I’ve never been gung ho about travel. Maybe it’s the number of hours that intrinsically goes into travel, or the privacy that TSA is so eager to violate, or the screaming child that, does indeed, plan to kick the back of your chair all the way across the Atlantic, or that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you hit a pocket of turbulance. Call me crazy; I don’t quite care for any of it.
So, when I’m traveling, I like to make sure I not only have all the comforts of home that I can comfortably slam in my bag but all of the unnecessary essentials in between. Because there are only so many mini bottles of booze you can fit into that Ziploc bag.
I prefer a structured bag with a zipper closure that doubles as a work bag once you’ve reached your destination. The structure is great for organization so you’re not rummaging around a hobo bag for your ID & the zipper ensures protection for airport thieves or your younger brother who’s looking for your headphones. Nice try, sucker.
I’ve always been an ear bud type of gal but since the introduction of gold headwear, I’m a convert. Sporting large headphones is also the most polite way possible to let strangers know that you’d prefer not to engage in conversation with them about their 16 hour journey from Minneapolis. Love you, mean it.
When I sit on a plane I always feel like I’m wasting time. Luckily, airplane helpers & the law have caught up with technology so bring a little work & don’t be afraid to make the best use of your time.
You know how cold it can get on flights. You also know how questionable those cardboard “blankets” are.
One time I checked my jewelry in a suitcase that was lost for a week. The panic attack that ensued took a solid 10 years off my life. Not because the suitcase was lost but because my grandma would have killed me if she knew the necklace she got me when I was 16 was nearly lost for all eternity. Pack your sparkles in a jewelry roll, tuck in securely in your carry on & never look back.
Whether you check your bag or carry it on, this is another carry on essential. Imagine the worst case scenario: Unnamed airline loses your checked bag for the two days you’re on the ground & you’ve packed your makeup bag in your suitcase. You must 1. borrow makeup from a female coworker, spend money you wouldn’t otherwise spend on cheap drugstore makeup to get you through the week, 3. go “fresh faced”. Well, fella, joke’s on you: You’re the only female traveling so you’re fresh out of luck, the only available drugstore shades of concealer are albino & midnight, & “fresh faced” isn’t so dewy & glowy when you subtract bb cream & highlighter from the equation. So do yourself a favor & pack a little safety kit.
After travel of any kind, the last thing I want to do is walk into my hotel room that smells like the family of 8 that checked out that morning. Archipelago has created the perfect travel sized solution for this pesky problem.
For you or that quirky stranger that smells like salami. This bad boy is a staple throughout your trip.
Whether you’ve spilled salad dressing all over yourself or you just need a quick swipe of freshness, keep a travel sized pack of wipes on hand for any occasion. It also doesn’t hurt to carry travel-sized deod with you as you never know who you’ll meet or what kind of surprises your boss has in store for you post flight.
That book you’ve been neglecting & opting for your Twitter feed instead? You’ve got hours of uninterrupted phone free time. Crack that sucker.
A few more travel tips from my Economy class middle seat to yours:
If you’re hopping off the plane & heading straight to business functions, wear your suit on the plane. Your suit will be wrinkle free & your counterparts won’t be waiting 20 minutes for you to change in the airport bathroom. That look’s not cute on anyone.
Carry. Your. Bag. On. The. Plane. But my suitcase is too big to fix luxuriously in the overhead compartment. Then go to TJMaxx & invest in a smaller one. The assurance that your things are with you at all times & not being the team member who everyone has to wait 30 extra minutes for at baggage claim is entirely worth it. We’re not even going to delve into the
probability possibility that the airline could lose your luggage.
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