Travelling is an art form in itself, and it can take a lot of experience to perfect. I think I'm quite lucky in the fact that I love travelling - especially by air - and I think that I've finally nailed the perfect carry on to keep me going for longer flights.
One of the most important things for me is having the perfect carry on bag to keep all of the important bits close by, and I think I've found the one in the form of the Chesire Street Large Backpack from Radley. Not only is the gorgeous coral colour a bit more exciting for my holidays, it's also packed full of pockets with plenty of space for my in flight essentials.
Having your passport and travel documents to hand is a bit of a no-brainer, right? Up until I read this post about what's in Lynsay's hand luggage I didn't even think to invest in a cute little pouch to keep everything in once place, which has quickly been rectified. Previously, I used a travel wallet similar to this one, but it wasn't quite wide or secure enough to store to bulk of my important pieces which left me rummaging through seas of sheets of paper to find things! Now there's no more hunting and I can grab things with ease, ideal for when an unexpected extra passport check pops up.
In terms of tech, I always have my phone, iPod and my camera to hand as well as a little portable charger in case of any unexpected battery deaths. If it's going to be a long trip I tend to stick my phone charger in my carry on, alongside an adapter for foreign sockets, so that I can make the most of any available charging points if need be.
Something I learned the hard way on my way back from New York was that you should definitely check everything works and is charged up before you fly. Case and point, me hunting the shops in Toronto Airport for a cheap pair of headphones to help me through the impending 8 hour journey ahead after my headphones had mysteriously decided to cut out overnight!
I've come to realise that my skin really does not like flying and that wearing make up on a flight is just a bad idea altogether, unless I fancy dealing with an angry breakout to start my trip off! I don't mind going out bare-faced, especially if it's early, but I do tend to pop a pair of sunglasses in my bag to shield the inevitable under-eye bags and tired eyes when I land.
When travelling, the air conditioning can play havoc with my skin, so to combat that I like to keep a couple of moisturisers on hand. The aforementioned breakouts have led me to carry a moisturiser that specifically targets blemishes, such as the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, in order to keep my skin in check. I'm also prone to overdoing it with the anti-bacterial hand sanitizer when travelling so a hand cream such as Soap & Glory Hand Food is a must have.
I have a really bad habit of not staying hydrated when I travel as I tend to lose track of time and forget to drink lots of water. The first place it shows for me is my lips, so as well as a bottle of water I like to keep a lip balm (with SPF) on hand to try and prevent sore, cracked lips as much as possible.
There's nothing like starting your holiday off with a spot of sunburn, yeah? Ha. I tend to use moisturisers with a bit of protection most days, but keeping an extra dose of sun cream on hand can never hurt. It comes in useful for unexpectedly sunny days, both at home and abroad!
My attention span can leave a lot to be desired at times, even more so when I'm buzzing with excitement about my impending adventures, so I need a bit of a variety to keep me entertained on long journeys. I read quite a bit when I'm away so my Kindle is always on hand with lots of new shiny books to get stuck in to, as well as a few magazines for a quick read in the departure lounge. Depending on the flight length I'll sometimes download a couple of films or some episodes of whatever TV show I'm binging at the time on to my iPad, that is if I'm organised enough... I usually forget.
I doubt I'm the only one, but I get goddamn grumpy if I'm not comfortable when I'm travelling. If I'm too cold or too hot or too hungry I'll get fidgety and annoy the poor people around me, so it's really for the best that I keep on top of it for everyone else's sake as well as my own! I'm kind of like a toddler in that respect, oops. Anyway, to try and make it as easy an experience as possible I'll stick to outfits with lots of layers so that I can kind of adjust the temperature, as well as a big cosy scarf to act as a blanket too. I'm the kind of person who takes fluffy socks or slippers to the cinema (I wish I was joking) so it's unlikely to be a surprise that I always take them in my carry on for the flight. Cold toes are just not cool. Pun definitely intended.
It may seem like a lot, but I doubt I'll ever be the kind of girl who can pack light. Luckily, this bag is perfect for fitting it all in. I hate having to rummage around the bottom of my bag looking for my phone or keys, so having all of these separate zipped pockets without compromising on actual space is a dream for me. What's that, you want to see my passport? Let me just grab it out of this SECRET POCKET then.
I'm such a cool person.
The hands-free aspect of a backpack is something that I love, it's so much easier on my shoulders and makes it easier to roll my suitcase, but there are times where I hate having to sling a bag off of my back to be able to get to what I need. Much to my delight, this Radley backpack has carry handles alongside it's adjustable shoulder straps which made it a total lifesaver when I was going through the endless immigration and security checks on my way over to New York.
What do you have to have in your carry on when you're travelling?
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