‘Tis the season to travel! My family, along with millions of others, will travel for the holidays this season, spending hours in airports dreaming of our destination and wishing we could be there in a snap of our fingers. Thank goodness I’ve never been stranded overnight but here are a few favorite packing tips that saved me when stuck in a plane with no snacks or beverages remaining, or during a long layover. I can’t stop the weather or mechanical delays from happening, but I can be prepared.
For me, long travel days call for smart solutions to entertainment, so in the tote bag: a back-up battery charger, electronic reader, iPhone, magazines, computer and a journal. Also on the list are several pairs of ear-buds as I’ve lost them more than once while changing planes. If you are traveling with small children, pack a backpack for each including games that travel well.
For holiday travel I include all my basics but add a pillowcase (you never know where you may have to lay your head). I also take an eye mask to shut out light, face wipes, moisturizer, lip balm, comb, toothbrush, small travel toothpaste and to keep it all nicely organized and in place I found an amazing a tote organizer at Overstock.com.
For holiday travel I include all my basics but add a pillowcase (you never know where you may have to lay your head). I also take an eye mask to shut out light, face wipes, moisturizer, lip balm, comb, toothbrush/toothpaste and to just keep it all nicely in place, I found an amazing a tote organizer at Overstock.com.
For the day of travel, I wear a comfortable outfit, mostly black. I bring two lightweight sweaters in neutral color, one with a hood to keep my head warm. In my carry-on tote I nest my other handbags, and pack my sunglasses, neck pillow, warm wool scarf, reading material, snacks, moisturizing skin care and lip balm. I bring an assortment of organic nuts, protein bars, tea in individual packets, tissues, sanitizing wipes, mints and gum. It’s a priority for me to buy water in the gift shop to take on the plane, to stay hydrated.
My trick for identifying any luggage quickly is to put a colorful fur key chain on all carryon, and then match with brightly colored tape on the handles of checked luggage. Color-coding keeps it simple for me. I also use bright colors to differentiate my wallet, passport, keychain and cosmetic bag, from my usual neutral scheme, as it is easier to find in my tote bag overall using bright colors. These are a few of my favorite travel organizational things, and when traveling goes well, the holiday is off to a great start. Wishing you and yours very safe travels this season!