What to look when buying one: Large opening, easy to find things, pockets for organizing things, fits under plane seat, easy to carry on shoulder. Get leather. If you can’t find an affordable leather bag, get a canvas tote, it will outlast any fake leather one (while you save for the leather one). 2. GOOD WALKING SHOES I do travel wearing high heels every now and then. And every now and then they get me in trouble. Like this week, I twisted my ankle trekking to get my luggage. I don’t wear tennis shoes, at least not often, sneakers never, but loafers are great for traveling. Good leather boots are my favorites for winter. For summer: nice sandals, maybe even flip flops, just make it nice ones. My flip flops: Børn® Signature Crown Series Sandals Børn is one of my favorite shoe brands, because comfort is important in my book. And Børn shoes just happen to be much more stylish than many other comfortable shoes. Check out Børn sandals at Amazon, great selection with sale prices. What to look when buying: Remember to get shoes that are easy to take off, you will have to take your shoes off at the security check at the airport. 3. BOOKS My life is busy, traveling makes it busier. But instead of working through each flight, I read books when I travel – and this way travel time has become luxury time for me, I don’t have enough time to read books in my normal work week. My books: Malcolm Gladwell and Nicholas Sparks keep me entertained. What to look when buying: If you have a Kindle or any other reading device, that’s great – you don’t have to carry as many books with you. But me – I keep buying paperbacks. I like that I can write notes on the business books I read. 4. LAPTOP No explanation needed. My laptop: Apple MacBook What to look when buying: Can you work with it? If you need programs that don’t run with Mac, get a PC. Weight matters when you travel a lot, and you might want to consider one of the small ones, like HP Mini. Additional: Laptop is for work and for pleasure. Remember to have your headphones, and download a movie or two for your flight. 5. SMART PHONE From checking emails to taking photos, navigating from airport to hotel to finding the best sushi bar close by. From listening to music, playing games to checking my flight info. Even more valuable when you travel. My phone: iPhone
What to look when buying: Remember to check the data plan costs so they don’t come as a surprise. Get a phone that works for you – also for your fingers! Try the buttons and the touch screen before committing buying. And it’s not just the phone that makes it smart – it’s the applications. 6. APPS Your phone is as good as the applications. From flight info to restaurant reviews, for locating closest Starbucks to broadcasting your travel story – smart phone applications give you that. My app: Whrrl I Whrrl and let my family and friends know where I am and to share my experience and recommendations – and to hook up with friends close by. Make sure to use Whrrl when you travel and become a member of Skimbaco Lifestyle Society. 7. SNACKS Carry a snack or two with you. With flight delays, bad airport food (or just simply full restaurants or not enough time on your layover), and to keep you going. Great options; dried fruit & nuts, snack bars and high protein snacks. My snack: Zone Perfect Bars, I like the Fudge Graham.
What to look when buying: Avoid high sugar snacks, they will just make you crash later, and don’t really give you long lasting energy. 8. WATER Don’t buy this ahead of the time – you can not get through airport security carrying a water bottle. But buy a bottle before getting your flight and keep drinking it throughout the flight. The airplane’s dry air and pressurised cabins during flight cause the body to lose water (also: don’t drink alcohol during your flight, it dehydrates you even more). Sure, you can get water during the flight too, but carrying your own is still recommended, you will need much more than just one or two cups on long flights. My water: Whatever I can buy before boarding. 9. SCARF I love scarfs, and they are great for traveling. Large scarf makes any outfit more stylish, keeps you warm during the flight or even covers your hair if your destination is rainy. My scarf: Coach silk scarf 10. MAGAZINES Sometimes you are just too tired to read a book – magazine or two are a must for ling flights. Save money and subscribe several at home, and save the issues for travel reading. My magazines: Vogue, Coastal Living, ELLE Decor
11. MINTS I never travel without mints, not just they are great for your breath, but also great for easing out the feeling of pressure in your ears during take off and landing. Also, I have found out that strong mints like Altoids keep you awake! My mints: Anything peppermint, or Liquorice Altoids.
What to look when buying: Gum is also a good option, I just prefer mints! 12. TOOTHBRUSH No, I don’t carry a toothbrush with me anymore on flights. Thanks to Colgate’s Wisp one-use mini toothbrush that comes with toothpaste. My toothbrush: Colgate Wisp
Size of a lipstick – gotta love Wisp! 13. NOTEBOOK I use iPhone notepad for most of my notes, but also like to carry a notebook with me. My notebook: Mulberry Hayden is on my wishlist. I used to work for Mulberry and love their products.
14. EYE CREAM Ok, most people like to carry eye drops for flights, and they are great too. Me – I get dark under eyes so easily, and my skin dries easily too. Good eye cream is a must for flights. My eye cream: Lumene Time Freeze Cooling Eye Stick The Lumene Time Freeze Cooling Eye Stick reduces puffiness and dark circles under eyes, while it combats the signs of aging. It gives a nice cooling feeling and makes my under eyes look and feel better instantly.
15. CONCEALER I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I said the Lumene eye stick is enough for my under eyes after a long day of traveling. No – I need something to cover my dark under eyes. My concealer: CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer gives coverage like CoverGirl and moisture like Olay – I love the mashup products by CoverGirl and Olay, they give coverage yet leaving your skin soft and natural looking.
16. LIP BALM Dry air, long flight – don’t travel without a good lip balm or lip gloss! You will need the moisture. My lip balm: Bigelow
What to look when buying: There are several moisturizing lip glosses and lip sticks in the market too, just carry something to bring moisture to your lips. 17. MAKE UP My must haves: mascara, mineral powder and good lipstick, and then some. But after flight – I need some shimmer and glow to look at least somewhat presentable. My secret weapon: e.l.f. Shimmer Palette
What to look when buying: Remember to get travel sized liquid cosmetic products so you can carry them on board. I like e.l.f. cosmetics for traveling, they are inexpensive and I easily forget something in my hotel. 18. HEADPHONES Music or movies – you will enjoy good headphones during your flight. I have bought enough cheap headphones that I am ready for my upgrade now… Bose headphones are my next travel-related product I’ll add in to my flight bag. My wish list headphones: Bose
What is missing? Share your favorite product you carry for flights! Disclosure: I’ve had a working relationship with some of the brands mentioned here, but no product samples were sent for this post, and these are brands/products I buy regularly (well, I don’t buy Mulberry and Bose “regularly”, just wish I did).
I don’t really travel (at least on airplanes), but these are even just great things to bring with you on any road trip. Thanks for sharing!
I also use CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer, have it on now. When traveling I also pack ear plugs, eye mask and neck pillow for the flight and possibly the hotel depending if you get the room next to the ice machine or not ;)
I love that large tote!
I’m also of the opinion that sneakers are for exercising, as are sweats. When I fly, I like to think about the glamour that flying used to be, like in the 60s with the wild flight attendant outfits, and tend to dress a little better than most passengers. It’s still a special event for me, since I don’t fly much.
Totally going to try that eye stick ASAP…
You covered a lot. What about a neck pillow? I always take mine. For some reason, flying makes me fall asleep and I hate that head bobbing thing I do without a pillow. Water is a must for me too. I personally like a handbag that I can put over my shoulder, across my chest. I feel safer with it that way, plus it’s easier to hold and keeps my hands free.