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We are Zoe and Gregg, two married anesthetists indulging in our passion for travel and adventure. When we’re not taking care of patients, we enjoy visiting exotic locations. Anywhere with a body of water and a scenic hotel has our name written all over it! We enjoy diving, canyoning, fishing, hiking and getting to know the locals. We are foodies at heart and enjoy trying the traditional cocktails of the area. We love getting lost and trying to experience the culture like the locals. Get inspired with articles on travel advice and more!

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I’ve got friends in low places 🌎 😉 We can’t share our Patagonia experience without talking about how many awesome people we met along the way! One of our favorite parts of traveling is making friends with people from all over the world. It’s amazing how travel brings people together! Shout out to these awesome globe trotters 🙌🏽 Hopefully one day our paths will cross again ✨ #traveladventures #globetrotters #aroundtheglobe #travelislife #travelgram #travelcouple #instablog #travelblog #beautifuldestinations #fujifilm_xseries #myfujifilm #patagonia #visitargentina #visitchile #visitsouthamerica #lagunadelostres
Friday feels 🙌🏽 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Reflecting on the week.. trying to do a better job this year of staying in the moment and living every day to the max. It’s easy to get sucked into routine, dreading work, and just trying to make it to the weekend. Why be miserable for 260 days out of the year? 😼 My goal for 2020 is to 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺 the day, the people you work with, quality time with family at the end of the day, and to be overall more positive about the daily grind. Instead of waking up bummed to wake up for work, be excited for a day full of great people, great patients and great conversations 🤟🏽⁣ ⁣ What’s your 2020 goal? 💁🏽‍♀️⁣ ⁣⁣ #⁣fridayfeels #weeklyinspiration #liveeverymoment #newyearbetterme #2020goals #travelphotography #travelblog #vacationeveryday #lovethelifeyoulive #chiletravel #patagoniachile #torresdelpaine
Ever wondered how to start planning a trip to Patagonia? Or even wth this place is?? ✈️ If you’re fascinated with Mother Nature, looking for some of the best hiking in the world, or just need to unplug, you should be heading to South America 🌎 Composed of over 400,000 square miles of land, Patagonia expands through the southernmost portions of both Chile 🇨🇱 and Argentina 🇦🇷 This trip is absolutely doable in 10 days! You can visit both sides and their most famous locations, such as 𝐌𝐭 𝐅𝐢𝐭𝐳 𝐑𝐨𝐲 & 𝐓𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐥 𝐏𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞. Don’t forget to wear your @patagonia gear 😉⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ • Check out the link in bio for our most recent post on seeing the 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘗𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘢 𝘪𝘯 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝟷𝟶 𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴! •⁣ ⁣ #mtfitzroy #patagonia #argentinapatagonia #argentinatravel #lagunadelostres #fujifilm #fitzroy #chile #chilepatagonia #travelcouple #couplegoals #hikinggoals #travelgram #travelblog #dreamdestinations #planetearth
𝟚𝟘𝟙𝟡 was quite the year of adventure for us ✨ In just 13 months we had the opportunity to travel to 4 different continents, attend a winning Patriots Super Bowl, and work together at the same hospital! 🌍 We are beyond grateful for all of our experiences overseas and at home. We cannot wait to see what 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘 has in store for us! 🥂 ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ It’s hard to pick only one, so here are our favorites memories from the year! 📸 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦?? ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Happy New Year friends! 🥳 ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #newyearseve #2019reflections #traveladventures #travelgram #travelphotography #travelblog #travelcouple #couplegoals #couplesthattravel #destinationinspiration #fujifilm #planetearth #lovethislife
Always fallin’ for you 💙⁣ ⁣ #northcarolinaoutdoors #chimneyrock #hickorynutfalls #travelcouple #travelgram #landscapephotography #waterfallphotography #couplegoals #travelbloggers #usdestinations
All I want for Christmas is...more vacation time...with youuu 🎶🎄❤️⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #christmaswishes #neverenoughvacay #destinationchaser #travelcouples #travelbloggers #couplegoals #travelgram #fujifilm #torresdelpaine #chiletravel
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Items to NEVER Board a Plane Without

Boarding a plane can surface feelings of vulnerability. Think about it…you’re bringing yourself and only a few items onto a small aircraft, thousands of miles in the sky, for hours on end. Now, if you’re like most normal people, you’re probably stuck in economy class next to an unfamiliar face. If you have even the slightest fear of flying, that doesn’t help the situation. Personally, there isn’t a more uncomfortable situation I can think of. This is why I have perfected my routine of carry-on packing. There are certain items I NEVER board a plane without and I always put them in my personal bag for easy access. It just makes the experience more comfortable and sometimes, actually enjoyable. Only, when there’s no turbulence 😉


If I had to choose the most important item I bring on a flight, it would be headphones. I think the free airline ones are the worst, most uncomfortable headphones. After about 30 minutes, my ears are killing me. I make sure to bring two pairs, my Apple compatible ones and regular ones with an auxiliary connection. (Apple really screwed us when they changed the headphone input!) Gregg and I also enjoy watching movies together, so we bring a dual connector as well. Not only are the headphones ideal for music and movies, but to block out sounds. You never know when a crying baby will in to the row next to you. Investing in a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones is money well spent for frequent flyers.

Sleep Mask

The second best purchase I made were sleeping masks! Sleeping on a plane has never been the same. It’s amazing what a little bit of darkness can do. You’re body naturally produces melatonin in response to removal of light exposure. By wearing a mask, you block almost all of the light coming from the cabin. This allows you to drift off to sleep easier and is especially important for long flights across multiple time zones.

Change of Clothes

I like to dress somewhat nicely for a flight (you never know when that free upgrade will come!), but have the option of changing into comfy clothes. No one wants to sit in business casual clothes for an entire flight. Let alone sit on a long international flight in the same under garments. It’s nice to change into fresh clothes either on the plane or as soon as you land. This way you don’t have to rummage through your perfectly packed suitcase. Also, a pair of comfy shoes or slippers that are easy to take off and put back on when roaming the plane are nice to have.

Toiletries & Medications

I always carry any toiletries I may need to freshen up on a flight, as well as prescription medications or OTC just-in-case meds. Below is a list of items I carry in my personal bag. Be sure to keep the liquids consolidated and easily accessible to make TSA security checks smoother. You can find cheap toiletry bags here.

  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Facial Cleanser
  • Face & Body Moisturizer
  • Lip Balm/Chapstick
  • Baby wipes
  • Essential oils (for nerves)
  • Deodorant
  • Pain relievers
  • Baby Aspirin (to prevent blood clots)
  • Benadryl
  • DayQuil/NyQuil
  • Prescription meds

Items to keep busy

Lastly, I bring anything to keep me entertained. A book, my iPad, and extra chargers. I store my iPad with downloaded Netflix shows or movies just in case the plane doesn’t have a tv or the connection is temporarily disabled. This way, during takeoff I can still watch a show to distract myself. Also, any last minute planning items for your trip. A travel journal is always nice for the flight home. Often, I will edit photos or videos from the trip to keep busy. Basically take anything you need to pass the time.

Lastly, I try to keep these items nice and organized in my personal bag. This makes it easier to grab quickly. Especially if your bag is in stowed away. Check out my post on packing tips here!

2 comments on “Items to Never Board a Plane Without

  1. Robin Emmerman says:

    Such great advice and tips! These tips could make the difference on a long plane ride!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoe & Gregg says:

      Thank you! It really does!!


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