Flawless Tips for Packing a Carry On Bag

Summer travel season is just around the corner, and I know traveling can be a little stressful. That’s why I have gathered some airplane travel tips and tricks for you straight from a polite - which includes the ultimate carry on packing list. Hopefully, you’ll be able to use a few of these tips the next time you travel. I also have a simple carry on packing list filled with the essentials that you may need for any trip. The list includes electronics, personal items, food, medicine and more that will help you create a flawless carry on that is sure to get through any TSA checkpoint. If you have anything else you think I should add to the list, please feel free to leave the tips in the comments!

Carefully Pack Your Carry On

First, you should always make sure you understand TSA guidelines. It’s always amazing when you are at a TSA checkpoint and people are trying to get through with full-size shampoo bottles in their carry-on. After you know what you can and can not take on the plan, you can fit so much more in the carry-on. Plus who wants to carry the heavy bag across multiple terminals… not me.

I like to carry two carry-ons. A suitcase to fit in the overhead bin, and a small bag/purse to keep under my seat. When I pack I try to keep everything I’ll need during the flight in my purse so that the suitcase can stay overhead the whole time. While traveling I like to keep gum, mints, hand sanitizer, emergency medicines, a few snacks, and a refillable water bottle.

Carry On Packing List Essentials




Back Up Battery

USB Cord


Personal Items


Hand sanitizer



Mini toothbrush

Mini toothpaste

Makeup samples

Mini shampoo and conditioner

Hair elastics


*Remember all liquids and gels need to be under 3oz. And fit in a quart size bag.

Back Up Items

Change of clothing


TSA approved snacks




Protein Bar


Anti-nausea medicine

Anti-diarrhea medicine






Credit cards

Print out of flight and hotel information

Pen and paper

Eye mask

Stay Hydrated

Avoid eating salt or sugary foods before your flight, as well as while you’re on it. I love taking a refillable water bottle, typically airports have a water filling station - if they do not most restaurants will graciously fill it up for you. Even on the flight, you can ask the flight attendants to fill it up for you which will save you from having to spend $5 on water at the airport.

Move It

This is critical, after learning about all the negative effects sitting for extended periods of time can be I am definitely a firm believer in moving. To make it easy to remind yourself to get up, set a timer on your phone, and be sure to get up to stretch your legs. Also, wearing compression socks will help prevent blood clots from happening.

ANASTASIA to Make Detroit Debut

Broadway In Detroit announced today that individual tickets for the tour of the critically-acclaimed Broadway production of ANASTASIA are now on sale!  ANASTASIA will make its Detroit debut at the Fisher Theatre, June 11 – 23, 2019. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787.

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA is the new Broadway musical that’s “one of the most gorgeous shows in years!” (New York Observer). This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush, new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) and direction by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak.
The creative team includes Peggy Hickey (Choreography), Alexander Dodge (Set Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Hair/Wig Design), Joe Dulude II (Makeup Design), Tom Murray (Music Supervision), Lawrence Goldberg (Music Direction), Doug Besterman (Orchestrations), David Chase (Dance Arranger), casting by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA.
ANASTASIA, currently celebrating an open-ended run on Broadway, began performances on March 23, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) with critics exclaiming “Ahrens and Flaherty have chosen the right moments to musicalize, and their score here sounds complete and full — one of the season’s strongest! (NBC)” and “Smartly adapted by Terrence McNally, Anastasia is a sweeping adventure, romance and historical epic whose fine craftsmanship will satisfy musical-theater fans (Time Out)”. The new musical has played to sold out crowds on Broadway since officially opening in April 2017, in addition to garnering multiple Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards and nominations.
The original Broadway cast recording is available at BroadwayRecords.com, Amazon.com and iTunes. The 75-minute album includes the Academy Award-nominated favorite “Journey to the Past” alongside new numbers from the show such as Christy Altomare’s haunting “In My Dreams,” Ramin Karimloo’s passionate “Still,” and Derek Klena’s heart-racing “My Petersburg.”
The National Tour of ANASTASIA is produced by Stage Entertainment, Bill Taylor (Sister Act, Rocky), Tom Kirdahy (It’s Only A Play, The Visit), Hunter Arnold (Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening), 50 Church Street Productions, The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth Dewberry & Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik, Carl Daikeler, Warner/Chappell Music, 42nd Club/Phil Kenny, Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Broadway Asia/Umeda Arts Theater, Peter May, David Mirvish, Sandi Moran, Seoul Broadcasting System, LD Entertainment/Sally Cade Holmes, Seriff Productions, Van Dean, Tamar Climan and in association with Hartford Stage.
For more information about ANASTASIA
Twitter: @AnastasiaBway           
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Performance times for ANASTASIA appearing June 11-23, 2019 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:
·         Tuesday – Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
·         Sunday evening performances at 6:30 p.m.
·         Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
·         Sunday matinees at 1:00 p.m.
·         Special open captioned performance on Sunday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for ANASTASIA start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the Fisher Theatre box office. For group sales (12 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com. Tickets for the open captioned performance may be purchased in person at the Fisher Theatre box office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
Broadway In Detroit uses Ticketmaster as its sole, authorized ticketing agent. Individual tickets purchased from a ticket broker or “third party” ticket reseller involves risk and may not be authentic, sold at box office prices, or with correct performance and venue information. Broadway In Detroit box offices cannot reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets sold through a third party or ticket reseller. Broadway In Detroit is also unable to contact third party purchasers with pertinent updates or changes regarding performances.

Confetti Popcorn

Growing up something that my great grandma, meeme and my mum drilled into my head was never let your guests go home empty-handed. Whatever you give them doesn't have to be expensive, but it's a little token of appreciation. With Easter this Sunday, and my schedule being absolutely insane I wanted to whip up something quick and easy to give to everyone. Since life is better with sprinkles I thought there is no better way to share how blessed I am to have them in my life than with a pop of color in the form of a yummy treat.  Confetti popcorn is quick and easy to make, not to mention everyone will love it. 
 You will need
• 2 bags Pop Secret Movie Theater Butter Popcorn (I recommend Pop Secret for the biggest kernels)
• 1 lb. bag of white chocolate wafers (candy melts)I bought mine at Sarah's in Michigan - if you have a local cake/candy decorating I am sure you can find these there. Or Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics sells Wilton Candy Melts that will work the same.
• 1/4 - 1/3 cup confetti sprinkles
• Wax Paper

1. Pop the popcorn in the microwave and place in a large bowl, be sure that you have removed all un-popped kernels(you don't want anyone breaking their teeth).
2. Melt your white chocolate wafers in a double boiler or the microwave on defrost(it burns very quickly so be sure to watch it and stir often)
3. Pour your melted chocolate over your popcorn and stir to combine.
4. Add in the confetti sprinkles, stir to combine.
5. Spread out on wax paper and allow to dry for a couple hours. Break apart so you have separated the kernels.

 {I bought these mini pails 2 for $1 in Target's dollar spot}
 {The popcorn was placed in cello bags, adorned with coordinating ribbon and a tag}