Wednesday, February 24, 2016

8 Must Haves While Traveling


As I was packing for Colorado yesterday, I didn't even have to think twice about what I threw into my carry on.  I always take the same exact things so it's just second nature!  These 8 must haves keep me comfy, entertained and happy during a flight.  Here's what you can find in my go-to carry on bag...

ONE | Facial Spray: A must have!  I have chronically dry skin and flying just exaggerates it.  I like to mist some of this stuff on my face before and after we land, and even mid-flight if my skin is thirsty.  Hand lotion is a must, too.

TWO | Portable Phone Charger: I don't have an iPad (I know, I'm so behind!) and don't like to lug my laptop around, so I use my phone for any technology entertainment.  My battery always seems to drain at airports so having this adorable portable charger is definitely necessary.  It's also really nice to have once you arrive to your destination, since you're usually out and about all day.

THREE | Scarf/Wrap: Layering is key while traveling as airplanes always seem to be the coldest place ever.  A scarf or wrap (this one is an amazing price) is such an easy thing to throw on, but also toss into your bag when you arrive.

FOUR | Eye Drops: Nothing makes your face look more tired than dry, red eyes.  Viseine is another before and after flight ritual for me.  I swear I'm not high maintenance ;)

FIVE | Water Bottle: I'm constantly drinking water so I always have a water bottle with me.  I love this one because it's super lightweight (and cute).  Staying hydrated will help with dryness issues, too.

SIX | Headphones: Is there anything worse than getting settled on the plane and realizing you forgot your headphones?!  I just have basic ones, but I'm seriously crushing on these that are noise cancelling.  After getting this speaker for Christmas that I'm obsessed with, I now see the benefit in springing for pricier ones.

SEVEN | Good Book:  Reading is my favorite in flight activity.  I brought this and this to read in Colorado and I can't wait to get into them.

EIGHT | Neck Pillow: Because sometimes reading can put you to sleep ;)  We bought one of these before Hawaii and bring it with us on every vacation now.

Well, we're officially off!  I'll be back to blogging next Tuesday with a full recap, but be sure to follow along on Instagram (@ka5ohare) or Snapchat (@kavanderploeg) in the mean time.  And make sure to send me any Breckenridge/Denver recommendations you may have!  Happy Wednesday!

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  1. I basically did the exact same post today haha - great minds!! Enjoy your vacation girl and can't wait to hear all about it! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  2. Yes to all of this! A charger is a definite must for me too! Have fun on your trip!! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. I need a portable charger so bad! THat is the number one thing I always need when traveling! Great list of stuff :)

    xoxo Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet

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  4. Have so so so so so much fun dear sweet friend. I'm so jealous about your trip, Breck is such a great place. Eat a CREPE for me! <3

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  5. All of these are essentials for sure! I'm with you--I don't have an iPad either so all of my entertainment is on my phone, too. The phone charger is an essential! :) Hope you guys have a great time on your trip!!

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  6. Have the best time in Colorado! Can't wait to see all of your beautiful photos!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  7. Have an amazing time gurlie! Can't wait to stalk you on snap and instagram! And yesss to all of these, especially the portable charger and facial spray. Nothing is more refreshing than getting off a long flight and being able to freshen up a bit <3
    Green Fashionista

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  8. Have a great time relaxing in CO! I know you are bummed you can't ski but I want to hear about all your spa treatments :)

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  9. I'm with you, these are all essentials! My husband probably gets mad because I always pack so much, but you never know when you might need these items :)

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  10. Great list! A back up charger is always key - I hate when my phone dies. Have a great trip!

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  11. Heck, these are all things I take just to travel to work ;) haha

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  12. Such a great post! And I'm with Rebecca Jo, these are things I just want to travel to work with too, LOL!! In fact I have a few these in my desk, Ha!

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  13. Yes! A scarf! A blanket scarf now a days! Have fun!!! Xo

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  14. That portable charger is so cute! These are great tips - thanks for sharing! Have a great trip!

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  15. Have a wonderful vacation! Looking forward to hearing all about it.

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  16. These are all great ideas! I especially love facial spray & a good book!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  17. I hope you guys have such a great trip! Forgetting headphones is definitely one of the worst things & I keep saying I need to buy a portable phone charger for traveling.

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  18. Have a great trip! A cozy scarf and reading material are must haves for me, too!

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  19. That charger is adorable! Have so much fun here in CO. I don't know if you've been before but its so pretty here right now! If you make it up towards Vail there is the yummiest pizza place called Blue Moose Pizza! Its normally pretty busy but worth the wait! Have fun!

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  20. I need to get a portable charger- so behind on that! ha. Have fun!!!

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  21. Have a great trip!!!! We brought a car charger this past trip and it was a total life saver!

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  22. So glad I read this! I'm leaving tomorrow am and I definitely need to grab a spare charged phone thing!

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  23. Just added you on Snapchat! I look forward to following along on you guys' trip! :)

    We have a lot of the same "must haves" for traveling! That portable charger is super cute. Mine is pretty basic. ;)

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  24. I am all about the eye drops and water bottle while traveling, so I feel like I really need to jump on the facial spray bandwagon!

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  25. Love and agree with this list! A water bottle is so essential along with a portable phone charger!

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  26. The post is fantastic! I love it so much:)
    Have a nice day!

    www.theprintedsea.blogspot.com

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  27. We have those Bose headphones and they work wonders!! Have a great time skiing, can't wait to read all about it :)

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  28. Carrying a water bottle is a new must for me. I walk around with a nalgene all day and try to drink at least two of them to make sure I'm staying hydrated!!

    LIFE AS YOU LIVE IT

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  29. yes to most of these! i haven't tried any facial mist though, i really need to.

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  30. I told Conor I wanted a cute portable charger for Christmas, emphasis on the cute. "Apparently" he couldn't find one, so mine is just straight black. Gets the job done, but I would have enjoyed a little flair.

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  31. I've always wondered about that face spray stuff... does it even work over makeup, too??

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  32. Lots of great things! I have the facial spray but have yet to try it. I also haven't been bringing my neck pillow along as much due to space issues, but it's always wonderful to have!

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  33. I love reading on planes... I also get a lot of work done on planes. It's the lack of distractions. I definitely try to keep hydrated too. I always carry on moisturizer and toothbrush/paste too!

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  34. Scarves are a must for me too! And I need to get some facial spray. I keep hearing about this! I kinda want to find a diy to make my own.

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  35. great tips.. book, charger and headphones are a must.
    Not really a scarf person.

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  36. I love this list, especially the scarf and water bottle! Must haaves for me as well.

    xoxo Emily
    ditchtheheels.com

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  37. I bought new noise canceling headphones for our trip to Rwanda last year and output broke on the first leg of the trip. I was devastated because headphones are absolutely a must!

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