Summer Travel Essentials

The Alternative Bun

I’ve been traveling a bit this week and thought I would do a quick round up of essentials for airplane travel (just slightly different and updated from my last “travel essentials” post)
The biggest annoyance for me, while flying, is being cold. It’s never “oh I’m a little bit chilled”. It’s either I’m fine or I’m freezing. So packing a sweater and a scarf are absolute essentials no matter how long I’ll be up in the air. 
I typically try to charge my phone when I’m waiting at the gate area to board. Because it’s an iPhone. And the battery life is a joke. 
My in-flight beauty needs are minimal. Hand cream and the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. The elixir keeps my skin hydrated and looking fresh and the hand cream does the same for my hands. 
I’ve never regretted packing a few extra small bags to throw in my carry on just to keep things together. 
Lastly, a good book to occupy my time. I trudging through Gone Girl right now. Hoping to make a huge dent in it this week while I’m at my parents lake house. 

1. J.Crew
2. Modcloth
3. Modcloth
4. Orgins Hand Cream
5. Modcloth
6. Caudalie Beauty Elixir
7. Gone Girl
8. Similar @ J.Crew
9. Etsy
10. phone charger


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Queen of Beaverton says · 07.02.13

Trudging is a good word…that book took awhile.

rlscorpio says · 07.02.13

I absolutely loved Gone Girl. I think you will enjoy it too! I really loved Gyllian Flynn’s other books, and recommend those when you are finished with Gone Girl. Happy travels!

A.Prz says · 07.02.13

I hate being cold! I always try to pack a scarf or a light blanket when I’m flying. I haven’t read Gone Girl, it’s on my list! Safe travels! 🙂

Sara Laverty says · 07.02.13

I couldn’t put Gone Girl down! Gah crazy book!

Christina says · 07.02.13

I think the only thing you are missing is FOOD! I never get on a flight without food because I never know how long I’m going to be on that plane.

Victoria Clemons says · 07.02.13

Great on-board list! I think it is essential to travel with hand cream. That recirculated hair is horrible! I also get cold on planes, and i always seem to sit next to someone who needs their air on full blast!

Karli says · 07.02.13

You will have to let us know wha you think of Gone Girl once you’re done! Im always on the lookout for a good book!

Kayli Schattner says · 07.02.13

Loving the Modcloth cardigan and purse! They are both too cute. The cardigan is definitely a must for me because, like you, I can freeze up in the air. And they can also be used for a nice something to throw over your legs while you nap. Thanks for the post! x

Carly says · 07.02.13

That purse is stunning, I love the color!


Daina Ankrum says · 07.02.13

Great list! I read Gone Girl last summer and loved it- you will definitely finish it this week! It was a fun read.

I also will not travel without a scarf. I forgot one on a flight a few months ago and felt lost! I have a few scarves from Gap that are practically blankets, and don’t leave for the airport without one of them.

And lastly, what is with the iPhone battery life? I know I have a Candy Crush and Instagram issue, but I swear my phone dies within a few hours… always a bummer when a charger is not near by!

Nicole says · 07.02.13

Omgoodness, Rayban makes cat eye sunglasses? Dreams do come true!

Brittany Helen says · 07.02.13

I just wanted to say I love the new look of the blog!! 🙂 Happy Travels!

Burning Amethyst says · 07.02.13

gah! I don;t know if you’ll want to read Gone Girl right now while pregnant! Honestly, maybe put it aside for something else for now…it’s kinda disturbing on its own, let alone while pregnant…just my honest opinion!

ne-on says · 07.02.13

I love the Modcloth bag! That colour is sooo compelling 🙂


Shannon says · 07.02.13

Gone Girl…ugh! I usually read a book a week (chic lit, nothing to heavy btw) this book took me 2+, just didn’t like it! Have a good vacation!

joiedevivreheather says · 07.02.13

Thanks for this list, i recently started traveling alot for work and this definitley helps, any ideas on how to pack a suitcase? Because im horrible with that lol.

Justine J says · 07.02.13

I love the lila bag, great selection 🙂 xx


Rebecca says · 07.02.13

I recently finished Gone Girl! It took a little while for it to pick up, but then I couldn’t put it down and flew through the last 2/3 of it!

Kayla Gilbert says · 07.02.13

I always pack a light jacket or sweater too! I am always cold!!


delightedbylife says · 07.02.13

I am currently using a bag like you have selected in #5 and I love it! mine holds an ipad and i cant wait to travel with it!!!

Carina says · 07.02.13

Would love to be on a summer road trip right now!


Hannah Elise says · 07.02.13

Thanks for this list! I’m going on a trip in a couple weeks and it was nice to have advice on what to bring for the flight 🙂

Lindsey says · 07.02.13

that bag is absolutely adorable! i love it!
Zip & Zeal

Ashton - From Landing On Love says · 07.02.13

These are great items! Thank you for sharing! We are hosting a BaubleBar Giveaway this week; I’d love for you to stop by!

– Ashton

Sarah {Limited Space Organizing} says · 07.02.13

I’m in the middle of Gone Girl right now, and I honestly don’t know what to think of it! It’s so strange to where I can’t put it down. I have NO clue how it’s going to end!!! I feel like the author is wanting us to think a certain way, when really it’s going to be something completely different!


Jamie says · 07.02.13

The beauty elixir has been a favorite of mine since it was suggested for my wedding day to stay refreshed during all of the events and photos. Now I’ve switched over to a natural line in San Diego that is just lovely! It always does an amazing job at keeping my skin hydrated without looking oily. Read Gone Girl last summer, and just wait till you get to the middle-amazing!

Kelsea says · 07.02.13

I love this collection! I’ve been traveling lately with my husband for work and have been promising myself a new pair of sunglasses! This might have just inspired me to do a little shopping while out of town!

Andrea says · 07.02.13

Loved Gone Girl, Flynn’s characters are so complex and it really leaves you thinking about how you were duped into rooting for the wrong character 🙂

Laura says · 07.03.13

Being cold (and consequently, uncomfortable) on a plane is one of the worst feelings ever. I carry a sweater with me in my purse, that’s how much I hate being uncomfortably cold.


NIGHT OWL VENTING says · 07.03.13

I love the elephant purse.

I found you thru marked by grace. 😀

Carrie says · 07.03.13

great collection for summer accessories.

Roger Richard says · 07.03.13

This photo is breathtaking!!! Puts a smile on my face!!!!!
great summer collection….

Emily Lockwood says · 07.03.13

So many people recommend Caudalie! I’m a bit skeptical because it’s so heavily fragranced (from what I’ve heard) and it may break out my sensitive skin. also its quite expensive. If you could give me a reply, anyone with sensitive who has tried this, it would be muchly appreciated!
Emily xo

Julia H says · 07.03.13

I love the Caudalie Beauty Elixir one of my beauty luxuries.

Megan Norman says · 07.03.13

If you are looking to get back into reading, I highly suggest The Hunger Games trilogy. I am 27 and even though they are teen-directed they are very good reads. They are actually more about real world political issues with leadership (within a very entertaining read). A completely different series i HIGHLY suggest is Something Borrowed and its sequel Something Blue by Emily Giffin.. just really great reads that will make you love to read all over again.

Niki Caron says · 07.03.13

I have the Cambridge Satchel in pastel pink and I love it – the crossbody style is so perfect for travel!

Wendy Dry says · 07.03.13

The Caudalie spray is the BEST! It makes my skin look so dewey, and I think it helps keep my makeup in place, too. Love it.

Carolyn says · 07.04.13

Great picks, I love those satchels!

<3 Carolyn

shehulkout says · 07.04.13

I am ALWAYS cold on planes so I bring my own blanket and neck pillow. The blanket happens to be pink with polka dots and a pilot one time asked me why I bring my “blankie.” Haha!
I didn’t know this for a long time so maybe it will help, I usually run out of battery with my iphone because I have too many apps open, and using the internet drains the battery as well. Of course that doesn’t stop me from forgetting and doing both all the time!
I’m also getting obsessed with ModCloth,!

Scottish Stef's Nails says · 07.04.13

That bag is an awesome colour!cant get enough of pastel colours right now!:)

Wendy says · 07.06.13

Gone Girl is so, so, so good! I just finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and I loved it, too!

3cda7fbe-e6e4-11e2-9b7f-000bcdcb471e says · 07.07.13

How’d you like Gone Girl? I hated the ending….

Valeska M says · 07.07.13

I really want to read Gone Girl! Hope you are enjoying it!

Making It Sparkle 🙂

Tyler Thursby says · 07.09.13

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tdimhcsmk says · 07.25.13

Do you have any suggestions on “flight hair styles”? I’ll be traveling soon and am trying to get the best idea of hair for the plane. Thanks!

Amal says · 07.25.13

i love the dress and accessories

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Amal says · 07.31.13

thanx for suggest, love the white .

séjour maroc

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Keith Johnson says · 10.31.13

Great travel essentials. I am going to make sure I always bring these with me after I purchased used rv

Gone Girl Fan says · 04.10.15

I’m also a big fan of the Gone Girl story. Have read a lot about the movie and must say it sound pretty amazing. Has anyone read the book and watch the movie? How do they compare?