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The top arrow points to the zipper. The bottom arrow points to where the back pocket sits in the main compartment.

The top arrow points to the zipper. The bottom arrow points to where the back pocket sits in the main compartment.

The top arrow points to the zipper. The bottom arrow points to where the back pocket sits in the main compartment.

thanks for reminding about tissues, i cry during movies. i also bring a mini flashlight to find things on the floor or in my bag.

That’s a good idea about the flashlight. I use my iPhone for things like that (on airplane mode, of course).

I also bring Echinacea and Emergen-C packets to keep my immune system strong. And an inflatable Gertie ball for my lower back – much better than those wimpy pillows they hand out!

Given I am constantly on a long distance flight, my very very basic has to be toothbrush, toothpaste, ear plugs, eye mask and lip balm!

A lot of those things have to go in the liquids bag. If I had them in a neat kit like this, I’d forget to pull them out and lose the lot! Good list though, and I love the little Jif peanut butters as a snack – wish they did those in Europe.

Blotting papers, because I have oily skin. Even though planes usually dry me out, I usually keep blotting papers handy on long haul flights. Slipper socks, the kind with rubber nubs on the bottom. If I take my shoes off, I want something nonslip on my feet. Bare feet on planes are gross.

If you’re a budget traveler like me, you never fly first or business class, where airlines provide passengers with amenity kits to make their journey more enjoyable. They’re usually full of luxurious bath products, eye masks, ear plugs, socks and toothbrushes.

Some kits even come with pajamas for you to wear.

But you don’t have to miss out on the fun, as you can create your own amenity kit catered to your needs. It’s also a great thing to have pre-packed at all times, so you’re always ready for an impromptu trip.

The Bag

First, you’ll want to choose a small zippered cosmetics bag. Vinyl works best, as they don’t get stained easily, but any will do. You probably have a handful of these from makeup counter giveaways.

I bought this one from Typo in Sydney, but the Tom Bihn Organizer Cube is another great one. If you’re not picky, a ziploc bag will also work, as will a pencil case from the school and office supplies section.

The Basics

There are a handful of items you’ll want for every trip, no matter the flight length. These include an eye mask, ear plugs, lotion, hand sanitizer and toothbrush and toothpaste (or Wisps). I love my Dream Essentials eye mask that I received in my Travelbox and use foam earplugs.

Tissues are also a great addition to your kit, as the air conditioning can give you the sniffles. When you’re looking for travel sized items to go in your kit, use the bottles you’ve taken from hotels, comb the aisles of your local store or ask the makeup counter for a free sample to test out.


This is where you’ll want to cater your kit for your needs. I like to have healthy snacks like Clif bars and tea sachets for when I’m low on energy. And since I wear contacts, it’s important for me to have eye drops or contact solution.

I like bringing a comfy pair of socks and a water bottle to refill. My amenity kit also includes any medications I might need in flight, namely Pepto Bismol and Ambien, as well as a tub of Nivea creme and Vaseline Lip Care.


Most airlines hand out headphones for your trip, but they tend to be lower quality if you’re not in upper classes. I always bring my own headphones, specifically my Beats by Dr. Dre, as well as my beaten up iPod shuffle. If you know your airline doesn’t have in-flight entertainment, bring an e-reader or your laptop to watch movies.

What would you add to your diy flight amenity kit?

Most women love buying lots of shoes or maybe purses. Apparently I am addicted to backpacks. If I see a travel purpose for a particular bag, I want it. So over the summer when my husband Andy and I spent a long weekend in Prague in a hotel that turned out to have bedbugs, I used the potential infestation as an excuse to replace my 5 year old grungy daypack.

Earlier this year, we bought the Osprey Momentum 22, which has officially become Andy’s daypack since the laptop sleeve is important to him. But my laptop is smaller, and after trying out his bag a few times, I decided it’s not a vital feature for me. It took two trips to our local outdoor shop, but I finally found the perfect daypack. At least until my addiction finds another perfect backpack.

What’s your backpack brand and model?

I bought the Osprey Escapist 25. Mine is black, and it also comes in red and blue. It sells on Amazon for about $93.

>> Check out the Osprey Escapist 25 on Amazon, or at REI.

How long have you had your backpack and where have you traveled with it?

I’ve had it since June 2016, and I’ve used it many times around town when I’m going to work at a cafe. I’ve also taken it on a day trip to Potsdam outside of Berlin, a 4 day/3 night trip to Warsaw, and a 5 day/4 night trip to Kosovo.

What factors were most important to you in choosing a backpack?

I’m picky about backpacks these days, so I have lots of must-haves. I love pockets, I wanted a rain cover, a good waist strap is important, and I hate when smaller outer pockets eat into the space of the main compartment. A separate laptop sleeve was once important to me, and I still think it’s a great feature, but with my small 13 inch laptop, I feel like too much space gets wasted in there.

>>Check out our guide to picking a backpack.

What do you like most about your backpack? Any down sides?

Main compartment: I really like that it can be separated into an upper and a lower section with a zippered flap. My old daypack did that too, but I never used it because my laptop would only fit when it was set up as one compartment. This bag is slightly bigger, and the laptop fits when it’s set up as two sections. (I don’t think a bigger laptop would work this way though.) This makes it easier for me to organize things and my laptop stays towards the top so I can easily pull it out to go through security.

Front pocket: There’s a good sized pocked on the front where I can fit things like sunglasses, pens, Kindle, hair brush, etc. It’s deep enough that the pocket doesn’t feel bulky, and it doesn’t push into the main compartment much. This issue always annoyed me about my old bag because it meant I couldn’t get things in and out of the main compartment easily. I’m so happy with how that pocket works on the Osprey Escapist.

Other pockets: The outer side pockets will fit a water bottle, umbrella, or flip flops. There’s a specific place for a camelback, if that’s something you’re interested in. It also has a mesh pouch on the front that doesn’t close. I’m not sure what the intent was, but it works well for something like a sweatshirt you want to have easy access to.

The bag has yet another pocket that opens at the top behind the main compartment zipper. It’s small, only a few inches deep, and could potentially block space in the main section if you over stuff it. I used it to store my passport, plane tickets, and a few other documents. They felt safer there than in the front. I like that pocket as long as I don’t put bulky things in it.

The top arrow points to the zipper. The bottom arrow points to where the back pocket sits in the main compartment.

Other features: The waist strap is comfortable and easy to adjust, and when I clip it together, I can feel the weight shifting to my hips. There are pockets on the waist strap too. I always like having them, but honestly, I never know what to use them for. The rain cover worked well the one time I had to use it, though I wish it wasn’t a blinding neon yellow.

Negatives: So far I don’t have a lot of negatives about this bag. I’m still getting used to the zippers. A flap of material protects the zippers from water (I assume) which is great, but it makes it a little harder to zip and unzip. It’s more of an issue with the bottom half of the main compartment, because that zipper is more curved.

Tell us about the fit and comfort level of your backpack.

The Osprey Escapist feels very comfortable to me, and the straps are easy to adjust. I walked around with it fully packed, including my laptop, for a few hours one day in Pristina, and it never felt uncomfortable. The weight distribution to my hips felt pretty good.

I bought the M/L size, and it also comes in S/M. I’m only 5’1\u2033 (155 cm) but my shortness is all in my legs. So to give you some perspective, petite length pants are often still too long on me, but I never buy petite sized tops. If you are short but have more normal proportions, you might want to consider the S/M.

>>Read more about the best backpacks for petite women.

Osprey Escapist 25 from the back and side

If you want to take your backpack as carry-on luggage, can you?

Yes! Since it’s a daypack, it’s not very big and should pass as carry-on for most, if not all, airlines. I flew with it to and from Kosovo on easyJet, and they didn’t bat an eye. Amazon lists the dimensions as 20 x 12 x 11 inches.

>>See how much your flight really costs.

Have you found the size to be too small, just right, or too large?

I originally wanted to stick to 22 liters, but I couldn’t find a bag I liked at that size. So at 25 liters, this one is a tiny bit bigger than my goal, but overall it’s a good size for a daypack or a long weekend bag. I’m not quite ready to take a long trip with only a purse, but I enjoyed traveling with only a daypack for these shorter trips.

For my 5 day/4 night trip to Kosovo, here’s what I was able to fit in the Osprey Escapist, not including what I was wearing:

4 short sleeved shirts

1 long sleeved shirt

gym pants and a tank top to sleep in

4 pairs of underwear, 1 bra, 3 pairs of socks


liquids bag, deodorant, toothbrush, hair brush, prescription medication, glasses, sunglasses

laptop, external hard drive, cord

box of granola bars

wallet, passport, empty purse (because easyJet only allows one item as carry-on)

umbrella in the outside pocket

Overall, would you recommend your backpack?

Yes, I think it’s a great bag, and I’m really happy with it. I definitely recommend the Osprey Escapist if you’re looking for a good daypack.

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Travel leggings are easy to come by in all sorts of price ranges. I’ve had some I’ve loved and others I haven’t. I wear them at home to both work out and to work from home as well as on the road on planes, trains, and automobiles.

I’ve long searched for a pair to add to my collection of standard black leggings and I finally found them in one Australian company called Pins to Kill.

About Pins to Kill

The company, based out of Melbourne, Australia, is named for pins, meaning “legs,” to kill, or “impress.” They allow you to choose from patterns featured on their website as well as to upload your own unique designs. Customers of Pins to Kill are surfers, actors, and ballerinas. They’re also travelers like us who want a unique look from their activewear.

Caroline wearing her Pins to Kill leggings at the Great Divide Brewery in Denver.

The Pins to Kill Leggings

Pins to Kill makes both leggings in their own designs as well as ones you can upload yourself. So whether you’re looking for a gift for a friend that features her favorite destination on her pants or just want to brighten up your workout wardrobe, you’ll find a style that suits you.

Funky patterns feature pineapples, flamingos, cheetah print, and geometric designs. I have the chevron pattern, pictured, in blue, maroon, and white that seems to go with just about everything. I get so many compliments on them!

Caroline chose the chevron pattern for her Pins to Kill leggings and always gets compliments on them.

I’ve owned my Pins to Kill leggings for six months and have road tested them on many trips, including two to the Dominican Republic, one to camp in the US National Parks, and another to Las Vegas. Here’s what I’ve found so far:

Drying time: Every time I wash them, I line dry them because I find activewear lasts longer this way. They’re usually completely dry by the time they get out of the washing machine and don’t really need to be hung up for long. I’d estimate that they dry within 30 minutes, but that depends completely on your washing machine and conditions.

Opaqueness: Because of the pattern I have, I don’t have a problem with opacity. Most of their designs are printed on white fabric in dark enough colors that you don’t have to worry about your black undies showing through, but if you’re designing your own pair, keep this in mind. Full color is key!

Longevity: As I mentioned earlier, I’ve taken these leggings on trips for the last six months (and busy travel months at that!) in addition to wearing them to my weekly workout class. They’re showing no signs of wear and tear and I’ve since ripped two pairs of lesser-quality yoga pants I’ve had the same amount of time.

Care: Full instructions on best care practices are included with your leggings, but I recommend washing in cold water and line drying. Don’t use any special pre-treatments unless you have to. They say to hand wash instead of machine washing, but I haven’t had any problems.

Lightweight: The breathable fabric prevents any sweat odors from getting trapped and also make them an easy-to-pack item. In fact, they ship to you in a small tube just to show how small they fold down!

Sizing: Use the sizing chart on their website for best results, but I wear a medium and am generally anywhere from a 6-10 in US sizes, depending on the brand. Keep in mind that they do stretch, but you want the waistband to sit comfortably. I wear mine high, right above my belly button, to prevent from having to pull them up constantly. They’re also listed in Australian sizes.

Price: At $75-89 AUD, they may seem a bit steep, but are comparable with brands like Lululemon, Athleta, Sweaty Betty, and Running Bare. They ship to Australia, the United States, and beyond.

Some more fun designs from Pins to Kill, images from their official site.

How to Wear Pins to Kill Leggings

Most of the outfits I wear my Pins to Kill leggings with look athletic and I almost always wear my Asics Metrolyte and a long shirt or tank. But you could definitely pair them with a cute tunic and flats. A fitted jacket can also dress them up along with some jewelry and accessories.

Check them out on the Pins to Kill shop.

Would you wear these Pins to Kill leggings?

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