While on a family vacation years ago, one of my sisters (a little babe at the time) had her Gameboy, charger, & games stored in a small bag which she dubbed her “Bag of Technology”. This was ultra adorable because she was like 6 years old, but she created a seriously brilliant packing solution.
This charming family tale brings me to the following list of critical tech:
- respective chargers
Next on the packing list:
- writing utensils
I always carry in my purse a black pen, mechanical pencil, & double-ended black Sharpie (one end is your standard Sharpie tip & the other holds a fine point), so this crew comes along in the carry-on.
Because I’ll be traveling at night:
- eye mask
And because I’ll be arriving in the bright LA morning sunshine:
- wallet (to buy immediate Starbucks)
- oil absorbing sheets
- hand sanitizer
- medicated lip balm
- pain & sleep meds
- lip balm
- hair things
- body butter
- compact mirror
I like to carry-on oil absorbing sheets for my face, a rollerball of perfume, and a travel sized deodorant so I can freshen up when I land. I don’t need my family’s first sight of me to be accompanied by any excess shine or stank. The Altoids come into play there too.
I also carry two different lip balms. I like to use the medicated one on flights to combat the terribly drying plane air and I’m sure my lips are grateful. The other lip balm has a spf & is my everyday choice.
You may have noticed I haven’t included any makeup. I no longer wear makeup when I travel. I find it easier to look fresh when landing if all I have to do is splash some water on my face versus trying to apply a full face of make up with a tiny hand mirror. It also saves space in my carry-on; meaning more room for impulse-buy magazines & chocolate!
Essentials not pictured above but definitely coming along:
- cell phone
- reading glasses
- oversized cashmere sweater for maximum cozy