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10 Things You Need for Your Next Flight

10 Things You Need for Your Next Flight

Whether you’re an expert traveler or this is your first time leaving the mainland, there’s a good chance you’re going to forget something important. Or, you may not even think you’ll need it. Well, hold tight because while this may seem like “just another travel packing list” – it’s not. We’re here to be your Expert Packing Assistant. You just have to keep reading.

We’re going to list these friendly reminders ‘countdown style’ because chances are, you’re counting down to your vacation. Here we go:

10. Pets/Mail/Plants.

No, we’re not telling you to bring them. But more so we’re asking, “Who’s taking care of these while you’re away?” If it’s a friend-of-a-friend’s neighbor’s kid, pay them in cash. If it’s your bestie, tell them you’ll bring them something nice from your travels. Everyone wins.

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9. Bring your own headphones (BYOH).

Yes, your own ear-wax free headphones. (If you think about that for a minute, you’ll never forget them again. Some airlines ‘sanitize’ the rentable headphones, others let you keep the foam covered cheapies.) Our pick for under $100 (on a long flight, quality can come in handy without breaking the bank) are these easy-to-pack Shure headphones.

8. Small waste basket liner bags.

Yep, you read that correctly – use them for your dirty clothes!

7. Hydration items.

Think reusable water bottle + some Vitamin C packs to mix in-flight AND when you land. Flying seems to naturally dehydrate most people, so chug that H2O. Tip: Don’t forget about your skin. Bring a carry-on friendly moisturizer for your eyes and face!

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6. All the electronic pieces you’re likely to forget.

Phone chargers, camera and memory cards. Yes, we said “camera and memory cards” – ditch the phone camera and actually take quality photos on your next trip!

5. The eco-friendly reusable mug.

That little tiny cup of (sometimes free) in-flight coffee is never enough, let’s be real. Bring your empty mug and have the flight attendant keep the endless coffee flowing.

4. Snacks.

Trader Joe’s exists for a reason, so don’t overspend at the airport. There are also many airports with healthy food options that won’t break your beach body.

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3. Entertainment.

When’s the last time you held a book, became completely engrossed and couldn’t put it down? Well, combined with your headphones above and your endless mug of coffee, you can probably knock out a New York Times best seller and have expanded your vocabulary and imagination by the time you land. Read away!

Also, don’t forget to download your favorite movie or TV shows before you board.(Note:Just beware that some trans-oceanic flights may not offer WiFi for personal use, so check with your carrier ahead of time.) You may need your own screen. Examples: iPad, iPad Mini. Know ahead of time if your flight is fancy enough to have screens on the seat back in front of you. If not, don’t waste a carry-on with your company laptop.

2. Your in-flight travel attire.

Lay them out the night before for those early morning flights. With athliesure styles being all the rage for ladies this year, women can get away with leggings, tunics, maybe a scarf and booties. It’s not all about the ladies though. Men, don’t fret, there are plenty of comfy pants and loose fitting shirts for you too. If you pair them with some loafers or casual tennis shoes, you’ll be flying high in comfort and style. Tip: Compression socks for long haul flights. You won’t have swollen feet when you arrive.

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1. Cash/credit cards/ID’s.

Pretty self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised how many people forget their driver’s license or passport upon arriving at the terminal. There are other forms of ID that may get you through, but if you remember anything, be cognizant enough the day you leave to not lose or forget these items. Tip: Get a few hundred dollars’ worth of local currency ahead of time if you’re going international.

Another tip: Switch out your wallet and/or purse to something more efficient. This way, you won’t accidentally head to the airport with your pepper spray still on your key ring.

There are so many ways to find cheap flights and travel comfortably, so don’t fret! We hope this list helps you with packing and that above all, you have a fantastic trip. Now, go make some friends in the airport lounge. Sit back, relax and happy traveling!

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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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