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5 Items You're not Packing in Your Carry-on
1. Tea bags:
I do this all the time. If you travel a lot you tend to get tired of the same drink options on airplanes, unless you're a creature of habit of course. Even if you don't travel frequently you might want a different option than coffee, water or pop. I bring tea bags with me. They don't take up a lot of space, you can bring multiple flavors and caffeine levels and all you have to do is ask for a cup of hot water. You can do this on the plane or even at Starbucks in the airport. I personally like Yogi Tea because of the cute tags and multiple flavors.
2. Kodiak Cakes + Fruit:
If a flight has a departure time of anytime before 10am I can guarantee you I am not making breakfast before leaving the house. I then have two options. I can either spend way to much for a breakfast that is less than wonderful or I can prep something to bring with me. My favorite thing to bring with me is Kodiak Cakes. When we are at home we use the normal mix to make pancakes and waffles, but when we travel I get the ones in the to-go cups. You just add water, stir, and microwave for a minute. We do that twice, one for each of us and throw them in a paper bag with 2 bananas.
When everybody else is deciding between cookies, peanuts, or pretzels or (on really unfortunate flights), just pretzels we are chowing down on pancakes and bananas. We even bring a little syrup bottle in our liquids bag. Now that's dedication to the most important meal of the day.
3. A Bag in a Bag:
You and I both know you are coming back from your trip with more stuff than you left with and you've already completely stuffed your bag with all of your travel "necessities." So how do you get all of your new treasures home? A bag in a bag. You just need a bag that folds up and fits into another bag. It will easily hid in your luggage on the way to your destination. When it comes time to go home, take it out, fill it up and it becomes your second carry-on. What you're looking for in this bag in a bag is a zipper so items don't fall out, a color or design that you and your traveling partner feel comfortable carrying across the world, and a compact size.
4. Head to Toe Moisture:
I found this out the hard way. When we went to Albequerque my eyes were so dry and bloodshot that I looked like I was jonesing for drugs. Not a recommended look when trying to successful and efficiently make it through TSA. Flying sucks the moisture out of your entire body and this is what I bring to deal with it.
- Eye drops
- Rose Water Spray
- Body Lotion
5. Small Purse:
I went through so many frustrating trips trying to figure out my system for keeping my ID and tickets handy and keeping my phone easy to grab and money easy to grab. I finally cracked the code. I found a small cross bod that opens easily, doesn't get in the way of my backpack and easily holds my IPhone 7. Win! Win! Win! This is a must. You might think you can easily grab your stuff out of your backpack or other carry-on, but having a separate small purse is the easiest way. Period.
Plus 5 Items I Never Travel Without:
I always have a book in the laptop sleeve of my backpack. I always know where it is. (This is why I love my backpack. There are compartments for everything. They are all easily accessible and I use the same pockets for the same things trip after trip.) Right now I'm reading The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss. Book review to come ;)
It's just a must and yet people rarely think to bring one. When it comes time to fill out customs papers my pen always makes it around at least my row, if not others. For domestic flights, how else are you going to do the sudoku in the back of the airplane magazine?
Even if I just bring my Apple headphones that came with my phone it's necessary. Even if you're not going to listen to anything on your phone or tablet, your flight could have TVs with movies in the headrests. On rare occasions our airline carrier has attempted to charge for headphones. Ridic, I know.
4. Water Bottle
If you want water on a plane you can either bring your own in your own bottle (free), bring your own that you bought in the airport (upwards of $7), or get a teeny tiny glass on the plane. As I mentioned above flying makes you dry, drinking water will help combat that.
5. Body/Face Wipes:
Sometimes our trips involve traveling overnight or going from a gross activity like hiking to eating out without the opportunity to go to a hotel. Or we check out of the hotel, go do one more activity and then go to the airport. Face and body wipes help you feel a little more presentable when times like this occur and make sure you don't offend the poor souls who are seated next to you.
Let's get real. The percentage of people who actually wrap up the year while staying true to the resolution they started on January 1st is pretty measly. According to Statistic Brain it's only 8%! How can that be when after a month of eating twice our normal daily calories in sugar cookies and Peppermint mochas and spending more time with friends and family and less time focusing on self-care we decide to make a complete life change come January 1st? We are so committed and so dedicated we go out and buy everything we need to be successful in our new endeavor - workout clothes, a new journal, a daily planner or meal prep containers.
Well let me tell you. Life is busy. And this is coming from a married 30 year old with one job and no kids. Add a kid or school or another job to that mix and you are unimaginably busy. Literally, how do you do it all? And then you are going to add one more thing to the grocery store runs, play dates, and work work work work work work (to the tune of Work by Rihanna)? I can only imagine we do not close out the year with these resolutions complete because we do not have time for them, or maybe because by the time March comes around they are no longer a priority. See Laura Vaderkam's Ted talk about your "free time." Is it possible that our priorities change with the seasons?
I have actually been very successful in my New Year's resolutions for the last 2 years. Two years ago it was my goal to take better care of my hair and specifically to never cancel or postpone an appointment. I'll paint you a picture of how this became my resolution, because for some people this probably sounds ridiculous.
I was at a point in the journey of my hair where I used dry shampoo more days than I actually washed it. By the time it was the day for my haircut I had anticipated the haircut for 3 days and not washed it in anticipation of somebody else washing it and drying it and styling it, that I just piled on the dry shampoo. I was also working out daily during this time, just adding to the funk that was my hair. When the day of my haircut actually came the only thing I could possibly do to make my hair appear somewhat presentable at work was to throw it in a very gross looking bun on top of my head. I couldn't brush it, comb it or detangle it in any way. I was incredibly successful, scheduling my appointments while in the salon, never skipping or postponing, always scheduling them for a pay day so I really had no excuse. I have kept up my good hair habits two years later.
Being so successful in my venture to have beautiful and healthy adult hair, this year I decided to do the same with my nails. I decided I was not going to paint them at all this year to get them to a very healthy state and build some good habits. Chipped nails drive me crazy, on myself and on others. Unfortunately they drive me so crazy on myself that I can't look at the chip any more and have to then peel off the rest of the polish until it's all off. This then leaves not so pretty looking polish free nails. Not much better, but better. I will do this with not just normal polish, but also gel polish. I know! Terrible! So this year I made it all the way to November, Thanksgiving to be exact, without painting my nails. I went to a salon a handful of times just to get things cleaned up by a pro. I can never do anything myself with hang nails or cuticles. My nails are in better condition than they ever have been and I am now very comfortable with knowing how long they can get before they break. I also know I need to tend to them for about 5 minutes every other day just to keep them in good shape.
After 2 very successful years of resolutions and now that I'm running out of body parts that require maintaining I decided to go in a different direction. This is the process that got me to my finalized New Year's Resolution.
Start openly brainstorming about what you might want to achieve, change or maintain in the coming year. This can be written in a journal or just thought spanning a couple days. Thing that crossed my mind were related to paying off debt (or making freedom payments as my husband says), working out more, meditating more, practicing yoga more, writing in my gratitude journal daily, drinking exactly 62.5 ounces of water daily, and being a better friend, sister, daughter, and wife.
2. 5 Whys
At my day job we run our business using Lean principals. Lean is a way of running a business where you constantly look for better ways of doing things to save time, money, resources, etc. For every problem that is identified, you have to find the root cause. For example, the price of Item A is listed wrong on the website. You can either just fix it or you can ask yourself, Why is it listed wrong? Is the answer because somebody didn't update it correctly? Then ask yourself, why didn't they update it correctly? Why is it in the hands of one person to update it? Why isn't it automated? Why don't we have regular reviews to ensure all prices are correct? You continue doing this until you have your root cause and then you solve for the root cause instead of fixing the one incident.
Do this with your resolution. Why did you choose this? Is it because you want to get in shape? Why do you want to get in shape? To have a better body. Why do you want to have a better body? To be healthier. Why do you want to be healthier? Do this until you can't find an answer to the next "why".
Did you start out saying you wanted to work out and find out in the end you want to be happy with your body? Maybe working out 6 times a week isn't the best way to get there. Maybe you should consider saying confident things to yourself every time you look in the mirror or unfollow all people on social media who make you feel worse about yourself and start following people who make you feel great about yourself. Maybe you just need to send yourself loving kindness every time you have an unpleasant thought about your body.
I followed this system to get me to my 2017 New Year's Resolution. I started out with the things listed at the top of the story. I should have been able to guess where I was going to end up. My 2017 New Year's Resolution is to be happy. I will make decisions with my time that make me happy, if that is working out, doing yoga, meditating, going for a walk, making an extra student loan payment or eating a Freddy's #1, no pickles, with a chocolate shake instead of a drink, or writing in my blog, then that's what I'm going to do.
So what is your New Year's Resolution?
Today I'm Grateful for:
- Getting the cozy cone clean and organized
- Monday's off of work are always accepted with open arms in this household
- Everything I need to meal prep
- Getting back on the blog
- Walks on crisp winter days
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