Mr. Lyons and I are headed to South Africa next week and I cannot wait to share all the details. Those who know me know this is a dream come true! We will begin in Cape Town and then head to a Safari Camp in the hopes of seeing the Big Five and then some! And yes, this is Mr. Lyons and I stitched onto my favorite couple of all time… *wink!
As a wedding planner of over 20 years, you *know* I have been busy researching and planning for months regarding what to bring and how best to optimize the limited space we will have. Apart from a few key items, my focus was on finding products from brands with an ethical and sustainable ethos.
Read on for my top ten flight essentials that I bought in preparation for our 18-hour trip.
1. Air Tags and Air Tag Luggage Clips
With all the reports of lost luggage during this hectic travel season, I was not taking any chances! I bought a pack of four air tags and four luggage clips so that I can watch our luggage like a hawk!
2. Comfortable Walking Shoes
Not only for traversing the airport but for exploring Cape Town and the city region whilst there. I tested these Birdies on a 36-hour trip to Washington, DC a couple of weeks ago and they did not disappoint! I had always heard how comfortable this brand is and I now understand why!
4. The Two-Yard Wrap
The name says it all: two yards of luxuriously soft fabric designed for wrapping up however you like. Perfect for mid-flight chills! This brand‘s products are all made in the United States and this wrap is created from sustainable wood Tencel.
5. Cable Organizer
Oh. My. Goodness. Where has this cable organizer been all my life? It has dedicated pockets for chargers and cables in a convenient pouch. No more tangles and no more wasteful Ziploc bags!
6. Washable Silk Eye Mask
This is my first mention of Quince but it will not be the last– I purchased a whole cart from them! This washable silk eye mask is ideal for getting some sleep on the flight. I love that it is washable for easy care.
7. Travel Trousers
Among my biggest pet peeves is seeing sweatpants or pajamas at the airport. The desire to be comfortable while traveling is universal, but wearing sleepwear in public is where I draw the line. Plus, truthfully you’ll never catch me in a pair of leggings outside my own home. These sustainably-made trousers with an elastic waist make for a comfortable travel outfit that still looks put together. Win-win!
8. Trtl Travel “Pillow”
I use quotes because this looks nothing like any pillow I have ever seen! And I believe that’s a very good thing. It is likely we can all agree that travel pillows are anything but comfortable. They really just get in the way. This “pillow” has a built-in frame to support the neck while sitting up and is wrapped in a plush fabric. It also clips onto luggage which was a yes for me!
9. Homeopathic Jetlag Remedy
Missing out on precious time during our trip due to jetlag is simply not an option in my book! I will be doing my best to avoid it and am hoping this homeopathic jetlag remedy helps.
10. The World’s Thinnest Charger by Clutch
Because having some backup battery protection gives me peace of mind that I will not miss out on capturing a single moment! I can hardly believe how thin and lightweight this charger is.
1. Mongolian Cashmere Tees
These Quince cashmere tees are sustainably-made, ethically produced, and ultra-soft. I chose the Heather Grey and Light Blue shades.
2. Classic Crew Neck Tees
Simple, classic, cotton and modal blend tees, sustainably and ethically made. Ticks all my boxes! I went for one in classic White and one in Dusty Pink. Available here.
3. Linen Shirt Dress
Another fabulous Quince find: a chic, 100% European Linen Shirt Dress.
4. White Linen Button-Down
You simply cannot go wrong with a classic, white linen button-down shirt! Available here.
5. Mongolian Cashmere Sweaters
I love these cashmere sweaters from Quince. I bought one in the Oatmeal shade and one in Minimal Pink.
6. Loungewear for the Tent
7. Columbia Puffer Vest
This Floridian was careful to include plenty of options for keeping warm out in the game reserve! This Columbia Puffer Vest in the color “Chalk” fit the bill.
8. My Safari Boots
Outdoorsy but make it fashion. These Canvas Desert boots seem perfect for the adventure.
9. Cropped Wrap Blouse
This top feels elevated but still easy to wear, perfect for mixing and matching during our trip.
Beauty & Accessories
1. The Ultimate Travel Beauty System: Cadence Travel Containers
This entire set of 12 fits in the quart-sized allowance for your carry-on. Each magnetic interlocking container holds 100mls and saves so much space. And the lids are fully customizable! Available here.
2. Merit Beauty Essentials Set
This streamlined, minimalist, clean makeup set is perfect for travel. Plus, the packaging had me at hello! I bought The Skin Set.
3. Earthling Starter Set
Never, not once, have I been on a long trip and been able to survive on 3oz of shampoo and conditioner alone. These shampoo and conditioner bars seemed like a great option. Since they are solid, they do not count toward your liquid allotment and there is no risk of leaks and spills inside of checked luggage. This brand uses natural ingredients, is sustainably made, and the set is entirely plastic free. Comes with a cute mesh soap saver bag, too!
4. Walking Hat
Sun damage? No thank you! SPF plus a wide-brimmed hat are my protections of choice. This walking hat is foldable for easy packing with mesh venting for breathability, has UPF50 sun protection, and there is even a space for ponytails!
5. Straw Visor
This is my go-to visor for walks around the neighborhood (and the Disney parks!) Available here on Amazon.
Quick Tip: It sells out quite often. When I really wanted to get it for my Mother-in-law, I managed to find it on Etsy, too.
6. Athletic Greens Travel Pack
Pre-portioned, vegan, with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, and adaptogens. I think I will survive the trip without my usual supplement routine. *wink! Available here.
7. Reversible Seamless Bra
This bra from Spanx is a travel no-brainer! It is so comfortable I bought two!
8. Travel Vanity Mirror
This travel mirror is perfect for unreliable airport and hotel lighting. I love that it folds completely flat for easy transport!
9. iPhone Gimbal
Ok, this one takes a little practice to get used to. But the ability to stabilize shaky shots will be a lifesaver out in the game reserve! It also comes with a tripod for multi-purpose usage. Available here.
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