I find myself with some extra time in my travel prep this morning, so here’s a bonus travel post to start your afternoon. I’ve previously written extensive rules for traveling which you can see here. Today’s list: airplane essentials!
Item #1: Appropriate moisturizers for skin and mouth. You dry out like a prune on trans-Atlantic flights and I mean to look glowy when I land. I can’t afford the fancy stuff, but Neutrogena works okay for me.
Item #2: Sanitizer. I prefer the variety than I can spray, and this one is non-toxic if I accidentally drink it. That’s unlikely to happen, but you never know. Anyway, planes are notorious for germs and I refuse to spend my vacation laid up at Jenny’s apartment.
Item #3: Playlist designed especially for this trip- “Germany-Wanderlust.” I started off choosing dreamy, broody songs and then I started picking Britney Spears songs. It should be an interesting listen. Important for blocking out sounds of unruly children and loud talkers. Not pictured: headphones! Essential!
Item # 4: Snacks! I don’t trust airline food, so it’s always good to have a plan B on a long flight. I actually have a stash of Luna bars for this reason, but these cookies photograph better.
Item #5: Trashy reading for take off and landing. I always go for Entertainment Weekly for this purpose. Not pictured: iPad loaded with entertaining yet easy books: Insurgent by Veronica Roth and the latest Cassandra Clare entry in her Shadowhunter series.
Item #6: Gum! Good for popping your ears if that is a problem for you and also good to freshen your breath before landing if you don’t have a toothbrush handy. Don’t worry, Mom, I will only chew it long enough to serve its purpose and then I will spit it out. I will not look like a cow chewing cud like you warned me I might.
Item #7: Podcasts for times when the playlist doesn’t cut it and I feel like getting educated. I like This American Life, Stuff You Missed in History Class, RadioLab, and a few others. I also downloaded some specific to Germany and German history.
Other items not pictured:
– Cardigan sweater: the plane will eventually be cold and I will be ready for it. Doubles as a blanket in a pinch.
– Airbourne chewable supplements. More germ combat.
– Medications. Just because they lose your bags doesn’t mean you can’t keep your body heathy. Ditto extra underwear.
– Hair holders. For when I inevitably give up on looking cute.
– Make up. For when I decide I do want to be cute.
– Glasses. For when my contacts give up on everything.
That’s just about it for the carry on list. Other suggestions in comments?