…Philippines here I come! It feels like it was just last week I was writing that it was two months until the departure date, yet time sure flies as the day is here! As of 10:35pm Robin and I will be in the air and on my way to Manila, with a brief stop to pick up some more passengers in Vancouver.
The past few days have been spent packing with some last minute laundry thrown in the mix, but overall they’ve been relaxing. I’m one of those people that needs down time if a big trip is coming up, otherwise I’ll be a bundle of nerves. I hate being rushed at the best of times, but staying up packing until 2am before an early flight with no quality parental time (yes, I’m a big baby) makes for an extremely frantic Lindsay.
Packing on a relaxed schedule also allows me to sit and think about what I really need to bring with me, meaning for a lighter luggage and more room for souvenirs! Robin keeps telling me to leave lots of room as shopping is huge in The Philippines, with over 10 malls being as big as, if not larger, than the West Edmonton Mall. I’m a little scared for my bank account, and for the sheer indecisiveness that will come with having that many choices. I’ve slowly been narrowing it down, along with bringing items with me that I don’t mind tossing later on. Out with the old, in with the new!
The big thing I always pack smart with however, is my carry on. Our flight is about 20 hours in total, and by far the longest flight I’ve ever been on. Even when I went to Australia the longest leg of the flight was about 14 hours as I had connections both ways. I’m not one for air rage, but I do find my legs tend to ache from sitting down for so long. I read in a National Geographic magazine that apparently compression socks help with this, so I’m curious to see if my new pair (only $1 on eBay!) will make a difference. Besides the obvious of keeping your valuables close, these are the items that make the carry-on list.
Lindsay’s Necessities for a Happy Flight
- Headphones – keeps the beats flowing and the crying babies muted
- Hand Sanitizer – the seat pocket is the worst place for germs, so whenever you feel the need to dive into that bacteria bucket, lay on some Purell to keep the bugs at bay
- Baby Wipes – great for keeping yourself feeling refreshed, also good for any sticky situations
- Lip Chap – dry lips are annoying at any time, even more annoying when you can’t readily buy something to fix it
- Tissues – because snotty noses are the worst noses
- Deodorant – the only thing worse than a stinky neighbour on the plane is being that stinky neighbour!
- Ear Plugs – I’m one of those people that can’t fall asleep to music, so I go the old fashioned way and stick some ear plugs in there to ensure I get some shut-eye
- Eye Mask – if I want to nap at any time during my flight then this baby will be on my face in no time
- Portable USB Battery – my phone acts as my mp3 player, and so I ordered a portable charger and I abuse it. It’s great not only for flights, but long days wandering around when you’re not near an outlet – especially at festivals!
- Reading Material – flights are a perfect time to unplug from technology and decompress, and one of my favourite ways of doing so is with a book
- Empty Water Bottle – I refuse to pay $4 on the other side for a bottle of water when I can just refill my old bottle before hopping on my flight!
- Snacks – if you’re like me (and you’re used to Canadian flights where you only get drinks these days) then you’ll definitely need a snack to avoid that hangry air rage
- Pillow – bringing a pillow can be a hassle, but I found this little gem (thanks Ikea) which is perfect for flights!
There you have it! In my opinion, if you have all these things and the good fortune of having respectful seat companions, then you should be well on your way to a pleasant flight! What do you bring on board whenever you’re flying?
And now it’s off to the airport. Next time you hear from me, I’ll have time-travelled 12 hours! Wish me luck on my 20 hour flight!