What's In My Travel Bag
Vergs and I came to a realization that 2018 was a crazy year. And no, don’t worry, this won’t be one of those full-on retrospective posts — I’ll probably post that sometime next month.
But as I was saying, this year was pretty intense in more ways than one.
Let me paint a picture.
January 2018: Philippines wedding. Jetted off a day after the wedding to the beaches of Boracay.
February 2018: Flew to Spain for the last time to get everything packed and ready for our move
April 2018: Flew back to Manila.
May 2018: Had a quick getaway in Bali. Then we spent our honeymoon in Japan.
June 2018: Moved to San Diego for my husband’s training.
October 2018: Moved to Hawaii for my husband’s military orders. Got a dog.
November 2018: Signed a lease on a house.
Like oh my gosh, you guys. Now that I’ve written everything down, I’m still pretty much in awe of everything this year brought us. We’ve been incredibly fortunate to travel so many times this year.
I have this running joke with a few friends that I should be a master when it comes to packing by now. But the truth is, the only thing I can pack really nicely is my hand carry bag. I usually need Vergs’ help for the checked in bags because he fills every nook and cranny so well.
So for today, let’s talk about some of the things I usually bring in my hand carry bag.
What’s In My Travel Bag?
1. A Jacket
I’ve gone on too many plane rides to know that I am absolutely horrible when it comes to a drop in temperatures. It’s one of the reasons why I always have a jacket in my hand carry bag — even if I’m going to a beach getaway. My theory is, if I’m going to be stuck on a plane for a few hours, I’d rather be comfortable and warm.
2. A Camera
I’ve been using my Sony Alpha 5100x since I got it early this year, and I’ve fallen in love with it. I’m familiar with it in the sense that I already know which settings to play around with. That way I’ll have photos that will look uniform on my IG feed — blogger problems, I know.
Don’t get me wrong. I like using my iPhone’s camera as well, but I feel that certain lighting looks better when taken with a camera.
I have an entire pouch dedicated to all my charger cords — my phone’s, my laptop’s, and my camera’s. I like chucking in my hard drive if there’s extra space too.
I usually keep all of these in a clear pouch because I’m OC and I need to see my things to fully know I’ve got everything I need.
4. Pixel Eyewear Glasses
I’ve talked about my Pixel Eyewear glasses before but it’s saved me from migraines so I’ve turned into such a convert and bring it with me on every trip. I’ve got my husband hooked too so now he’s got a pair of his own.
We like keeping our Pixel Eyewear glasses close by — like on a nightstand or a dresser — because as bad as it may sound, the phone is the first thing we reach for when we wake up in the morning. So having the glasses right there beside our phone makes us remember to use it, so the blue light won’t be too harsh on our eyes.
5. A Laptop
I usually leave my laptop if I’m going on a quick getaway and I’m 100% sure I won’t be doing any work while I’m away — which technically isn’t usually the case, I mean, I was shooting photos for brands on my birthday haha!
The truth is, I love bringing my laptop because I feel like there are things done easier on a bigger screen, as compared to an iPhone. Am I the only one that feels this way? I sure hope not!
6. Silk Pillowcase and Beauty Eye Mask
Maybe it’s just me but sometimes I don’t super trust the beddings in the hotels and Airbnbs we stay at. So I like to bring my mulberry silk pillowcase from Myk Silk along. Aside from the added benefit of having a clean(er) pillowcase that directly touches my face, I’ve also found that silk pillowcases actually help retain my skin’s moisture because it won’t soak up the moisturizer I slather on at night. And since skincare doesn’t really come cheap, I’ll take anything that’ll promote better absorption of the products I throw my money at in Sephora and Ulta.
I like bringing my silk beauty eye mask from Myk Silk too. I’ve got to say, this has been an absolute game-changer for plane rides. It not only looks beautiful and feminine, but it also helps retain the eye cream I put on pre-takeoff. Flights make my skin so dry at times — especially if they’re red eye ones that take at least 12 hours of travel time. So really, I’ll take all the help that I can get.
Now that we’re based in Hawaii, I don’t think I can ever go out without a pair of sunnies in my bag. My favorite ones at the moment are a pair of animal print ones from Quay. I got them at such a deal too. Normal price is about $50 and I scored them for only $20 — thank you, Nordstrom!
8. Travel-Friendly Skincare
I’m thinking of doing a separate post for this specifically because I do want to talk about some products in detail. I’ve been on a good number of flights this year and I’ve spent a significant amount finding products that will work on my skin pre and post-flight.
I know I probably sound like a broken record right now because I keep going on and on about the need for skin hydration on a flight. But trust me, you guys. I’ve lived to tell the tale of dry skin after a red-eye plane ride and I would never wish that on anyone — it was so hard bringing my skin back to its usual state after that incident.
9. Travel-Friendly Toothbrush
I’ve gone through many toothbrushes before and have always been annoyed at how hard they are to travel with. Most of the time, the travel cases for toothbrushes are always out whenever I go to the store, so I end up covering my toothbrush with some tissue, which sounds totally ratchet now that I think about it. I’ve gushed about the Quip’s toothbrush color so many times on my Instagram but really, that’s just one of the things I adore about it. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, it also comes with its own travel case and can be easily stuck onto a mirror without damaging the adhesive nor the mirror. Absolute plus in my book!
Who would I be if I didn’t have a few snacks in my stash? I’m a nibbler so I always have snacks in the car and in my bag whenever I travel. I usually have 2 options in my bag, one being a healthy option and the other more of a guilty pleasure — but hey, everything in moderation, right?
I know that it seems like I have a ton in my hand carry bag, but I promise that everything put together is below the maximum weight requirement of airplanes. Besides, the bag’s got to be light enough for me to stow in the overhead compartment, so you already know that it’s not too heavy. ;)