What’s in my carry on?

Every couple of years my fiance and I try to plan a trip to get away for a bit. Together we’ve traveled to Vancouver, Vegas, and (most recently) Anchorage and Portland! I thought I’d dedicate these next couple of weeks to travel posts about my trip and what better place to start than a recap of what I put in my carry on.

Along with my checked bag, I also packed some important essentials to take with me on the plane. I ended up using an old backpack from college for my carry on – definitely more practical than cute and not worth a photo op. But I did take quick picture of the items I packed inside.

Personal care:

  • Moisturizer – I already suffer from dry skin and flying does nothing to help that situation. On long flights, I make sure that I always have moisturizer handy so I can help keep my skin hydrated and feeling fresh.
  • Deodorant – It’s no secret that flights are close quarters. In order to help remain an amazing seat neighbor, I make sure to reapply if I’m ever feeling a little less than peachy. A quick application right before the flight can do wonders.
  • Makeup – I’m not super concerned about making sure I look amazing right off the plane, but I am concerned about how the airline workers are treating my checked bag. Nothing will get a vacation off to a horrible start than seeing all of your beauty products in crumbles because somebody was less than delicate when loading your bag.
  • Kleenex – My nose always seems to start to run at the most inopportune time. To help keep a potentially problematic booger situation at bay, I always have a little pack of kleenex handy.
  • Blister Bandaids – Airports usually mean a lot of walking. And when you have a 30-minute layover before your next flight and the boarding gate is all the way on the other side of the airport, the last thing you need to be worrying about is blisters. These particular ones are super amazing in that they have a gel type cushion that provides both protection and relief when walking. My fiance will tell you that I’m notorious for getting blisters and these guys have saved me more than once.
  • Not pictured – toothbrush/toothpaste and a hairbrush (they were still in the bathroom when I took the photo). I think these both are pretty self-explanatory. Travel days can be long, and fresh breath and soft hair can go a long way in helping you feel better.


  • Kindle – I never go on any trip without my Kindle. Not only does it save me from having to lug along any books, but thanks to Netflix I can download some of my favorite shows to watch on the plane! You’re not guaranteed entertainment on small flights, and with my Kindle I never have to worry about that!
  • Kindle charger / Phone charger – A lot of the larger flights have mini USB charging stations at each seat which means you never have to stress about running out of battery again! The last thing anyone needs is a dead phone when they arrive in a new city.
  • Headphones – I have a pair of noise-canceling headphones and they have changed my life. While some flights offer complimentary headphones, usually they’re not as nice as your own personal ones. I put mine in and suddenly I’m the only person on the flight. It’s great.
  • Bullet journal – There’s so much you can do with this to keep yourself entertained! You can journal, you can make lists of things you want to do, play games with a neighbor, write a letter to somebody, the list honestly goes on and on. I always try to bring some form of a notebook with me wherever I go.


  • Snacks – I don’t want to sound like that person, but I am not about to spend $10 on an in-flight snack. Before my trip, I’ll scour through Target looking for something that I can just throw in my bag. Recently I found little packs of trail mix – I brought them to Vegas and they were the perfect thing! I also love grabbing a box of Kind bars or Lara bars.
  • Underwear – I am always terrified that the airline is going to lose my suitcase. Especially since our first flight to Alaska was layover central. To help put my mind at ease, I always throw in a couple of pairs of undies. I figure you can survive a couple of days in any clothes you’re wearing, but you gotta have clean undergarments.
  • Sunglasses – Similar to the makeup, I don’t really wear these on the flight. But I know they’re safer in my carry on then in my checked bag.
  • Sleep mask – My body has become so trained with this thing. It’s like I put it on and bam – instantly asleep. Plus it blocks out light from that one person that demands on having their window shade up. There’s always that one person.

What is a must-have item you always pack in your carry on?

Getting ready for your next trip doesn't have to be stressful. Take a look at my carry on essentials and you'll be packed for your vacation in no time! #traveltips #travel #vacation #packing #carryon

3 thoughts on “What’s in my carry on?

    1. My Kindle has been amazing! At the time I was really going back and forth about whether I should get it or not and I’m 100% happy that I got it 🙂 thanks for reading!

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