Travelling by Air- My Travel Tips

I love to travel, be it only up the road for a cup of tea. But travelling abroad, especially for work takes a little more organisation.  I have to go to London for work this week (I know, I know, there’s a small violin playing in my ear).  BUT I will be inside a convention centre for all of the time I am there- and I have to attend about 17 meetings and lectures.  Anyway.  Back to the travel bit.


Gone are the days when I would pack all and sundry.  25 pairs of shoes (just in case), 2 swim suits (there’s no sign of a pool), my chef’s knives…. ok, ok, I still sometimes bring them.  Not when flying though.  THAT would be an interesting conversation at the security.


So it’s the spanking new minimalist Jen. Not even ONE cookbook. I travel now with an extra large handbag- to fit my kindle and iPad and a small suitcase.

But I struggle with all the wires.  For example, in this case, I will be travelling to  a work conference.  So I’d better bring the superfluous hair straightener, so I don’t look like I’ve completely come off the farm.

The charger for my phone, and ipad are essential.  And I ‘ve made the difficult decision to leave the laptop at home. Realistically I can do all my blogging etc on the iPad.  And I won’t have time for anything else.

I’m travelling very early in the morning so hydration is very important, and coffee.  And unfortunately they do not go together, neither does hydration and airport security.  So like a well oiled campaign it will have to go in the order-

coffee, security, water, water, water.

Breakfast and duty free will keep me quiet until boarding.

Luckily I could sleep standing up during an apocalypse, so sleeping on the plane is a goer.

And then the real fun starts-

So in brief:

  1. Water Bottle :: When travelling through most European Airports you can quite easily get a bottle of water when through security for a small donation.
  2. Toiletry Bag :: I have a little bag of toiletry things that I carry along with me. This guy actually stays in my bag, so it’s an easy transition into my carry-on bag when I’m flying.
  3. Kindle :: The Kindle is seriously the best thing to ever happen to airport entertainment. I used to purchase a few magazines and at least one heavy book, not any more. It all fits in my tiny, tiny Kindle. Woo!
  4. Notebook and pens :: Chances are, I won’t need them, but I really don’t go anywhere without them.
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Chewing Gum :: I never chew gum, but it’s a must for me when I’m flying. I’ve had lots of ear problems in the past, and chewing gum helps make it less ouchy.  And takes the are we flying yet idea out of my head while I concetrate on chewing quietly.
  7. Tea :: I’m not a big fan of “foreign tea”, so I bring my own tea. Most airport restaurants will give you a cup of hot water for free and you can always get one during service on the plane.
  8. Wallet
  9. Passports :: I’m the keeper of the passports. Mostly because there is a perfect little passport pocket on the front of my bag.
  10. Phone, Charger and Earbuds:: No explanation needed.
  11. Cash :: I like to bring along a little bit of cash and change just in case I need to tip a driver or buy something at the airport.
  12. Snacks :: I’m gonna go ahead and guess you aren’t surprised that the vast majority of my bag space is reserved for food. I despise buying food at the airport. It’s hard to find healthier options (although getting easier) and always insanely expensive.

And that’s it for the starters….. No need to see inside the luggage….


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