Packing for any trip away for me, requires lists and organisation. I have had far too many occasions in forgetting something vital for a trip- you know like a toothbrush or a weeks worth of underwear (yup that happened), so to prevent these disasters from every happening again- I make lists.
For my main luggage I plan outfits that are practical for wherever I’m going. I like my outfits to be effortless, as I want to get up and go, pretty much, so I’d rather not spend precious time tweaking an outfit. I tend to wear trousers, jumspuits and jeans a lot when I’m away- (in Winter trips), and dresses and shorts for Summer. Tights and dresses for a winter trip away is my idea of hell– think how many times you’d be stopping to sort your tights out?! It’s the same when it comes to shoes- I like to be able to walk for a good 3 hours without my feet hurting, so trainers are always a safe bet for me when I’m going to be on my feet all day.
But before you reach your destination, there is a flight involved, and regardless of how many hours I’m going to be on a flight- these are the items that I without fail take with me…
Well this is in my hands the majority of the day anyway, so I’d be pretty silly if I forgot this! I don’t use my phone on the plane, unless I may take a Snapchat before I fly, but it’s just force of habit.
Before flying, I like to download some TV programmes to watch- as I get very fidgety on the plane and need to switch between TV, reading and sleeping. I like to watch funny programmes, so ready for Prague at the end of the month, I’ve got Parks and Recreation and Brookyln Nine Nine already lined up.
Of course, I wouldn’t want to annoy anyone around me when watching said programmes (although I’m pretty sure I annoy people from laughing out loud- sorry!) But I have my headphones even when we are ascending and descending, as I find they help with my ears, and means I can hear when I get off the plane- bliss.
Like I said, I get bored easily on the plane and like to switch things up- so I like to take a couple of magazines and a good book for the journey. And no I don’t mean a Kindle, I mean a good proper book- there’s nothing better than that.
I suffer with dry skin as it is, and the change in climate, weather or anything really- results in my hands in particular, becoming very dry. So to prevent this from happening, I always take my trustworthy Neutrogena Hand Cream with me.
Again, its the same with my lips- something about being in the air makes my lips so dry. I think it also has something to do with me not drinking as much as I usually do, as I really try to refrain from using the plane toilets. A lip balm I trust with my life is the Blistex Intensive Hydrating Lip Balm- I bought this in a rush before a flight, and I’ve never looked back since.
I like to be comfy on the plane, and since I can drop off to sleep literally anywhere! To safe my neck from a lifetime of pain, I invested in a travel cushion- and take this with me regardless of the length of flight.
Speaking of comfort- I hate having my shoes on whilst I’m on the plane, as I said I’m very fidgety and will wriggle in my seat a lot, so shoes just seem to annoy me, especially when I want to sit with my legs crossed. I probably should invest in some flight socks, but instead I opt for nice big fluffy socks.
Although I can drop off anywhere, if I really need a good nap, I will be that diva with an eye mask- sometimes its too damn bright on the plane- so this helps me get off to sleep better.
I always take chewing gum on the plane as it prevents from my ears popping, also I just always have chewing gum throughout the day, so going without it for a few hours feels weird.
I like to keep my money on me, so I know where it is at all time, as well as my cards and will safely secure them in a safe place and check regularly that they are there.
Passport and Other Important Documents
And of course, how are you even going to make it on the plane without your passport and boarding pass? I also- from being an annoying organised person- will have an itinerary with me, including directions, bus routes and times- so I get us to the hotel in one piece.
What are some things you take with you in hand luggage? 🙂