My In-Flight Essentials

A list of my absolute essentials for the plane!

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Travel can be stressful in many ways, and one of my least favourites is having to carry a ton of stuff on the plane. It seems to happen every time I travel and I’m putting a stop to it. Whether it’s because my checked luggage was overweight or because I packed unnecessary items, I often end up with a 10lb purse on the plane. For the France trip that I’m currently on, I told myself that I would aim to strictly pack my personal bag with only essentials. Guess what? I successfully did it, and here’s what I packed.

Essentials to me, well also by definition, are things that are absolutely necessary. So I decided that the items I usually pack which I thought were necessary, actually weren’t because I never ended up using them during my travels! The items that I pack now are things that I KNOW I’m going to use either in flight, or before and after.

Wet Wipes

I usually pack a hand sanitizer for my travels but I realize that I don’t really use it! When I’m in-flight I’ll just get up to wash my hands in the restroom and when I get off the plane I also go straight to the restroom, so hand sanitizer is kind of pointless to me. Instead, I’ve packed super light and easy to carry wipe packets from Fur. Since they’re so thin, it’s almost like they’re not even in my bag and they’re much better to clean off or refresh during the flight.

Sleeping Mask & Ear Plugs

I only pack these two things when I’m on a flight that’s longer than four hours. I’m a very light sleeper so ear plugs are absolutely essential, and if I’m trying to sleep and someone has their reading light on, then a sleeping mask also comes in handy.

Lip Balm

Duh. Instead of bringing my whole collection of glosses, lipsticks and liners, I’ve cut it down to one lip balm that I love. The most hydrating one that I own is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask and it also gives off a nice glossy look if enough is applied! Win-win!

Laptop & Charger

Since a personal bag gets heavy so easily I try to choose my heavier items wisely. Something that’s essential for me is my laptop and charger. It allows me to get some work done on the flight and ensures it’s safe and secure during travel!

Passport & Wallet

Okay these are completely obvious necessities, but I store them together in one flat pouch so that I don’t lose anything. The pouch I use is also big enough for my boarding passes, trip itinerary and any other documents I get while traveling. Since the pouch is flat, it’s easy to stick it in my bag and forget about it!

Emergen-C Packets

The last thing I want while travelling is to get sick, so I pack two or three Emergen-C packets for my flight to give my immune system a little help! These are also super flat and easy to pack.

Pack of Gum

This isn’t just for fresh breath though! Chewing gum on the plane helps with ear pressure, which happens quite a lot for me. I make sure I have one full pack before flying.

What are your in-flight essentials?

xoxo,

Haley

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My Airplane Essentials

Plane rides can be a real pain, especially when you’re unprepared, so today I’m sharing what my airplane essentials are when travelling! I’m flying to Mexico this week so I thought the topic was fitting 🙂

When packing my personal airplane bag, either a purse or backpack, I like to categorize all of the items that I’m bringing. This makes packing easier, quicker and ensures that I don’t forget anything.

The categories that I create lists by are toiletries, medical, tech, accessories and miscellaneous. Below are the items that I usually include in my personal bag within these categories!

Toiletries

  1. Moisturizer: For face and hands because airplanes are so drying! Right now I’m loving my Chanel hand cream (TSA approved) and I think I’ll bring my Tula Day and Night cream because it’s also small enough and super moisturizing.
  2. Lip Balm: If I ever forget to pack my lip balm I always buy a new one at the airport because that’s how necessary it is for me on flights LOL. I love bringing my squeeze tube lip balm from Vaseline because it’s clear, very hydrating and works well under glosses and lipsticks.
  3. Face Mist: A face mist is something that I like to use after I’ve already applied moisturizer. I love my travel sized Clinique Moisture Surge face spray because it keeps my skin hydrated for a long time.
  4. Pressed Powder: This is a great way for me to touchup my skin upon arrival and it’s super convenient to carry around. I love the matte pressed powder from the Maybeline FitMe collection.
  5. Mini Highlighter: I try to fly with the least amount of makeup on possible but carrying around a mini highlighter works wonders when I want a glow upon arrival! I really like the Benefit Watts Up sample sized highlighter, and I apply it under my brow arch, in the inner parts of my eyes and also on my cheekbones.

Medical

  1. Advil: For those nasty headaches and back aches from the chairs LOL.
  2. Emergen-C Packets: I always carry these with me when I travel because I’m so paranoid of getting sick! Plus they’re great for a boost of energy if your flight is longer than 5 hours.
  3. Cold-FX: I don’t usually take these on my flights unless it’s a really early morning. They’re for prevention of cold and flu which I find really important if I’m travelling far. This is what kept me healthy when I flew to Manila and Hawaii.
  4. Bandaids: You never know when you might need one!
  5. Sanitary Wipes: These aren’t really for medical purposes but I keep them in this category anyway. They come in handy when you’re snacking on the plane or need to wipe something down.

Tech

  1. Phone Charger
  2. Portable Charger: I bring a portable charger for my phone for when I get off of the plane and still have some travelling to do before arriving at my destination!
  3. Camera: I like to pack my camera in my personal bag so that it doesn’t get damaged in checked luggage. It’s also convenient if I decide to take photos or vlog while flying!
  4. Earphones

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses
  2. Hair Ties
  3. Jewellery: I hate packing my valuables in checked luggage because there’s a chance of the whole bag getting lost, so I pack them in my personal bag or wear them on the plane.

Miscellaneous

  1. Magazines: Depending on how long my flight is, I love bringing fashion and gossip magazines for the plane. I’m not a big reader so it’s always magazines over a book.
  2. Jacket or Sweater: Airplanes get really chilly, imo, so I like to bring an extra sweater that’s small enough to pack in my bag just in case!
  3. Passport
  4. Wallet
  5. Travel Itinerary: This is usually just a few papers that include my travel plans, flight info and other important things like phone numbers, locations, etc.

What do you pack in your personal airplane bag? Share below in the comments!

xoxo,

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How to Prevent Sickness While Travelling

Travelling can often bring on sickness, especially if you’re on long haul flights often, so today I’d like to share my tips on how to prevent that from happening! A couple of these tips were given to me by my best friend and when I was travelling last December I tried them out and successfully avoided any illness on my trip.

Sickness while travelling can arise from a multitude of factors some of them being fatigue, large groups of people in close quarters, exposure to foreign diseases, and stress. Therefore it’s important to cover your bases before and during your trip to ensure those bugs don’t get to you!

  1. Do your research before you go. Depending on where you’re travelling to, there may be viruses and diseases that you need to prepare for. Sometimes this involves getting shots beforehand and other times it just means avoiding specific types of foods and water.
  2. Stock up on Vitamin C packets. Every single morning while travelling I take an Emergen-C packet or tablet in a glass of water and not only does it boost your energy but it also helps support the immune system.
  3. Take Cold-FX daily. Taking Cold-FX pills helps prevent flu and cold symptoms and reduces their frequency, duration and severity. I honestly think that taking these was a huge factor in why I didn’t get sick during my three week trip.
  4. Drink from disposable water bottles, not tap. Wherever you go if you know it’s not 100% safe to drink from the tap then don’t. Even in restaurants you should ask for a bottle of water rather than a glass because you never know where it might be coming from.
  5. Pair up your sleeping schedule as soon as you can. If you know you’re going to by flying during the nighttime hours of your destination then sleep as much as you can to catchup to that places time zone.
  6. Carry a hand sanitizer at all times. Keep those airplane and airport germs away!

Do you have any other sickness prevention tips for travelling? Share them in the comments please!

xoxo,

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Vacation Diaries: Bohol for Christmas

This year my family decided to do Christmas a little differently…okay maybe a lot differently. Instead of a white and chilly holiday in Vancouver, we flew overseas to the Philippines to visit our family and spend Christmas with them. Christmas Eve was spent in Manila at a relatives house and Christmas Day was spent flying from Manila to Bohol!

After our one hour flight to Bohol on Christmas morning we spent the day beachside getting our tans on.

We stayed at the Bellevue Resort and were greeted with a (just about) white sand beach, crystal clear water, and refreshingly warm salty air. It’s safe to say I had an unforgettable Christmas Day.

The day after we arrived, we woke up bright and early to drive to Danao Adventure park. I never thought I would let myself free fall from the edge of a mountain but I DID IT. And it was amazingly thrilling! In addition to the 4-second free fall “Plunge” as they called it, I also went on the “Sui-Slide” zipline between two mountains, and completed a tree root climb.

Between beach and poolside days at the resort I also went island hopping to Padre Pio Island, Balicasag Island, and Virgin Island. It was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever taken part in. I’ve never seen more beautiful sands and waters as these!

Stay tuned for my next Vacation Diaries post on Tuesday! ❤️ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my loves!

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Instagram Travel Accounts You Should Be Following

I wish I could travel for a living but realistically that will probably never happen, so I turn to Instagram for inspiration and a little travel fix. Below are some of my favourite travel accounts, take a look!


@taylorcutfilms – Taylor’s page will never disappoint because each photo is something completely new and stunning! His photography and editing skills go beyond just photos though, check out his YouTube channel for mind-blowing travel videos!

@alyssalynch – She’s one of my all-time favourite bloggers and has a page that will captivate you for days. As the girlfriend of @taylorcutfilms, her page features some of the same photos that he edits, as well as pics of her latest outfits and travels. She’s a cutie!

@girleatworld – All your food and travel dreams come true on her page! This is no ordinary food page that’s for sure because each photo contains a shot of a unique treat from the place she’s currently located in and also a distinctive background to tell where she is.

@doyoutravel & @gypsea_lust – Jack’s page has a very smooth flow to it as he travels and explores the world with his girlfriend Lauren (@gypsea_lust). Both of their pages feature similarly filtered and edited photos that catch the eye right away. They just released their Lightroom presets for sale so checkout their pages for more details!

@taramilktea – Originally from Sydney, Tara explores all parts of the world and expresses her creativity through her gorgeous photos. Each destination she posts is jaw-dropping!

@muradosmann – If you’re familiar with the hashtag #FollowMeTo, then you may have come across this page already. It’s literally goals! Majority of the photos on this page consist of @natalyosmann, Murad’s girlfriend, holding his hand and walking into a beautiful travel destination.


Do you have a favourite travel account? Leave some usernames in the comment section below! 🙂

xoxo,

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Road-Trip Essentials – Packing List

Road-trips can be a lot of fun, but only if you’re packing the right items in your vehicle. What would a road-trip be without good music? Or cards? Snacks? I’ve been on numerous road-trips since I was a little girl to Edmonton, Saskatoon, the Okanagan, Portland, and even California so today I’ll be sharing what my road-trip essentials are. If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of packing not knowing what to bring just print out this list!


  • Music; aux cord, CD’s
  • Laptop for movies
  • DVD’s or USB loaded with movies
  • Snacks; chips, candy, water, Gatorade, nut mixes, etc.
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Advil, gravol, Tylenol
  • First aid kit
  • Bathing suit; depending on where you’re going, you never know where you’ll stop along the way!
  • Towels; for the reason above
  • Plastic bags; grocery store bags and/or ziplock bags; for garbage and the possibility of motion sickness….
  • Sunglasses
  • Charger extension; cords and a box that can charge more than one device
  • Electric fan & spray bottle
  • Cash; stops on the way might not always accept cards, be prepared!
  • Moisturizer, hand sanitizer, lip balm
  • Tissues and/or paper towel; for clumsy drink spills
  • Sandals or runners, vice versa depending on what you wear on your feet into the car! It’s all about being prepared for the stops on the way to your destination.
  • Disinfectant and baby wipes; one pack or more of each for vehicle and body cleaning
  • Cards (Uno, SkipBo, Card Deck) or small games that can be played in the car
  • Earphones; yes sometimes alone time is necessary, especially if there are children in the vehicle!

Summer is moving fast people, make sure to fit that road-trip into your schedule even if it is just for a weekend! Until next time…happy traveling!

xoxo,

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How To Pack for a 2 Week Trip

Since I’m going away I think it’s only fair that I share how I’m packing my suitcase for a two week trip. Specifically in the outfit department. This is going to sound bad but it honestly used to take me a few hours to pack one suitcase, even just for a few days. I’ve figured out a way now, just like my carry-on post, to pack strategically and make the most out of my luggage space.

2 weeks is a long time and really intimidating when thinking about all the clothing options I could be bringing, so I break it down. Follow the steps below to achieve a flawless suitcase and put-together outfits.


  1. Create a trip itinerary; how many days/nights you will be staying, what you will be doing, where you will be going.
  2. Figure out according to the itinerary how many outfits per day you’ll need. For example, I’ll be doing workouts in the mornings and then going out later in the day, that counts for two outfits.
  3. Make a list of all the clothing items you would like to bring. Categorize this list into the following:

Tops, Pants, Shorts/Skirts, Dresses, Active Wear, Shoes, Coats/Jackets, Misc (pajamas, undergarments)

  1. Create a list of different outfits with your list of items.
  2. Choose and pack the pieces that are repeated in your outfit list. Consider the fact that you may be able to do laundry and make sure you pack enough outfit options for the entire trip!

Now I know that may sound tedious, but trust me once you actually do it and pack properly, your suitcase will be much lighter and you won’t have to chuck things out of your bag looking for an outfit.

PS. It’s easier to create your lists if you type it down on a word document rather than hand writing!


How do you pack your suitcase?

xoxo,

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LA Hot Spots

As some of you may know, I visited California twice last year and I just returned from this year’s trip with my sister. My Godmother, Uncle, and two cousins live in the area and since I barely see them I’ve decided to travel to LA at least once annually.

Los Angeles is my dream city, mainly because of their year-round sunshine 😉 Can you blame me though? I live in a city where it rains more than half of the year! Through my multiple trips and crazy Instagram exploration skills, I’ve come up with a list of what I believe to be the hottest tourist spots and activities in LA.


Food

Alfred Tea or Alfred Coffee– you’ve either been here or you’ve seen famous pics of their drinks on Instagram. This is the cutest little café serving everything from coffee to ice cream! Try out the iced matcha latte if you stop by.


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MILK – let me tell you, I have never had a better snicker doodle or red velvet cookie in my life. This little gem’s menu is one that will have you stumped and wanting to order every item!


Afters Ice Cream – This is not your average ice cream parlour that’s for sure! My favourite flavours here are the Jasmine Green Tea and Milk & Cereal flavor. This time around they had added new flavours, one of them being Thai Tea and it tastes EXACTLY like thai tea! Yum!


Urth Caffé – Looking for a quick breakfast snack, full lunch, or a sweet and refreshing drink? Urth Caffé has everything and more that you would expect from a “café”. I tried the Mediterranean Plate and Coconut Green Tea Boba and it completely made my day!

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Porto’s Bakery – Dream up every pastry or dessert you’ve ever wanted…..lucky for you Porto’s Bakery probably has it ready for you behind the counter! I’ve never seen a bakery as big as this one. The service was excellent, the lunch item I got (Pork sandwich) tasted delicious, and their famous cream cheese rolls made my mouth water.

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Tourist Spots

LACMA – you know those super tall lamp posts that everyone likes to take pictures in? This is the spot! It doesn’t end there though. LACMA has a huge variety of places for photo ops, so if you’re in the LA area make sure to visit.
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Beverly Hills Sign – right in the heart of Beverly Hills you’ll find freshly cut grass, flawless sidewalks, silver fire hydrants, and the BH shield on almost everything you look at. The pool of water that says Beverly Hills behind is a great place to stop for a picture.
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Rodeo Dr. – you know me, I love to shop 😉 Window shopping at it’s finest happens on Rodeo Dr. where you’ll find the most luxurious stores in all of LA.

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Venice Beach – the beach vibes here are real! I personally love walking down the pathway right along the beach to watch street performers, purchase little knick knacks, and catch the best bites to eat.

Santa Monica Pier – I’m warning you, do not walk on the sand with barefoot on a hot summer day. Don’t even wear sandals. When I visited Santa Monica last August I went down to the beach to take photos, my mistake. The 30 degree weather had my feet burning like never before!! The pier is definitely on the pricey side, but good for photos and fun if you really want to experience the rides and all. The light blue lifeguard shacks on the beach also make for fantabulous photos.

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Activities

Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour – I could do this bus tour for the rest of my life it’s so good. There’s always something new to see with this tour. You have the freedom of getting off and back on at any of the tourist spots. This is how I get around Los Angeles to visit all of my fave places.

Universal Studios – I really love USH more than Disneyland now because in my opinion most of the park is for an older audience. The food here is fantastic and the rides are quite fun!

Disneyland – obviously Disney has to be on the list, but it’s not a place that I would visit every time I travel to Cali. It’s become pretty expensive to get even a day pass, so if you can try to find a Groupon or something!

Visit or Hike to the Hollywood Sign – so I found out this year that the hike is actually 5 hours long, so my family and I took the easy route and visited the park that you can view the sign from. We still had to walk up the hill if that counts 😉

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Walk the Walk of Fame – definitely something to do during the daytime near the Chinese Theater. At night it’s also really nice to walk along the star strip and visit some of the restaurants and shops in the plaza nearby.


Am I missing a few great spots? Let me know, I’ll visit and try them out the next time I travel to LA!

Until next time love bugs, happy travelling!

xoxo,

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