So I’ve been keeping a big secret but now I’m going to dish…I’m headed back to Paris in October!! I already have a long list of things I want to see and do, and it’s going to be a very full and fun week! It’s been years since I’ve been there at the height of autumn, and I’m so excited.
As I get closer to departure, I’ll share my travel wardrobe. Usually I travel carry-on, but in a couple of instances have had to gate check my wheeled bag because of full flights and lack of overhead bin space. (Most recently on my way home from Seattle.) So I’ve been thinking more about what will get packed in my suitcase vs. my “personal item,” and what I need to be sure to keep handy for a long flight.
In addition to medications and key toiletries (moisturizer, eye drops, hand lotion, toothbrush/toothpaste…all part of my TSA liquids bag) here are 5 things I’ll be sure are packed in my hand baggage:
5 Carry-On Necessities
- A cashmere wrap. No matter what time of year I’m traveling, I find that airplane cabins can be freezing. And if I’m traveling during cooler months, it can double as a scarf once I arrive.
- Compression socks. In addition to helping minimize the risk of blood clots during long flights, I find they also keep my feet and ankles from swelling. I usually put these on right before takeoff.
- Phone charger. (And chargers for any other electronic devices I’ve brought.) Many airlines now have electrical outlets or USB plugs at each seat. I like to download books to my phone and read during the flight, and want to be sure my battery is fully charged upon arrival.
- A change of clothes. I usually travel in a comfortable pair of jeans, a top and sweater, and pack a pair of Eileen Fisher stretch crepe pants, an extra silk tank and tee. They are lightweight and take up a minimal amount of room in the bag. I may not need them, but in case of spills I can at least de-plane in clean and dry clothing.
- A sleep mask. I used to scoff at these, but after finally trying one I’m sold. I find one of the best things I can do in flight to minimize jet lag (aside from drinking lots of water) is to get a few hours of sleep. I fall asleep more easily and stay asleep longer when I can block any ambient light.
What items do you always keep handy for in-flight comfort?
You can see all of my prior travel wardrobes HERE.