I’m a terrible flyer. Offer me a car trip or a ride on the Amtrak and I’m in. But flying? Logically, I know it’s the fastest and easiest way to travel. Emotionally, it stresses me out! I wasn’t always this way, before 9/11, before I had my son, before I got married, I was a carefree airline passenger. Now, every bump seems to put me into a catatonic state.
To help make traveling a little easier, I say my little prayer before take off, and I pack these essentials…
A Cashmere Scarf: having one of these beauties with me means I can avoid the gross airline blanket and cover myself up. I’m always cold, so this is by far my biggest must have.
The New York Times Sunday Crossword: we don’t have a subscription to The Times, but I can usually score the puzzle from our gym or from the recycle bin on our floor. Fear and anxiety tends to make your brain a little fuzzy. Focusing on the puzzle helps me keep my mind off the flight and stay sharp at the same time. Of course, I need a pencil with a good eraser.
Quest Bars are a must. Airline food is never satisfying. Even those little snack boxes are lacking, unless you’re wanting a carb and sugar fix. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough or Oatmeal Chocolate Chip are my go to bars.
Ice Breakers, because “fresh breath’s a priority of my life” #sixteencandles
Everyone knows that air on planes dry you out. Anxiety just intensifies that! I have a lip balm in every purse and jacket pocket. I may have a little bit of a lip balm obsession. When it comes to lip balm, I’m totally old school: Chap Stick all day.
Hand Sanitizer is a travel no brainer. I’m particularly fond of the freebies at CityMD. It lasts a long time, has a nice scent and it’s a spray instead of a squeeze.
Finally, I never leave home without some Sun Bum sunblock. When I entered my 40s my skin became very sensitive to sun exposure. Sun Bum is the only brand I’ve found that doesn’t irritate my skin and the ray blocking is the best I’ve seen.
Next up, figuring out how to include the items I forget trip after trip: tissues, hand lotion, cash money, nail file…