We know long flights are tiring, being seated in the same place for hours makes your butt protest (and legs, since you can barely stretch them). But we need to make it the best possible. The essentials you can find on my travel tote are items I can’t be without. And things that will keep me entertained and will make the time fly (literally). I always bring to the airplane cabin just a travel tote that I can easily put under the seat. I usually avoid carry-ons, I’m short and thinking about putting and taking the bag from the overhead cabin stresses me out. Sadly, I can’t reach it as easy as I would want to.
Now, let’s start the list!
For traveling I always prefer my computer in a case rather than in a sleeve since at airports they make you put it in a plastic tray to scan. I just want to avoid extra steps to fastening the process, that way I just have take it from my tote instead of also taking it from the sleeve.
Everywhere I go I have this in my tote. Inside I have tissues, a travel toothbrush (that is different from the toothbrush I have in my house, that way I won’t make the mistake to forget it since is always there) a travel size toothpaste, my contraceptive pills, a small mirror, advil, hair ties and booby pins, travel size perfume, travel size cleansing wipes and hand cream.
I love this since it’s always in hand whenever I need and very helpful when you don’t have anywhere to wash your hands or it’s not possible at the moment. Or simply because you need to smell something good because suddenly a bad smell it’s in the air. Because let’s be honest, in a plane full of people that can totally happen. (Let’s not be like my dad and be prepared for those kind of things… he had to buy a perfume because he couldn’t take the smell of the person that was seated right next to him).
4. Phone and external battery:
The external battery it’s really important. Especially if your long flight doesn’t have a layover or typically all the plugs at the airport are already taken for other people. Or there’s just one left and you have to decided which electronic device to charge. Let’s avoid the stressful problems to the minimum.
I’ve been using the same tote for over two years because I simply love it, especially the size. I’m planing to change it because the only problem is it doesn’t have a zipper. It led me to a problem when my phone slipped from the side pocket at the scan at the Miami Airport. Worst experience ever. So if you are looking for one make sure it has secure pockets!
6. Lip Balm:
I sadly can’t live without one. I have dry lips and the feeling of not having them soft is very annoying for me. This is a essential I can’t ever forget.
The best device for flights. I love reading and my iPad has all my favorite books plus a bunch of games I’m obsessed with. Now that you can download movies and series from Netflix this thing has everything I need for a flight.
You will need it to fill the customs form that every country gives. Or just to play sudoku if they give you a newspaper on the plane.
9. Fuzzy Socks:
Normally with the airlines I flight with, give us a blanket and a pillow, but some don’t. And fuzzy socks come in hand when the air conditioner is at it fullest. And honestly, it’s the best to remove your shoes and get the most comfortable you can. And socks do help.
Gum can help with the pressure changes that mess up with your ears. For me that doesn’t work but I like to have some to extend the fresh breath.
Because without this there’s no music or movies. For me the smallest the best, but lately my ears start hurting if I have the headphones for too long. So I’m thinking to try bigger ones.
Honestly… if you forget this item then you are in a lot of trouble. I also add inside some band-aids because you never know when you can need one.
I know this doesn’t go in my tote, but is still a essential. Why planes have to be so crazy cold? I have no idea, but without something to cover yourself will led you to get a cold and that’s no fun when you are going to your destination. Warm and comfortable is the key. I’ve seen girls traveling with jean jackets and I just get cold with just looking at them.