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With Eyes Skyward >> Travel Essentials

Posted Feb 28 2013 1:50pm

This week I am total travel preparation mode, since I leave on Monday already for India! While I haven't traveled as much as some people, I would say I have traveled more than the average person my age has. This will be my sixth overseas trip in 8 years! I had never flown on an airplane until I was 18, and did not travel outside of Minnesota much until I was 21. Since then, I've been to 15 countries, 5 Canadian provinces, and 26 US States, including living in 3 of them. While many of my peers have spent their 20s starting families, buying homes, or climbing the career ladder, I have spent my 20s travelling. I wouldn't trade my experiences for anything!

I thought I would share some of my must-haves for really long flights. This will definitely be my longest flight ever, with 10 hours from Seattle to Amsterdam, and then 8.5 hours from Amsterdam to Mumbai. Ugh! I wish I could skip that part entirely. But since I can't, here are the things I'm bringing to help make it more manageable.

1> Kindle. Duh. One of the reasons I finally went e-reader, was that it will be so much easier to take lots of reading with me, and really lighten my load. Plus, I can even even get newspapers and such on it, so I'll always have something to read.

2> Dried Cherries. I've read that they are on the most natural sources of melatonin (which helps you sleep and maintain your natural bio-rhythm), and can help fight jet lag. I'm going to try it out; hopefully it helps!

3> Ginger. Travelling sometimes makes me feel woozy in the stomach. Sometimes it's turbulence,  sometimes it's eating bad airport food, and sometimes it's just plain anxiety. I like to keep ginger to suck on or chew to help soothe my stomach and digestion. It works so well!

4> Comfortable headphones. I just got these off of Amazon, and I think they'll do the trick. I think earbuds get uncomfortable when you lay on them, and these are nice and cushiony. Plus, while not noise cancelling, the over the ear design really block out a lot of outside noise.

5> Folder. I am SO disorganized. I am always losing things. I need all the help I can get to keep things together. I am going to use this folder to keep all of my documents and printouts together and wrinkle-free. Bonus - I found it in the $1 section at Target!

6> Earplugs and Face Mask. I am a big believer of sensory deprivation for sleep. This eye mask from REI is the BEST (I've tried a lot), and the earplugs will drown out any crying babies that might be on board (lord help us).

7> Cleansing Wipes. Flying always makes me feel icky. I like to use easy, no-water-needed wipes to freshen up. These ones from Pacifica are made with coconut water and papaya. Yum!

8> Luna Bars. I get grumpy when I'm hungry. If the airplane food stinks, or is not enough (I'm a growing girl!), I like to keep these on hand for emergencies. Also, they're a heckuva lot cheaper than buying overpriced airport food.

What are your must haves for travelling? Anything I should add?

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