Carry-On Essentials

January 08, 2016

These past couple of years, I have done quite a bit of traveling. Therefore, I have basically mastered my carry-on essentials.

Some of these items may seem unnecessary, but I promise you each one has a purpose. I always say it is far better to pack too much than too little!

The bag that I have been using for a while is this Madewell Leather Tote. I like to use a tote because it carries a lot and still looks stylish. Everything that I take with me fits into the bag perfectly.

Carry-On Travel Essentials

1. Beauty

I’ll start with beauty prodcuts. For me, the products that I use are such an important part of my flight. I am sure you have seen blog posts and YouTube vides about people’s in-flight beauty routines, and I must say, most of those are even crazy for me. I don’t go that far with my beauty products on my flight, but I do use a few things that make it much more enjoyable.

At the end of flights, it’s essential to have something to refresh your breath. The Orbit White Gum has been a favorite of mine for a while now. If you haven’t tried this gum, do it. It honestly whitens your teeth! The Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm is definitely the best lip balm I have ever used. The consistency is very thick, and I love the smell. Basically, everything about it is perfection in my book! It is kind of pricey, but it has great ingredients and will last you forever.

I absolutely have to have a hand cream on flights because I can’t handle my hands feeling dry. The Deep Sleep Hand Cream is my favorite because it’s filled with relaxing essential oils and leaves my hands feeling super soft. I use the RMS Facial Wipes at the end of my flight because when I get nervous, I touch my face a lot. It sounds strange, I know. These are infused with coconut oil, and they’re absolutely lovely. A more affordable option is the ACURE argan face wipes. I purchase those at Target.

Somehow, I get sick often when I travel so the most important step on a flight for me is hand sanitizer. I use the Honest Co. Hand Sanitizer (favorite of all-time). I pack a mini WET brush, and the Glossier soothing face mist whenever I want to feel refreshed. It smells like roses and is such a great pick-me-up.

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Carry-On Travel Essentials

2. Tech

There’s nothing worse than your phone dying while traveling. Therefore, my number one tech essential is my Intocircuit portable charger. This charger will recharge my phone battery from 0% to a 100% twice and sometimes more! This is great for traveling, but it is also great for everyday life. The only downside is that it is a little heavy.

I hardly ever use my laptop on flights, but I pack it in my carry-on bag because it is much safer than checking it inside a suitcase, because we all know that those checked-in bags aren’t particularly handled with care! I keep my 13-inch Macbook Air in this grey laptop case from Everlane and my marble skin is from Etsy! Other than my laptop, I take my Kindle Fire, and my iPhone 6. My Kindle was a Christmas present and it has definitely been my most-used present so far. Also, it’s lighter than the heavy books I usually take and much more convenient.

Now something we all need: headphones. Trust me, when there’s a screaming child sitting beside you or maybe a man that just so happens to have a horrible cough, you’ll be happy you brought them. Most the time I just take my Apple headphones, but I also love my rose gold FRENDS! These are absolutely beautiful and they cancel out all of the noise. I found mine on eBay!

I pack all of my chargers for my different devices in the small pink bag and wrap a rubber band around them so they won’t get tangled. I put my small beauty products in the orange bag, and I put my Kindle in the silver Coach wristlet! It’s the perfect size.
Carry-On Travel Essentials


I like to wear either a big cardigan or a scarf because they double as a pillow and blanket! I don’t really like packing neck pillows and blankets with me because they take up so much space. This cardigan that I am wearing is from Madewell. Also, comfortable shoes are a definite essential! When I’m running down the terminal because I am about to miss my flight, I’m always very thankful I chose the comfortable ones!

What kind of travel essentials can you not live without?

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Have a great day and if you’re traveling somewhere soon, have fun!