My first piece of advice for making your trip less stressful, is to make your packing and preparation less stressful! I’ve been living a bicoastal life for the past 9 years with homes in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Palm Beach so I’m used to long flights and last minute packing. These are my must-have items for traveling across the country. Good luck & safe travels!
#1 Pre-packed makeup & toiletries
Basically, figure out what makeup you use everyday and buy doubles of everything including brushes. Do NOT take anything out of it when you get back from your trip. You can leave makeup bag in your car in case you need to redo your makeup after work or the gym.
Toiletries: Yes to Cucumbers makeup removing wipes, eye-makeup remover, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, razor, nail clippers, scissors, tweezers, shaving cream, hotel sized sample shampoos & body wash, Moroccan Oil, Drybar dry shampoo, Honest Company leave-in conditioner, First Aid Beauty face cleanser, Murad moisturizer, extra contact lenses, hair ties, Colorscience mineral sunscreen
#2 Pre-packed bag you only use for traveling
My Tumi backpack always has the following inside: eye mask, travel socks, blanket, headphones, hand sanitizer, face wipes, granola bars, lotion, tinted moisturizer, contact lenses, charged portable charges, chapstick, Advil, Benadryl (I recently was evacuated off a plane overrun with BEES!), and extra cash. This bag will attach to the handle of any rolling suitcase so you don’t have to carry extra weight when you have your suitcase with you.
#3 Jet Comfy travel pillow
This probably isn’t something I would have purchased on my own, but I was given a Jet Comfy pillow by the company in order to review. Once I got over the fact that it looks kind of dorky (this took 1-2 flights), I was so thankful to have this with me as I flew from the US to China to Australia and back this past month. Normally I am able to sleep on planes, but I usually need a blanket, an extra sweater or jacket to put on arm rest, and a travel pillow. With Jet Comfy, it attaches to your arm rest and adjusts to the height of your neck and then STAYS IN PLACE so you don’t have to be worried about your arm falling asleep or your pillow sliding off the window. I would say definitely opt for a window seat so you have something to lean it against, but it’s worth a try if you want to actually get some deep sleep on a flight. ($49.00, use coupon code BRITE for 10% off through the end of August 2016 www.jetcomfy.com)
#4 Cozy sweater or shawl
I have a cashmere sweater from Calypso St Barth which keeps you warm but doesn’t overheat you. Flowing open front sweaters are best because you can wrap them around you and get cozy. If you get a neutral color, it should go with a lot of your outfits too!
#5 Buy bottled water and a snack at the airport
Just in case they forget to put the catering on-board or you get delayed and have to stay on the runway for hours OR you get trapped in your window seat dying of thirst when the whole plane is asleep.