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Summer Vacation Guide: Packing for the Plane

Posted by Tasha | Friday July 15, 2011 1 comment
Remember when you were in elementary school and summer vacation was the best thing ever? The notion of a summer "vacation" never really leaves us. Whether it's camping, or a road-trip, or a day at the beach, it only seems right to take some time off to enjoy the beautiful weather. But if your ultimate summer vacation involves a little plane travel, it's smart to do a little research first into what you can and can't bring. 

Here’s what we found to keep you looking fresh en-route to your exotic destination. 

1. NIP+FAB Clean Fix Wipes (C$9.95) (available September 2011) is a pack of wipes perfect for removing dirt and make up and plane germs. I know I always need to shower immediately after leaving the airport, but to tide myself over, wipes with aloe, ginseng and marshmallow will do the trick. 

2. If you’re looking to cut down on your on-board mLs Lush Dirty Toothy Tabs (C$3.95) can take the place of your tube of toothpaste and you can exit the plane with minty fresh breath. 

3. There is nothing worse than plane hair. Hair that has been taken to great heights, been slept on on a strangers shoulder and is probably a tiny bit greasy. Bumble and Bumble Brown Hair Powder To Go (US$19.00) can help you remedy before the plane touches down, to tide you over until the next shower. 

4, Remember when Evian water was the thing to take on long flights? Caudalie Grape Water (US$8.00) is better, and the 1.6 OZ version is Customs-friendly. Made with water extracted from grape vines before they are harvested, this water will make you look perfectly refreshed before stepping off the plane (you never know who will be on the other side of the gate). 

5. Drake General Store Inflight Comfort Kit (C$19.00) has everything you need for a comfortable flight, including a jersey mask and inflatable neck pillow (maybe to prevent you from sleeping on strangers). 

1. Moleskine Passions Travel Journal (C$26.00) is perfect for getting organized before you fly, with check lists, calendars, as well as a way to remember your trip well after you return. 

2. Mytagalongs Disposable Underwear 5 Pack (C$6.00) seems like a silly idea, but tossing your underthings before reaching customs may save you from getting red-faced at security. 

3. My friends always say “you never know who you’ll be sitting beside on the flight, so dress your best (read: no sweatpants). Wilfred Catroux ¾ Length Pant not only look stylish, they’re made of satin-backed crepe and have a drawstring for optimal plane comfort. 

4. Now that you have an idea of what to pack, I’ll let you know what to pack it in. Generally you can carry on carry-on luggage (23 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm) and on personal article like a purse (16 cm x 33 cm x 43 cm). Lauren by Ralph Lauren Java-Zebra Print Classic Tote (C$178.00) fits the bill, and lets you travel in style. That flash of red might catch a certain pilot’s eye in the airport after all.  

But if I know anything, I know one thing for sure tweezers are a no-go. They are metal, and sharp and pointy, and according to airport security they are dangerous. Well, depending on where you go. Canadian Air Transport Security says they are A-OK but I know people whose tweezers were confiscated in Cuba. 

Also not allowed on board, bladed or spiked finger rings. Truthfully, you won’t be making friends on the plane with your brass knuckles anyway. The CATS does allows cell phones, iPods, e-readers, among other electronics on board and in your suitcase. However, batteries can only be taken on-board in your carry-on. 

Aside from the electronics, you’ll also want to take your make-up kit in flight.  The good news is you can bring liquids and gels on-board, the bad news is they must be under 100 mLs and packed in a 1 L clear plastic bag. 
What are your in-flight travel tips?

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on September 04, 2016  Beach Giraffe said:

Love traveling but hate packing. I always forget something important :)

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