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This past year has been full of travel. I’ve traveled a lot for work and for fun. From Maine to Colorado to Niagara Falls and now, our European honeymoon. It been a great year!
All of these trips have helped me figure out exactly what I need in my carry on during a long haul flight, or any flight really. Having these travel essentials on hand makes it easy to feel comfortable, no matter where I am.
- A comfortable and easy to carry bag:
I used to be one of those people who tried to use a cute tote bag as a carry on. After this year, I have officially resigned to using a backpack. It’s easy to carry, holds a lot and works really well if you’re sight seeing and want to free up your hands. I invested in a Le Sport Sac backpack because they’re lightweight and washable. Now I can put my bag under the seat in front of me without worrying about what was on the floor before my bag.
- Hand sanitizer/Wet wipes
I don’t leave home without hand sanitizer in my purse and I probably use it 2-5 times prior to taking off. Airplanes have lots of dirty surfaces and you simply can’t avoid touching some of them. Most people touch their nose, eyes or mouth without even realizing it so clean hands are essential to staying healthy while traveling. Is hand sanitizer the magic cure? No. Hot water and soap always win but it’s great in a pinch.
What health/wellness blogger leaves home without snacks? My go to snacks are Larabars or nuts.
- Digestive Enzymes/Probiotics
Traveling is the easiest way to upset the delicate balance in your digestive tract. Bringing along digestive enzymes + probiotics makes it easier for your body to handle the variations from your normal routine. Plus, a healthy digestive tract can prevent you from getting sick while traveling.
- Nasal saline
Saline is my savior while traveling. My nose tends to get dry on airplanes and a dry nose is a breeding ground for bacteria. Simply put, when your nasal passages and sinus cavities are lubricated, it makes it harder for bacteria/viruses to find their way into your body. When my nose feels dry, I use a little bit of saline to moisturize my nasal passages.
6. Chapstick and Moisturizer
In addition to drying out my nose, airplanes make my lips and hands feel super dry too. I like to keep chapstick and lotion nearby for that reason.
Other important things:
- Hair clip or hair tie
- Empty water bottle
- A place to jot down notes and a pen
- Reading material (usually my iPad/kindle)
Your turn: what is the one thing you can’t travel without? Am I missing anything in my carry-on?