Being an organized traveler is the most important skills you need to ensure you have an easy going vacation. First thing you do when you board the plane is to put your carry on away. You take your seat, the seat belt light comes on, and you realize your precious iPad is in your carry on. But what about your headphones? Ah, in your carry on too. Fine you will have to wait till the seat belt light turns off, but then you will have to search through your entire carry on to look for your headphones. Simplifying your life but packing the right things in your travel tote while traveling is the best thing you can do. After our trip to London a couple of weeks ago, I thought I would share what is always in my travel tote, and what my in-flight essentials are.
Before I get into details about my must have in flight items and what is inside my travel tote, let’s talk about the tote itself. If you are traveling I recommend you invest in a tote that is sturdy and can handle the weight of the items you intend on placing inside your tote. I recently got the St. Anne Monogram Tote from Barrington gifts (c/o) and I am absolutely in love with it. My intention was to mostly use it for my travels seeing it is the perfect size, but I have actually been using it in my everyday life as well (going to work, brunch, running errands). The travel tote l has plenty of pockets to fit all kinds of travel and life essentials. My favourite thing about the tote though is that being able to deboss your initials. I mean, how cute is that? I am a sucker for monogrammed items, and I am so happy to have monogrammed item in my bag collection.
What’s in my Travel Tote – In flight Essentials You Need to Pack!
1 | Travel Wallet and Passport
The St. Anne tote is perfect for travel and everyday use because unlike similar totes it actually has 3 separate pockets aligned inside the back of the bag, plus your typical zipper pocket. In one of the pockets I place all of my in flight documents (passport, custom forms, boarding pass) since I like having everything in one place. The other item you will find in my in flight essentials is my travel wallet. For my travels I always use my LV Zippy Wallet. It has tons of compartments but it is too big for me to carry around in my everyday life. I find it the perfect size for travels though.
2 | My “Express Makeup Bag”
I call this makeup bag my express makeup bag because it has in it the absolute makeup essentials, in case my suitcase gets left behind. In my actual suitcase I have the rest of my makeup products which are secondary beauty products I use like toner, facial wash, night masks, face scrub etc. My life would not be over without me if my suitcase gets misplaced. I will be sharing in another post all the beauty products that make the cut for my express makeup bag while traveling.
3 | Wet Naps
Regardless if I am traveling or not, my tote always has wet naps in it. Traveling comes with a lot of germs, so I like having the wet naps with me to either wipe things or wipe my hands.
4 | Sunglasses
I always keep a pair of sunglasses in my travel tote. Most of the flights I take land early in the morning, so sunglasses are a must to protect my eyes from the binding sun. Especially when traveling to sunny Greece or tropical Caribbean. Having quick access to your pair of sunnies is a life saver.
5 | Something to Read (Magazine/ Kindle/Book)
Honestly, I always pack a magazine in my travel tote, but for some reason I never get to read it. I usually fall asleep before reading it, but I think it is handy to have in your travel tote. Just in case. You never know when you will be bored in a 12 hour flight.
6 | Agenda and a pen
I always bring my agenda with me on the plane because I can plan my days or make any notes that come in mind during the flight. Also, a pen comes in handy when it is time for you to fill out those custom forms. Nothing is more annoying that trying to hunt down a pen in an airplane.
7 | Ipad
I always pack my ipad in my travel tote. Especially for long flights I like having instant access to it. I also have it in my travel tote for security reasons as well. Obviously your things are safe in your carry on as well, but I once got my iPad stolen from my carry on so ever sine that incident I always pack my iPad with me at all times.
8 | iPhone cord and Headphones
My Barrington St. Anne tote has three little compartments so I always place my iPhone charging cord in one of them along with any important USB keys and my headphones. Most airplanes now have USB outlets where you can plug in your cord, so if your cellphone or your iPad needs to be recharged you can easily charge it by using them.
9 | Snacks
An in-flight essential you need to pack in your travel tote is snacks. I never travel without snacks, so naturally those are always placed in my travel tote because this girl is always hungry. For our trip to London I chose to pack some Krave beef jerky which I find delicious and the perfect snack when travelling.
10 | Tic Tacs
Some people choose to have gum in their travel tote, but my in flight essential are Tic Tacs. They are so incredibly addicting (hence the large package) but they are so easy to eat when you need to refresh your breath. Unlike a gum for which you have to worry what you will do with it when the flavour disappears, the Tic Tac will eventually dissolve in your mouth.
11 | Fleece Socks
Is it just me or airplanes are always freezing? The first thing I pack in my travel tote is fleece socks. to keep me warm. If you want to make your travel experience more pleasant then I definitely recommend you pack a pair of fleece socks in your travel tote. Especially when you are traveling in the summer and you are wearing sandals, packing those fleece socks is a must! My feet always get cold in the plane, but thanks to my fleece socks that problem is easily eliminated.
12 | Sleep Mask
I hardly use sleep masks but when it comes to traveling I absolutely adore them. A sleep mask is definitely an in flight essential you need especially if you find it hard to sleep in an airplane. If you would like complete darkness, a sleep mark is your saving grace.
*Photography: Laura Clarke Photography
There you have it! Those are all the items you will find inside my St. Annes travel tote when I am boarding a plane.What are some of your in flight essentials?
Happy Packing my flaneurs!