As you're reading this I am on an eight hour bus ride to Southern California to celebrate my birthday. While trying to figure out what to pack I decided I ought to write a post on carry on essentials, I mean I do travel long distances kinda often. Like every three months often!
Below are my carry on bag essentials for road trips, either by car or bus. I try my best to not stuff too much into my backpack because I honestly won't end up touching half of it anyways.
E L E C T R O N I C S
+Laptop: Luggage gets lost, stolen and tossed from location to location. I rather carry an extra 6 pounds and know my computer is safe, plus, you can watch a movie along the way.
+Headphones: Because not everyone wants to watch a movie with you.
+iPod: For when your laptop battery dies and you want to look out the window and pretend you're in a sad music video.
+Phone: For obvious reasons.
+Phone charger: When your trip gets unexpectedly delayed make sure you have enough battery life to keep yourself occupied. (And safe.)
E N T E R T A I N M E N T
+Magazine: I still buy magazines from time to time, and found this Cosmopolitan from the 1950s at a flea market!
+Journal: In case inspiration strikes and I don't want to drain my laptop battery with typing.
S N A C K S
+Food is necessary, especially when you'll be sitting all. day. long.
E X T R A L A Y E R S
+Scarf: I take a scarf whether I travel by bus, car or plane. Scarves make great pillows and don't have to take up space in your purse.
M I S C E L L A N E O U S
+ Sunglasses: You will look tired, and they make any outfit look put together.
+Compact brush: I tend to sleep a lot during long car rides, my hair reflects that by the time we arrive at our destination.
+Hair ties: Because a compact brush can only do so much.
+Ear plugs: In case others didn't think to bring their own headphones. And crying babies.
+Chapstick: I don't know about you, but constant AC blowing in my face makes my lips dry out.
+Wallet: To hold all the important stuff like IDs and debit cards.
+Pepper spray: I carry this with me everywhere because I've travel alone and seem to attract a lot of creepy people.