It's easy to agonize over how to pack a suitcase for a long trip. We've been there! It's easy to spend more time researching packing methods than we do actually packing. There are many reasons why we strategically pack our suitcases, but how often do we strategically pack our carry-on? Plan ahead for what you might need during a flight, and keep it in an easily accessible location. We recommend keeping a small bag in your carry-on with your travel staples inside. When you need a sleep mask, Dramamine, headphones, or snack: who wants to dig through a cluttered carry-on in a cramped space? On social media, we recently shared a great resource we found: Free Travel Guide: Packing Your Carry-On Like a Boss
Wear SmartWe feel like travel wardrobe choices can easily be the most neglected part of a travel plan. If you're going to be sitting--and possibly sleeping--in the same seat for hours at a time, plan your outfit accordingly. Plan to wear comfy layers that you can easily add and/or remove during temperature changes. This can be especially helpful if you're traveling from a hot to cold climate, or vice versa. If your jeans cut into your hips or tend to make your legs go to sleep, you're going to be in for an uncomfortable ride. Comfortable shoes are important, too! Wear shoes that you can easily slip on an off during security checks, but will also not hurt your feet during the flight. Tip: Before you decide to prop your bare feet up on the seat in front of or next to you, think about if you're being considerate to those around you ;)
Snack SmartWhile you're keeping hydrated, it's important to pay attention to what else you're putting in your body. We can't always choose what options we have for an in-flight meal, but we certainly have more freedom in deciding what snack to pack in our carry-on! Stay away from high salt, high sugar, empty calorie snacks. Instead, go for healthier alternatives that will keep your belly, and attitude, in top shape. A simple Google search will find you plenty of blogs with healthy travel snack ideas, so don't be afraid to do some research. Here's one we found from The Kitchn: The 5 Snacks We Always Take on the Plane Of course, airlines have certain rules for what is and is not allowed through security checks, so make sure to double check this information before you travel to avoid finding yourself in a bind.
This is especially important if you are traveling between time zones. For a long time, we just assumed that we would have to write off what could equal a FULL DAY of our vacation because we knew we'd have to get our sleep schedule on track. When someone asks, "How was the first day of your trip? Did you do anything exciting?" no one wants to respond with, "Well, it was just a lot of napping..." If you know you're going to need to get some sleep, plan for it. Remember that travel staples kit you packed in your carry-on? Make sure you remembered your sleep mask! They come in handy during a flight, especially if you're trying to sleep while it's still daylight outside and that kid in the seat in front of you keeps opening and closing his window.
Don't have that sleep mask yet? You're in the right place! Click here to check out sleep masks for men and women in our shop. Recently, we shared on our social media a great article: 10 Tricks For Falling Asleep On A Plane - And Staying That Way Before and during your flight, keep in mind what the time is at your destination. By setting yourself on this schedule (as much as you can) ahead of time, you can help ease the severity of impending jet lag. Check out this cool article from NPR: This Jet Lag App Does The Math So You'll Feel Better Faster