If I had it my way, I would be constantly traveling. ALWAYS. I hate staying in one place for too long, and I love the idea that I could literally go wherever, whenever, as I so please. With that being said, I will soon embark on another adventure very soon. How anti-climactic.
For most of my life, I have not been an avid traveler. My family was not one to hightail it to the riviera every summer, but with age comes independence, and that Independence is leading me to Greece and Italy for a few weeks.
This got me thinking, what the hell do I pack! A carry-on that is bursting with all necessary items, but also compact enough to put on your lap or under the seat is no easy feat. Traveling on a plane for 9+ hours is already brutal enough, so let's not add to the burden of a huge carry-on....unless it's filled with shoes.
Here's what my personal carry-on consists of, and all the tips and tricks to I use to keep it simple, easy and accessible.
To begin, this is my ideal carry-on. Easy back pack to throw over your shoulder or hold in front of you. Added flap helps with some protection...maybe? Personally, it just gives me peace of mind that there's an extra little flap there. Also, it's black faux leather. Easy to pair, clean and throw around without worrying about damaging or ruining it.
This face mask is everything. It's perfect for when your flying economy (which I totally am) next to the crying baby in the back. It helps to make you feel a little more *LuxE*and that you totally can, and will, survive the next few hours. This little face mask helps to prevent all of the dehydration and swelling that comes from salty airline food, altitude, lack of fresh air.... you get the drift. It's super cute, super inexpensive, and makes your face even cuter when you land than when you boarded. Win!
Now are these socks for warmth? Maybe. Comfort? Sure... Luxuriousness... Um? K. These socks are for major swelling. I don't know about you, but when I get to certain altitude for a certain amount of time, my beautiful little ankles swell to the size of baby grapefruits. #notcute. But these little cuties are there to help me out. They are great to put on when you board the plane, not before, and help reduce the swelling and overall circulation of your feet. They're perfect for long plane rides, and give yourself the security of knowing your pretty little ankles will remain the same as when you boarded.
No, not wine spritzer, but that's not a bad addition either. I'm talking a facial spritzer! While this can be a rosewater sitch, or even a rosehips option, this little evian bottle is cost-effective and great for making you feel refreshed. I personally don't love spraying anything on my face while feeling oily and gross after a long flight, but spraying this on the back of the neck is great for a little refresher.
K. This is the most #basic item, but probably my favorite. This lip balm is everything and anything. The tint it gives the lips after it's worn off, the softness it provides, the nourishing benefits all wrapped into this little tube of awesome is more than enough to make me never want to use anything else ever again. And, pretty much, I never do. This is a great finishing touch, to a hopefully peaceful journey, is the cherry on top. It's a little pick-me up after a long flight, and helps to draw attention to your supple lips as opposed to the bags under your eyes 😉. It's super easy, super fun and super cute. Like... #super
While my carry-on may be filled with more than enough items to drone on about, (or shoes?) these items are my tops and all I need. Hope you enjoyed my little rant and learned some tips or tricks along the way.