Every now and again on this blog I’ll post a location-specific travel tip, like what to pack for the Galapagos or how to deal with the cheeky monkeys of Ubud, but for more general travel tips, I’ve resorted to starting a new monthly series called “One for the Road” which will attempt to address the mechanics of travel – the how, the what, and the when. Today’s post looks at what’s in my carry-on when flying – both short or long distances.
A cashmere cardigan, scarf, or jacket.
I always find planes cold, so a warm cover up is essential. The blankets and pillows provided on most airlines are just not comfy enough. On long flights an oversized cashmere shawl doubles as both blanket and pillow!
Empty water bottle.
On longer flights I try to stay hydrated, so I usually have a bottle of water on me instead of waiting for the attendants to come around. They’ll fill up your bottle for you if you ask nicely! Plus you get points for reusing and being kind to the environment.
A book or a magazine
You have to switch off your electronics during take off and landing, plus all toys eventually run out of juice. For entertainment, I prefer to stick to the printed word on paper, though an e-reader does have its plus points.
Not as important on a short haul, but absolutely essential on any flight where I want to get some sleep – wool socks, silk eyemask, pillow and ear plugs. Also a misting facial spray (not in an aerosol though as that won’t make it through security), Elizabeth Arden’s 8 hour cream (works for face, hands and lips!) and eyedrops to soothe dry and tired skin, lips and eyes.
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