DKOR interior designers and design enthusiasts from around the world will be getting together at the Milan furniture fair, iSaloni from April 12th to April 17th. With just a few days before our DKOR design team jet sets to Italy to be international interior designers seeking out the newest furniture trends I am preparing for my departure from Miami with the DKOR team.
Having traveled internationally through Europe, India, Morocco, South America, South Korea and Japan, I know how important it is to be prepared for a long international flight. The journey to Milan will be around 9 to 11 hours travel time and I have a few must have items that keep me comfortable while traveling internationally. I recommend all DKORistas traveling pack these five travel essentials.
I always travel with a pair of flip flops in my bag that I slip on as soon as I get settled in to my seat on the plane. Typically, I fly standby and prefer to wear a nicer shoe such as a flat while boarding.
Always have a small toiletry bag in your carry-on that contains a few essentials while traveling. You never know who will be in the seat next to you… it could be your prince charming! So that is why I pack these travel sized essentials in my toiletry bag:
- Toothbrush & travel size toothpaste (You need to think about that fresh breath!)
- Painkillers (Tylenol or something similar to quickly treat a headache)
- Mascara (Hello prince charming!)
- Travel size deodorant (that should definitely be on TOP of your packing list!)
I always have an extra pair of socks , a cozy jacket, and even a scarf for those freezing flights. Sometimes airplanes keep the A/C cold to help passengers from feeling sick on bumpy flights. On flights traveling to warmer climates when I may be wearing shorts or a skirt I may slip on leggings in the bathroom as the plane gets to cruising altitude.
Entertainment is a MUST! When sitting for ten hours on a cross- Atlantic flight like Miami to Milan or in a bus to cross the Andes like the famous bus ride from Argentina to Chile you need to something to do when there’s nothing to see out the window! Pack an IPad or a computer to play games, like my favorite, Flight Control. Just don’t forget to bring your own headphones!
Like any busy interior designer, I love to catch up with work on the computer as it makes time fly. I found that plugging in my phone and transferring / organizing my pictures has been a very efficient task that I don’t always have time for in my day to day. I also love to open my 3D software and start designing lovely interiors spaces, it has me focused and I even forget I am on a plane! I also take magazines sometimes, but find that I only look at the pictures and never really read any articles; it doesn’t entertain me that long.
I prefer to switch wallet when traveling and taking a larger size travel document holder. This way, before leaving my house, I make sure I only take the necessary papers with me (yes, you will be fine without your Sam’s Club, or Costco VIP member card; they do not exist anywhere else. The larger wallet accommodates the Passport perfectly as well as the few foreign currency bills I usually take with me. Also, I like to print my itinerary before a trip, I fold that nicely and it fits like a charm in the travel document holder!
And that completes my five travel essentials for top interior designers when traveling, thanks for reading!!! Do you have any other tips or essentials you would like to share with me? I would love to read them!