Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ljc's Traveling Tips

I am on the road for work. I travel a lot for work these days. Not as much as George Clooney's character in the movie Up in the Air, but enough that I recognized some similarities. While sitting in the airport, I thought I would share some of my travel tips. I am all about comfort when I travel.

Gotta hydrate. As soon as I am through security I am looking for a store with Vitamin Water.

Snacks. Airplane food. Need I say more? If you don't bring food from home there are good airport alternatives. A packet of nuts or fruit. I even found this small package of edamame. And I like to have something sweet like these wafers. A nice bar of dark chocolate is also acceptable.

The old standby to make your ears pop is gum. But then I am stuck with a piece of gum. I just can't swallow gum. Instead I carry on these Halls lozenges - the plus is they have vitamin C to fight off airplane germs.

I like to carry a small perfume with me when I travel. Having something nice to smell just makes me feel better. I like to carry something like this solid Poule de Luxe perfume, that way I don't have to put it in a ziploc baggie for security.

Anti-bacterial wipes, spray or gel. Again, using wipes avoids packing them in the baggie.

I dry out like a leaf on airplanes, plus I wash my hands a lot so I have to have hand lotion. Even if I have to baggie it, I will bring it. The little sizes they give you at hotels is just the right size. Save them!

Lips dry out too, so have to have lip balm. I love this tea one. Smells like cinnamon.

If you get stressed when traveling, I just found these aromatherapy pouches. Throw one in your bag to help de-stress.

I have to have my music and movies on an iPod or iPhone.

Reading material - I prefer lighthearted stuff. I especially like cooking magazines. Thinking about food is comforting.

A wrap. It's a blanket if it's chilly and rolled up becomes a pillow.

This is my favorite travel bag. Fits my laptop, two changes of clothes and toiletries. And it fits under a standard airplane seat! Can't miss the bright pink color either.

I try to get to my gate asap so I can claim a spot next to a power outlet. That way I can use my laptop and iPhone worry free. Just in case I carry an extra battery unit for my iPhone. This Kensington one has saved my butt many a time.

I keep all of these things bagged together, just for when I travel so I don't have to run around collecting them each time I pack. I have a toothbrush, mini toothpaste, contact case, mini contact solution - all duplicates of things I need everyday packed and ready to go.

So there you have it. My little sanity saving tricks for traveling!


  1. What a great bag! I am always looking for one that actually fits under the seat. What brand is it?

  2. this kaitlin likes your bag, too! where did you get it? :)

  3. Great tips! I didn't know halls defense had little rolls like that I always just buy the big bag!

  4. Which do you use, a pack mule or a sherpa?

  5. I'm sooo addicted to Vitamin Water and the XXX flavor is my fave!

  6. I love these tips! I have a mini case pretty much packed too, even though I don't travel so much anymore.

    A travel tip from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright - when she was getting off a long flight (and knew there would be cameras and greeters), she'd put on a cowboy hat. Dramatic and no need to fix one's hair.

  7. Hi Jenny,
    I just noticed you're in San Jose, my hometown! If you're flying out of SJC, note that they have free wi-fi.

    Enjoy your stay. Are you here for work?

  8. Very good, thanks! I also use the wrap and have been very glad of it on many occassion - so versatile.

  9. Also dying to here about the bag! Please post the maker and where you found such a kick a$$ travel bag!

  10. I love the de-stressing aromatherapy idea. Honestly, I've been resorting to Valium on my recent flights because I'm so phobic! Your way sounds a lotttt more natural.

  11. I kept forgetting to look and see what brand my bag is. It is a Ricardo Beverly Hills Essentials 16in. On-Board Rolling Tote. I bought it because it has a spot for my laptop. You can find them here. http://www.luggageonline.com/product.cfm?product_ID=8985

  12. Love that bag as well. Can't seem to find an all pink model like yours. Looks much nicer without the black.