The Aisle is NOT Your Space

Ok, I'm about to get a little ranty here. 

When you are on an airplane and you have an aisle seat, it's your responsibility to keep your elbows, knees, shoulders, toes, arms, feet, head, blanket, backpack, and anything else you brought on board OUT. OF. THE. AISLE. 

"But why? I paid for this seat so I would have extra room. Have you seen how small these airplane seats are?" 

Dude. If you want extra legroom you'll have to spring for an exit seat or business class. And yes, believe it or not I'm actually quite familiar with airplane seats. I only spend about a hundred hours a month on airplanes, but thanks for the update. 

So why is it so important to keep the aisles clear?

1. Safety. When there's an emergency on a plane, your flight attendant needs to get to the situation as quickly as humanly possible to assist the passenger in distress. If you're blocking the aisle, you're endangering the safety of your fellow passengers AND the safety of your flight crew. I had a one flight where a passenger became very ill and projectile vomited all over her boyfriend sitting next to her (he handled it flawlessly. I was so impressed.) and when the call bells around her started dinging, I booked it down that aisle, tripping over the feet of oblivious passengers all the way. Frankly, it's a miracle I didn't fall and add to the medical emergency we were already dealing with. 

2. Speaking of injuries, did you know those beverage carts weigh 200-300 pounds? When they bump into your elbow or roll over your toes, it's going to smart. A lot. I do my best to warn you we're coming through, but if you have headphones in or you're asleep and you have limbs dangling in the aisle you could very well end up quite hurt if you don't move. Be careful. I'm trying to keep you safe. Work with me here. 

3. The aisle and the galleys on a plane are our workspace. How would you like it if I came to your office and sat on your desk, wouldn't stop talking to you during your lunch break, or blocked the path to and from your cubicle? Oh, you wouldn't like that? Ok, then please don't do it in my office space. If you desperately need a cup of ginger ale because your stomach is upset, that's fine. If you need some water, that's fine too. Come on back and see us! Then kindly leave so that we can continue to do our jobs. 

For my safety, for your safety, and just because it's polite- be a responsible passenger and please keep the aisles clear. Just do it. 

All of these comics are from the brilliant JetlaggedComic. I'm obsessed.

My Flight Attendant Purse

When I posted about the types of bags I recommend using, people started asking what I stash in my own travel bags. Here's a snapshot of what I keep in my purse while traveling. These are my go to items whether I'm on the road for work, heading home to Vermont, or non revving to somewhere else entirely.

The bag I'm using right now is an old favorite of mine, a Kate Spade tote I've had for about six years. It's actually a diaper bag, and I absolutely love it. It has a million pockets to keep everything organized, it's simple, and it's a real workhorse of a tote bag. Here's the closest current equivalent I could find.

The current contents of my purse.
1. My crisis kit (see below).
2. LL Bean Town and Field Clutch. I love that this comes with a detachable wristlet strap so I can carry it alone.
3. Moleskine Notebook.
4. Graphic Image Planner. I am obsessed with this. It has loads of useful charts, tips, and maps in the back along with my favorite feature- a list of memorable restaurants and hotels. Plus, you can get it monogrammed.
5. iPad Mini with Cath Kidson cover.
6. GlassU Sunglasses (c/o). I'm in love with these foldable, wearable, packable, delightful sunnies.
7. Tissues.
8. Cereal bar.
9. Dr. Bronner's Hand sanitizer
10. Narciso Rodriguez For Her Rollerball
11. Trader Joe's Lavender hand lotion in a Go-Gear squeeze tube.
12. Bite Beauty: Matte Crème Lip Crayon, High Pigment Pencil, and Luminous Crème Lipstick.
13. Warheads candies my boyfriend gave me because he knows they're my favorite.
14. Pens- at least one of which is a Sharpie.
15. Headphones.
16. My Crew ID
17. Herban Essentials Cleansing Towelettes.
18. Orbit Gum. Fun fact: the original Orbit Gum girl was Miss Vermont 1995. Look it up.
19. Emergen C Drink mix.
20. Peppermint Tea bags
21. Josie Maran Lip Stain
22. Badger Herbal Lip Balm
23. Car keys with my Smathers and Branson key fob.

The current contents of my crisis bag.

1. My Crisis Bag is a cosmetics bag. Currently it's in this one that has been discontinued, but I also love these.
2. Hollywood Fashion Tape. Buy it now, thank me later. Don't bother with another brand. Just don't.
3. Downy Wrinkle Releaser. This is a gift from the laundry gods.
4. Sunscreen.
5. Ginger tea for any digestion challenge.
6. Pain reliever.
7. Neosporin. Critical.
8. Altoids.
9. Clear nail polish to stop hose from running.
10. Collapsible hairbrush/mirror combo
11. Eyedrops.
12. Travel mascara.
13. Thermometer. In case you get sick while traveling you need to be able to give medical professionals the most complete assessment of your symptoms possible.
14. Extra strength lip stuff.
15. Extra hand cream.
16. Decongestant tablets.
17. Bandaids.