Aggie Burnett is a PR and marketing strategist for indie beauty, wellness, and lifestyle companies, dedicated to helping the underdog get noticed in a sea of lookalike brands. She is also the co-founder of Nomaterra, a natural fragrance company inspired by her previous journeys. This is how she packs and travels.
Despite how frequently Iâ€™ve traveled (since I was a one year old!), Iâ€™m a terrible packer. Like, absolutely the worst. I wait until the last minute and end up throwing all my stuff in a pile in the middle and start over-analyzing what I need and not need. I fold and roll depending on the item and how I need to fill in the space. Itâ€™s an arduous process that makes my husband angsty.
Itâ€™s interesting to think that the type of luggage you are currently using clearly represents the stage of life youâ€™re in. In my early 20s I was big on backpacking. I just stuffed whatever I could fit in there, without much care for wrinkled clothes or stylish footwear.Â Then came a multitude of business trips when I started my fragrance company, Nomaterra, so I relied on my carry-on. All the clothes, shoes, and bags I would pack would be in luxurious materials, all within the same color schemeâ€”professional and lightweight for short trips.
I can cut back on clothes, but I go overboard with having all my beauty products with me! I usually have my Away carry-on with me and a large tote. Now that weâ€™ll be traveling with a new member of the familyÂ (our son!), packing is going to get a lot more challenging! We desperately need to upgrade to family size luggage. The number of things my son needs at only 7 months old is overwhelming.
I am most definitely running to the gate, and am always pretty late to get to the airport. I hate waiting in line, and would rather get there late than on time and have to deal with heavy lines. While it seems contradictory, itâ€™s worked out for me for the most part.Â There was one time when I was flying out to Thailand solo, and realized at the airport that I had forgotten my passport. My husband had to speed home to pick it up and got it back literally within a minute of them closing the gate on me!Â If I do get to the airport a little early, I like to grab a cocktail and a bite to eat and have a good chat (if Iâ€™m flying with someone). It helps me relax before the flight. Iâ€™m not so much into airport shops, but I do love trying out some local cuisine and delicacies at the airport. Iâ€™m usually hanging out at a restaurant or working on my laptop at the Delta Sky Club or other lounge.
I have a slight fear of flying, so Iâ€™m usually trying to zone out by listening to my Calm app. My hope is always that Iâ€™ll be so asleep that I wonâ€™t even realize weâ€™re taking off (which almost never happens unless itâ€™s a super early flight). During take off, I tilt my head to the side so I don’t feel the buoyant movements of the plane as much.Â I always like a window seat. Being able to look out the window and see what’s happening is the closest thing I have to any semblance of control. Once Iâ€™m up in the air, I usually take the opportunity of being disconnected from the Internet and phone to catch up on this monthâ€™s Fast Company or Inc. issue or a book Iâ€™ve been reading on my Kindle.
If itâ€™s a long flight, I do enjoy watching a new release film. Since each seat has its own entertainment device (i.e. not having to share with my husband), I usually watch some sappy romantic comedy. I always like to bring a scarf with me to protect from the cold air they blow in the plane. An eye mask and comfy socks are also a must on long flights.
I weirdly love airplane food. Even if Iâ€™m sleeping, Iâ€™ll wake up or have my husband wake me up for the meal. I just love how itâ€™s all compartmentalized, and you get a little bit of everything and thereâ€™s always extra goodies and treats in each compartment. I never have coffee (I donâ€™t need to be stimulated on a plane, Iâ€™m already anxious to be on it), but I do usually have a glass of champagne or vodka soda.
I can’t go anywhere without my Hudson and Bleecker Je T’aime Voyager Toiletry Bag filled with my beauty essentials. I have a lot of favorite products that go everywhere with me, like my Wander Beauty Bronzer/Highlighter, my Cle d’Peau concealer,Â a Nomaterra roll-on, my Inglot mascara, Kahina serum, and Sahajan cleanser. Can you tell how much I love my beauty products?
As far as other essentials go, I always double check that I have my phone, contact lenses, passport and a small amount of the local currency for a cab from the airport. Once I’ve got my Away luggage all packed up and my Warby Parker sunglasses on, the only thing I need is my adventurous spirit!