What’s in my Bag – Travel Edition

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If you didn’t know, I travel pretty frequently for work. I am gone about six or more times a year for about a week at a time! I’ve become pretty accustomed to it and have down pat what I take with me on the plane. If I’m not comfortable, I’m not a happy camper! I recently came back from a trip to Budapest for work (I know, woe is me!) and thought it would be fun to document what went into my bag for the plane!

Domestically I usually travel with my Sole Society Mason Travel Satchel but for longer trips, I prefer a backpack – it’s easier on my shoulders! I had a backpack that I was using for years – seriously close to a decade – but it finally bit the dust so I invested in the High Sierra Scrimmage backpack. It’s super lightweight and has tons of space for my travel necessities!

(Apologies that the lighting is off in these photos – I was rushing before I left for the airport!) Whats in My Bag: Travel Edition | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

On the plane I need to have:

  1. Wallet – DUH.
  2. Sunglasses.
  3. Portable charger. I got this for free at an event and its pretty good on the go! And my Kindle! I read books like there’s no tomorrow and I love how small and compact my Kindle is!
  4. Notebook. I use this notebook I got from a swap (thanks Lindsay!) to jot down notes, blog posts ideas/schedules, etc.
  5. People magazine. This is my crack. I finally got a subscription to it, but for years I would only buy it at the airport and it became a ritual to take with me.
  6. Camera! I always try to take my good camera with me.
  7. Various medicines and creams. I swear by this cuticle/nail cream to make my nails stronger! My mom has been using it for years and her nails are like rocks.
  8. A sleep mask and fresh contacts. I usually just save the sleep masks you get on planes for future trips, and I always need new contacts after a long flight.
  9. Fuzzy socks and deodorant. I cannot, I mean CANNOT stand if my feet are cold on a plane. Fuzzy socks are key! And deodorant because I want to smell somewhat fresh off the plane. 🙂
  10. Passport – also DUH!

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Also in my bag:

  1. A scarf to keep me warm. If the flight doesn’t have blankets (which luckily international flights do) I always bring a scarf and/or sweater with me to layer in.
  2. My glasses. If I don’t want to put new contacts in after a nap.
  3. Neck pillow. I feel so lost without a neck pillow now. And I just purchased the BEST one which I’ll be sharing in a new favorites post soon.
  4. Cords, cords, cords. I keep a pouch with all the chargers I need and headphones!
  5. Makeup bag. Not all of my makeup for the trip, but just odds and ends I can use on the go!
  6. Pouch with pens, markers, etc.
  7. Pouch with random odds and ends – lotion, mini notebook, small sewing kit, Purell wipe, etc.

Not pictured is my work laptop and charger, the sweater I was wearing, and my car and house keys, phone, etc. 🙂 Even with all of this the bag was still pretty light to carry, and I could pop my phone into a little pouch on the front strap for easy access.

I also often pack snacks with me, especially on domestic flights because they feed you nothing, but often times I’ll buy at the airport instead.

What are your must-have travel items? Are you pro-neck pillow?

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  1. I do fuzzy socks too! I almost always carry my iPad Mini preloaded with Netflix downloads for entertainment. I’m terrible about working on a plane, I see it as my time to kick back. I bring whatever magazines are unread at home. I also pack Korean sheet masks to rehydrate my face in my hotel room; if not, I pack a little Evian water mist thingy from Sephora for my on-the-go stuff. I get dry around my nose, especially when flying.

    I’m pro neck pillow for international flights where I really want to sleep, but not daytime. I feel like if I’m super tired I’ll naturally doze off without it. Dan is definitely pro neck pillow any time he remembers to bring it.

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  2. I have some of those ipsy bags!

  3. I love those kinds of posts…. peeking into other people’s travel bags 🙂
    I carry a lot of the same things when I travel (not as frequently as you do!). I remember the travel satchel that you mentioned in an earlier post… it’s beautiful, but does it get very heavy to carry on one shoulder?
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    • I think only because I carry a very heavy work laptop in that bag does it get heavy on one shoulder. If I didn’t have the laptop, it would be great!

  4. I’ve never used the neck pillow, but EVERYONE swears they are amazing…my flights are usually pretty short and don’t necessitate it, but…I’m so curious about your upcoming review!

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    • I am obsessed with having a neck pillow. Sometimes I don’t even use it around my neck, but I wedge it in between my face and the wall for some cushion!


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