Travel Treats + Essentials

The need to know.

The goods.

The stuff that dreams are made of.

Or, just things that I've found are good to consider for traveling.

  • Ah, the shampoo bar! Though it looks scary, it's effective and gives some great va-va voom for those that like big Dallas hair like I do. It's within the liquid restrictions, it's logistically efficient, and it's just the right amount of weird. There's a travel tin that makes it even better.

  • DRY SHAMPOO. Changes everything. It isn't good for your scalp to wash it every day - it's actually drying out your scalp and overcompensating by producing more oil. Stay strong. The dry shampoo gets you through the awkward phase. But I like this because when I have to wake up before 4 in the morning, I want to get ready in under fifteen minutes. I've tried a bunch of different brands, but Batiste is my favorite. Pssssst is great, too - but I think it's ideal for blondes.

  • The City Flat: The perfect travel shoe (lightweight, and they fold up). I have a pair in my bag for my layovers, and I wear a black pair when I am on the plane. They offer zero support, but for the sake of space I keep them for now. They come in a million colors - don't pay full price for them. It's a bit ridiculous. Thankfully, there are always some on sale.

  • The Minimergency Kit for Her: Remember when I flew with Erika, my Miyagi? She had this. I don't have this, and I'm still not entirely sure why. I have this strong affinity for tiny things as it is - BUT LOOK AT EVERYTHING THAT IS IN IT. 

For all the smart phone users:

  • Have you ever had some time to kill in the airport and you're hungry and not sure of your options? GateGuru is one of my favorite apps. The location service pulls up your current airport and then lists every concourse. Choose the concourse you're in, and it lists every restaurant or shop, with the accompanying gate number.

  • FlightTrack: This was worth every penny for me. It may not be a great benefit to you if you aren't a frequent flyer, but it's fascinating, nonetheless. It keeps track of your entire itinerary, shows your immediate location, connecting gate information, and even shows airplane configurations to let you know how your seat is in the grand scheme of things.

  • Work it out! With Nike Training Club. Hey, and while you're at it - please, help me to work it out. Shoot. I have free gym access at almost every hotel! I don't understand the disconnect.

  • Should you find yourself on a particularly long flight, you can connect to the plane's wifi and chat with other WhatsApp users. Helpful for those that don't wish to be out of touch for too long. The screenshot I've included doesn't really display anything useful about the app, but I had to include it because Klaus Daimler seems like a fun dude.

Other things to consider:
  1. Bring a cardigan, sweater, sweatshirt, cape, etc. (I am trying to stress the importance of insulation, here). Sometimes we run out of blankets on the airplane. Sometimes the temperature is hard to control.
  2. Drink excessive amounts of water. You should be drinking an extra glass of water for every hour you are in flight. Keep in mind, that drinking carbonated beverages will probably make you bloated. You're basically inside a giant two-liter in the sky.
  3. Do not touch your flight attendants. If I get hit in the butt with one more newspaper...THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN (<--Please watch this. It's only 21 seconds, and it will make your life).

What are your travel treasures? Tell me!


  1. How did I not know about those minimergency kits?! DEODORANT TOWELETTE. What.

    I'm intrigued by the Batiste dry shampoo (Tresemme's is truly terrible). I got a really big kick out of reading the ingredients in Pssssssst's dry shampoo, though: Butane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isobutane, Cyclomethicone, Fragrance. You know... Fragrance. To cover the butane & propane smell.

    Sorry for hitting you in the butt with a newspaper. I was just bloated from all the Diet Coke I had on my previous flight.

  2. Hi Fran. When the kids and I used to fly more I had tons of flying tricks. I could get all four of us through the security before the single person in the next lane. I doubt much of my tips are good for you though... wipies keep toddlers happy for a loooong time, pull over zip neck sweat shirts aren't considered coats so they don't have to be removed to go through security, milk/juice in sippy cups is allowed through security, keep your child strapped in the belt no matter what, as soon as they're out they'll never go back quietly. I'll stop there. :-)
    I'm enjoying following your travels!! ~Krissy Livingston

  3. Two things I always used when traveling for work were chapstick and nasal saline spray. A girl has to keep those lips moisturized and airways flowing. The nasal spray prevented sinus infections, which I was prone to with the dry air in the hotels and on the airplane. Oh, and make that three things. Hand lotion, because I washed my hands a lot. Can you see a theme here? Scarfs were a handy item, serving as a soft pillow covering or something to go between my face and the window so I could sleep. And since we're still on the subject, I always brought a pair of socks to wear through the security line after catching something barefoot walking through that shall go unnamed.

  4. Cailyn: Your Diet Coke comment made me laugh out loud. And now you have me rethinking Pssssst. Which I already don't like that much, just because I feel stupid whenever I try to tell someone the name of it. So sue me, I like saying words THAT HAVE VOWELS IN THEM. And yes, Tresemme's is awful. It's glorified hairspray!

  5. Krissy! Those are awesome tips. I will definitely need them for the future. I keep hearing that TSA is going to do away with removing shoes (and maybe) even liquid restrictions? Who even knows. I had no idea about the sippy cups or the zip up hoodies! I'm a fool and when I'm not in uniform I always dress with a cardigan and scarf and then feel practically indecent once I have to take all of it off just to walk through. Is your blog still invitation only? I want to read it!

  6. Renee: Ahhhh! Nasal spray! I keep some in my bag from the last time my allergies were bad, but I didn't think to use it as a preventative measure. And I definitely need to, because the international flights make my nose hurt because it feels like my whole body is drying up. I am also a chapstickaholic. And you caught something through security? I didn't even think of that. I am practically barefoot since I am wearing pantyhose when I walk through. I just flew with a guy that caught some sort of bacteria from eating the ice on the plane. Ew.


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