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So this final (Maybe? Maybe not?) post in the “Carry-on essentials” series is basically a mish mash of the rest of the things that stay packed in my carry on suitcase, ready to be picked up and whisked off at a moments notice when the desire to jump on a plane strikes. Never doubt that this desire is a real and ever present danger, just waiting for when my defences are low and my bank account high. We here at wgopn once booked a spontaneous weekend jaunt to Melbourne at 11am on a Friday with the flight leaving at around 5pm that same day, so having a semi-packed suitcase tucked under the bed is not such a bad idea.
*Protip: when booking a spontaneous flight that is mere hours away, don’t forget to factor in that you must arrive to the airport 45-90 mins (depending on airline and domestic vs international) before the scheduled departure time. On this particular ocassion, in my excitment, this fact slipped my mind and I felt that finishing work at 3pm would give me plenty of time to walk home, pack the rest of my suitcase and drive myself to the airport. It did, but only just, and in the process I experenced the most hurried and nerve-wracking drive to the airport to date. We got to the check in desk 2 minutes before it closed.
Now before you all start taunting me about being a high-maintenance, can’t-go-anywhere-without-her-hair-dyer kinda gal, please be reminded that I am a messy slob who often frequents the shops with bed hair and chocolate stained over-sized tshirts. I am awful, really I am. But I also have short hair, and short hair is not so easy wrangled into something presentable once slept on. There’s no option to just throw it up into a messy bun, and no amount of product or water will flatten that one chunk of hair on the back of my head that just INSISTS on sticking up at a ridiculous angle, contrary to the rest of my head. Short hair bed hair is the worst, and so on most days I need just a little blast from my hair dryer to go from hobo to slightly-less hobo. However, no one wants to be that jerk who lugs around a full sized hair dryer in their carry-on, so I got myself one of these sneaky fold up travel hair dryers. Light, portable and blows out hot air. It’s perfect.
Side note: as sites like AirBnB become more popular, you may find that a hotel is no longer your first choice, so it’s always good to be a little more prepared if you can’t live without your hairdryer, as not all places you stay will have one there for you to use.
If you’re anything like me you travel with a laptop, a kindle, a camera, a mobile phone and a bunch of other things that require electricity, so you’re gonna need a travel power adaptor. Rather than having to google “which travel adaptor do I need for Japan. For Europe. For the US” and search through a collection of adaptors hidden in the back of the wardrobe, I opted for one that suits everywhere and then has a few USB ports to boot. Now I just have the one and a few transformer-esque clicks turns it into the perfect adaptor for my current travelling needs.
I also LOVED this cool collection of travel adaptors available at Flight001, but I think mainly because they are so pretty. DAMN YOU PRETTY THINGS.
So I don’t actually own this one, but it’s top of my list for what to buy next. I love organisation and and I hate rifling through my things in search of my lip balm, so this looks like a winner to me. In fact if you are ever looking to buy me a present, then anything from Flight001 would be a safe bet.
Why can you not fly without?
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