeses, a packet of dates, carrots, two pressed fruit bars, some mints and an empty water bottle. Its mega important to stay hydrated on a flight, so I always bring a big one and top it up just before my flight.
Pro tip: Make sure you always bring your daily medications in your carry on with you; you never know if you’ll lose a bag or get massively delayed, and being without your medication can be a huge pain. I personally also bring my glasses in my carry on, in addition to an empty contacts case, some solution and a spare pack of contacts.
As far as technology goes, I’ve already mentioned my laptop. I also make sure that I bring my charger and adaptor with me, and if I’m going on a really long trip I’ll bring an external hard drive, which can be great for storing TV shows and movies on! I also make sure I bring my phone and headphones, ensuring that my handy dandy Iphone is updated with great new music and some relaxed playlists for the flight. I also remember to bring a charger and a top-up battery stick, when I’ve got one! A recent addition to my technology regimen is my Fitbit Flex, although I’d really, really love a Charge or a One with a cute little carrying case! I find the wristband to be increasingly irritating, so I’d love to have some better way of carrying it around. If you know anything please give a shout in the comments! I’d love to hear tips or your favorite products.
Last but not least I bring my passport, even if its a domestic flight (you never know what could happen!), my flight documents if necessary, and my wallet, equipped with cash card, credit card and backup credit and cash cards, if I’ve got them. Doubling up on your cards can be an absolute lifesaver, so I’d highly recommend it!
So yeah! That’s everything I keep in my bag with me. I might be a bit of an over-packer, but I’m rarely uncomfortable on a flight and always make sure I have my basics down. What’s in your bag? Tell me your personal favorite, cant-fly-without products or items in the comments below!