It seems like I just got back from Australia a few minutes ago, but I’m off again on my next adventure! The amazing folks at Virgin Atlantic have invited me and a couple of my blogger girlfriends to a long weekend in London!
I fly Virgin Atlantic every chance I can because of their amazing customer service, comfortable planes, low fares and dependability. Side note: does anyone else count their safety video as one of their favorite music videos of all time? I’m so grateful that they’ve chosen me to be a part of this trip. Make sure you check out my Snapchat and Instagram accounts to follow along on our adventures!
I’ve been on long flights enough in the last six months (both Cape Town and Australia had 18+ hours of flying time one way) to qualify as a savvy traveler. Click through for some tips for what to wear for a long flight and what to pack in your carry on.
P.S. – We’ll have a bit of unscheduled time in London when we’re not having epic adventures. Any recommendations for things to do or see?
Cuyana Warm Alpaca Cape – This beautiful cape has been a life-saver on more occasion than one. It’s large enough to be used as a blanket and part of it can be tucked up to serve as a pillow too.
J. Crew Soft Chambray Shirt – So soft, so perfect it comes in a million sizes (including petite) and you’ll also be able to wear it once you hit the ground. It’s great over, or even under, a dress when you’re off sightseeing.
White + Warren Cashmere Sleep Mask – It’s not easy sleeping on planes, but to maximize my chances I wear a sleep mask and also earplugs. This one from White + Warren is absolutely gorgeous and made of the softest cashmere.
Bose Noise Canceling Headphones – Once you start traveling with noise cancelling headphones, you’ll wonder how you managed without them. The amount of noise pollution involved in the airport itself (suspicious package announcements anyone?) to the plane itself is astounding. Do yourself (and your ears) a favor and invest in a quality pair, like these wireless ones from Bose. Pat is a huge audiophile and he won’t use anything else.
Uniqlo Draped Pants – Skip the black leggings or sweatpants for something a bit more stylish. I love these khaki colored Uniqlo lounge pants and wear them for everything from hiking to pajamas. It’s also great to have pockets to keep your identification and ticket handy for boarding.
Timberland Loafers – Slip on shoes are essential for navigating long security lines. My feet get too cold to wear sandals for flying. These loafers from Timberland are the perfect compromise. They are also great for walking around once you get to your destination. Especially if you’re traveling with only a carry on suitcase, it’s always great to have items that are dual purpose.
Kate Spade Passport Holder – I like something a little flashy to make customs a bit more enjoyable. The bright colors also help it from getting lost in my carry on bag.
Mark & Graham Leather Tote – Every adventure needs the right bag. I have put this Mark & Graham Tote through hell and back. I overload it, stuff it to the brim and it looks the same as the day I got it. It hasn’t stretched, the handles are in perfect shape. It’s come with me everywhere from the beach to the farmer’s market.
Stowaway Cosmetics Essentials Kit – It’s no small feat to arrive to your destination looking fresh. Stowaway cosmetics are incredible. A full face of makeup its into a pouch slightly larger than a credit card. Convenience isn’t enough though. The makeup itself is incredible. It is high quality, and the Stowaway kit is all you need to create a natural, pretty look that will make you look like you belong in first class.
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