What’s in my carry on?
I love to travel and I am lucky enough to get to do it more than the average person. I am currently in California exploring with my amazing girlfriend and we have 4 months left! I’ve taken some long flights in my day (travelling from the East Coast of Canada to Australia takes at least 26 hours) and have learned along the way some necessary things to make any flight more comfortable
1.A sleep mask, earplugs, and a neck pillow
Or as I like to call them, the trifecta of comfort. For long flights I think the most important thing is to be comfortable and what better way to be comfortable than to be asleep? If you are on a redeye flight, in particular, you are going to want to sleep as much as possible. Some airlines will provide these comforts for you, but I recommend you invest in better quality that you can always take with you. This way if you’re flying with a budget airline you aren’t stuck without them if the airline doesn’t provide them.
This is a new investment and I am IN LOVE. I recently got this travel wallet from the accessory store Bizuo before leaving for California. The tropical print makes me want to hop on a plane for somewhere sunny. Inside there are 4 labelled dividers to keep your travel essentials organized. There is even a special spot for your boarding pass and for your passport to keep them handy.
Both airport and airplane food are ridiculously overpriced. I recommend bringing your own snacks with you but make sure you check ahead of time to see if the country you are travelling to has any restrictions in place. This is especially handy if you have any dietary restrictions!
4.Change of clothes
My luggage has never been lost (knock on wood) but just in case I keep a spare change of clothes in my carry on. I have a fear of getting to where I am going, having no luggage, and having nothing to wear. It is also great for if you spill something on yourself or if you are hot/cold in transit!
5.A new playlist or podcast
I love a good podcast. I am currently obsessed with Sickboy Podcast. They are 3 hilarious Hali based guys breaking down the social stigma of illness and disease. If music is more your thing I recommend a Spotify free trial! When I was flying for almost 30 hours this free trial saved my life. It allows you to download music (songs, albums, premade playlists you name it) and listen to it offline, so it is perfect for when you are in the air.
Obviously needed to listen to your podcast or Spotify, but also important if you want to watch an in-flight entertainment system. I like noise cancelling headphones just in case your neighbours aren’t super quiet.
Documenting your travels is a great way to pass the time and to remember what happened on your trip! Keep a notebook and pen on you to share your thoughts, feelings and any fun stories that you want to remember after.