Travel Log: Onboard Essentials for Long Flights

I know I’ve made a post about packing onboard luggage before, but this post particularly pertains to long flights (+5 hours). I just got off of a long flight less than 12 hours ago, so I have some tips and tricks to make your longer flights more enjoyable.


Pack entertainment for your entire flight. Whether it’s an iPad loaded with movies, a kindle, 3DS, or whatever. Bring it. Bring them all. Make sure you have something to keep you entertained for the entire flight. I don’t like to rely on the in-flight entertainment because it can be faulty. The flight I was just on didn’t even have TVs in the cabin because they were upgrading the plane still.

Bring snacks and an empty water bottle. You never know when you’re going to be hungry, and then you don’t have to pay the insane prices for food in the plane. Also, you don’t have to worry about them running out of food (which has happened to me before). The empty water bottle is awesome because you can fill it up once you get through security, then you don’t have to keep asking and waiting for drinks because the air is so dry and you’re extremely thirsty.

Pre-order food in advance if you can. The flight I was on had the option to pre-order our in-flight food a week in advance. This was the best decision ever! Not only are you guaranteed to get the sandwiches and food you want, you don’t have to worry about having enough time in the airport to grab food between layovers. Also, since we pre-ordered we got our food before they even started going down the cabin with the cart. This meant we got to eat about 20 minutes before everyone else.

Make yourself comfortable. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a neck pillow, and walk around. It’s not about being stylish, it’s about surviving this flight with the least amount of discomfort as possible. I wear these really comfortable flats when flying so I also packed fuzzy socks in case my feet got too cold on the plane.

I guess, overall, just have a backup plan. Inflight entertainment can go down, they can run out of food, you can be stuck in your seat the whole time with bad turbulence, but you don’t have to let it greatly affect you. On short flights this can be a minor inconvenience, but on long flights it can be brutal. Don’t let yourself be affected by this. Plan in advance, and even if you don’t use your backup stuff, at least you were prepared.


Travel Log: Calgary Zoo

I’ve always loved going to the zoo to see the animals. However, some zoos just have animals in little cages, which I am not a fan of. Though the Edmonton Zoo upgrades have really changed the feel of the Zoo, my favourite by far is still the Calgary Zoo. The Calgary Zoo is more spread out, and it has more natural barriers for the animals instead of just using cages. The animals just seem very relaxed and in their own environment over there. Lucky for me, we had a chance to go to the Calgary Zoo a few weeks ago. I’ve included some pictures of the trip below:

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Though I didn’t get any pictures in it, there is a little greenhouse in the middle of the zoo that has an amazing butterfly area. It’s just so relaxing to watch the butterflies flutter about the flowers there.

The one thing I also love about the Calgary Zoo is its Dinosaur Park. Though these are just models of dinosaurs, I find it so entertaining to walk through the winding path and come face-to-face with a dinosaur in the bushes.

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If you are ever in the Calgary area I highly suggest checking out the zoo. It’s a wonderful place to spend a few hours, or your whole day.

Travel Log: Drumheller and Dinosaurs

So last weekend Geoffrey and I thought it would be fun to get out of the city for the day. That meant we were off on a trip to Drumheller for the day. Though it is a few hours there and back, we decided to just do the trip in one day instead of overnight. Now, there was a specific reason for our trip to the badlands. The Royal Tyrrell Museum.


For those of you that haven’t heard of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, it’s basically a museum of palaeontology. Dinosaur fossils galore! I love going to this museum partially because it ties in with some of the subjects I’m studying for my degree, and partially because it’s freaking awesome. Who wouldn’t want to spend the day looking at prehistoric creatures?!?!


Though a round trip to Drumheller in a day may not seem worth it to some, it was a fantastic way to spend part of our weekend. We had so much fun heading out of the city and we’ll probably head back again sometime next year.

Travel Log: Disneyland

A few weeks ago I went with my younger sister and my husband to California. It had been about 5 years since I’ve gone on vacation with my sister, so it was awesome to go on vacation with her again.


We had a blast! Though I was sick the entire time we were there, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the trip to the best of my ability. We went to see World of Color for the first time while we were there, and honestly words cannot describe how spectacular it was.


I was really glad my sister came because Geoffrey has horrible motion sickness and I didn’t get to go on the teacups last time.


I had so much fun with my husband and sister, and I hope I can go on another trip with them in the future.