01.23.2013 / travel quirks
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hi lovelies.  it’s wednesday morning and i’m on my way to alt summit (like in the car literally).
let’s talk travel.  do you love it?  i love to travel but kind of hate to fly (i’ve probably told you this before).  what about you?  i keep hearing from more and more people that air travel, at the least, stresses them out.  the funny thing is, as a kid i loved it.  but here i am today, with an honest dislike of being up in the air.  the thing is, there was a season where i missed out on a few things because i wouldn’t to fly.  i’ve finally come to terms with the fact that i’d rather feel fear than live with regret. so…. now….. i just do it afraid.
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i am a little neurotic in that i have a little routine when i fly.  just ask the mister. it’s nothing crazy and in fact i bet all you lovelies that love to fly have your own little airport routine.
here is mine :
i never get there too early.
i take a small dose of xanax (i can go without – -as i had to during 4 pregnancies – - and sometimes i still do)
after i check in i like to go and get a couple of magazines (preferably tabloid!)
i always run to restroom right before we board
at take off (the worst part for me) i pray (when it gets bumpy, i pray too.  i pray a lot when i fly) and then start flipping through my magazines
i usually try to close my eyes and doze off for a bit and then once we are up in the air and coasting smoothly i pep up and relish the quiet time to read a book, write, listen to music, and so on.
i’m pretty good after that, unless turbulence, but i’ll spare you that part of the story.
upon landing, i always want a burger.  i usually don’t eat before i fly and am famished afterwards.  but want to know something?  i’ve been doing better and sometimes i even eat a bit at the airport (i might get that burger beforeahand today).
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here is what i always have with me:
a big scarf or wrap to cover up with (i always get cold).
iPhone
a book or iPad with a book
magazines
pen
journal
water
hand sanitizer
a snack
and i should note this is when i travel without kids.  with kids, it’s just survival of the fittest and a whole other kind of packing list.  i have  few tips + tricks on that right here.
what about you?  do you have a little routine?  is there anything in life that you have learned to just do afraid?  it’s always worth it in the end!

12 Comments

commented on January 23rd 2013 at 1:07pm

I’m not nervous about flying but I have a ton of the same quirks, just makes things go smoother/calmer. I need a good tabloid magazine too, I don’t know what it is, but flying is probably the only time I read them!

Happy Travels today! Hope it was smooth and stress free :)

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replied on January 31st, 2013 at 7:38pm

i know …travel without tabloids is just unheard of, for me ;) had some major delays and bad weather but i braved it – phew! xo . t

commented on January 23rd 2013 at 1:11pm

I always get cold too, so I usually will take socks. And maybe a blanket ;)

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replied on January 31st, 2013 at 7:38pm

my feet were freezing on the way out…so the way back i packed some extra sox too… :) xo . t

commented on January 23rd 2013 at 6:52pm

Yes! The praying, the xanax, the magazines just to look at the pretty pictures while I’m freaking out. I also require one bloody mary. Oh, and I have to kiss the outside of plane before I enter. Totally normal, right!? = )

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replied on January 31st, 2013 at 7:39pm

ha! i’ve heard of people kissing the plane… i think maybe it was one of the kardashians – ha ha! xo . t

commented on January 24th 2013 at 5:54am

I always bring a large scarf as well and snacks including good dark chocolate. A good book, a magazine that I don’t normally buy and a crossword or suduko book. I like getting to the airport early to avoid any added stress. Right now I would like to be travelling somewhere very warm as it’s
now -40○C where I live!

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replied on January 31st, 2013 at 7:41pm

oooh way cold! you know i have never tried suduko… i still want to see what it is all about! xo .t

commented on January 24th 2013 at 7:57am

I travel a lot for work and have found the best thing you can bring with you when traveling is a good attitude – flying can be stressful no matter how many times you do it, so the more cheerful you are, the better people will treat you and the better you’ll feel when you land! :) That, and upgrade to seats with ‘more leg room’ whenever you have the chance!

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replied on January 31st, 2013 at 7:42pm

so true!!! i’m going to try to remember that when i fly with all 4 kids in a few weeks ;) xo . t

commented on February 2nd 2013 at 3:51pm

Am with you on virtually everything. Snack / water / sanitizer / iPod / book / camera / pashmina / socks / universal headphones / charger bag. Thankfully the days of change of clothes and toys is over and the teenager has her own carryon – which holds our laptops!!!

A question – what is the tape for??? (in the picture?)

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replied on February 3rd, 2013 at 9:53pm

well, i had the washi tape out because at the last minute i was decorating a brown moleskin journal that was going in my bag too :) but i have been known to carry around washi tape – just in case :)