I'm a little bit sick of airplanes right now... and airports for that matter. But all these flights in the past two weeks have made me narrow down my choices for what I carry on.
I break down my handbag and store it in my checked bag. (This is also the perfect time to really go through and clean out my purse!!!) For the most part, I carry all my "purse things" in my carry-on!
Earplugs: These pink and yellow little guys have two purposes. First, they block out the annoying screeching coming from the kids three rows back. Second, they protect my eardrums. Really, I have no idea if this is true or not. But hey, I'm majorly paranoid. (Remember when I ruptured my eardrum on the flight home from London? Not fun.)
Chapstick: Honestly, I never go anywhere without chapstick. Planes are no exception. My skin always gets so dry after flying, but my lips don't... because I never let it get to that point. Chapstick every four minutes!!!
Eyeglasses: No explanation necessary.
Clutch: This is my "OMG I wish I had a..." Kit. As handy as it during a regular day, trust me when I say that it comes in handy when you're thousands of miles in the sky.
Wallet: Again, no explanation needed.
Pencil Pouch: I can't go anywhere without a bunch of pens and pencils. There's something about being trapped in a 2'x2' middle seat that makes my brain go crazy. I get idea after idea after idea that I have to jot down. I make insane color-coded lists. I remember that I need to email someone.
Notebook: May Book notebooks are my current go-to. You should have seen my crazy list taking going on coming back to DC from Tampa. Craziness. (See Pencil Pouch.)
Laptop: Unless I have to finish writing a final paper (happened.) or writing a letter to a dean (happened.) or writing a few Prep Talks (happened.), I tend to just carry it with me so I don't have to check it.
iPad: I download a book or two and have some great in-flight reading options. And.... I sometimes play about thirty four games of Sudoku!
Throw everything into my large Longchamp and I'm ready for two and a half hours of flying.