10 Travel Essentials - What You Didn't Think Of To Pack
Lately I've been reading a lot of carry-on and travel essential articles and as we know it really depends on where you are jetting off to and for how long as to what to pack. almost every trip I tend to mix up my list, as i'm constantly trying to fine-tune and streamline being up in the air a lot. Listed below are ten items I have come to never leave home without (besides the obvious electronics, nuts and water) and items i've found to be of great value no matter the destination.
I like to smell and feel fresh on an airplane during and before landing, although the opposite of a Vogue page perfume sample. Pick up an atomizer, I have this one from Sephora that goes for $16, and fill with whatever you like whether it's a face mist or your favorite scent. it's very small, size of a lipstick tube and fills directly from your perfume bottles or you can pour into the bottom. I enjoy a soothing scent with essential oils or an all natural rose water facial mist. Let's face it you don't want to disturb your neighbor, so make sure it smells refreshing. Click on photo for details.
It's definitely a treat when an airline gives complimentary washcloths or little towelettes on occasion. If I'm up in the air these Herban Essential Towlettes come in handy and smell absolutely delicious. You can use them on your face as well, I find them great for sensitive skin as they contain only pure essential oils. I enjoy the Lavender on flights because it's calming, and the Eucalyptus gives you a little pick me up before landing or if you are feeling jet-lagged. there are a million ways to use these, I even clean my pups eyes with them! Click on the photo for details.
3. Nike Flyknits
i always see travel socks on the list, but personally it grosses me out when people take their shoes off on flights, Anyone else? what if Nike came out with shoes that feel exactly like socks! Brilliant. Check out the Nike Flyknits, they are so unbelievably lightweight and pack well (easily foldable), and you can wear with or without socks, they are that soft. I love the black because they style up with a blazer and you can always hit the ground running wherever you are in the world. Trust me, you will not regret getting these, just do it. Here I am just after a run on the beach in Anguilla.
4. Travel Wallet
It wasn't until my last trip to Europe that I decided it was time to invest in one of these so-called travel wallets. When I hear the word 'travel wallet' I always think of fanny packs and canvas, it makes me squirm. In Europe I had so many different currencies since we were traveling through numerous countries and really needed one spot to separate them all, which my husband conveniently had packed. Also many always forget a pen, so this is a great spot to throw in one alongside your passport. I prefer the zipper long style. This one from Longchamp is quality, classic, and inconspicuous.
Of course on a flight I always bring my toothbrush and try to get to the restroom before landing, although sometimes it just doesn't happen due to the lineup or rush to get to your connecting flight. These single-use mini toothbrushes can be quickly used on a flight and it's not so awkward as they resemble a toothpick. These pocket-sized guys have a bead of toothpaste on the baby bristles and a soft pick on the other end. Grab at your grocery.
6. A Classic Blazer
When traveling I prefer to look polished but also feel comfortable. A classic black or navy blazer always does the trick, as it can be paired with jeans and a tee or suit attire if you are traveling on business. Plus once you arrive to your destination a blazer goes with anything from day to night. Try and choose a wrinkle-free and/or stretch fabric for maximum comfort like this one by Michael Kors. it has a bit of spandex in it. I like a one-button or no button blazer as you definitely do not want it too tight across the waistline.
7. Travel Tote
I typically carry an extra tote as I tend to come back with more than I left with, We are all guilty! Especially living on an island now, I feel deprived and get frenzied when traveling. My favorite tote is a Longchamp Le Pliage, as they are foldable and quality. I typically carry it as a purse with my electronics and stick a Baggu tote inside. These Baggu totes are fabulous for a beach bag if you are heading to the tropics or as a general carry-all. The price tag is only $9 for the standard. I just adore the designs and they squish into the tiny bag they arrive in, so easily packable. How cute are these elephants!
8. Business Cards + Holder
How many times do you meet someone on an airplane? many do not like socializing and throw on headphones upon boarding which is me a lot of the times, although if I'm especially lucky enough to fly business or first class I'm more likely to converse because I don't feel too close for comfort. you never know who you will sit next to and you want them to remember you. The last time I ordered my business cards from Moo Cards, I also threw in this Hermès-orange business card holder by Italian designer Giorgio Fedon. it keeps them from getting bent and it's easy to find in my bag, très chic!
9. Padded Eye Mask
This is not your regular, cheaply made eye mask that you see on the market. These raised eye masks make such a difference comfort wise, you would not know unless someone (like me!) told you to give it a whirl. I like this soft and velour one by Lewis and Clarke, it's adjustable and doesn't smash your lashes or give you a headache. I also hear the Dream Essentials is a top pick and blocks light nicely.
If you do not have time to put together a first aid kit (depending on where you are traveling) always get an RX for the antibiotic cipro or ciprofloxacin. in fact on a recent visit to dominica, i got food poisoning and we were set to do an 8 mile hike the next morning. cipro saved me, as i was able to complete the hike, it killed the bacteria quickly. sure i didn't feel my best but it could've been much worse, so i don't leave on a trip without it! talk to your doctor first.
Are any of the above a must-pack on your list? let me know what you think of my list below in the comment section.