I love to travel be it across an ocean or within the U.S.A. There is something exciting about discovering something new or seeing the familiar in a new light.
Where I’m going and how I’m getting there is always my first consideration when it comes to packing. Plane, train, or automobile, is key. When I travel by plane, I use my rollerboard luggage to make it easy to move through the airport. Then, to check or not to check, is the question. What size plane am I flying? If it is a small regional plane where you have to check anything larger than a lunchbox, then I pack to check. Domestic or international is my next question. Carry-on restrictions for some international carriers are smaller than on domestic carriers. I also have to be able to lift my bag over my head into the overhead bin. When you are vertically challenged, like I am, this is key.
My current trip is oversees. That means I will have a carry-on bag full of things I want to make certain arrive with me, things I will need while traveling, and items that would be difficult to replace, especially in a foreign country. This list is usually longer and more comprehensive than when I travel domestically. So, what’s in my international carry-on?
This trip, I’m using my T. Anthony duffel. If I need to, I can check this bag for the trip home. It is durable and I don’t need to be worried about it traveling under the plane. Added bonus for the fact that it is roomy, has multiple compartments, is light, durable, and has a shoulder strap for carrying.
First into my bag is an LV cosmetic case with medicine. Since I’m traveling internationally, I carry a few extras here. The usual of contacts, contact solution, eye drops, Advil, vitamins, and my inhaler go in accompanied by a ridiculously large selection of bandaids, and Emergen-C. I also add a few extra disposable tooth cleaners. They are indispensable on a overnight flight.
Next in is a clear zip case with power cords, earbuds, and extra battery packs. I’m flying for close to twenty hours this time and I want something to entertain me. I also make certain I’ve got iPad, iPod, and Kindle – all fully charged. This case also has my converter and adapter. The clear case let’s me see everything at a glance so I can quickly grab what I’m looking for. A large ziplock bag serves the same purpose.
My camera bag with camera, extra SD cards, extra batteries -all fully charged, and charger is next. On my first trip oversees I learned my lesson as my camera battery died on the funicular on Anacapri. The first thing I did upon returning home was purchase extra battery packs.
Snacks go in next. On the menu this time are Godiva Milk Chocolate Pearls, breakfast bars, and Pringles. These go in a ziplock bag so they don’t roll around the bottom of my bag. The ziplock saves you if the packaging fails. You don’t want melted chocolate pearls everywhere.
Makeup kit that meets TSA requirements goes on top so it is easy to get out and put back after I clear security.
Travel guide, itinerary in a circa binder with all the details of my trip printed out, passport, and foreign money go in on the top.
A cashmere poncho, bed socks, and boudoir pillow are stuffed in the side pocket where I can get to them if needed. There is nothing worse than being cold on a long flight. Anything that helps make things comfortable is a plus, thus the pillow and the socks.