Flight Chic’s Inflight Travel Essentials

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Here’s a list of my inflight travel essentials that keep me entertained, hydrated, and feeling my best when I travel.

1.    Soho Tote: I finally found the perfect tote bag for personal travel. It’s the ultimate tote for women with pockets to keep things organized, enough space a change of clothes, camera, laptop and a chic, minimal design in my favorite color, pink. Other colors are available. It’s the only bag I’ve ever traveled with that stays organized through the entire trip.

I also use the Soho Baby Tote for work trips. I prefer a bag with a zipper for work trips since I am required to stow by bag in a compartment on the plane and not under my seat. The tote contains multiple compartments and side pockets I can stow a water bottle.

2.    Frends Headphones: They fold up into a small pouch and rest over your ears so you can wear them throughout the entire trip. I download podcasts to listen to during the flight.

3.    iPhone: I read articles I saved on the Pocket app. I download podcasts ahead of time to listen to during a long flight. I use the Overcast app to listen to podcasts. If I am going on vacation, I download travel guides and maps. One of my favorite travel magazines is SuitcaseCheck out the free travel guides on the Suitcase app. I also love the Goop City Guides. I use Spotify and Soundcloud to listen to music in addition to my iTunes playlist. Check out these great playlists from Cereal magazine.

4.    Chargers: I travel with multiple backup chargers. Mophie is my go-to iPhone charger. It keeps my battery charged all day long.  A built-in standby switch allows you to choose when you want to use the juice pack battery or save some power for when you need it. I use the Anker PowerCore+ 20100 to charge my MacBook.

5.    Captivator Energy Mist: A quick spritz mid-flight instantly makes me feel like I’m in a spa.

6.    Unibazl Vision Elite Pens: They’re the only pens I’ve ever tried that don’t explode on planes!

7.    MacBook: I use a Macbook for blogging, editing pictures, taking online courses, and watching programs away from home. Just like iPads and iPhones, the new MacBook can be charged from a portable battery pack, as long as you have a USB-C to USB-A cable. I use the Anker PowerCore+ 20100 to charge my MacBook.

8.    Cashmere Scarf Travel Blanket: When I travel, I never fly without a travel blanket. It keeps me from freezing on a plane. I love the design of this one, and you can never go wrong with cashmere. They come in their own envelope that you can fold the blanket back into when you are done using it. The envelope also doubles as a cover for a travel-size pillow. I love that I can also wear it as a scarf or shawl on my trips.

9.    Higher Nature’s High Stability Active Silver: I spray colloidal silver around my seat when I travel to fight bacteria. I also spray it in my hotel room. In low doses, silver is nontoxic and is considered an environmentally friendly antimicrobial. In fact, colloidal silver was used as a bactericide by hospitals for years before the prevalence of antibiotics. Read more about the many uses of colloidal silver here.

10.  Bulletproof Collagen Protein Bars: The vanilla ones are my favorite. They taste like cookies. They are full of healthy fats and collagen protein (read more about collagen here), and very low in sugar (2 grams).

11.  Slip Sleep Mask: The Slip Sleep Mask is one of my carry-on bag essentials for red-eye flights. I love this brand of silk pillowcases and sleep masks. Slip pure silk sleep masks are 100% pure silk, inside and out. They’re made with pure silk filler, silk internal liner, and a silk-covered elastic band. Make sure your sleep mask and pillow case are 100% silk.

12.  Truffle Clarity Pouches: Truffles’s pouches provide a simple solution to staying organized. The clear plastic means you’ll never dig through multiple bags just to find your lipstick or important documents. All of the pouches keep products upright and intact. The Petite Clarity Purse is ideal for transferring from a carry-on to a handbag. The Large Clarity Pouch is for beach essentials (keeping them water and sand free), or for larger items that you want to keep tidy in your suitcase. The Clarity Document Case is for toting travel documents, magazines, and even an iPad.

13.  Osmosis Harmonized Water: When I travel internationally, I like to pack one of these osmosis harmonized water kits.  The kit includes four minis to boost your cells into action. These waters are frequency enhanced for health. They are non-toxic, effective for all ages and improve your health on a cellular level. There is no expiration date on any of the Harmonized Waters. The energy is in the form of scalar waves, which means the water molecule always contains that energy until used by the body. As long as you do not put anything into the bottle once opened the water is always viable. This kit is the perfect way to get started on Harmonized Water.

Conditions Recommended For:

  • Digestive Health: Rosacea, Psoriasis, Eczema, IBS, Bowel Irregularity, Acid Reflux, Gum Disease
  • Relax: Sleep Problems, Anxiety
  • Energize Me: Fatigue
  • Hangover Helper: Alcohol Related Effects

Find out more about Osmosis Harmonized water here.

14.   S’well Bottle: The S’well bottle keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 12 hours. The stainless steel bottle is double-walled, which not only provides an insulating layer but also prevents condensation, so you don’t have to worry about a drippy mess in your bag or on your desk. S’well is available in 9oz., 12oz. and 25oz. sizes. The 9oz. size is ideal for little ones. The mouth is wide enough for ice cubes and drip-free sipping. Check out some great tips for disinfecting your water bottle.

15.  de Mamiel Altitude Oil: Altitude Oil is the perfect travel companion to support and protect the immune system. Altitude oil is a mixture of essential oils that have antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties including Lavender to ease tension, Eucalyptus to help clear your head, Franconia to bolster immunity and the antiseptic properties of Pine. The lavender is from a high altitude area of New Zealand, where the soil is rich in nutrients, and the air is extremely clean. Put a drop under each nostril or a few drops on a tissue and inhale deeply several times.

This oil is not just for travel. Use it on any form of public transportation. Keep it on your office desk for when the room or your head needs cleaning. Sprinkle onto your pillow when you have a cold or can’t sleep. Shake a few drops into the bottom of the shower when you wake with a stuffy head. Pop a few drops in a humidifier when feeling nasally or under the weather.

16.  Jao Hand Sanitizer: Most sanitizers use a synthetic antibacterial agent called triclosan, which is controversial for its damaging effects on marine life and its peculiar tendency to spawn resistant bacteria. Jao was tested against seven of the most likely hand contaminants.  In all cases, the “kill rate” was less than one minute.  The formula draws on a blend of essential oils including eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, sage, and tea tree to prevent drying. Unlike every other commercial antibacterial product I’ve used, this one didn’t make me want to rub my hands on a towel to get rid of a wet residue or an overpowering, scent.

17.  Compression Socks: I never travel without wearing compression socks or thigh high stockings to prevent swelling and deep vein thrombosis. I wear medical grade compression thigh high stockings when I am working. For personal travel, I usually wear compression socks. TravelSox offers a great selection of compression socks for travel, work, medical and sports uses and have added more fashion-conscious designs. All their socks are made in Italy and have patented designs. I especially like the AB-X padding, which helps provide an additional cushion, which I like when I wear them as walking socks. I tried their new TSS6000 Soft Padding OTC and really like the new softer fabric. They also include their Silver DryStat anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, which reduces foot odor and are quick drying, minimizing blisters meaning you can wash them out in the sink and be ready to go the next morning while traveling.

18.  Travel Pillow: I’ll pack an inflatable travel pillow for a red-eye flight. Go Sleep has released an upright sleep system. It includes an adjustable elastic cord with toggles that secures to the seat or adjustable headrest, comfortably supporting the head in place.

19.  Dr. Singha’s Travel Tonic:  It’s a magic potion to help win the battle against jet lag. Travel often brings on various forms of stress caused by poor eating, disrupted sleep patterns, high speeds, and general apprehension. This great travel buddy can help you arrive calm and collected instead of tense and fatigued. Contains Organic extracts of Ginger Root, Eleuthero Root, Lemon Peel, Sheep Sorrel, and Wild Harvested Yohimbe Bark in a base of Organic Grain Alcohol and Distilled Water.

20.  iPad: I prefer to read on my iPad. I use the Texture app to read magazines. I also use the Inflight Reader app to download free magazines before a flight. I download books using my Kindle app and Overdrive app. My local library offers free books that can be downloaded using Overdrive.

21.  BKR Water Bottle: The BKR water bottle is a stylish leak-proof glass bottle that comes in a cute silicone sleeve. I love the design of this water bottle. Dehydration is a very serious condition and can be life-threatening. So it’s important to drink plenty of water several days before your trip, on your trip and even after you return home. When you travel, bring a BPA-free water bottle with a built-in filter so you can fill it up at any water fountain once you’re through security.

22.  Argentin 23: I never travel without colloidal silver. It’s the best way I know to heal quickly cuts, scrapes, sores, and burns. It can also treat a host of common illnesses such as colds, flu, and sore throats as well as kill nasty germs.

23.  Ponaris Nasal Ointment: It’s a must for anyone who travels due to the dry environment in airplanes. When your nasal passages get dry, you get tiny tears or fissures in the skin. When that happens, viruses can get inside. If you keep your nasal passages moist, there’s a lesser chance of airplane viruses getting into your nose. I use a few drops of this in my nose when I fly. The astronauts use this product!

24.  Henné Organics Luxury Organic Lip Balm: I started using this lip balm on the plane to moisturize my lips and cuticles. Its smooth, velvety touch comes from the most moisturizing ingredients available: Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter. Also used in this mix are Beeswax and Jojoba Oil, which have excellent antibacterial properties and help to maintain moisture in the skin. This Lip Balm doesn’t have to be restricted to the lips; it is also effective on cuticles, elbows, or any other dry areas.

25.  Ear Plugs: The best ear plugs I found are from Ear Peace.

26. Passport Case: Traveling without your passport may not be the best idea. Especially when leaving the country.

27.  Hand Lotion: Recently, I discovered the 10 in 1 multi-balm from the Holistic Science Company. My hands get very dry when I am flying. This product works so well and does not leave a greasy residue.

28.  Toothbrush and Toothpaste: Dr. Tung’s products are the best. I use Dr. Tung’s Ionic Toothbrush for travel.

29.  Books: I always download several books before a trip. I recommend reading Robin Benson’s Travel With Vitality and The Healthy Conscious Traveler for great tips on staying healthy while traveling.

30.  Eye Relief: I use BioTears or Dry Eye Relief to treat dry eyes and keep them moist.

31.  Goodwipes: These handy little items are a large, biodegradable, hypoallergenic body wipe you can take with you on the go.

32.  Snacks: I always pack extra snacks in the event of delays.

33.  MegaHydrate: Take 3-5 capsules on long flights to increase hydration and reduce free radical damage. Read more about MegaHydrate here.

34.  Zumread In-Ear Earphones: These teeny (and comfy) earphones are powerful enough to tune out all peripheral plane noise.

35.   Cord Taco: The cord taco is a genius tool for organizing charges, ear buds, and other wires. The premium leather greatly changes the look from messy to cool and organized.

36.  Pure Essence Labs Ionic-Fizz Magnesium Plus Raspberry Lemonade Sachets: Magnesium is said to calm the nervous system and prevent leg cramping, so I like to dissolve some in a large bottle of water for drinking throughout the flight.

37.  LivOn Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C SachetsIt’s no secret Vitamin C provides essential support to a healthy immune system. Downing a few packets of this potent, hyper-absorbent formula before takeoff gives my immune system a boost when it’s needed most.

38.  Skin Care Products: I save travel size packets of moisturizers and serums to use on long flights. Susan Ciminelli and Osmosis are some of my favorite brands for moisturizers and serums.

What are some of your essentials when traveling? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Hi Marla, loved this post and love your blog! So many amazing tips I have to try 🙂 Happy Friday!

  • Hi Marla, loved this post and love your blog! So many amazing tips I have to try 🙂 Happy Friday!