Holiday Gift Ideas for your Favorite Traveler

by Tiffany Paul


 
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The holiday season is upon us! I couldn't be more excited this year to share my holiday gift guide with you; it's the perfect mix of gift ideas for the traveler in your life. Take a peek below!

 

The Sandless Beach Tote

File this under “too good to be true” - except it is! The Sandless Beach Tote allows sand to pass through, but not enter from the outside which means sand will be left at the beach, where it belongs.

 

Sleeper Scarf

Ditch that bulky neck pillow and travel in style with this 2-in-1 scarf and neck pillow combination. Inside this fashionable scarf is a hidden, inflatable neck pillow, which means getting your beauty rest while on-the-go has never been easier!

 

Cork Globe

Track your travels in three-dimensional style with this unique cork globe. It not only makes for a stylish addition to your home, but will certainly be a conversion piece as well.

 

The Tiny Instagram Projector

Free your photos from your phone with this miniature projector! This tiny Instragram projector brings your travel memories to life with your own mini slide show.

 

Interchangeable Cambiami Sandals

If you love to pack light, but without sacrificing style, these sandals with interchangeable straps need to find their way into your carry-on stat! Each pair includes multiple straps in different colors, so you can feel confident you have sandals for every outfit and occasion.

 

Pinch Provisions Travel Sets

Designed for minimum space, but maximum comfort you can feel fully prepared for your next flight with these stylish travel sets. Packed with everything to soothe a travel emergency- you’ll be thanked over and over again as the girl who has everything!

 

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

For the wanderluster looking to take the road less traveled, this little gem of a book will clue you in on all the little odd nooks and hidden gems worth exploring in a city.

 

Skin Hangover Emergency Relief Kit

For the road warrior that needs to recharge, this kit includes everything needed to rejuvenate and restore skin and eyes after a long haul flight. Now, if only it cured jetlag too.


Tips to Survive the Dreaded Red-Eye

by Tiffany Paul


If you are a busy traveler that doesn’t have a day to waste traveling, the red-eye flight is a great option for you! The red-eye, which soars through the skies in the dark of night, usually has less people on it than a daytime flight, so you have more seating options and less chatterers. Chances are good that parents won’t choose an overnight torture session for themselves or their kids, so crying babies and seat kickers are scarce. And if you are a sound sleeper that’s able to sleep in any position, you’ll be able to sleep soundly the whole way to your destination!

While this flight is a dream for natural-born red-eye passengers, for others, it can be a dreaded necessity. For those that don’t function well without a goodnights’ rest, the red-eye can be brutal if you have a meeting or event to attend the day you arrive. It can also be problematic if you’re a light sleeper, leaving you waking up to the slightest turbulence or noise from fellow passengers and flight attendants.  Not to mention your body probably won’t be thanking you for the awkward, upright sleeping position you’re limited to. And if you’re one of the unlucky few who forgot a neck pillow, chances of waking up to a head nod or stiff neck are strong.  

With that said, here are a few tips and travel products to help make your next red-eye as effortless and enjoyable as possible.  

 

Plan an outfit with comfort in mind.

If you’ve booked a red-eye flight, choose your traveling outfit wisely. Think business pajamas. Wear breathable fabrics, loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes. Build your outfit around comfort and you’ll feel better than you would trying to wear clothes that pinch, pull or squeeze (even if they look amazing). You can still accessorize with practical items like your Sleeper Scarf, which will support your neck and help you stay comfortable and snug (even if you end up in the middle seat!). If you’re headed straight to a meeting or event from your flight, pack a change of clothes in your carry-on and take some time once you land to change and freshen up.

Transform your seat into a sleep haven

Gather items that will transform your seat on the plane into an environment that’s comfortable to sleep in. If you usually get cold on a flight, pack a scarf, small blanket and some comfortable socks. Use ear plugs or noise-canceling headphones so you won’t hear people chatting or babies crying while you’re trying to get some beauty sleep. Pack an eye mask to block out the cabin lights or the glow of your night owl neighbor on their iphone or computer.

If your plane has the option to upgrade to a seat with more leg room or cushier seats like Delta’s Economy Comfort seats or United Airlines Economy Plus seats, definitely consider it. If not, consider the Exit Row which naturally offers more leg room, just make sure you don’t pick an Exit Row marked as limited recline (Typically called out with an asterisk on the seat map).

Once you’ve created your sleep haven, a glass of wine or a cup of tea can be the perfect complement to any red-eye. Just remember to limit your fluids if you want to sleep through your flight. Also, don’t forget to match any glass of alcohol with water to stay hydrated since both flying and drinking alcohol can dehydrate you.

Pack your carry-on wisely

Never is your carry-on more important than during a red-eye. It needs to contain essentials for not only getting a goodnight’s rest, but also freshening up once you land. Heading straight to a meeting or event as soon as you get off the plane? Pack a second change of clothes in your carry-on for a quick wardrobe change. If you don’t have much time to freshen up once you land, set an alarm on your cell phone for thirty minutes before landing. Freshen up in the airplane bathroom and no one will be able to tell you were catching Z’s on the plane.

Here are 6 things I always bring when I’m taking a red-eye flight:

1.      Sleeper Scarf (www.sleeperscarf.com). This is my go-to for a comfortable flight, day or night! It offers great neck support while I sleep and keeps me warm by doubling as a blanket or shawl around my shoulders and arms as I sleep. Not to mention I don’t have to worry about carrying around those bulky neck pillows.

2.      Eye Mask (Lilac Dot Sleep Mask, www.nordstrom.com). Once I finish my glass of wine, on goes my eye mask and I am out like a light. I fall asleep so much quicker and stay asleep longer when I travel with my eye mask. It’s a crucial accessory if I want to get some good rest on any red-eye.

3.      Warm socks or slippers (Nufoot Barefoot Mary Jane Slippers, www.footsmart.com). Surviving a red-eye flight is all about comfort. That’s why I kick off my shoes and relax with something that will keep my feet warm (and safe from the airplane floor).  

4.      iPod (16 gb iPod Nano, www.apple.com).  I upload my favorite songs to drown out any noise from neighboring passengers or white noise from the plane, and I even keep a few relaxing meditation soundtracks for when I’m having trouble de-stressing on the plane.

5.      Olay face cloths (www.target.com). It is never recommended to sleep in your make up, but if you don’t feel like traveling through the airport with a bare naked face, slip a pack of these in your purse and use them to remove any makeup once you get to your seat (or excuse yourself to the bathroom before taking off).  Then use them again when you land to freshen up. You will feel and look ready to take on the day ahead.

6.      Convenient size mouth wash (Scope Outlast To Go, www.target.com). If you’re not up to brushing your teeth in the airport bathroom, try packing a convenience size mouthwash. I love packing the Scope To Go individuals because they’re small enough that I can take it through security in my purse or carry-on, and I can just toss the mini bottle once I’m done. 


Best Travel Treats for the Airplane

by Tiffany Paul


Since you can't always count on in-flight food to satisfy your hunger or provide you with the healthiest options for meals and snacks, I like to bring my own food while traveling. Not only does this ensure you receive the energy-rich nutrients you need while on-the-go, it also guarantees you will enjoy the food, since it was hand selected by none other than yourself!

I used to always eat the airplane food because I thought hey, if I paid for this plane ticket, I want to get every dollar out of the airline I can! However, over time I realized that in-flight food selections were not always the tastiest or healthiest options. Sure, there are a few items I enjoy, but you never know when they’ll change up the menu or sell out of your favorite item. You also never know when your flight will be delayed, leaving you hungry in the airport terminal, or even stranded on the tarmac without food and beverage service.

Here are some quick, easy and healthy options to consider packing on your next trip:

Trail Mix

Creating your own trail mix is a great way to arm yourself with a satisfying snack that keeps you energized as you make your long journey. Making it yourself allows you to avoid the airport upcharge for pre-made mixes and tailor your trail mix to your taste. My trail mix always includes peanuts, cashews, dried cranberries, raisins, and pieces of dark chocolate or M&Ms.

Cheese and Crackers

Sliced cheese and a stack of crackers is a super satisfying snack and may I add pairs perfectly should you decide to order up a glass of wine aboard your flight. While you'll probably want to avoid smellier cheeses that could cause you to make enemies on the plane, a mild cheese will certainly be fine to take aboard. Make the crackers whole wheat and add in some sliced salami and the combination of fiber and protein will help you stay full longer.

Fruit

A carry-on bag filled with fresh fruit will allow you to snack all flight long without tons of calories or fat. Healthy and easy to eat fruits like bananas, apples, grapes and berries nourish your body and enhance your health. Be sure to wash fruit before you leave home so they'll be ready to snack on during your travels. If you’re bringing sliced fruit, toss with fresh or bottled lemon juice and store in an airtight bag or container to prevent the fruit from going brown.

Granola Bars

This is a great snack to keep on hand because it’s super easy to toss into your purse or carry on. I also like bringing granola bars because not only do they make good in-flight snacks, they’re also good for a quick and cheap breakfast option while you’re traveling. Feel free to bring along a couple different varieties and flavors to keep snacking fun.

Popcorn

“Pop” on an in-flight movie and pull out some pre-popped popcorn from home and you’ll feel like you’re at the movies, rather than a cramped airplane! Movies are also a great way to make the time "fly" by, just don’t forget to bring your headphones. Choose whatever popcorn variety you prefer, plain, buttered or kettle corn and transport in a gallon sized plastic baggie. Popcorn is high in fiber, so will help keep you full. Just go easy on the butter for health reasons and to avoid buttery fingers in-flight.

Bonus Tip: Bring an empty nalgene bottle to fill up with water once you get past security. This will save you the cost of a high priced water from the airport and ensure you have something to drink while waiting for your plane or in between beverage service. Spice up your water by adding some fruit. Slice ahead of time and add to the nalgene bottle or invest in one of these cool Fruit Infuser Water Bottles below. Try strawberries, raspberries, cucumbers, oranges or even adding mint. Add lemon juice to any sliced fruit to keep from browning and add the flavor.

What’s your favorite snack to bring aboard?