I am working on a series about the travel gear I own, and use when I travel. Today’s Blog is going to be about what I usually pack in my carry on for trips.
I learned a lot about what to pack, and how to pack when I had gone to New York, as I was trying to fit as much as I could into two suitcases, a carry on and a personal item, to last for year (when ended up being only a week, but that is a story for another time.). Maximizing two suitcases plus a backpack and my laptop for a year, was hard, but I did it, and within the weight limits. After that trip I learned the power of packing light. Even having spent a week in Missouri, and seen what many of the other girls had brought, I had packed light.
In my main carry on, especially for longer trips, I try to take the following in my carry – on: A fleece blanket from old navy (planes get cold, and it comes in handy as a blanket or rolled up as a pillow. I also have a neck pillow that I had purchased at the Brookstone in LaGuardia when I was stuck there over night. It came in very useful the next morning as I slept on the plane. It was enough support, to avoid kinks in my neck, but is also easily packable. I also take my nook, Ipod, small book light, as well as a quart size bag with travel size shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. I take enough to get me by when I first get to my destination or am only going to be gone a week. If I am going to be gone longer than at some point while I am there I can go shopping and get more. I also pack my digital camera for photos and for vlogging. Now that I have to think about food intolerances, I also think about taking non liquid foods, such as crackers, cereal, cliff bars, pretzels, homemade trail mix, dried fruit and stuff, so that I can have food that I know I can eat, since airport and plane food isn’t that great.