Trains, planes and automobiles, we’ve taken many over the past few weeks. We’re wrapping up our European adventure, which has been nothing short of spectacular. Our trip has gone so smoothly, and we owe this in great part to pre-trip planning, and thinking through our travel route in detail.
There are so many little things that help make a big trip go smoothly, and I’m excited to share what I’ve learned with you. Today, I’m starting with key things you need to know about travelling in Europe, and what’s in my carry on.
Travel Carry on Only
Too much stuff will ruin a trip. The more you travel, the more you realize how true this is. On short European flights, the planes are small and you often can only bring a carry on, without being charged. Check with the airline regarding the amount of luggage you can bring, weight limit restrictions, how much it is to check additional bags and can you bring a personal item (like a purse) as well as a carry on bag.
Carry on suitcase
Just because you are travelling carry on only, doesn’t mean you won’t have enough things to wear. I packed for 9 full days easily with this Herschel hardshell suitcase. It is exactly the size allowed as carry on luggage. and it really made travel a breeze. It’s light, easy to roll, and large enough to fit quite a lot in. I completely understand why some people swear by traveling carry on only.
Checked in Luggage
Remember, the minute you ‘check in’ your suitcase, it is almost guaranteed to come back scratched and marked up. You can’t be precious with something like luggage, so be warned, it will not come out in perfect condition after a ride in the hold.
Carry on liquids
You can only bring ONE small bag of liquids through security. Nothing can be over 100ml and they are very strict on this. At most airports, they supply plastic bags to put your items in to go through security. You can arrive to the airport prepared by putting all of your liquids in a small ziplock bag, and ensuring nothing is over 100 ml.
Not all of your cosmetics and toiletries will be liquid though. Things like lipstick and deodorant don’t count, but I suggest putting these in a separate clear bag. I love this Mary Kay cosmetics case because its compact, and easy to bring out of your bag if need be when you go through security.
In Flight Skincare
Travel size skincare is all you need (and can take) in your carry on. I collect travel size products for exactly this reason. Dermalogica has the perfect samples in sachets, and take up little to no room. Next time you buy your favourite skincare product, ask if they have samples. You will be surprised how often they will say Yes! Face wipes and Purrel wipes are available in travel size, and are a must. These are perfect to use to make sure your hands are clean, and your face is ready to be moisturized. Airplane air is so drying and you want to do whatever you can to help your skin.
In Flight Beauty
I never wear makeup before a flight, but I often want just a touch of makeup before I land. This Dior 2 in 1 is ideal as an multi use product. I use it under my eyes, around my nose, and to cover any blemishes. This MD mascara is perfect for travel. I love the tube package because it’s compact. Eyebrows are another key factor in looking refreshed. I love this Benefit wand because of the brush on the one side. A touch of product and brushing your eyebrows always makes you look more awake.
I will never take an overnight flight without a sleep mask! You need to put on earphones and cover your eyes to really get into a deep nights sleep. This mask is from the sleepwear company, The Sleep Shirt. It’s super soft, and the elastic is just the right tension so its comfortable to wear while getting some Zs.
Must have carry on items
Before we departed, I received a pair of prescription sunglasses from Clearly. They’re ideal for travel. I brought a few other pairs with me, but honestly, I hardly wore them. I received so many messages inquiring where they are from. They are very reasonably priced, and can be found at Clearly.
Light and portable, the Cannon G7X is ideal for creating videos. Filming our trip has been so much fun! I can’t wait to share more of our adventure on youtube soon.
You want to stay hydrated on the plane, so I always carry an empty water bottle through security and fill it up on the other side. You can also ask the air hostess to fill up your bottle when they come through the cabin. This Swell bottle has a larger opening, so its easier to decant water into it.
Passport Case and Notebook
Two things that are a must in your carry on. Your passport in case, and a notebook. I always write down all my itinerary details. It’s good to have things like the address of your destination and contact phone numbers handy.
Thanks to all of you who followed our stories and adventures in London, Paris and Prague! Stay tuned for blog posts on all our adventures, and follow @StyleCalling