Travel is exciting but can be stressful all at the same time. My biggest trick for making the best of my trip is being organized and planned. Anyone who’s traveled knows the second something doesn’t go as planned all hell can break loose and long flights and airport are draining and expensive. Packing my carry on is one of the first things I focus on, especially on a long flight. Bringing everything you need (and more) can ensure you’re staying healthy during your travels, not spending unnecessary money, and feeling relaxed
I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to books. I typically have 2-3 books sitting on my bedside table and never travel without one. You’ll hear people complaining that they never have time to read. Sitting in an airplane you have no excuses, it’s also a great form of entertainment if you’re tired of watching a movie. You’re in a (semi) quiet environment and your distractions are limited. I’ve traveled with both books and e-readers. Although I prefer having a hardcover book in my hand, e-readers are easier to travel with as they are light and you can load several books as opposed to lugging around 2-3 bulky books. I use a Kobo e-reader. If you prefer audio, audiobooks are another great option. Traveling, usually means you get to be in ‘vacation mode’ and for me learning comes easier when I’m not distracted.
This trips books:
If you’ve traveled, you know that airport food is expensive, especially if you’re looking for something healthy to eat. Travel is also very hard on your body, it leaves your body extremely dehydrated (we’ll get into that later) and sitting in a tight, enclosed cabin space with hundreds of people doesn’t leave your body too happy. Jet lag also has a big impact on the way we feel – eating sugary, sodium filled snacks on an airplane will increase your body’s dehydration, which can later impact the way you feel when you land. Once you’re in an airplane, the worst part is you’re stuck with the food choices you have so it’s better to plan ahead and be smart. You’ll also save a tonne of money.
Here are some of the snacks I like to keep on hand:
- Lara Bars (or any other protein bar filled with good ingredients)
- Roasted chickpeas – you can find a big bag of The Good Bean at Costco
- Fruits & veggies
- Nuts like almonds and walnuts (be cautious of someone who might have an allergy around you)
- Coconut chips – my favourite ones are Buddha Brands
- Sandwiches or wraps
- Dry oatmeal
- Homemade trail mix
- Kale chips
This one is pretty self-explanatory but it’s one of those items that can easily be missed when packing. Add it to your checklist! I use my Apple Headphones but plan on getting a wireless, sound blocking pair soon.
Back to dehydration, when sitting in an airplane cabin you are in a climate controlled environment where the oxygen is reduced and humidity is as low as 10-15% (3x drier than the Sahara desert). When traveling you want to ensure you have a water bottle on you at all times and make an effort to drink more throughout the day and in your flight. I love my new BKR 1L bottle. Women can close up to 1.6 litres of water in a 10-hour flight. Dehydration can cause:
- Worse jet lag
- Dry skin
- Muscle cramps
- Low blood pressure
- Decrease in mood, attention,
DoTERRA Essential oils have changed the game for me and I have a few favourites I love to travel with:
- Peppermint: to clear any headaches, upset stomaches, and to wake me up
- Lavender: helps me relax during the flight and when traveling
- ZenGest: a miracle worker when you’re traveling somewhere where the food isn’t familiar – this oil is like a natural Pepto Bismo
- OnGuard: to keep my immune system healthy and kill the germs in the plane
I don’t know about you but flying can leave my skin feeling really gross – from being in an enclosed space with germs and people, to eating not so healthy food I try to keep my face clean as much as I can. Toner is a quick substitute for cleansing, especially when traveling. You can mist face between cleansing and moisturizing instead of carrying around all of your products. The Bergamot Rose Toner by Wildcraft found at the Truth Beauty Company is my go-to as it’s handmade locally in Toronto and works wonder on my face.
As mentioned in my previous blog, I discovered Liquid I.V., an electrolyte drink mix that utilizes the science of Cellular Transport Technology (CTT)™ to deliver hydration to your bloodstream faster and more efficiently than water alone and hydrates your body 2-3x more than water alone. This is a perfect way to get hydrated without having to drink 2-3x more water. When flying, coffee, alcohol, and soda are ESPECIALLY dehydrating to the body yet many of us choose these drinks. This quick stick packs are delicious, refreshing, and easy to keep with you to add to your water bottle while traveling or flying.
One of the easiest things to carry! Having tea on hand, I can ask for hot water and enjoy different blends. Typically, flights only have Orange Pekoe (caffeinated) available from a store brand company that isn’t my favourite or healthiest. I like to carry a few different kinds in my bag for sleeping, digestion, and a caffeine kick. Pukka teas are my go-to.
Bad lighting can impact the quality of sleep you get on a plane. Carrying an eye mask can be useful to block out your neighbours annoying light or someone who might have their window open when you want to be getting a good nights sleep.
Comment if you have any other carry on faves I missed!