Travelling can really make you feel anxious and a little stressed. The airport line ups, the stern security guards, the piles of people looking lost – I used to be this way, I was nervous anytime I had to go anywhere. After a while you stop seeing airports in this light, every time I’m in an airpot now i find it exciting, the line ups actually go quite fast, the stern security guards are just doing their jobs and are usually quite nice, and the piles of people looking lost usually look that way because they’re looking for their family, loved ones, or whatever. Part of the travel stress that some people experience comes from what to pack in your carry on.
Are you someone who checks your bag or carries on? I guess it depends on the length of the trip, but even if I’m not taking much – I’ll check my bag because I don’t want to have it with me while in the airport, and it allows me to zip through security, and be able to explore the airport without an annoying bag on wheels! I always get the “what if it’s delayed?” question of concern. The one time I had a mix up with luggage was (funny enough) the one time I chose to carry on. We were in the Newark airport and the overhead bins in the plane were FULL so they had to take our carry-ons and check them anyway – which of course made them delayed. Also, that’s were my handy little VISA platinum comes in. I pay a fee annually for this card, but it comes with automatic travel insurance (including an allowance for you to use to buy necessities if your bag is delayed).
I see so many people that have loads of things in their carry on, and it looks so uncomfortable and disorganized – airports are like shopping malls, therefore if you are ever in NEED of anything, chances are, you can get it there. With all that said, I try to keep it light and simple so I can enjoy my airport experience, sipping on an americano misto, people watching, and blogging about it to you, my lovely readers. Note: I might do a “what to wear while traveling” post because it surely won’t include flannel pajama pants and an oversized Arizona State University t-shirt. Let’s save the world one carry on and one outfit at a time!
My passport, visa, iphone, and macbook are all my NEEDS when I travel. I bring with me: baby lips lipgloss, a roll on perfume (I use Poppy by Royal Apothic), and the latest issue of Marie Claire (it has good articles that will pass the time), and don’t forget a pen, you need it if you travel internationally to fill out your customs card on the airplane!