I love traveling, as you can probably tell if you read this blog. I have always loved going to explore new cities and countries, ever since I was young. This past Winter I was lucky enough to go to Thailand to visit my sister who has been living there for almost a year now. My next trip will be to Europe this May with my mum and dad. Then at the end of the year, before Christmas, Dave and I will be heading back to Ireland and London to see his family and mine. I cannot wait for all the adventures I have planned this year.
Since I find myself on a plane, quite a bit, I think I have mastered the carry on necessities. I do not travel with only a carry on, unless it is for a short trip (I am not my father who prides himself on packing as little as possible.) I like to carry either a large tote bag (that zips) or a backpack on board with me. I find this way I can carry all my go-to things and still store it under the seat in front of me. My sister gave me a Fjall Raven Kanken backpack for my birthday and it is the perfect bag to carry on the plane with you. It's also super cute so that adds to the fun of packing it.
I am a firm believer that you need to still look cute/presentable on a plane even if you are traveling for 8+ hours. I know that planes are uncomfortable, either too hot or too cold, and overall gross but that doesn't mean you need to look like a mess once you disembark from the plane. I usually follow a similar outfit for every flight I go on. Wear a jacket, comfy and warm sweater and some sort of comfortable but still cute pants, and sneakers (you never know when you will have to run to catch a flight.) I already have my outfit all picked out: leather jacket, pullover black simple sweater, grey t-shirt, slouchy forest green joggers and white sneakers. This way if it is too hot I can take off a few layers and if I spill it won't show (you just never know!) The pants I lean towards are either joggers or leggings because you are going to want to nap at some point on the plane and you don't want to be restricted in jeans.
As for the carry-on bag. I always carry my laptop and have lots of tv, movies and music downloaded so I am constantly amused on the plane. I do not sleep well on flights so more often than not I find myself binge watching a TV series or a couple movies. I also pack a book and magazine because when you can't use your electronics you need to still be amused. Plus it's nice to bring a book on holiday anyways. I also always carry a water bottle but I usually buy a second bottle in the airport when it is a long haul flight. You do not want to get more dehydrated than the plane is already going to make you. I also pack small cosmetics, like a good hand and face moisturizer, face wipes (to wash your face mid-flight), a small toothbrush and toothpaste and even a sheet mask if you don't embarrass easily. It's also important to bring lip chap and gloss and maybe even a hand sanitizer, because as I said earlier planes are dirty. I also pack snacks of some sort because I am always hungry and sometimes (most of the time) the food on the plane sucks. So pack some fresh fruit, nuts, granola bars and maybe a treat too to keep you going until you arrive at your destination.