Carry On Luggage
Here's my packing checklist of must-have items in your carry on lugguge. It's full of beauty and health items to remember on your next vacation or business trip.
I'm a bargain hunter just like you (and all the other women on the planet). I normally shop at the popular discount stores looking for a deal, but not on my luggage. I decided to splurge for my last set of luggage. I got a very light weight Delsey brand in a gorgeous a lime green. Very Cool! I picked that color so I can spot my luggage anywhere! I absolutely love them and found it was money well spend!
When shopping....the higher quality luggage is made from fabric and materials that can take the hussel and bussel of traveling. Plus, quality luggage pieces have more storage compartments and partitions to keep your items organized and easily accessible.
My advice . . spend the extra money on a quality carry on luggage. It's an investment you will appreciate over many years.
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If you can only bring one thing on the plane, make it a bottle of drinking water. I know they serve water on planes, but it rarely comes often enough, and it's usually in a small cup.
Bring a liter of water or more after you've gone thru security. As well as being hydrated during the flight, in a pinch, you can also use it for in-seat freshening-up. Very important when you travel by plane.
Don't forget wet-wipes in your carry on luggage. They're great for a quick face-wash. They're great for germ control in a questionable ladies bathroom. You can remove newsprint and cashew oil and salt from hands very easily. They're quite refreshing and provide a quick, easy pick-me-up on long journeys.
Nowadays, they come in anti-bacterial and travel versions, so if those don't irritate your skin, you can also have a little more germ-control than otherwise. I like the Splash 'n Go! Alcohol Free Hand and Face Wipes by Kleenex. They are relatively inexpensive and smell nice.
Reading Material in My Carry On Luggage
You never know with air travel these days, when a flight may delayed. Quite often it's weather in another part of the country, or the usual mechanical failure, so reading material is a must.
I usually take reading material that I just haven't been able to get around to reading. Bring along that consumer report you've been meaning to read or catch on the latest Hollywood gossip. Something fun to ready while you wait out that storm or flight delay.
It's always tempting to omit reading material because it's heavy, but I place the importance of a good book right alongside the bottle of water.
What about a Kindle? They're light weight and you can down load over 1000 thousand books....easy to pack!!!!
You can never have enough soft, versatile paper products.
The week before you start your trip, make sure and take your vitamins. Or you can try taking a vitamin product, called Airborne, starting 3 days before your airplane flight.
Air travel in particular makes people sick because on a plane of 300, at least three people are going to have colds or the flu. Besides that, people from different places carry different germs.
Something that doesn't bother me at all may make you sick as a dog. So load up on vitamins, drink lots of water and do all the right things in terms of nutrition and exercise before taking a trip, to maximize your immune system. You want to enjoy your trip!
Moisturizer - "A Mini Spa" in Your Carry On Luggage
A day spent in the forced air of a plane and air conditioning in airports will dry out your skin like two weeks in the desert.
Moisturizer is an absolute must, to be applied before you leave home and every three hours or so afterwards.
To help keep your skin moist bring a small atomizer filled with Evian water. You can use to lightly mist and refresh your skin during the flight.
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Nothing freshens a person up like a good, two-minute tooth-brushing. Buy a travel-sized tube of toothpaste and carry it inside a small zip lock bag in case it opens up during the flight.
You can also try the new Brush-Ups from Crest. They easily stored in a purse or wallet. Carry your toothbrush in a plastic bag too, so that wet bristles don't get the other contents of your bag soggy. (They make special toothbrush-carriers, in case the zip lock toothbrush bag doesn't appeal to you).
Chewing gum or breath mints
For moments when you can't get to the tooth brushing station, gum is the answer. It's also useful for alleviating pressure in the ears, and can be used to sweeten up the occupant of the seat next to yours.
It banishes coffee breath and is useful as an ice-breaker (as in, "Would you like a piece of gum?") When the child behind you starts kicking your seat, gnashing your teeth on a crunchy-coated piece of Dentyne Ice gives you a couple of minutes to think about what you'd like to do next....
Even on short hops, a small snack keeps the energy up. Flying is stressful! Some longer flights now aren't serving more than a small (as in a bag of peanuts) snack. I usually bring salted nuts, in direct contradiction to every in-flight magazine's advice to avoid salt on flights. I love nuts...
I also bring dark chocolate, the New Moon 74% dark chocolate by Dagoba, (those lovely polyphenols have antioxidant properties that do something to free radicals that helps prevent cancer)and often, I will pack some fruit.
If you really have your act together before leaving your kitchen, sliced fresh fruit in a Tupperware (with a dash of white wine if you can manage it) can add a feeling of luxury to a coach-class flight.
Eyedrops or contact lens case and saline
For contact wearers, extra saline, a case, and a pair of glasses are important. The dry air of the plane can wreck your contacts and give you bleary, bloodshot eyes.
If you wear contacts you may want to take them out partway through the flight, and put them in again ten minutes before landing.
If you don't wear contacts, eyedrops can moisten your eyes and prevent them from burning.
Put a clean pair of clean socks in your bag. This means that no matter how hot and sweaty (or cold and clammy) your feet get on the plane, you can slip off your shoes. Then put on clean, dry socks. You'll feel relaxed throughout the flight with dry, comfortable feet. A must in your carry on luggage!
Sweater or Light Jacket
At some point during your trip, you're going to get cold. I do find that sitting still reading or trying to take a little nap will bring on a bit of chill. As you board the plane it's sometimes very cool, and the airport will no doubt have the air conditioning going full blast when you arrive!!!
If by some miracle you don't need to wear your sweater, you can roll it up and put it under your neck as a fluffy substitute for the flat airplane seat pillow. So it's always a good idea to include a light weight fleece your carry on luggage.
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