What’s in my carry on backpack and some travel tips!

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Since I’ve been traveling a lot this year, I’ve learned a thing or two with packing and what I should be bringing when I’m on my trip. The key is to pack as light as possible and not to bring so much that you’re struggling the whole time to lug your things around wherever you go.

Let me tell you a little back story. We went on an Italian adventure a couple years back and since it’s my first time traveling to Europe, I thought I needed to pack my entire house and bring it with me. You probably already guessed what happened next. I had a really hard time finding the things that I ACTUALLY need. I thought I was being smart by carrying all my things in one big back pack but it was a huge mistake. But I’m a lot smarter now, and I know better. Plus, who really wants to suffer when they’re traveling.

I’m not saying I’m the ultimate pro traveler but I’m hoping that this will help alleviate some stress when it comes to traveling. In my upcoming trip to Asia, I really want to be efficient in what I need to put in my carry on. I’m going to be on a plane for more than 14 hours (yikes) so I want to make sure that I have the necessities in the plane with me besides the luggage I’ll be checking in and that I’m comfortable.

I recently got this Embrazio revival backpack. I have been a fan of them for a while now and I’ve been sporting their Tote bags for the last couple of years. (See the blogpost I did here). I also have traveled with their totes back and forth from state to state so I know I can rely on this new backpack that I got for my trip. It’s compact, it has side pockets and it’s light. I know that my things are going to fit just fine. Sharing some tips with you and hopefully it helps you with your next travel.

Tip #1: Make sure you make copies of your passport and important travel documentation. This is probably the most important part. If something were to happen, you want to make sure you have a backup. Wanna be triple sure? Take a photo on your phone as well and email it to yourself.

Tip #2: The Essential Comfy Pack. In the past, I thought I needed so much stuff in my carry on that it weighed almost the same as my luggage. Only pack what you think you need.

  • Eye Mask – This helps especially on a long flight. I can’t sleep with lights on so this helps fall asleep.
  • Headphones – this is a no brainer. I love my Frends headphones. I’ve had them for a while and they also help block the sometimes annoying plane noise.
  • Charger – some planes have the usb plug on their seats so it’s easy for you to recharge. But if not, a portable charger can do the trick.
  • A good comfy socks – I get cold a lot on the plane so this helps.
  • Toothbrush and Cleansing wipes – you gotta freshen up!
  • A good Book – Sure, there are tons of movies on the plane but like are you really going to watch all those movies??
  • Moisturizer or Serum–No one wants a dry face when they get off the plane. Trust me.

Tip #3: Don’t carry your cash in one place. I say this because you never know what circumstances you could face once you are in a totally different place. Just in case of emergency, I always stash a $50 bill in my shoes just in case I will need it. Always be prepared.

Tip #4: If you can, choose an Aisle seat. This one I learned from traveling even short distances. I like to stretch and also it won’t be a hassle asking people you’re with to move so you can get up or go to the restroom if they were sleeping.

Tip #5: STAY HYDRATED. The most important thing ever! Planes get you dried up sooooo quickly that it’s important to drink liquids especially on long flights! I usually like to bring my own water or I like to ask for tomato juice. I know, I know. But somehow, after drinking that, it makes me feel better and hydrated.

Okay, I hope these tips help. Like I said, I’m no pro traveler but these are just some of the things that helped me while traveling in the past. Do you have any tips? Leave them on the comment section! I’d like to learn more!

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