For a lot of us, the holiday season means travel season. Whether it’s to visit family, friends, or just to get away, a lot of working women are ready for a travel break this time of year. One of the most stressful parts of traveling can occur before you’ve even left. Deciding what to pack and how much to pack is a process that can consume us for hours. In order to save you some stress and time, we’ve put together a list of our favorite and essential travel bag essentials. These are the things that you must have in your carry-on and will save you from any emergency.
Toothbrush/paste: After hours of traveling you will feel grimy and gross and you will probably not have the best smelling breath. Stick a small toothbrush and travel sized toothpaste in your bag to help you freshen up before you arrive at your destination.
Scarf and light jacket: Airplanes can often be unbearably cold and they aren’t handing out blankets like they used to. Make sure to have a scarf or light jacket to keep you warm.
Book or magazine: Airlines are still making us turn off all electronics during takeoff and landing, so you’ll want to bring something to keep you entertained during these “unplugged” moments.
Lip-gloss and Chap Stick: When travelling between places, you will experience different altitudes, as well as pressurized airplanes. Basically your lips will thank you for bringing along some moisturizer.
Lotion: For the same reasons as bringing lip-gloss, your skin will be parched after travelling. Plus, if you have a nice smelling lotion it will help you feel refreshed.
Extra outfit: You never know when you will come across unexpected travel trials so you want to be prepared. If your luggage gets lost for a day or you end up staying somewhere unexpectedly, it will come in handy to have an extra outfit so you don’t have to wear the same thing 3 days in a row.
Headphones or earplugs: Airplanes can be a noisy place and there is no getting away. If it’s a long flight you will almost always encounter a crying baby or snoring old man on the flight.
Makeup: Show up to your destination looking great by packing a few essentials from your makeup bag in your carry on.