5 Essentials for Traveling

5 Essentials for Traveling

Regardless if you are going on an 8-hour flight, drive, or train ride, it’s intimidating. What are you supposed to do for that long? You could look out the window, but that gets boring after the first 30 minutes. You need to have a purse or backpack filled with things to keep you busy!

I am flying to France and Switzerland later this summer and I have been preparing what I should bring in my purse for weeks now because I get bored easily. For this trip, I am taking my Madewell tote. It will fit under the seat in front of me, but will also be able to carry all my carry-on items.

The first thing in my bag is headphones. Headphones are great because it blocks out the sound of the man snoring next to you or the baby crying two rows behind you. Make a playlist with oldies but goodies, guilty pleasures, and everything in between. If you make a playlist long enough, it should keep you occupied for most of the flight.

The second thing in my bag is books. If the plane does not have an entertainment system, you will thank yourself for packing books. Personally, I love a good mystery so for my flight I am packing The Girl on the Train and Big Little Lies.

The third thing in my bag is a notebook with a pen. You may be thinking, that is awfully childish, but it can keep you entertained for a while. You can journal your expectations for the trip ahead, draw stick people, etc. Pens and paper will take you far.

The fourth thing in my bag is my eye mask. I need complete darkness to be able to sleep well. It takes some time to get used to falling asleep with something on your eyes, but once you are used to it, it is life-saving. Since my flight is overnight and I will be arriving in Paris when it is morning, I will need as much sleep as I can get.

The final thing in my bag is gum and water. These two necessities will help you as you experience pressure changes. Plus, it never hurts to have minty breath and be hydrated.

Now that you’ve read what I bring in my purse, what is in your purse when you travel? Let us know in the comments below!

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