Kick into the new year with some wanderlust. Need a few travel tips? Cruise and vacation consultant, Josh Mark, has got your carry-on covered.
It’s wonderful to catch up with old friends. When I heard from Josh, a former colleague from my college days, I was ecstatic. I immediately thought of the stories and jokes we’d exchange at our part-time job. Trust me, when it comes to leather, quality zippers, and messenger bags, we can talk your ear off.
All jokes aside, I always knew that Josh had a knack for traveling. When I heard about his work in cruise and vacation consulting, I said to myself: “What a perfect fit!” Immediately, I knew that he’d be the perfect candidate to share his tips and tricks with Fabulous Habits’ readers.
Josh has had years of experience working onboard several Princess Cruise ships. He’s gone far and wide – some destinations including Alaska, the Caribbeans, Mexico, and the Panama Canal. A seasoned traveller, Mr. Mark is my ultimate go-to for planning trips and cruise getaways.
Today, he is here to share his tips on carry-on luggage. To me, the carry-on is vital for any trip. If you pack smart, you can avoid some pretty sticky situations that can easily occur on any adventure. Check them out:
7 Things You Wish You Had Packed in Your Carry-On, According to Josh Mark
Electronics and Their Accessories
There’s nothing worse than settling in for your flight to find you are missing your earbuds or charger. For that long-haul flight, it might be worth investing in a secondary battery pack in case you don’t have easy access to an electrical outlet.
One Night’s Worth of Provisions
It’s happened to me when traveling for business that I make the connection and my suitcase doesn’t. Be prepared with some clothes and toiletries to get you through the first night and first day. This also includes medication!
A Goody Bag for Your Neighbors if Travelling with a Baby
If travelling with a baby, it’s a thoughtful gesture to prepare a goody bag for your immediate seatmates – especially if your baby ends up spending a chunk of their time crying. I suggest including earplugs, gum, and a cute note from your baby saying it’s their first plane ride. A little gesture goes a long way.
Bottle of Water
During the course of a flight, on average, we lose 1.5L of fluids. They key to a comfortable flight is staying hydrated. Bring a bottle of water along with you, so you always have some at your fingertips.
Pack of Gum
This goes hand-in-hand with the water. When dehydrated, your mouth is the first place to dry up, leading to an added level of unfreshness. You’ll feel a lot better and your neighbor will appreciate it too.
Know what direction you’re flying in relation to the sun. Just because you board your Europe-bound flight at night, doesn’t mean the sun will stay down until you arrive – a good portion of the flight will be spent flying into sunrises. The eye shades will help block out Mr. Golden Sun so you can stay asleep just a little bit longer.
Your Airline’s App
It’s always important to know where your flight is arriving and where you have to be to make your connection to catch the next one. By downloading the app from the airline you are traveling with, you will receive up to date information on where you need to be when. Just because you know where you knew at take off, doesn’t mean the same information applies upon arrival.
Traveling is one of the best investments you can make for yourself and your family. It gives you a chance to really step out of your boundaries and learn how beautiful our world is. Do yourself a favor and consider planning a trip (or tw0) in 2018… whether it be across the ocean or within your nation. Big or small, there’s always something to learn.
Learn more about Josh and his travel services here – trust me, he’ll be able to curate the most perfect getaway (that you know you deserve). Be sure to follow along on Facebook as well as Instagram to get some travel-inspo.
And this won’t be the last time you’ll be hearing from the travel expert! Throughout the year, Josh will be sure to share more tips and guide us through the world. What would you like to read about? Also, give me suggestions on where our family should take our next adventure! Let’s talk about it in the comments below.