Andddddd I’m back.
That didn’t take long, did it?
Here is part two of my packing for Europe mini-series. In my humble opinion, carry-ons are much more fun to pack than suitcases. It does involve a bit of planning ahead of time so you make sure you’re not forgetting anything. And on a long-haul flight like ours, you definitely don’t want to do that!
This is the backpack I’m taking for my carry-on. We’re flying on Condor airlines, and their carry-on restrictions are very . . . restrictive, size-wise. This travel-safe backpack is from Oscaurt on Amazon. I’ve used the backpack a few times at school and to be honest, I find it very difficult to get into. I’m sure it comes in handy when you’re trying to keep thieves out of it, but on a day-to-day basis, it can be pretty irritating as the zippers don’t work super fabulously. I’m a little worried about it being accessible when I’m squeezed into a tiny airplane seat. 😣
The first two items are my Apple earbuds and definitely-not-Apple headphones.
Tip #1: Even if you wear earbuds/Airpods on a regular basis, bring headphones as well.
Earbuds can become pretty uncomfortable if you’re wearing them for an extended period of time.
Second, my Nook!
Nooks (e-readers) are essential for any trip. If you’re an avid reader like me, the struggle of deciding which books to pack is very real. An e-reader will solve all of your problems, my friends. 😉
Tip #2: Invest in an e-reader. You can download hundreds of books onto a tiny device that will fit easily in a bag.
Since our world is so connected through technology (and since I’m taking like five devices on this trip), I’m bringing a bag for all of my electronics.
Tip #3: Take your chargers in your carry-on bag and not your checked luggage. That way, if you wind up separated from your checked bag once you reach your destination, you can still use your devices without the worry of them dying.
Tip #4: Bring an extra change of clothes! You never know when you could be stuck in a hotel for several days due to a canceled flight. You do not want to be wearing the same clothes the entire time . . . *shudders*
Flights, and airports in general, can make you feel super gross. Plus, they’re germy. 😅
These two are in case of an emergency: a mini first aid kit and a face mask.
An RFID-protected wallet.
A flashlight (another in-case-of-emergency item) and my extra glasses.
Pens! Super important for any writer.
And now the fun part. 😂 As I mentioned in my last post, I always take three bags of toiletries when I travel (and when I say always, I mean this is the first time).
This is the first bag. It’s a TSA-approved quart bag for my liquids, all three ounces or less.
Tip #5: Have your liquids separated ahead of time, so security is less of a hassle.
The second bag is for all of my non-liquid toiletries.
Tip #6: NEVER forget to bring a toothbrush in your carry-on. Smelly breath and dirty teeth are definite no-nos.
And this is the last toiletry bag. This one actually goes in my suitcase, but I wanted to show it to you with the other toiletries. This bag is for everything that I won’t need immediately during our flights.
More hair stuff, a bigger toothbrush, regular-sized deoderant, makeup remover, and my awesome hair bun-makers.
And jewelry, of course.
Please note that does not include any of my makeup. 😂 This is why it’s hard to travel as a girl. I use all of this stuff on a regular basis, I promise!
- Camera (with charger, extra SD card, and extra battery!)
- Laptop (with case and charger)
- Cell phone (with charger)
- Sleeping mask (which I need to find)
- Journal (another thing I need to find)
- Flight pressure earplugs (so my ears don’t hurt)
- Snacks, candy, and gum
- Water bottle
- And anything else I’ll regret not remembering when we’re on the plane! 😉
This will be the last travel post before we get to Europe. So I’ll see y’all in about five-ish days!
XOXO for now,