I like to pack light and live light. Over the years of frequent travel I have curated a list of key items that I reach to any time I’m about to get on a bus, train or plane. For the most part I no longer take checked luggage, so all of these items come with me in my carry on.
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.
~ Cesare Pavese
- Compression socks – I’m avoiding DVT at all costs, plus they help to keep your feet warm on chilly flights. (not pictured)
- Pashmina – regardless if you’re flying from one warm destination to the next, when you’re 20-40,000 ft above sea level, the inflight temperature is usually nippy.
- Neck pillow – Until I fly in business or first class consistently my trusty neck pillow comes with me. I’ll leave it behind on some of the shorter domestic flights unless I think I am going to take a nap. (not pictured)
- Noise canceling Boise headphones – softens the roar of the airplane, and the baby screaming in the seat behind, so you can focus on your breath, and relax while you try to contort your yogi body into the smaller than life seats.
- My moleskin and a pen – because I am a relentless list maker (if you can’t already tell). This particular Uni-ball pen is my favourite to write with.
- YTU Therapy Balls – let’s be real, these bad boys come everywhere with me. You can roll them under your feet, behind your back, or under your hammies, all mid-flight without leaving your seat. I do not recommend laying down in the aisle to roll out.
- Essential oils – particularly lavender oil and/or a relaxing/balancing blend.
- Hand sanitiser and/or wet wipes – this particular one makes me a giggle every time I use it.
- Paw paw ointment – for chapped lips and other dry skin or cuts.
- Delicious homemade body butter – it will keep your hands hydrated, not to mention you can give yourself a little hand massage while in flight. Remember to keep your container under 3 ounces. Find my recipe here soon.
- Hydration spray – that recirculated AC is not doing favours for anyone’s skin.
- A hydration mask – right now I’m using Korres Brightening Sleeping Facial. I usually use it as a night moisturiser, but if my skin is feeling dry and tight inflight I’ve been know to use it on the plane and no one knew I had a mask on.
- A yoga strap – for a relaxing yin practice before bed, or a decompressing downward dog with the strap around a door knob, or in an emergency, to MacGyver your broken bag.
- A travel mat – my preferred travel mat is the Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Mat. It only weighs about 2lb, folds up so tiny you can fit it in a hand bag and has better grip than most regular mats.
For those of you who travel with checked luggage, the last few items can be stored in your checked luggage as it’s highly unlikely you’d need them in flight. Try travelling with only carry on luggage, chances are you won’t need half the stuff in your bag anyway. Not to mention you’ll thank yourself when you don’t need to wait for an extra suitcase at baggage claim.