Over the years, I have flown a good amount of miles. I fly domestically to see my family in Florida around 4 times a year and 2 times to see my Dad in Ohio. I also fly internationally for work a few times a year. I have gotten into a good flying routine and I always end up bringing the same things in my carry on.
I thought sharing this might help you with your packing list for your next trip.
I always carry my Cuyana bag on with me. It has more passport stamps than I did before I turned 21. I love that it zips at the top to keep all my valuables safe. I recently added the organizational insert and it helps keep a spot for everything. I can also keep my laptop in its own separate spot where it won't get damaged. This is by far one of the favorite things I own.
I love to workout before heading out on a long flight. This helps my muscles not cramp up as much and I don't feel guilty eating bad salty plane food. I try to stay hydrated as much as possible on long flights. A flight attendant once told me it was the key to beating jet lag. I will usually drink 8 - 10 glasses of water. Bringing a refillable water bottle really helps cut down on waste. The flight attendants are happy to refill it because it makes their job easier. I usually make friends with the flight attendants and bring them something sweet for long flights.
Since my skin is dry and flying only dries it out more, I will use a face mask when I fly. There are two really great ones depending on your budget. The Sisley Black Rose mask and the Caudalie Hydrating Mask. I put a thick layer on and rub it in so you can't see that I am wearing it. It sits like a thicker moisturizer. It gets really dry under my eyes so I use this Eye Mask from Sisley. A little goes a long way and I have had the same tube for a year and a half. It comes out as a cool gel. I wear a sleep mask on the plane so I don't really worry about how it looks.
I pack all my toiletries and makeup in these Cuyana bags. I have tried so many travel bags over the years and these are my favorite. I like the big one for toiletries/skincare and the smaller one for makeup (I don't wear much)
When I asked my sister what the one thing she had to pack for the plane, her answer was the same as mine, "something to keep me warm." It made me laugh because it is so true. My aunt gave me a cashmere scarf that can easily be used as a blanket. I bring it on every international flight even in the Summer. It keeps me warm and it is a nice comfort knowing something she gave me is traveling with me. I can't find the exact brand but this is similar and on sale. It folds up easily in my Longchamp when traveling.
Inspiration for future blog posts can strike at any moment. I have a notebook for each project in my bag. I love these from Rifle Paper Co because they have different colors in the set. I buy a new set of 3 each year and use them for planning. They aren't heavy and easily fit in my Cuyana.
I love reading on flights but I will never pass up the opportunity for a movie or two on a long flight. I don't watch TV or movies much at home so this is a great time to catch up. I pack my own headphones that I love. These are comfortable and fold up really well into my travel bag.
Since my phone is nearly dead before landing, I always pack an extra charger for my carryon. This makes it easy to plug into my seat or external charger so I can make sure I am fully charged and ready to go explore.
I knew I was forgetting something when I was putting this together. Bioderma wipes are essential for taking off makeup and feeling refreshed after landing. I always pack a pack for takeoff and landing. I brush my teeth the minute I get through Passport control and will wash my face with these.