Spring Break is nearly upon us, and I’ve been packing (and re-packing) for a week.
Don’t roll your eyes. I’m not usually this good about advance planning. But we’re headed to South America, and the prep has been more laborious than a quick trip to Florida. We’ve all gotten the Yellow Fever vaccine, our clothes are sprayed with Sawyer Insect Repellant, we’ve registered with the Brazilian and Argentinian Embassies—and I even invested in a new pair of Chacos for our trek through the jungle.
I’ve also taken some care with what we’re bringing on board; it’s an overnight flight both ways, and I am the worst at sleeping on planes. So, I’ve got gear to (hopefully) help me catch some zzz’s....or at least look less exhausted upon arrival.
Dr. Brandt Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask This clear gel is soothing, cooling and super hydrating. It also disappears into the skin so you won’t look like a glazed donut. I’ll bring three to four doses in a TSA-friendly, small plastic vial—and slather it all over my face and neck shortly after takeoff.
Silk Sleep Mask This silky mask shuts out the lights but isn’t so tight that it leaves an elastic mark around your eyes. Ditto for the strap that goes around your head: It’s snug but not so tight that it dents your hair.
Erno Laszlo Multi-Task Eye Serum Mask Before I slip on my sleep mask, I will stick one of these under each eye. That way, even if I toss and turn for most of the trip, my eyes won't look (as) puffy.
Oliver Thomas Wingwoman Large Tote This surprisingly lightweight bag (only $99!) holds a gazillion things: the aforementioned products, plus books and magazines, my iPhone, snacks, a large Smart Water purchased at the airport, extra socks, passports, a small makeup bag, my running shoes which never seem to fit inside my suitcase, a small travel pillow, Zingerman’s Coffee Cake for the friends we’re visiting, plus all the miscellaneous odds and ends we grab as we’re running out the door to the airport). I chose Citron yellow—and added my initials. It’s the perfect travel bag, as well as a go-to, work-horse bag for spring and summer.
What do you bring on board? Share in the Comments below. Bon voyage.