Backpack: Similar Kate Spade black and white one, This mini Tory Burch backpack and this striped backpack are great options. This gray backpack for under $70 and this striped one for under $30 are great budget friendly options. // Sunglasses: Ray Ban // Travel bags: Kate Spade, I use these shoe bags and these "wash" and "wear" bags every time I travel and they are lifesavers! // Travel pillow: Similar memory foam pillow // Cocktail kits: Moscow Mule and Gin & Tonic, but they also have Old Fashion, champagne cocktail and Bloody Mary kits
I'll admit that I was a bit nervous before my first overseas flight. I didn't know how I was going to get comfortable enough to sleep, how I was going to entertain myself or how I was going to stay sane after being stuck in the same place for hours. Unfortunately that first time didn't go so well. The TV in at my seat didn't work and I ended up next to two children who were very unhappy the entire time, so I didn't get much sleep. From that point on, I had a check list of things I would always, always, always have in my carry on when I'm flying internationally.
1. Eye mask: They do have "designated sleeping hours" where they turn off all the lights, but there's nothing more annoying than being woken up by someone opening the window or turning on the reading light.
2. Ear plugs: Whether it's people snoring, children crying or the dinging of the "fasten your seatbelt" sign, there will always be noise on the plane. Ear plugs will definitely help drown the noise out and hopefully make it easier to fall asleep. (Side note: noise canceling headphones would be even better!)
3. Travel pillow and blanket: A blanket and pillow are provided for you, but I'll be honest and say I'm skeptical about them....plus I always sleep better on my own pillow. If you dress in layers, you might not need a blanket (or wrap), but it's probably better to be safe than sorry and bring one just in case.
4. Socks or slippers: It totally grosses me out when people take off their shoes on the plane, especially when they're barefoot. But wearing shoes while you're sleeping isn't all that comfortable, so bring some socks or slippers to change into while you're sleeping.
5. Portable charger: This is really helpful in the airport because I know we've all experience the challenge of trying to find a plug when you're at the gate.
6. Tooth brush and floss: Sticking to your normal routine as much as possible will help you feel better and keep you on schedule with the changing times zones. I don't know about you, but I always feel so much better knowing my teeth are clean. Mouthwash or those on the go tooth brushes that already have the tooth paste on it are also great options.
7. Travel skin care products: We all know that sleeping with makeup on is a big no no and when you fly that's no exception. Your skin goes through a lot when you fly so make sure you bring makeup remover and travel size bottles of your skin care products to help keep your skin happy and looking it's best. You can always do a quick makeup touch up when you land.
You think it would be safe to assume that on an international flight, you would get things like (free) wifi, power outlets or a working USB plug, but let me tell you those are definitely not a given. So my biggest piece of advice to you is to assume that you will need to provide anything and everything you need on the flight (unless you're in business or first class and then it's probably different).
I know it's a pain to think about it all, but guess what?!
You don't have to think about it! I've put together a complete checklist of everything you need to pack which you can download and print by clicking here!
PS you might also like these 7 tips for easier travel prep.