travel essentials | leaving on a jet plane

travel essentials plane

Since we are currently on our way to Rome, I wanted to post a few of my travel must-haves.

1. My hair is always a mess on flights. My bangs get greasy and everything else turns into static. Hair ties are a must — especially comfortable ones like these.
2. Because of a travel neck pillow I bought a few years ago, I can now sleep on any type of aircraft. It doesn’t matter if the seats are uncomfortable (they always are since I’m short), something about a pillow cradling my sore neck makes me fall asleep. It’s ah-mazing.
3. I have regular head phones but I want these so badly. They’re more expensive but would be completely worth it. On more than one flight, we’ve experienced a baby crying for hours. Plus theses look comfortable.
4. I use my Longchamp bag as a carry-on because I can fit everything in it. Sure, it would be better with a few more zippers and inside compartments, but it works for now.
5. The skin around my eyes becomes very dry and puffy on flights. I apply a little Clinique All About Eyes and it works like a charm.
6. It’s smart to tuck away some makeup removing wipes in your carry-on. Waking up to caked on and crusty makeup is never fun. These wipes are gentle and will help control oil, too.
7. I always try and find a big bottle of Smartwater past security because I drink A LOT on flights. The flight attendants come around quite often on International flights, but having your own water never hurts.
8. I love using a passport holder because I don’t want prying eyes looking at my most prized possession. I also use the holder to stash away my boarding passes and luggage receipts, and a holder makes my passport easier to find in my large purse.
9. Brandon bought me a Kindle Fire for my birthday this year and I cannot live without it. Our iPad is fast and nice to use, but it’s a little too large for me. Maybe it’s because I have no upper body strength, but every time I use it in bed or on a plane, I feel it getting heavier and heavier. I could try resting it on something, but I prefer to hold it near my face (because I’m blind).

What are your travel essentials?


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  • Amy

    Great travel list, totally agree about the longchamp bag – it folds up and can carry anything and everything!


    Leopard and Lillies

  • Sam

    Loving the Longchamp bag. I’ve never heard of them before. I can’t have enought bags/totes!

  • Sarah Frills4Thrills

    Loving all of your choices, lady! Now if only we were taking another trip this summer! : ( Have an amazing time in Rome, but do I really even need to say that?! Can’t wait to see pics!

  • Claudia at Lashes and Beard

    Great selection! I, too, take a neck pillow wherever I go.

    Nominated you for a Liebster Award. Enjoy!

  • alex

    These are travel essentials indeed!

  • Megan C. Stroup

    I know this is a fairly old post, but I always enjoy seeing what fellow travelbugs absolutely must pack on their adventures. I would definitely agree with the Kindle – as much as I feel like I’m “cheating” on books, it’s so convenient!! As for staticky hair, I prefer a side braid to keep mine under control. :)

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  • andika421

    My flight essentials: my Kindle, a lip balm, water, music in my ear, socks, and a big scarf I can use as a blanket. Also some snacks. I love eating on flights. Constantly.