Good morning, you guys. It is a Sunday morning and while my family is finishing getting ready for church — there’s Zax. Hi, bud. – Hi. – I am finishing my last minute touches getting ready for a trip, because my car comes to pick me up in the next little bit, so I need to finish getting ready. Obviously I travel quite a bit, and so it becomes very important to be able to do things as quickly as humanly possible.
So I know like with my travel bag, my carry on, I use a lot of the same stuff I use in my daily life, and so I need to be able to make those transitions quickly, and I need to know where things are, so they don’t get lost. So I’m gonna show you today, what I put in my carry on, how I do it, and all my tips and tricks. Hey Sean.
– Do you wanna pack my bag for me?
– What do you always put in your carry ons? Like what’s one thing you always put in?
– I always put in my jacket, Tylenol, that’s all I need.
– Just a jacket and Tylenol, and he never uses his jacket hardly ever. I don’t think I would want him packing my bag, I would be hungry all the time. What do you always put in your travel bags? Like your carry on, what’s something you always carry?
– Phone charger. What kind of food do you carry in your bag?
– Just like snacks that won’t melt on the plane.
– Me too.
Okay, so one of my number one tips is always keep your travel bag where you know where it’s at, so you don’t have to go searching. Everybody has a spot in the house, I’m side-tracking for a second, that’s like the dump location. So this is our dump, so — where we throw our glasses and keys. Like it’s just, this is where my purse always lands, my computer bag, and anything paperworky I have to deal with. So this, like my kind of like, spot that doesn’t always look pretty.
This cupboard, right here, contains my travel bag, which I know seems like a really random spot, I know — see how pretty that is? What a mess. It’s very convenient, I always know where it is, and it’s right next to my other purse, which becomes very important for quick switching.
Tip number two is try to keep as much stuff in the bag as humanly possible. So things that don’t need to be switched in and out like, obviously your driver’s license has to go back and forth between wherever you actually need it, but things that don’t need to be switched, don’t switch.
So I have in my backpack at all times a whole series of things that I know are just always there, so that I don’t have to think about them every single time. So I have this really cute Cotopaxi backpack. It’s leather on the bottom, so it wears very well. It’s highly stitched, it’s made for traveling.
So every time we travel, this isn’t all of the places I’ve been, but these are the ones I’ve gathered. I try to get a patch from wherever we go, and this is like the, maybe the only thing I ever bring home from my traveling. Eventually I wanna have it, like, all over the bag, like hundreds of them is my goal because each of these contain a lot of memories for me and happiness with my family, with Sean, and just different adventures that we’ve been on. And I actually have a Bali patch from my last trip that I haven’t added yet. I only do international patches, except for, of course, my Texas Proud, right there in the center. And the only other one you’ll notice, that is not country related, and this is just Mindy related, is my Coca-Cola patch.
Let’s go over what I keep in my bag, like all the time. So if you open my top pocket, I have this black bag, and it’s just this meshy little net, and I’ll explain this one in a minute. I always carry a charging pack. So this is the mophie one. It comes with the double clips, and actually normally I have, this is funny, I have this one in my bag, but Sean carries one that actually has like a cord that wraps into the actual brick, so that you don’t even have to have a cord. And inside here, there’s always wipes. So that’s like the top pocket. If I come into this little tiny top pocket right here, I have my like female supplies, I have some business cards, there’s a few bobby pins buried in there, too, oh some more pens, including one of my favorites.
This one even has a hair elastic on it. See how prepared I am? In there as well, I have this green baggie. So inside here, I have my Bose headphones. Now if you guys are like me, when you travel you notice that like, planes require headphones that still have a jack to plug in. The Bose earphones, first of all, these are noise-canceling, so if you’re on the plane and a baby’s screaming behind you, you turn these on, you can’t hear the baby anymore. All you hear is what’s your earphones. Then I carry one of these with me, if you guys haven’t seen these, you can just get them at Apple or on the Internet, but it’s just basically a converter from old-school to new iPhone. In here I also always carry a splitter, and I label ’em, see my name on there? That’s another trick, label everything, so that it doesn’t get mixed up or lost, and your kids don’t think it’s theirs. So like if Sean and I wanted to watch a movie together while we’re sitting on the plane, we can just both plug our headphones into this, this plugs into my phone, and bam, we’re both listening on our headphones to the same movie.
I always carry a dongle, which is by the way, the weirdest word I’ve ever heard. It basically plugs into my computer, and then I can plug in, like, a camera — a camera cord, or if I needed to download photos off something, it plugs into there. So I always have all of that, and it never leaves it, it never goes anywhere, it’s always in my bag. Also in the same green case, this one switches in and out for me because I use my AirPods all the time. But I have this little AirPod. These are the new cases Brooklyn & Bailey are carrying. They’re sold out right now, but we’re bringing them back. It’s just my AirPods. So I prefer using these if I’m just sitting in the airport, so I don’t have to plug anything in, and then that goes in this top pocket of my bag, and it never leaves it, so I always know where it is and I always have it. Inside number one, I carry these clear carrying cases, which that’s another tip and trick, put everything that you can into clear carrying cases, because they’re easy to see, and I just got these off Amazon. This one has a handle.
So in here, I carry wet wipes, here’s another version of wet wipes, these are like anti-bacterials, I carry a bunch of these. These are flushables, again just in case, you have T-P issues. And then I have some, even, bug spray water, or like, repellent. Also, for me, like these anti-bacterial wipes are like super critical because I strongly dislike germs on planes. I disinfect pretty much everything when I get on the plane using my wipes.
So also in my big pocket, I have food. You can see I have some healthy granola bars, some not so healthy granola bars, trail mix, beef jerky. I have apple — dehydrated apples, I have fruit leather.
Down in the bottom there’s apple sauce packets. But I just kind of try to do things that would either A) give me some sugar because I’m super tired and need a little lift, or B) give me, like, some protein, like the trail mix, or whatever, that has some nuts in it, but also just that won’t get rotten. And this is literally the container my kids love.
Okay next, in this black baggie, what I always carry in here is a little plug like this. If you’re traveling and you need a charge and everybody else is using all of the electrical outlets, you can go in and switch this, and you can still plug them in, and then you can use it to plug yourself in. So this just makes one plug basically two. Here’s where I put my personal phone charger. And I have the 10-foot charging cord, so it’s crazy long, which I love because then when you get to a hotel and you have, like, the nightstand or the plug is like super far away from your bed. And these are all of my cords in one spot. And then what I do is in the big pocket in this backpack, this Cotopaxi backpack has a laptop sleeve. I don’t know if you can see that.
So I take my laptop, I slide it right in, I take my cords, I tuck them at the bottom because they’re the thing I’m least likely to need. And then I tuck the food and the wipes at the top, just like that, so that I know where everything is all the time, and I can get to it easy on the plane. One other quick thing I know people are gonna ask me, is how my cords don’t get all bent up when I put them in and out of the bags and stuff. I use these little, have you guys ever seen these little animal things that you can slide on and off. So they’re just these little plastic things, but they fit on the ends of your cords like this, and they just keep them from bending too tight, so that your cords don’t get all bent.
Okay so inside my purse you will always see this on a day to day basis. I carry this with me everywhere I go in my purse. So inside here I have Tylenol and then I also have Ibuprofen. I prefer Ibuprofen, but Paisley’s highly allergic to it, so I have to carry Tylenol too.
I have lip liner, I have lipstick, I have some perfume roll on. I have chap stick, I have hand sanitizer. I have tissues, I have lotion, I have a couple hair clips, I have some hair elastics, I have a few bobby pins. So this goes literally from this bag into the top pocket of my backpack. And I take my keys, (sings) look at how cute this is you guys. This is the pink one, but we have four coming that you can conveniently shop.
And I tuck those at the very bottom as well. And then literally all I have to do is open my wallet, this is my everyday wallet, and I have a travel wallet. I roll over my credit card, I roll over my license, and that’s about it because when I’m traveling I don’t wanna take a ton of stuff or a ton of credit cards, in case I lose my wallet, so I will switch over, like, those two or three things. You can see that I have my license, my two cards, and some cash. In it goes right in the top. I zip everything shut. And this bag is ready to toally go. This is, like, literally everything I do every single time, and I honestly guys cannot think of one time when I didn’t have something I needed.
This pretty much accounts for 98% of situations that I might bump into, whether I’m traveling domestically or internationally, and that’s kind of the point of my travel bag. So, but that’s the goal. The goal is for it to be, like, I maybe take 10 minutes, if I’m moving really fast seven, to grab everything I need for my bag, switch it over and I can be out the door. So it’s like, a highly efficient, highly effective way to travel, which is exactly what I was looking for.
So Sona and I are at the airport, hi, getting ready to jump on the flight to go to New York. The last couple of things I always do for carry on because I take a pillow with me, so I just take my travel pillows out on the top of the bag. And then I take usually a Hydro Flask but today I forgot, if you guys can believe that, because I was filming this video I got distracted and totally forgot it, so I had to just do a regular water bottle, but normally I bring my Hydro Flask and stick it on the side pocket of my bag. And then, fun fact, you can freeze your Hydro Flask ahead of time, the water in it, and TSA will let you through if it’s frozen with it. So then you can — I like to freeze it like half-way full then you put the water on top and then it just stays really cold and iced the whole time you’re on the flight. You have fresh drinking water. (upbeat music)
Hope you guys loved these tips and tricks on how to travel, how to switch your bags, what to carry in your carry on, and everything else mom-approved, obviously I’m passed the babies, and so I don’t have bottles and binkies and all that stuff, but this is what I do, I hope it helps you guys. Think about some things, I’ll put all of the links in the description box below, for everything in my bag, that I got off Amazon, all those little clear baggies and everything. And if you guys haven’t already subscribed to my channel, be sure to do it by clicking the button right here. If you wanna see all of our other videos, our family vlogs, and hairstyle videos, click the button over here and we will see you guys later. Bye, guys.