This week, my family embarked on a trip to the Philippines. That means amazing food, the beach, and nearly twenty-four hours of traveling. 🙈
One thing I’ve learned from allll this traveling is: you will lose your sanity. Without a properly packed carry-on, of course :)
Today I’ll walk you through my favorite in-flight and vacation essentials that will make traveling just a little bit easier. Enjoy!
We all understand the gross way you feel (and look, tbh), as you step off a plane. Your skin is oily, your hair’s a mess, your clothes are wrinkly, and jetlag is messing you up big-time.
I swear by my Clean & Clear face wash. It’s simple and it’s easy. But often it’s just another thing to find a travel-safe container for. That’s why I love their cleansing cream! The one I linked to is the regular size but you can find an airplane-size in the toiletry section at Meijer.
If you’re not familiar with these types of products, you just wet your face and spread on the cleansing cream. You give it a few seconds to do its thing, then wash it off. Quickly, so I don’t spend five minutes talking about clean skin, here’s what I love about this:
Security Safe: It's available in a travel size container. It’s also a cream and has a tight cap, so you don’t have to worry about it spilling as much as you would with a liquid. Deep-Cleaning: This works very well. My skin always feels clean afterward and I notice that when I use it, it does great things for acne. Minty Fresh: This has a minty scent, which always wakes me up in the mornings! It’s great for traveling as it perks your face up a little bit.
Travel Hack: Pack a little bag with a mini hairbrush, toothbrush, travel toothpaste, contact solution and case, and a change of underwear and socks in your carry-on. Use these in the bathroom before you land after your overnight flight to feel a little fresher and not look totally gross when you meet people at the airport.
I love face masks! I chose this brand because their face masks work well for sensitive skin. I’ve tried several versions and they all smell great. They have charcoal, cucumber, and tomato. I’m testing out grapefruit on this trip!
These are also sheet masks, which means you don’t have to wash them off! It’s a three-step-process: take out of the package, put on your face, and throw away.
Believe it or not, you can use face masks while traveling! On that thirteen-hour plane ride, you can peel on and peel off for fresher, revitalized skin. These are mess-free, so don’t worry about bothering someone or spilling.
Travel Hack: Plastic straws have more uses than you might think! Storing your necklaces in straws and taping the ends will prevent tangling and losing your jewelry.
#3: Oatmeal and Tea
Sometimes airplane food is just really gross! Some airlines have tasty dishes and others are a little, well, interesting. One of my favorite travel hacks is to pack instant oatmeal packets and tea bags. You can just ask the flight attendant for two cups of hot water when they come around with drink orders. It won’t spoil and just requires hot water and a spoon, making this a perfect and filling airplane breakfast!
#4: Books and Magazines
This one is pretty much a given! Not every airplane you’ll be on will have access to movie screens. Packing books or a Kindle will provide entertainment and allow you to catch up on your Goodreads reading challenge. (Guess who is very, very behind?)
Quickly, here are a few books/series that are perfect for traveling! I’ll link some of my book reviews down below as well.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: Great for fans of clean YA and fantasy. Jude is a human living in a faerie world, but this isn’t the sugar-sweet novel you’d suspect. Instead, it’s full of cutthroat twists and turns, political intrigue, and prose. It’s not a read you’ll want to miss, and is even part of a complete series!
Betsy and the Great World by Maud Hart Lovelace: If you follow me on Instagram, you know I rave about the Betsy-Tacy series! They may seem like kid books at first, but in reality follow Betsy all the way from childhood to marriage, making each different book relatable for all ages. Betsy and the Great World follows Betsy as she spends a year abroad. Hearing about the amazing sights and hilarious mishaps she experiences along the way will put you in the traveling mood!
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Another one of my favorite series of all time. Another YA fantasy/romance (I only recommend clean books on this blog unless something is specified), this trilogy tracks sisters Scarlett and Tella. Scarlett and Tella run away from home to join the game of all games: Caraval. It’s a completely immersive world with actors and things beyond their wildest dreams. Caraval is stunning, deliciously dangerously, and has the biggest prize of all. The girls are thrilled, but when Scarlett loses Tella and gains the company of a boy, she begins to wonder if it really is just a game.
A Quick Carry-On Packing List:
What's one place you've always wanted to go? Let me know in the comments!