Monday, February 9, 2015

What's in My Carry-on Bag?? // Long Haul Trips

Traveling anywhere can always take a bit of planning and organizing to be successful, however taking a long haul trip can be that much more stressful. What is a long haul?? I would say anything over 4-5 hours, especially internationally. In my experience, living in the western hemisphere, heading east toward Europe is usually a red eye flight, so bringing items to entertain myself as well as help me sleep are imperative. In my years of travel I have done alot of trial and error that has helped me to organize what I feel is the best collaboration of items for my carry-on.

So first I want to start with choosing the perfect bag. I tend to use a small to medium sized book-bag and honestly that is the only thing I travel with. No purse, no larger shoulder bag. There is nothing worse than having a lay over for several hours and having to tote around a few massive bags, it's just not worth it in my experience. This floral print bag was a gift from my graduate school roommate two years ago, and ironically it was her Christmas present as well that year from my family. Great minds think alike!!

Inside I carry my passport holder/wallet since that is an essential. I purchased this one from Vera Bradley several years ago. I'm not sure if they even sell this model anymore but I love it and get so much use out of it. I also make sure that I have my lap top fully charged with downloaded movies and shows just in case there is nothing crazy interesting on the plane. I love my Vera Bradley laptop case for travel and even though this particular one is out of print, they still have so many others that are fantastic quality. I make sure I pack a neck pillow, eye mask, and ear buds for sleeping in the wee hours of the night. I've found that this trio makes it the perfect combination for getting a few Zzzz's on a long haul flight.

I try to make sure I pack a book that I am reading at the time of my travels. The one that I picked for this trip is by Lara Casey entitled Make it Happen: Surrender your fear. Take the leap. Live on Purpose and I am super excited to get into it. This book is not just a pleasure read, but an interactive experience with real dialogue between you and the author. I also like to have a notebook with all of my important contact info written in it as well as having a place to journal thoughts as I'm traveling. Snack bars round off this part of my carry-on to help with any travel moments when I don't have easy access to food. This trip I've chosen Cliff bars as they are an incredible source of energy while being super tasty!

Now moving into the more beauty items area of my carry-on, these are all real simple, easy to use items that get me through multiple days on a plane. The long haul flight that I am taking to Uganda takes about two days to complete so having some items to freshen up with is so incredibly helpful during the trip. I love to travel with baby wipes which are a great way to wipe and clear your face to keep you feeling fresh. I also like to keep a travel sized version of bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser in my mini makeup bag to wash my face. Being on a plane with very dry air for hours at a time can make your skin start to feel pretty gross so this is perfect to clean up your face. To help keep the moisture in my skin from all of the dry air, I also make sure I have a small lotion, such as this body balm from Perlier. Round that all off with some Burts Bees lip balm to help your lips stay nice and moisturized. And lastly a toothbrush and tooth paste is a much needed essential to keep your mouth super fresh for those few days.

Long haul travel can be exhausting but if you pack all of the necessities then you will be set for an easy and comfortable flight. Stayed tuned throughout this week as I will be adding to #packingweek with all of the items I'm bringing on my upcoming trip. What are some of your carry-on essentials when you fly??



  1. Eeek your back pack is so cute. I love to bring snacks & granola bars as well because I tend to get hungry quickly. Have a great week!

    :] // ▲ ▲

    1. Thanks so much! It's one of my most favorite bags and it seriously fits everything. Have an amazing week too!!


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