Vacation Packing Made Easy

Jordan and I are now officially a Mr. and Mrs., and right now, we are on a plane to Hawaii! While we’re in flight, Laura from Laura Likes Design is here with some great tips to make packing painless. I love Laura’s blog, and I’m so excited to have her taking over my blog space today. Thanks, Laura!

Hello readers! My name is Laura and I blog over at Laura Likes Design! I’m a designer, illustrator, fitness enthusiast and newlywed! I’ve been following Emily’s blog for quite some time now and love all of her healthy living, career, and wedding planning posts!

While she’s enjoying her honeymoon in Hawaii, I’m here to step in with a guest post! I don’t know about you, but packing isn’t one of my favorite things. It’s stressful, chaotic, and usually overwhelming–especially when it involves flying due to all of the airport rules and regulations.

Over the past few years of traveling, I’ve figured out a method of packing my carry-on that makes running through the airport and security a little smoother–resulting in a less-frazzled traveler!

While traveling on long flights, I like to bring a few toiletries: hairbrush, hair tie, toothpaste + toothbrush, and some light makeup. It’s so nice to be able to freshen up when you arrive at your destination and plus if your luggage gets lost, you have a few items to tide you over for a day or two.

I make sure to have money, my passport, ID, and boarding pass in an easy-to-access zippered pocket of my bag so I’m not struggling to find these items when I need them.

Being that flights are usually pretty low-key and boring, I like to bring a couple different items to entertain me while in the air. New reading material, a sketchbook + pens, and travel games are my go-to flying companions.

I always make sure to pack an extra outfit–including socks and underwear. I do this in case my luggage gets lost or I spill on myself–which is a common occurrence for me!

Packing a few snacks is usually a good idea as well. Last October when my husband and I flew to Hawaii, we assumed we would get lunch on the plane since it was a 6 hour flight over the lunch hour. Well, we assumed wrong and we were starving by the time we landed! Granola bars, an apple or orange, and even a peanut butter sandwich are all good options that travel well.

I like to wear cute yet comfortable clothes while on the plane. My go-to outfit usually consists of Nike Dri-Fit pants, a cami, lightweight tee, and zip up hoodie. Dressing in layers allows me to add or remove clothes to be comfortable while in-flight. I also wear any jewelry that is valuable or will not travel well in a suitcase.

Headphones and an iPod are a lifesaver when it comes to flying. They can help you feel at ease if you’re nervous about flying or they can drown out snoring men, crying babies, and turbulence.

Bringing your laptop is a great way to pass the hours while flying. You can watch movies, surf the web if your flight has wi-fi, or even work!

It’s also a good idea to bring contact lenses and glasses if you wear them in case your eyes get dry or if you have an unexpected layover. Packing vitamins and prescriptions is a smart move, too–especially if you are dependent on a medication.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes when you travel. You never know if you’ll need to run to your gate and that wouldn’t be easy in high heels! Plus, when carrying a heavy backpack and a bag, it’s hard to balance if your feet are at an angle.

You’ll also want to bring all of your electronics’ chargers. This includes your camera battery charger, laptop charger, ipod charger, and cell charger. During wait time at your gate or during a layover, take advantage of the nearby charging outlets to keep your electronics at full-juice.

Lastly, I like to bring my camera and a separate bag to keep it in. This keeps it safe and easily accessible throughout my trip.

What are some of your carry-on essentials?
Longest flight you’ve ever been on? Chicago to Rome was the longest flight I’ve been on!
Favorite airport you’ve visited? I’m biased, but I love the Minneapolis airport!

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4 Responses to Vacation Packing Made Easy

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  2. Brittany says:

    So with you on all these, especially the extra outfit. My luggage never makes it with me anywhere I go! lol. I also take my toothbrush and travel toothpaste!

  3. I always carry on enough to get me through the night just in case. I learned to do that right before I went to Scotland in May 2011, and it turned out to be a lifesaver: on the way home, we missed a connection and had to spend the night in Cleveland without our checked luggage, which none of us were planning on. I was SO glad I had my contact stuff and a change of clothes in my bag!

  4. Such a great guest post! I love traveling! :)

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