Because these products will make any trip just that much better…
In just a few hours I’ll be boarding a 20-hour flight to Thailand (!) and, yes, while I AM very excited to go on a yacht (more on this later, promise) and explore Phuket, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have major anxiety about the long flight. Thankfully (and this is the first time I’ve ever been thankful for a layover), I do have one stop in Hong Kong to break up the flight, but with all of my back issues I do still have some concerns. Taking all of that into account, I put together this post that features my absolute MUST-BRING products for any long flight or trip.
If you guys have anything to add to the list, I’d love to hear it! Comment below and let me know 🙂
Garnier Fructis Sleek Shot In-Shower Styler: I tried this product a few weeks ago when it launched and was VERY impressed; it’s now a staple in my suitcase whenever I travel! Basically, this in-shower product cuts down your styling time (I know, I didn’t believe it at first either) with its argan oil and plant protein technology so that when your blow dry time gets cut down AND you can even skip the flat iron which, for me, is a game-changer…especially when it come to traveling. Who wants to spend an hour on their hair when they could be enjoying the beach or a margarita instead, right?
Add Garnier Fructis Sleek Shot In-Shower Styler to your regular shampoo at a 1 to 1 ratio. Rinse, condition, and style with your blow dryer, as per usual. Then you’ll notice your styling time is decreased and your hair is sleeker, smoother and frizz-free for a full 24-hours! I’m in love, and I can’t wait to show the other girls on my trip!
Waterproof iPhone case: Since I’ll be going somewhere warm and tropical (plus the yacht experience), I wanted to make sure my iPhone would be safe. This case allows you to still take photos (yep, through the plastic) and you can even take photos underwater as long as you don’t go too deep.
Tennis ball and lidocaine patches: Like I mentioned above, my back is a concern for me when it comes to long flights but my new physical therapist suggested that I bring a tennis ball in my carry-on bag to massage any areas of pain…so brilliant. I’ve also had a lot of luck with lidocaine patches; you just slap one on the area that feels sore and it kind of numbs it for a few hours.
RawRev Glo protein bars: My friend Brooke Zigler recommends these a lot and, even though I was skeptical at first, they’ve become my go-to “I have no time to eat” emergency snack. Every flavor is great (I especially love cookie dough and peanut butter, dark chocolate & sea salt), and these bars are packed with fiber (which will keep you full, longer). They’re also really low in net carbs and sugar, making these probably one of the healthiest/still tastes good protein bars I’ve ever tried. I keep a few in my carry-on in case the airplane food is gross or I’m caught in between meals and famished.
Cell phone stand/holder: This cell phone stand is also a game-changer for me. I used to try to watch TV shows/movies on my phone by propping it up against the little bar that holds up the seat tray and literally any time anyone moved my phone would fall. I found this one on Amazon and I LOVE IT. It’s so simple and I wonder why I didn’t think of finding this years ago, haha.
Travel infinity pillow: So one of my blogger friends, Grace Atwood, blogged about this and raved how it’s the best for red-eye flights! I haven’t had the chance to test it out yet but if Grace says it’s the best, I believe it must be the BEST. I really love how you can actually re-shape it into whatever pattern you need; so if you want to lean against the window? Check. You want to lean against the seat tray? No problem. It’s great for your neck, of course, but also for back support, a noise-canceling pillow and even an eye mask! Can’t wait to use this baby today…
Toptote leather hat clip: Lastly, my friend Lindsay Albanese invented this amazing leather hat clip that attaches your hat to your suitcase (or purse)! I knew that I wanted to definitely bring at least one hat to Thailand because, hello, sun, and this Toptote clip just made life easy for me. You simply attach the clip to your hat’s brim and then hook the carabiner ring onto your bag, carry-on, keychain or luggage tag for a carefree travel solution.
Thank you to Garnier for sponsoring this post!
Photos by Azusa Takano