It’s the middle of summer, and that means time to travel! But for those of us taking long (or even shorter) flights this summer, figuring out everything you need for when you get there can be a chore. That’s why I’ve offered some advice on packing for a trip in previous posts. But this year I started thinking about what you might need on the plane or perhaps right after you get off the plane before you fetch your luggage. Then there’s the question of what happens if your luggage takes a few days to catch up with you (not that I wish that on anyone!).
So here are some things you might want to pack into your carry-on bag just in case!
A change of clothes
Luggage can get lost. Imagine spending a day or two wearing only the clothes you wore on the plane. To avoid that fate and be able to change into at least one clean outfit, keep a part of your carry-on bag for a change of clothes. I personally like something that doesn’t take up much room in the bag but is versatile. A dress that packs well and won’t wrinkle is a good choice, such as this prAna Holly Dress from REI.
prAna Holly Dress, $85 at REI
A scarf, light jacket or shawl
Hair a mess from that barely relaxing nap during the flight? Spill something on the front of your blouse? A silk scarf takes up hardly any room in your bag and can be used to remedy so many things. A light jacket, sweater or shawl will help if the flight is chilly.
I like the versatility of a wrap that is big enough to warm your arms, become a hood over your hair or wrap around your neck, such as this tissue-weight wool and cashmere wrap from Nordstrom.
Tissue-weight wrap, $98 at Nordstrom
Bring along a small charger pack that can charge your phone or tablet when they (inevitably) run out of power in the middle of the flight. Something like the Powerpro 6000 from Urge Basics can give you enough power to charge two devices using its two USB ports and fits in a pocket. It also may not hurt to pack a small notebook and pen, just in case your cell, your tablet and your charger all run out of power.
Powerpro 6000, $35.99 at Urge Basics
Throw a bag of trail mix, your favorite protein bar and some fresh fruit (apples travel particularly well) into your bag. You never know when there may be delays and where, and you may be very grateful for having something you can eat quickly and feel good about what you’ve eaten. Avoiding too many salty foods and alcohol before and during a flight also can help keep you feeling your best.
I know you can’t carry water through airport screening, but you can bring along a cute refillable water bottle, such as this one from Kleen Kanteen. More and more airports are adding water fountains that have a water bottle filling station, making it easy to fill your water bottle quickly and stay hydrated for the flight. Air travel can be dehydrating, so water is essential.
40 oz Classic, $28.95 at Kleen Kanteen
Of course, your skin will probably need extra moisture too after all that time on the plane. Flying can lead to dull, dry skin. Keep a small bottle (remember, airlines allow up to 3.4 fluid ounces per container) of skin oil to apply during the flight or after. Boscia’s Tsubaki Beauty Oil comes in 1.7 oz bottles and can be blended with moisturizer or foundation.
Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil, $46 for 1.7 fl oz at Sephora
Remember your lips, too! Bring along a lip balm that will keep your lips feeling moisturized during the flight.
Any toiletries you bring should be packed in a 1-quart clear plastic bag that you can easily remove from your carry-on as you go through security.
On some international flights, you might be lucky enough to receive a warm, damp washcloth to freshen up, but don’t bank on it. Bring along some cleansing wipes to refresh your face and neck after a long flight.
Makeup will require touch-ups at the end of a flight, so bring your basics along in your carry-on bag (this also will be invaluable if your luggage is lost). A tinted moisturizer, such as 4-in-1 Tinted SPF 30 from Beauty Bioscience, some mascara and your favorite lipgloss will give you a quick pick-me-up at the end of the flight.
4-in-1 Tinted SPF 30, $75 for 1.7 fl oz at Beauty Bioscience
Here’s to worry-free travel this summer!