Hello Everyone! Happy Monday!
I apologize for the radio silence last week, but I was stressed about my trip so I didn’t have time to prep my posts like I wanted to. But, if you follow me on Instagram or snapchat, you may have seen that I’m currently in Vietnam!!
I’m not exxaggerating when I say my family and I have been planning this trip for about 9 months. My mom and I haven’t visited my grandma, uncles and cousins in almost 17 years so it was a much needed family reunion. I’m honestly having the time of my life here, eating Vietnamese food, riding around on motorcycles and taking in the sights and culture.
Now on to today’s post…
I started writing this post at the airport, but was way too sleep deprived so I couldn’t get it out. But now that I’m a seasoned international traveler (lol) I definitely have a better understanding of traveling do’s and essentials. Just to put it into perspective, it’s about a 14 hour flight from New York to Japan, a 6 hour flight from Japan to Vietnam and then a 6 hour drive from the airport to the town my mom grew up in. So today I wanted to share 5 packing tips & 1o international in-flight essentials for those of you that have long haul flights coming up or thinking about taking a big trip and want to be prepared!
5 Packing Tips
1. Plan outfits ahead of time.
I am a notorious over packer, which I’m sure most of us are. I mean you just don’t know if you’re gonna be in the mood to wear that one shirt or if you go to a certain place you’re gonna need those pants, etc. The excuses are endless. But, traveling and packing are already stressful enough so why don’t you make it easier on yourself?! I did this for my Miami trip and again for this Vietnam trip and it was so helpful.
Pull out all of the items you think you want to bring with you. Then figure out how many outfits you actually need depending on how many days your stay is, if you plan to change your outfit during the day or have any special events. And then start styling your outfits and once you’re happy, snap a mirror pic. Make sure to include all accessories in the photo as well (bags, earrings, sunglasses) so it takes the guess work out of what goes with what. I also definitely recommend utilizing your accessories for different outfits that way it’s less to carry.
Personally I swear by this tip because once I get to my destination, I just look through my camera roll at all my outfits, figure out what I want to wear and it’s all there for me.
2. Iron clothes
Ok, you may think I’m crazy because why would you iron your clothes if it’s just gonna get folded up in a suitcase? Well, that’s the thing. If your clothes are wrinkled and then you fold them, the wrinkles set in even more and once you get to your destination, it’s more work to iron everything everyday. However, if you iron your clothes then fold them nicely or roll them in your luggage, it minimizes wrinkles. I always do this and most of the time I just pull the clothing item out of my luggage and it’s good to go.
3. Utilize space
I personally like to carry all my important, fragile or favorite items in my carryon. With that being said, it’s definitely a tight squeeze so I try to utilize the space as much as possible. When I’m carrying a big purse, I’ll roll clothes, especially my pajamas and place them in the bag to not only utilize the space, but help protect the bag and keep its shape. If I’m using a smaller bag, I’ll roll some undies and throw it in there. I also think rolling your clothes is definitely the way to go because it saves so much room, however, I find it helpful to take the thicker pieces and lay them flat on the bottom of your luggage before placing the rolled items on top.
4. Bags on Bags on Bags
Tell me I’m not the only one that has so many random pouches and cosmetic bags. I find these come in super handy for traveling and staying organized. I always dedicate a pouch to any makeup palettes I’m bringing since they’re fragile, one for my valuables such as my wallet, passport and jewelry, and one for any essentials I may need while in air, such as a portable charger, headphones, contact solution and my glasses.
5. Make a last minute list in order of your routine.
There is nothing worse than getting to the airport or your destination and realizing you forgot something, especially something you can’t just quickly purchase along the way. Personally, I wear glasses and contacts so it’s definitely an essential I need and I’m always scared I’ll accidentally leave it behind. I find it super helpful to make a list the night before my trip of everything I absolutely need. It’s especially helpful if you use the items up until you leave and can’t pre-pack them.
I make a list in order of when I need them according to my routine so it helps me stay organized. For example, after I brush my teeth and shower, I always put on contacts so I would note on my list toothbrush, contacts and glasses and then the next steps of my routine would be a hairbrush, comb and makeup. Then before I walk out the door, I’ll quickly check everything off my list to make sure nothing gets left behind.
10 International In Flight Essentials
It has been a VERY long time since I’ve been on a long haul flight. Let me be totally honest, that 14 hour flight got painful after the 4 hour mark, especially when I looked down at the tracker and it said 10 more hours. In an effort to help you make the most of your long haul flight and make it less painful, here are my top 10 in-flight essentials.
Honestly the biggest essential for me. I’m definitely a child who can’t keep still so I have to bring things to entertain me. I downloaded a ton of my favorite movies even though I will say the plane had a bunch of good ones as well. I also brought a book along, a Nintendo DS and downloaded some new music.
This was my first time using one and let me tell you, it’s a game changer. I slept so comfortably with this.
Most planes have an outlet for you to plug into, but on the odd chance that yours is not working, being taken or just inconvenient, having one on hand is definitely an essential.
Lighted Travel Mirror
I wore no makeup while traveling, however, I wanted to apply some when I hit my final destination. But, I for sure didn’t want to hog up the bathroom and besides they’re too small anyways so having a mirror where you can apply makeup at your seat is perfect.
Lush has so many perfect traveling essentials. I picked up their tea tree toner water to help keep my face hydrated and I swear by it. I also recently tried their toothy tablets which are perfect for long travels since they look like little mints and you basically chew them in your mouth then take your wet toothbrush and brush away.
Although not an in-flight essential, they also have shampoo and conditioner bars which I always pick up so I don’t have to worry about a regular shampoo spilling or running out.
Seems so simple, but this really is such an essential, especially if you’re traveling international and have to fill out any customs forms.
If all of your entertainment resources fail, what’s left to do than to sleep. I’m so happy I brought some Dramamine (you can pick it up at the drugstore) with me for this trip. It’s meant for motion sickness, which I actually did feel a bit nauseus in the air and after taking it I felt much better after 15 minutes and it helped me sleep soundly. I recommend picking up the less drowsy one since that one held me over for a majority of my trip and I’ve heard the original one knocks you out so take at your own risk!
Not necessarily an in-flight essential, but a travel essential for sure. On our flight, my mom and I were each allowed to check in two 50 lb. bags. We brought so many gifts over for my family so we wanted to make sure the luggage weight didn’t go over so we picked up this little travel scale. It’s super accurate and perfect for taking with you.
AdapteAnother non in-flight essential, but I wanted to note it. I picked up this adapter which is especially perfect if you travel often. I will admit, jokes on me because Vietnam has the same outlet as the US so we didn’t need it, but it also converts to most outlets around the world so it’ll be perfect for a trip anywhere.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you found this post helpful and if you have any essentials of your own, I would love to hear them!