7 Tips for Long Flights

Travel Tips, Long Flights

Over the years, I have taken so many long flights (many in the double digits hours) that they don’t seem so monumentous anymore. Here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way!

1. Always keep your essentials in your tote or purse. If they make you gate check your carry on suitcase you don’t want to be left without something important (ID, tickets, money, phone, medications).
*On a side note, keep an extra set of clothes with you in your carry on if you are checking your bags in case your bags get lost.

2. Bring a pashmina that can double as a blanket to you keep you warm on the plane. I find the air conditioning is always blasting.

3. Have a back up plan in case the in flight entertainment doesn’t work (books, e-readers, tablets, magazines). Many domestic flights, even though they are very long do not have media entertainment at your seat, and even when they do they can always break down.
*Also don’t forget your headphones and all your electronic devices chargers/adaptors.

4. Bring some of your own snacks (nothing smelly), it’s nice to have something from home if you are going to a foreign country and you have something to snack on in case you don’t like the in flight food.

5. Bring a pen! You’ll need one if you are traveling internationally to fill out your landing card. (And to do the in flight crossword puzzle!)

6. Wear something comfortable and if you can, try and go makeup free. The plane air can dry your skin very easily. I prefer leggings to jeans when I’m flying. If you need to look dressed up when you land, you can always keep an extra outfit in your carry on and then change and put your makeup on in the airport bathroom.

7. Try and eat and sleep on the schedule that the plane gives you, they do that for a reason!

What about you? Do you have any tips for making long flights more bearable?

Love Links

Fulton Street, NYC

• Kate Moss’ very first photo shoot [WhoWhatWear}

• Stories from the photographers behind a few very iconic photos [Buzzfeed]

• My new favorite travel blog, these photos of the salt terraces in Cusco are pretty amazing [Mr + Mrs Globetrot]

• Not sure WTF to do with your life? [http://www.wtfshouldidowithmylife.com/]

• On this ridiculous weather, here is what happens when balloons get left out in the cold [Core77]

Faraway Friday #4 – Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
These photos do not even begin to give today’s Faraway Friday justice. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay, Vietnam is one of the most beautiful places I have traveled to. I could’ve spent hours on our boat just taking in the breathtaking view. After a bit of a bumpy drive from Hanoi (the road between Hanoi and Halong Bay is currently under construction in preparation for more tourists, a good and bad thing for the bay), I spent a night on a boat floating through the bay. I was able to explore a cave inside some of the limestone islet, kayaked around the floating village, and enjoyed the gorgeous sunset and sunrise.

Prospect Park Patterns

Prospect Park Pattern - Carrie Lyman
Prospect Park Pattern - Carrie Lyman
Blazer: BCBGMaxAzria (similar here); Shirt: Diane von Furstenberg (similar here); Jeans: J Brand; Shoes: Aldo; Bag: Henri Bendel; Bracelets: David Yurman (here and here); Rings: David Yurman and Banana Republic (similar here)
Prospect Park Pattern - Carrie Lyman
Prospect Park Pattern - Carrie Lyman
Prospect Park Pattern - Carrie Lyman
Blazer: BCBGMaxAzria (similar here); Shirt: Diane von Furstenberg (similar here); Jeans: J Brand; Shoes: Aldo; Bag: Henri Bendel; Bracelets: David Yurman (here and here); Rings: David Yurman and Banana Republic (similar here)

Photography by Nicole Collins

Cozy Cable Knits + Bucket Bags

Carrie Lyman
Sweater: Chic Wish (also love this one); Jeans: J Brand; Boots: J.Crew (similar here and here); Bucket Bag: Baggu (also love this one); Rings: David Yurman and Banana Republic (similar here)

Carrie Lyman
Carrie Lyman
Carrie Lyman
Carrie Lyman
Carrie Lyman
Sweater: Chic Wish (also love this one); Jeans: J Brand; Boots: J.Crew (similar here and here); Bucket Bag: Baggu (also love this one); Rings: David Yurman and Banana Republic (similar here)

When it is as cold as it has been here in NYC, a cozy sweater and skinny jeans are the perfect combination. I just got this super cute (and made in the USA) Baggu bucket bag to try out for my trip to Italy in a few weeks and I think it will be perfect. Hope you’re all keeping warm while we impatiently wait for Spring!
~Carrie

Photography by Nicole Collins

Love Links

Macaron

• A sheep who think it’s a dog? [YouTube]

• Sea salt harvesting creates some pretty cool colored ponds. [Core77]

• The iPad sketching app Paper is now completely free! [Fast Company]

• Maybe one day I’ll have a country home like this? [Domaine]

• My favorite fashion blogger look this week? Nicole Warne with her amazing Eugenia Kim hat. [Gary Pepper]