Most of my friends and family have, at one point, made the assumption I overpacked for my vacations. That is, until they took a trip with me or dropped me off at the airport and realized that was far from being the case. I love traveling light! Especially when I started traveling alone and had to carry everything myself. I'm usually good with carry-on luggage and a big purse to put under my seat. So what I wanted to share are the essentials I carry in my bag to get me through a flight, happily and comfortably.
|Bag / Headphones / iPad mini cover / Portable charger / Socks / Notebook / Camera|
Longchamp bag | I've had this bag (the large and small version) for a very long time and either one or both of them have accompanied me on most of my trips. This is the purse I use 99% of the time on the plane and I can't recommend it enough. It's cute and functional.
iPad + Book | I love reading on the plane! There's absolutely no distractions and on a flight from NJ to Cali, for example, I usually read two books (that's just one way). So I make sure to come prepared with my iPad mini and depending on my TBR, at least one actual book as well.
Notebook & Pen | I can't guarantee that I'll actually use the notebook I bring with me but I feel like I always need one in case I have notes/ideas and my phone dies.
Noise canceling headphones | It took me a while to finally take the plunge and buy these and it was absolutely worth it. Plus it gives off an obvious "please leave me alone" vibe.
Camera | As much as I love taking pictures on my iPhone, I still bring my Instax Neo with me on trips. But now that I have a Sony A6000 mirrorless camera, I'll be bringing this instead.
Make-up + toiletries | I always put my makeup in my purse vs. my luggage. It's just easier to reach for a quick touch-up on the plane or at the airport. Same goes for toiletries like lotion, facial mist, lip balm, etc.
Socks | Sometimes it's nice to slip off your flats and change into some comfy socks for a long flight.
Portable charger | The last thing I need is my phone dying on me when I need to text someone.
Pillow | It's weird because I can fall asleep on the bus, no problems whatsoever. On a plane? Not so much but.. a pillow helps.
Snack | I usually bring candy or a small bag of cookies when I inevitably crave something sweet.
What are your travel essentials?