Between packing and repacking for my most recent trip, I somehow ended up in New York with only one hot pink shoe.A� This did little to improve my running, but apparently, I was secretly hoping to enjoy a Brooklyn hopscotch game.A� This definitelyA�made me re-evalute my organization and planning process when it comes to packing for adventures.
Packing for stand-by travel, to multiple destinations, is one of those skills that I am in the process of perfecting.A�A�It’s challenging to pack when I’m not sure where I will end up.A� ShouldA� I pack for the beach, the snow, the nightlife?A� What I have learned is that it is better to pack a variety with the thought of going anywhere, than be limited by a suitcase’s contents.
For flight attendant, stand-by, or carry-on travel, there are some items that are absolute must packs. Here is my go-to list. Guys are generally better at packing very minimally, so this list is tailored for a woman.
Packing List For My Carry-On:
Always, ALWAYS have a swimsuit and flip-flops.
Running shoes…preferably one for each footsie
Leggings (works for pajamas and exercising)
Sweatshirt and two long tank tops.
Flight attendant uniform dress, badge, passport, and black tights (makes navigating airports a breeze).
And I swear by sparkly TOM’s because they pass for flight attendant uniform footwear, comfy walking shoes, and fancy dancing kicks.
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Depending on the length of the trip, or where the hoped/intended destination, I’ll pack the following:
sarongA�(light cloth wrap that doubles as a towel or a beach wrap)
Jacket that is windproof/waterproof like this North Face Jacket.
One long-sleeved tee-shirt
I always get cold on planes, so I bring my own blanket/pillow combo (cuts down on the germ infestation).A� Always remember to throw in the iPod and headphones to drown out the fussy baby.
Overall, when it comes to packing, the best advice I have is to pack items that are very versatile, comfortable, and practical.
And pack both your left shoe and your right.