27 Tips for Traveling by Plane

You have just booked your dream retreat!

Now it's time to prepare! 

It's going to sound like a lot but it all fits into a traditional backpack.


I've had this Tumi bag for years! 


It's been through the ringer & still looks great. It's super functional with all the necessary compartments.


Worth the splurge!

Here are my 27 Tips for Traveling by plane!

Before reading please note: I am not endorsed in anyway from the brands I recommend. With years of traveling under my belt. These became my favorite go-to's.

  1. Scarf - my favorite is the lululemon vinyasa scarf. It's moisture wicking and acts as a blanket, scarf, shawl, & shirt! Sometimes you'll catch me with it wrapped over my face. Drooling photos minimized! Win!
  2. Extra pair of socks - I prefer super cozy ones for long flights
  3. Underwear (you never know if your luggage is going to get lost!)
  4. Hand wipes
  5. Arrive Revived- I looooove this stuff!! 
  6. Eye mask - I use one with little cooling gels in it. 
  7. Headphones
  8. all your chargers & adaptors
  9. Vitamin C - ever hear of the common cold? I like to over do it on the vitamin c while traveling. 
  10. Probiotics- fave: Tough Tummies
  11. Yoga tune-up balls- they super nice to use to roll out your feet, bum, & back while sitting there for hour after hour
  12. Neck Pillow - my favorite is a Conair one I picked up at Harmon's but of course, I found it on Amazon for a quick & easy order. It's inflatable so I can throw it in my backpack vs having it on the outside collecting all sorts germs. In a few breaths, it's pumped and ready to go! 
  13. Snacks! Don't depend on airplane or airport food. Depending on where you're traveling and the time, the restaurants might not be open or have what you want. Pack yourself some of your favorite bars and snacks for your "just- incase" stash.
  14. Small toiletries bag: ok, ok! I might go over the top but here it is! I pack small sample size of skincare I like. Flying dehydrates your skin! Nobody wants to be a wrinkly dry mess. Ladies & gents- keep it to sample size & under 3oz.
  15. After you make it through security, purchase the biggest, most over priced bottle of water you can find. Why? 1. You don't want to keep pressing the button to get someone over. 2. After you land, the water might not be safe to drink. It's always good to stash up on clean/ safe drinking water! 3. You might have a long commute from airport to location. 4. Flying dehydrates you. Drinking water will help you arrive feeling refreshed. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate! Sense the trend?
  16. Journal & pen- I like to write down my thoughts and experiences. The pen is good for filling out your customs form on your international return flight. I usually carry 2. 
  17. Have a little cash on you. I generally like to carry a small amount in each country's currency. I used Chase as my travel credit card. They don't charge a conversion fee so it makes it easy to travel with very little cash. 
  18. Sunglasses for the planes arrival- again, if your luggage gets lost. You want to at least have the bare essentials to make it through or heck! maybe you want to wear them on the flight.
  19. Lip balm & hand lotion - I know, I sound redundant but a girl knows what she likes and it's not dry hands or lips. Throw these in your little toiletries bag but don't forget to keep it under 3oz. I'm pretty much obsessed with all the Smith line for lips. I love it for my cuticles too!
  20. Any medications you need. I always have some emergency Advil with me. You never know if a headache, ear pressure, or leg cramping occurs.
  21. Where comfortable clothing. If my flight is over 4-5 hours, I'm 100% going with the athleisure style. My faves: Lululemon & Athleta
  22. Comfortable shoes you can take off & put back on easily. This will make it just a tad bit easier going through security & kicking those shoes off for flying.
  23. Toothbrush!  Let's keep it fresh
  24. I personally don't drink & fly. I know many people who need to take the edge off but if you can, avoid alcohol. Again, just another thing that will bloat & dehydrate you. 
  25. My favorite for domestic travel: TSA Pre - totally worth the small investment if you travel a lot within the states. You go through a separate security line & usually don't have to take your shoes off. Saves you time & stress!
  26. Book/ Laptop- this is "uninterrupted" precious hours. Utilize in your best way. Work, read, rest. It's your time! 
  27. Last but of course, not certainly least, your mindset. If you are traveling to get away & have some you time. Do so! Shut down the chatter & chaos and allow yourself to enjoy! 
  28. Bonus tip! Arrive at the airport with plenty of time to settle in. You know the drill.. 2 hours for international & 1.5 hrs for domestic. 
Mom seeing me off to another adventure!  @FlyLyfRetreats

Mom seeing me off to another adventure! @FlyLyfRetreats

Happy Traveling!!!

I wish you safe, successful & comfortable flying!

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12 Ways to Super Charge Loving Your Healthy Bodacious Bod

Do you struggle with loving your body? Are you guilty of thinking: I'm not toned enough, I wish I was thinner, I want a bigger x, I want a smaller x, I want this, I wish for that, more of this, less of that little, or even fishing for a compliment? If you said yes to any or maybe even all of them, you will need to read this. 

Pictured: Lauren Brunelli Talcott, Lizzy Dela Pena, &amp; me

Pictured: Lauren Brunelli Talcott, Lizzy Dela Pena, & me

May I share a story with you? Yes- keep reading, no- skip this section & just get to what you need. I don't know at what point it happened but I, like most other young kids, struggled with body image. Perhaps mine started a bit younger then others but perhaps not, maybe can you relate. I remember like it was yesterday, my 5'2" size 4 mama looking in the mirror, with her hands on her hips turning side to side and asking me if she looked wide. I don't remember my response to her but I do remember thinking, is she serious? I don't think my mom ever thought these moments with her were going to be so impactful in her little girls life. I literally stopped doing things all the things I loved because I didn't like how I looked and wasn't able to talk about. I was young & healthy, but I felt like I looked fat & unattractive. My family still to this day doesn't know this... So I'm sorry if you're reading this. I stopped dancing, gymnastics & swimming all because of how I felt inside. I felt so bad wearing my speedo & leotard and would make excuses to why I shouldn't participate anymore.  I quickly moved from a training bra to a size C to a DD. I was tall with enormous boobs, braces and just awkward. I started wearing big clothes to go with my big boobs and big curly unruly hair. What a disaster I was. Although, my mom will always say I was adorable. No, I was freakin' awkward and sought out attention in a very unhealthy way. Perhaps we'll save that for another blog. My childhood was pretty good otherwise, we had everything we ever needed and wanted except me wanting to look like the other pretty, skinny, girls. When I got to college, man was it game on! While most college kids were packing on their freshman 15, I actual lost 15 and was feeling damn good. I was working out so hard and definitely pushing it to an unhealthy place but I loved hearing, "you're so skinny" and being able to wear anything. How f*cked up is that? I was literally 15 pounds less then what I am today, maybe 20. I was itty bitty & quite unhealthy with bad habits, remember ephedrine? Oh, how I loved that stuff. It was a double edge sword because I knew it wasn't healthy but I did it anyway for quite awhile. As I lost the weight, I became wrapped up in what the scale & what people were saying. I quickly realized, this behavior & this whole scale thing has got to change! And just like that, poof, it was all gone! I registered for the ACE course and started educating myself on health & fitness. Any time I had to get on the scale for a doctor, I would stand on it backwards and ask them not to share unless it was of some concern. I knew the scale was a trigger to a road of bad habits and I wasn't ready to go back down that road. This lasted many many years & one day, I just stopped and started loving myself & this bodacious bod. I hope this helps you if you find you are struggling with loving your body. 

Here are my ways to Super Charge Loving that Bod of Yours.


1. Change your thoughts: You are what you think! You think negativity, that is just what you'll attract, create, project and become. You think you're fat and want to lose weight, guess what? The more you put yourself down, the more your body actually holds onto that unhealthy fat. #Truth. That's what stress does. It's time for you to change your thoughts. It's pretty easy once you get into the grove but you have to be consistent, you can do it, I promise! Here's how: when you have a negative thought about someone or yourself, turn it around right away and repeat the positive affirmation. Instead of judging all the things you are unhappy with, focusing on one thing that you feel good about. This might only be your nail polish to start. Let it be what it is, stop the negative judgment & love yourself! 

2. Are You Healthy?: What are you putting in your body? Are you on the latest trending diets to try to find a miracle? Stop the  yo-yo dieting and start living a healthy lifestyle. Eat colors! Stick to shopping the perimeter of the supermarket where you'll find fresh foods like fruits & vegetables. Avoid the center aisles filled with beige, processed foods. Stick to the real deal! Wouldn't you rather see beautiful colors on your plate or would you rather see beige? Come on, who even likes that color? Don't be boring like beige, be colorful, happy & healthy! 

3. It's all in the Angles and Lighting: Oh my, is it ever!!! I mean, this isn't new news, you all know this. What you see in magazines and online are totally edited. For real!!! Let's be honest, most of us are all edited in someway. If it makes you feel good to do it, go for it but be real about it & don't allow someone to distort you into someone you're not. 


Same morning.. it's all in the lighting & angles. 


Pants: Lululemon

Sneakers: Scott

Photos are unedited


4. Quit the Jealousy: Jealousy never looked good on anyone so just stop it. You never know their struggle and what they have going on. Be darn grateful for your body and all the things it can do each and everyday. Simple. 

5. Shapes | Sizes | Blood type: What is your natural body type? Athletic, Curvaceous, Petite, be who are you and embrace all the beauty that it holds. Ask yourself if you're healthy &  are you nourishing your body in a way you can be proud of? If not, make the necessary changes to be proud. Not sure how, ask me & let's get you started. 

6. Distorted Body Image | Body Dysmorphia: Did you read my story above? Perhaps my mama and I both struggled with this at some point. I believe most of have or do. I see this frequently in class when I ask students to open their feet hip distance apart and more often then not, they open up much wider then their hips. Of course, this can also be lack of body awareness and not a distorted body image. However, what we deem as being real, becomes our truth. 

7. Body Positivity: Empower Yourself! Look down and say, "I love you". Don't be afraid to love yourself. Rub & love that healthy belly, beautiful body, those curves & even that freckle. The more you whole heartedly love yourself, the better. You have to break your negative habits & self sabotage, if you truly want to see and feel things differently in your life. They are just habits & habits are meant to change, break and evolve. Are you ready to break the self sabotage of negativity? Now is the time, right now!  Don’t let your negativity define who you are. You are stronger then that. What do you do when life gets challenging, run from it or fight for what you want? Look at yourself and say, "I love you"!

8. Fishing for a compliment: Love yourself so much you don't need others opinions to validate how you feel about yourself. 

9. Check your chub!  That's right, grab a hold of your love handles and get real with yourself. Are you constantly making excuses and are actually unhealthy & unhappy? Are you sitting around, twiddling your thumbs on a beautiful day waiting for the next BBQ? Do what you want to do, live your life but stop complaining about something you can change. I'm sorry but no one wants to hear it. Get super real with yourself and find a reason why it is important to you to love yourself.

10. Buddy System: One of my faves! This is so important when you are just starting out on your new journey of self love! It's a great way to connect, be social and hold each other accountable to what you claim is important to you. Maybe it's achieving a goal of completing or winning a race, losing 5lbs, climbing an epic mountain or doing a handstand. Find a friend or a co-worker who wants to get healthy too, maybe there is already someone who is  living the life you want to see for yourself and ask to tag along! You never know the new friendships you will create. Surround yourself with people who have good self image and positive thoughts, they will rub off on you. 

11. Dress to your body:  High waisted or low? What makes you feel good? Rock what makes you smile. If you feel good in what you're wearing, you are more likely to do things you enjoy! For instance, if going to a fitness class, yoga, biking, running, life, is a struggle for you because you hate how you look before you even leave the door, seek out some better fitting clothes. Lose the big baggy sweats and get into something that makes you happy. Athleta, Lululemon, Nike, Adidas, even TargetForever21 are just some of the places you can get some great fitness clothes at all different price points. Invest in yourself! If you feel good in what your wearing, you'll want to move. It's true! When I wear sneakers, instead of flip-flops, I am more likely to go for a quick walk, run or hike because I am already all set to go. 


Same pants, same body, same lighting, all within moments of each other.



Bra: Public Myth 

Pants: Active Creatures

Photos are unedited

12. NEVER EVER LET SOMEONE DEFINE YOUR WORTH! You are beautiful, strong and can do anything! Love yourself no matter what. You deserve it. 

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