But we will be back!
We are headed to Rome next week and will spend about two weeks traveling around the Mediterranean and a few days in Rome itself. While most of our time will be spent on a big ole’ boat, we do have to get over there somehow. Hello International Flying.
I have a love/hate relationship with flying, especially international flying. Since I was a little girl, the airport was such a magical place full of excitement, adventure and lots of fun people watching. Plus it meant we were going someplace fun. But after more than a couple of delayed flights, sleeping in the airport, misplaced bags, and of course your seat being in the middle of the snorer on one side and the arm rest hog on the other, the magic sort of wears off. Add 7 hours of flight time, cramped leg space and just not being able to fall asleep during the night, international flights are by far my least favorite.
However, there are still some things I look forward to! Ginger Ale is my favorite thing to drink on an airplane, I don’t know why, it just tastes better 30,000 feet up in the air. International flights have free entertainment to help pass the time and on most planes you get your own TV. They serve somewhat decent meals that you don’t have to pay for. And most airlines, your bags are also free… and you usually get 2 each, which really translates into I get 3 and Andy gets 1.
It’s also important for me to have the essentials with me on these flights or any domestic flight. I thought I would share my flying arsenal for this trip in hopes that it helps you too! Hope to see you in the friendly skies…
1. Passport and Cute Passport Cover- It is so important to have this baby close to you while traveling internationally. They won’t let you in the country without it! This may seem like common sense, but you never know…. It also helps to have it dressed to impress. I just picked this Kate Spade cover up this weekend and I am so excited to use it!
2. Guide Book to where you are going- I love DK Eyewitness Travel Books. They are easy to read, have great tips and guides and most of them have pull out maps! They are incredible, we have several, and I love to underline in them and star places we want to go. They are also very helpful in telling you the prices of places including restaurants and shops and what guided tours to take. In the front pages, each book gives you run down of the country you are traveling to, including where to stay, how the locals are and tips for traveling.
3. A Camera – This is my Nikon D700. I take it most everywhere with me because I am a photography junkie and my sweet hubby is slowly learning how to shoot on manual (I better watch out, he is getting good!). If you don’t have a digital SLR, there are great point and shoot cameras out there, but you will be amazing our a digital SLR can capture the beauty of place. I like to travel with this in my carry on because you never know what you will see before you get your bags!
4. A Scarf- I always get cold on planes and some planes don’t hand out pillows anymore for hygiene reasons. A scarf comes in handy for when I am cold and also for when I need a pillow. I am loving this polka dot scarf here.
5. A Book- Reading helps me pass the time but also helps me get sleepy for those long flights. My book for this trip is going to be The Light Between Oceans about and Australian Lighthouse Keeper and his wife who find a baby in a boat with a dead man… maybe it won’t help me fall asleep!
6. GUM – This is essential! Not just for bad breath, but I also get ear aches from the pressure from taking off and landing. Chewing gum really helps, even better if it is really tasty.
7. Crosswords- I love to do crosswords on planes. It keeps me distracted but it is also fun to do them with your traveling buddy. This Black and White Sunday Edition is one of my favorites!
8. iPad or Kindle- We currently own iPads and are so grateful we invested in them. We bought them because we travel so much. We watch movies, tv shows, play games, read and import pictures onto these bad boys. It cuts down on having to carry lots of books and we don’t need to take our laptops with us anymore. I currently own this Michael Kors case because there is an amazing kick stand that snaps back into place. It also zips up for protection.
9. Lotion, chap-stick and Excedrin Migraine Pills– Flying can really dry out your skin and lips with all that circulation air. I also don’t go anywhere without Excedrin because I am prone to migraines and there is nothing than flying with one! Just make sure they are under 4 oz.
10. Noise canceling earbuds– These are little miracles for your ears. I didn’t realize what I was missing till we had them. Block out any noise around you while you are trying to sleep, read, or listen to your movie. These ones from Skull Candy are amazing and you can control the volume on the cord.
Do you have any good carry on items we just can’t miss out on? Let us know!