Smart Girls Carry On Guide


Ok guys, it’s officially vacation season! *Holds for cheer* I consider myself very lucky in that it’s rare that I ever find myself not anticipating a trip somewhere. I live for visiting new places and revisiting places I love and, especially now I’m no longer in education, travelling is what shapes my yearly calendar. Being from the little island of Great Britain, there are only so many places to visit before the rest of the world starts calling out to you, which is why many of us are well-accustomed to flying at least once a year. With this experience, comes great knowledge, especially when it comes to packing. Oh man, do I love packing! Year after year, my packing game gets stronger, especially when it comes to my carry on. For those of you who are looking for ideas as to what to pack in your carry on, along with the most obvious essentials, for your next vacay, this is my list of additional items that I never travel without:

  • Lip balm – Plane journeys are notorious for drying out your skin. This is because air from outside the aircraft must be brought in to dilute the air inside the cabin that we’re contaminating by breathing etc. As planes fly so high, the air coming in from outside is extremely cold and, therefore, can’t retain as much moisture as air on ground level, which is why you’ll find that your lips get dry super quickly on flights. In order to combat dry, chapped lips, always pack a lip balm of your choosing and apply liberally throughout the flight to lock in as much moisture as possible. My current favourite is C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries’ Lemon Lip Balm.
  • Moisturiser/Hand cream – Much like our lips, our skin can also dry out very quickly during a flight. I always make sure that I carry a small, travel-size hand/body cream and remember to apply it to my hands a couple of times during the flight. My current favourites are the nourishing hand cream range from Bath and Body Works.
  • Wet Ones – To be honest, I carry Wet Ones around with me all the time because you never know when you might need one. These are great for freshening up during your flight, especially if you’re travelling long-haul. I’ll be using them to remove my makeup and to freshen up before landing.

    Sheet Face Mask

    Image via Ali Express

  • A face mask – This is totally optional and something I’ve never done before, but I’m super excited to try. I’ve seen a ton of beauty bloggers and vloggers recommending taking a face mask to help rehydrate your face during a flight. Obviously, I wouldn’t recommend taking a cream-based mask because it would be too messy, but a sheet mask is a great idea, even if you will look like a complete weirdo for ten minutes. If you’re like me and wear a small covering of makeup, be sure to remove it before you apply the mask and, if you like, you can just reapply your makeup once you’re finished. It’ll kill some time, at least! I’d also recommend trying out the mask you intend on taking with you beforehand, just to make sure your skin doesn’t react badly to it. Buy two and use one a couple of days before you travel, just to be sure.
  • Eyedrops – If you’re a glasses or contacts wearer that struggles with dry eyes, like me, then eyedrops are a must. I love to use these, especially if I’m taking a red-eye, so that I can refresh my eyes and make them feel super bright. The most fundamental piece of advice I can give to all the near-sighted and far-sighted ladies out there that opt for contacts is this: please don’t wear your contacts when you fly; contacts and dry air don’t mix, especially not for hours at a time, so give your glasses some love and attention.
  • Mouthwash/toothbrush – I think we can all agree that airplane food isn’t the greatest, nor is not being able to brush your teeth afterwards, so carrying either a mouthwash or toothbrush and toothpaste is a great idea to combat that icky feeling.
  • Comfy socks – Packing some fluffy socks, as well as your sweater etc. is an awesome additi
    Fluffy Socks

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    on to a carry-one bag. I’m not sure I’d say this is an essential, but it’s certainly something I’d recommend, particularly if you’re either a nervous traveller or you’re going to be flying for quite some time. Getting as comfortable as possible on board will help to reduce anxiety and will warm you up too, as we all know how cold it can often get on a flight.

  • A spare outfit – Have you ever had an airline lose your luggage? It SUCKS! Seriously, it is such an inconvenience, which is why I always make sure I have a spare outfit packed in my carry on just in case. There is nothing worse than having to wear the same clothes you travelled in the following day, so to reduce the risk, I’d suggest at least packing a spare pair of underwear and a fresh, clean shirt, dress or whatever you prefer.

For related articles, check out Tropics Calling: Best Holiday Destinations, 10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation, Flying Alone: Tips and Tricks and How to Take a Vacation in Your First Year.

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Vivienne Davies

Vivienne joined Smart Girls Group in March, 2015 as an Editorial Intern. Having always had a great love for writing and having already thoroughly enjoyed completing an editorial internship during her time at university, she was keen to join a group of like-minded people that want to empower young women and girls the world over; then she found Smart Girls Group. Hailing from the North West of England, she is hoping to further diversify SGG and bring her British smarts to the table. Her smarts are in writing, languages and cultural studies, giving out good, solid advice to those who ask and keeping her nails perfectly manicured at all times. She is also completely addicted to her Twitter and Instagram @beautyblurgh

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