This is another edition of Q&A with Bailey & Vince!
This week's topic will feature our favorite travel gear and gadgets. Thank you to everyone that sent us a question for this Q & A!
What kind of luggage do you travel with?
The short answer is whatever you can fit in the carry-on compartment. (We're serious fans of carrying on our baggage, no matter the trip. We even carried on our luggage for two-week trips to Iceland and Croatia!)
The long answer is:
What kinds of travel gear do you always bring on a trip no matter what?
Vince and I both agree that we must have the following items for a successful flight/trip:
- power brick (We've used the power brick countless times to recharge or iPads and phones on the road.)
- water bottles (People often make fun of me for carrying this funny-looking water bottle around, but it's so so useful and economical once you get past security in an airport. Staying hydrated on a flight is one of the easiest ways to arrive fresh and ready for your adventure.)
- noise-canceling headphones (Noise-canceling headphones make a flight 10x better by drowning out the majority of that plane drone noise that can wear on you after awhile. Plus, you can hear the music/movie you're listening to that much better!)
- Google phone (I've mentioned this before, but we love bringing this international phone with us when we travel abroad. It's great for navigation, finding a great restaurant, and even emergencies should they come up.)
How do you dress for a flight?
We tend to dress for comfort, but we still try to look like respectable members of society (no sweatpants or pajamas). We're typically in jeans or leggings (Bailey) with layers on top to make sure we're comfortable for all types of temperatures inside airports and planes.
It can also be really helpful to wear your bulkiest shoes (sneakers, hiking boots, etc.) on the plane so they aren't taking up precious space in your luggage.
Any other tips?
Be extra thoughtful about the things you pack for entertainment! For years I'd pack 3-5 books for weekend trips, thinking I'd power through them on flights and during relaxing times. Turns out, I'm not that fast of a reader and I had more exciting things to do on my vacations!
Now I try to really think about how much downtime I'll have on flights and during my trip and then I pack for that. For instance, if we're taking a long weekend in New York, I'll pack my laptop (for blogging!) one book, and a few magazines that I can breeze through and discard on the plane. This way I'm not carrying around a bunch of extra items.
How do you like to prep and pack for a trip?