Your 10 MUST HAVE Travel Essentials

If you stumbled across this post, you are probably getting ready for a trip (and in that case, do you have an extra ticket?) or maybe you are just dreaming of your perfect vacation. Either way, here are my must-have tips and travel essentials for someone who likes to be prepared and pampered, whether you’re first-class or next to the bathrooms.

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1) Neck pillow

I know they can look goofy, but this little guy is a life saver. Whether it’s a quick 45 minute flight or an 8 hour red-eye, this will ensure you will be able to get a solid snooze in, even if you’re stuck in the middle seat. It also relieves tension on the neck and back from uncomfortable airplane seats, so when you arrive at your destination, you will be rested and ready to go.

2) Noise Cancelling Headphones

These are a must for me. You can listen to music without worrying that the guy next to you can hear your guilty favorites, and it will cancel out any crying babies or loud engines.

3) Portable Charger

At this day in age, this one should be a no-brainer. Nothing is worse than getting on a flight with your phone at 5%. A portable charger is great for giving you the peace of mind that your phone will always have battery life, so you can take those insta-worthy airplane window pictures and listen to your favorite album while doing it.

4) Makeup remover wipes

After a day of traveling it feels so nice to be able to take off your makeup and have a fresh face. My favorite are the Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes, which are gentle on my skin and come in a mini size, so they are super easy to travel with.

5) Face mask

Whenever I travel, my skin always seems to get dry and irritated. In order to combat this, I’ve started to throw a face-mask or two in my carry-on bag. I love the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, which was made specifically for travel in mind. Not only is it undetectable on the face, but it’s also a no-rinse mask. If you’re feeling a little ambitious, I love the SK-II Facial Treatment Sheet Mask. It may frighten your fellow passengers, but it will be worth it once you feel the cooling, hydrating elements work their magic on your skin.

6) Sanitizer wipes

If you think about the thousands upon thousands of people that have sat in the same seat or touched the same tray table, it can be pretty unsettling. That’s why I always carry sanitizer wipes. They’re super convenient to quickly wipe down handles or simply clean up a mess, and will kill any germs or bacteria so you can enjoy your vacation sick-free.

7) Travel toothbrush

For long travel days when I’ve been stuck in an airport or for when I have an over-night flight, it’s absolutely mandatory that I’m able to brush my teeth in order to feel clean and refreshed. You can simply buy a toothbrush cover to place over your existing toothbrush, or bring along disposable ones that have toothpaste built in. I prefer the latter.

8) Hand cream

Being up in the air always dries out my skin, so having some hand-cream on hand (see what I did there) is a must.

9) Sleepmask

If you’re like me, meaning you are quite literally the ugliest sleeper ever, it’s nice to throw on an sleepmask to block out other people’s wary stares, or your seat partners annoying reading light. I prefer a silk eye mask, which is cooling and soothing on my eyes, giving me a chance to get some peaceful sleep after a stressful day of travel. I love my SLIP Sleepmask which is natural, hypoallergenic, and allows skin to breathe.

10) Lip balm

No one likes chapped lips, and flying seems to make them even worse. Throw some of your favorite lip balm in your bag (mine is the travel size of Aquaphor) and you’re ready to go!

 

There you have it, my 10 travel essentials that will guarantee you a five star flight. Of course, there are always a few more items that get thrown into my carry on, but these are the things I cannot travel without.

Safe travels and Bon Voyage!

Anna.

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Your 10 MUST HAVE Travel Essentials

16 Things To Do on a Stressful Day

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We all have our fair share of bad days. I mean, being in college is stressful by itself. For the past four years I have been able to collect a list full of things to do when I am feeling sad or stressed out that have totally helped me turn my day around. Also, I just wanted to add friendly reminders that you should do the things you love. Remember, it’s okay to treat yo’self! So, here is the list of 16 things I do to help me on a bad day:

  1. Happy Hour. It literally has the word happy in it. Grab some of your pals and hit the bars.
  2. Sing your heart out. Make sure to channel your inner Beyoncé. Dancing makes it better, too.
  3. Ice cream. My fiancé is really good at telling when I am stressed. He will go and buy me ice cream, every time. My go to: Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy.
  4. Go for a run. Because “endorphins make you happy. And happy people just don’t shoot their husbands… They just don’t.” – Elle Woods
  5. Eat food that makes you happy. This kind of goes with number three but sometimes tacos make you happy.
  6. Talk. Sometimes we just need to vent and get what is off our chest.
  7. Watch a movie by yourself. Indulge in popcorn, M&M’s and a movie of your choice!
  8. Make a list all of the things you need to get done. Then cross off the things that can wait the next day.
  9. Smile. It takes 43 muscles to frown but only takes 17 muscles to smile.
  10. Nap. Best way to hide from things for an hour or two.
  11. Bath time. Don’t forget the bath bomb and wine.
  12. Cuddle a dog (or cat). If you don’t have one, Green Bay has a couple animal shelters where the animals could use some love.
  13. Unplug. Believe it or not, it’s good to step away from social media and text messages. Your phone won’t help you de-stress.
  14. Book a trip. It could be small or big. Planning something gives you something to look forward to. I ran away from school for a week my freshmen year, and I’m glad I did it!
  15. Shopping. Retail therapy can definitely cure the blues.
  16. Cook a meal. Unless you can’t cook, go out to eat.
16 Things To Do on a Stressful Day

The World of Creating Content

In this world of digital cyberspace where the boundaries of what is and isn’t possible are constantly being pushed and questioned…there exists a space. Lot’s of space. Space that beckons, and calls out to those with more creative thoughts inside their brains than they know what to do with. I have been quoted as saying the following: “The internet is a dreamers revolution. One that holds unprecedented potential for many who wouldn’t get a chance otherwise.”  I find it to become more and more true as times goes on.  Finally the stage has been set for us users. After many, many years of paid programming television, movies and books that might only grab our attention due to their critical acclaim, and the Internet still being fairly young in comparison, we now have something. You see the Internet has evolved into something more than just a search engine that is used to hold large arrays of information. It has given us an opportunity. The prospect of creating content! Ordinary people like you and me can now create content to be displayed and mass viewed by a large audience! Now I know it sounds like I am a little late to the party with this article, but please hold any pending judgements you have until the end. For me personally, there are two main reasons I consider the user created age of the internet to be so awesome:

  1. We get to create the content. Duh. Dry humor aside I can’t underestimate how cool it is as a user to be able to decide and deem what I find important and am passionate about and be able to share that stuff over the web. Not only is that form of control nice, but it is able to put you in touch with like minded people from all niche’ corners of the internet. The internet brings like minded people together, and creating content on any one of the SM platforms is a quick and easy way to find yourself in the company of people who like the same stuff you do. I believe the appropriate term that people use to define this type of gathering is ‘community’.
  2.  The second reason this is awesome is because of the unyielding opportunity it provides. Both from a personal satisfaction standpoint (which we have already touched upon) and from a business standpoint. “But Kerage, isn’t the internet still a bit unstable as a business entity with platforms like YouTube? And I thought the point was to have fun and do what you love anyway?” Right you are dear reader, but just hear me out on this one. When I throw around words like ‘opportunity’ I mean that in the sense that the business side of things may not be clearly defined when you first start out. Let us use YouTube as an example. Many of the channels that I subscribe to started off with humble ambitions, or no ambitions at all. They just wanted to share what they were doing creatively with other people. That creativity and passion allowed their humor and charisma to shine through their work and gained them more followers. The followers helped share and spread the word of their content. Before they knew it, some of them had huge followings of fans, others gained business brand deals, and some even merged with larger companies to move on to more ambitious projects. The point of this is that you never know who might be looking at your content, and how they might react to it. That’s what I mean when I say unyielding opportunity.

All you need is a little know how and some elbow grease. I would encourage any of the creatively inclined to give this user content creation stuff a shot. Be it through YouTube, Google Plus, Facebook, Instagram, personal blog or website. For anyone struggling with this, I have a few references below that you may want to check out. One from a blogger named Brian Clark who has an excellent list of “22 Ways to Create Content When You don’t have a Clue.” And even further below that I will have a an article showcasing some examples on how user generated content is re-shaping the landscape of content marketing. Until next time ladies and gents. This is Kerage, signing off.

22 Ways To Come up With Content When You Don’t Have Clue

How User Generated Content is Changing Content Marketing

The World of Creating Content