As I count down the days and prepare for my next adventure, I thought I would continue to include you guys in my prepping process. This week I will talk about some travel essentials that I have learned along the way. Remembering to pack these products will help make your travels a breeze.
As you know, I love backpacking and as mentioned in my last post, you can see which backpack I currently use here – as well as other useful information when prepping travel plans!
This post is dedicated to specific products I swear by:
In-flight travel carry-on
Flying can be very hard on the body – especially those long-haul flights across the world. It can be very uncomfortable to be in an upright seated position for hours on end. Although, there are a few products that can make your in-air travels much more enjoyable.
One of the best ways to kill time on your flight is to grab some shuteye. A good quality eye mask can go a long way to aid in getting a comfortable sleep.
This is one is a bit obvious but completely necessary. With all the noises on the plane, a great way to sit back and relax is to have a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. Listen to your favorite music, a good podcast, or a movie with your own pair rather than the cheap ones that the airline offers. You may also want to bring a couple extra pairs of earplugs too in case you just want to have a quiet sleep.
Check out ‘The House of Marley’ headphone here
The House of Marley is a brand dedicated creating high-performance audio products made from sustainable materials such as bamboo and recycled fabrics.
I like to bring along an inflatable neck pillow for convenience to slide into a pocket on my carry-on, although these are not the most comfortable travel pillows out there. If lugging around extra baggage on your travels doesn’t bother you, I would suggest getting a nice memory foam neck pillow.
Compression Leggings / Socks
As air travel time increases, so does your risk of getting blood clots. A good quality pair of compression socks or pants will help blood circulation and reduce your chance of swelling. On longer flights, try to get up and walk a couple time during your flight. I even like to stand in a corner somewhere on the plane and do some stretches.
Check out RejuvaHealth compression stockings here
Your face is bound to get oily or dry while in the air, which can make you feel even more uncomfortable and may result in a breakout. I always bring along a packet of face wipes to help freshen up and avoid unwanted acne.
Check out Kaia Naturals – Juicy Bamboo Cleansing Cloths here!
These cleansing wipes have all natural ingredients and are biodegradable in comparison to other wipes that go straight to the landfill!
Heavy moisturizing cream
Along with face wipes, a good moisturizer is a great carry-on item to help your skin stay fresh. The air in the cabin will dry your skin out so bringing a heavy cream will go a long way. If my skin is feeling very sensitive and dry, I like to use a nice rosehip oil for extra moisture. Along with face moisturizer, be sure to pack a nice lip balm!
Try moisturizing cream ‘Skin Drink’ by Lush here
Try lip balm ‘Rose Lollipop’ by Lush here
I highly recommend Lush Cosmetics for your beauty needs as it is ethical, eco-friendly, vegetarian, and handmade with natural ingredients! You should know what you are putting on your body – and with Lush you do!
Reusable Water Bottle
Fill up your reusable water bottle at the airport before your flight. Flying to high altitudes dehydrates your body so you’ll need to remember to drink more water than usual or otherwise you will feel very groggy and jetlag will be much worse upon arrival. That being said, also try to lay off the coffee and alcohol before and during your flight as they will further dehydrate you – not to mention coffee will keep you up when you should be trying to rest!
Check out the S’well Travelers Collection here
Use a reusable stainless steel water bottle to reduce your waste from single-use plastic bottles and help eliminate waste going to our landfills and oceans.
A good book is a great way to pass the time – or even a book of Sudoku or crosswords! I currently travel with a book of poetry by Rupi Kaur called ‘The Sun and Her Flowers’ – I love this because I can read a few short poems at a time.
You can buy the book here
A power bank is a great item to have and does not take up much space. It is great to have as a backup so that you do not end up stuck in a situation without your phone or other USB devices. Charge your devices in your bag so they’re ready to go when you need them!
Check out the Aibocn here
A universal adapter is necessary if you travel frequently to different countries around the world with different plug-ins. It will have different compartments and allows you to plug your current charger to convert it to your new location.
If you’re like me and love taking a zillion photos while travelling, you’ll want to invest in a good quality DSLR camera to get the best shots. Although most smartphones now come with great quality cameras, they are not as good as a photo you’ll capture with a DSLR. As of now, I am using a Canon but I have my eye set on a Fujifilm x-T20 as it is smaller and has a lot of great features for travel photography!
A GoPro is great if you’re doing a lot of adventure travel. GoPros are extremely durable and waterproof! You can take it anywhere including caves, the ocean, and up in the sky! Use a GoPro to capture photos or videos of those unforgettable moments! I recommend the Hero5 Black because it is a great wide angle lens adventure camera.
Although a bit pricey, a drone is a great option for those that like to create movies of their travels or want to take epic bird’s eye view shots. I recommend getting the Mavic Pro for travelling as it is very compact, has foldable wings, and can fit into a small bag – plus it has 4K Ultra HD Video!
As a travel writer, I need my laptop with me during my travels. If you do not need to do work while travelling, I would suggest packing an iPad instead for the convenience of size and weight. If you do need a laptop, I would recommend an Asus ZenBook as they are lightweight and high speed.