I love to travel. I am happiest when I have a trip or two in the works to look forward to, and absolutely love flying. I am that weird person that finds it relaxing… being up in the air where no one can bother you (well, now there is wifi)! I like that I can spend a few hours either a) relaxing, or b) really hunkering down and enjoying a few hours of uninterrupted productivity. I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way, which I thought I’d share with you today!
ONE // Pack the right beauty products. Flying is drying. (Hey, that rhymes!) There are a few things that I always carry in my travel bag. Sisley’s Floral Mask + Eye Contour Mask are amazing as you can apply a thin layer before takeoff for super hydrated skin. Also for eyes, I really love Tata Harper’s new eye contour mask. Personally, I like the Sisley one better, but they are both really great and the Tata is 100% natural. Whenever you feel like it, just tissue them off. I also keep a small bottle of Tata Harper’s Floral Essence to mist my face. And of course, my Burt’s Bees chapstick. (And I keep it all in my beloved Truffle pouch if you are curious.) I also use travel as an opportunity to try out new beauty products. Random sheet masks, all of my Birchbox samples… it’s fun trying new things in my hotel room at night.
TWO // Dress the part. I usually wear skinny jeans and a lightweight cashmere sweater… or a cute dress like the polka dot one in these photos (these photos are a couple years old, but this one is absolutely adorable). I always wear ballet flats (and have a pair of socks in my carry on to change into at security because those floors are disgusting! And then I’ll pack or wear a big comfy scarf that can double as a blanket on the plane if I get chilly. Lastly, if I’m bringing a hat on my trip, I just wear it on my flight. I always find they end up getting crushed in overhead space… not worth it!
THREE // Pack a pretty sleep mask. Maybe you’ll need it on the plane, maybe your hotel is extra bright… you can’t be too careful. My favorites are from Perpetual Shade… so chic.
FOUR // Take a Probiotic. It may just be me, but this was a game changer for me. For whatever reason, flying upsets my stomach. I get so bloated. I saw a nutritionist years and years ago and he advised me to take probiotics regularly… but especially when flying. I take 2 capsules of this probiotic every night before bed, but when I’m flying I take two extra when I get on the plane. Game changer.
FIVE // Roll out those knots. There’s something called the Stress Roller that you can buy. It’s amazing and I had one but I lost it. So I took two tennis balls and put them in a sock, and tied the sock at the end to make my own. Epic. I hold my stress in my shoulders (+ carrying my travel bag takes a toll) and this really helps. I always bring mine with me when I travel. The plane can really mess with your spine… as soon as I check into my hotel I’ll spend a few minutes rolling out the knots. So helpful.
SIX // Snack accordingly. I always pack something healthy so that I don’t end up eating gross airport food. I mean sometime the airport has good food but more often than not it’s less than tasty and high in calories. Right now I’m really into KIND’s honey mustard bars. And they just released a truffle flavor which is amazing (truffles are my kryptonite, for the record). At the airport, I’ll buy the biggest bottle of water I can find once I get through security, and if I need another snack, I’ll get popcorn (they always seem to have some version of Skinny Pop, which makes me happy.
SEVEN // Pack a portable steamer. I can’t tell you how much I use mine. It’s a game changer. That is all. This is a really good one.
EIGHT // Good luggage makes a difference. I am personally a Tumi girl, but there are so many great brands out there. Tumi has been my go-to forever as it’s streamlined + chic but also more or less indestructible (I’ve had this carry-on bag for six or seven years now, and this little guy still looks just as great as when I first bought it. I also really love my Cuyana Zip-Top tote as it holds all of my essentials and easily fits under the seat in front of me (and the zipper ensures nothing will fall out!) I keep the inside organized by using pouches to store all of my necessities: cosmetics in my Truffle pouch, cords + chargers in another pouch, snacks in a third.
I think that’s it! What are your favorite travel tips?
Also – my best tips for traveling alone.