Touched Down In London Town: Preparing for Take-Off

Before my flight to London, I wanted to make sure I had everything in place for my semester-long experience abroad. I was not only was I preparing to stay in London, but also anticipating the traveling I would do around Europe. Since packing for trips can be a stressful process all on its own, I decided to purchase some items that would help me pack and travel in style!

I’ve outlined my favorite travel-friendly tools below that are perfect for any trip abroad or close to home! 

  1. Eye Mask and Bluetooth Headphones

This eye mask is perfect for long plane rides. It wirelessly connects through Bluetooth on your phone so you can listen to music and block out any light while you sleep through your flight. Music adjustment buttons are located on the front of the mask so you don’t have to pull out your phone.

This kit doubles as a pillow, blanket, inflatable neck wrap, AND it includes ear plugs. Keep everything zipped inside the soft pouch and you’ve got yourself the perfect plane pillow. If you need more than that, you can unzip the pouch and use the blanket, as well as blow up the neck wrap to get even more comfortable while traveling. Beyond using this on a flight, it serves well for staying in hotels or AirBnBs, where you might need an extra pillow or blanket.

If you’re like me and you like to wear a lot of jewelry, you’ll want to find a way to organize it so you don’t get everything tangled in your bag. This case is perfect, because it is relatively flat and offers a variety of pockets to hold everything, from necklaces and earrings to rings.

This jacket will make you feel like a secret agent with its 17 inner hidden pockets. Europe is notorious for having skilled pick-pocketers, so it’s important to be able to keep your belongings safe. Special built-in pockets allow you to keep your phone, wallet, ID, passport, headphones, and other personal belongings protected and close to you at all times. Even better, the jacket comes in heavy and lightweight versions, so you can decide what’s better for the season you’re traveling in.

My co-workers raved about this suitcase, so I had to check it out. It’s lightweight, rolls flawlessly, and you can even purchase a built-in reusable charger that fits perfectly into the side of the suitcase. I personally decided to purchase the children’s size carry-on, because some European airlines have travel restrictions on carry-on size and weight, and I wanted to be sure my suitcase would meet the regulations.

I usually have so many cords and strings roaming around my bags, but it’s much more convenient to keep them all in one place! Depending on how many cords you will have, you will want to adjust the size of your cord organizing travel case. I personally opted for a pretty small one, just so it didn’t take up too much room in my bag.

Doing your makeup in bad lighting can be super annoying, so finding this travel-sized light-up mirror was the perfect solution! The mirror twists and turns to different angles, so you can adjust it according to the various spaces you might find yourself doing your makeup in while traveling. It has three lighting settings and a compartment that magnetically stores eyeshadow palettes, bronzer, highlighter, and more! 

Before going abroad, I had two massive cases for makeup and toiletries, but weight restrictions and travel requirements inspired me to consolidate into one bag. For security certain airports may require that your travel liquids be placed in a clear bag, so having a clear makeup case is an automatic win! Also, SkinnyDip offers 20% student discounts, so you can look fly on a budget. 

In the past, traveling with electric toothbrushes has been bulky and burdensome. With Quip’s sleek and wireless toothbrushes, that is not a problem anymore. The toothbrush comes with a travel case and holder that can attach to your mirror. They also offer flossing kits that are travel-friendly. 

If you need to maximize space to get all of your favorite outfits into one bag, I would recommend these compression packing cubes. They take your bulky clothes down in size, and there’s no vacuum required because they compress with zippers. These cubes are a lifesaver because they’ll allow you to bring significantly more clothes on your trip.

Channing Capacchione, Study Abroad Correspondent

Channing Capacchione is a Junior at Boston University in the College of Communication
studying Advertising and minoring in Sociology. Currently, she is studying abroad in London as
she completes courses and an internship. She loves to try the best restaurants, shop around the
city, explore the coolest neighborhoods, and find cheeky travel tips! Keep up with Channing as
she takes on London and more during her semester abroad.

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