What To Pack In Your Carry-On

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I know that most of my posts this week have been travel related, but it’s summer and I feel like it’s a relevant topic to talk about. I feel like I have a good grasp on travelling, because I’ve been travelling from Austin to Ireland since I was a baby (#immigrant) My point is, I have learned, through trial and error, how to pack your carry-on to be as efficient as possible. I broke the packing list into a few categories so you know what should be grouped together in your bag, and you can take a closer look at items from the picture here.

The important stuff:

The first little bag you should pack should be your wallet, passport, tickets, ID, and money. I put all of this into a cross body purse and keep it on my body at all times.

Electronics/ Entertainment:

Before I leave on a trip I make sure that my phone, ipad, laptop, and camera are all charged and if it’s a long trip I will download an extra book on my ipad, and a movie onto my laptop. I bring so many electronics because I’ll have backups if any decide to die on me. I used to travel with a book, but it’s more practical to just download one because it takes up less space and it’s back lit so I can read despite how dark the plane could be. (this trip I downloaded a free book on ibook called the bridesmaid lotto)


I like to pack all of my chargers together so I don’t end up losing one. Because, we all know how much it sucks to have no way to recharge your phone.

Extra Clothes

This is super important because if something happens to your suit case, you don’t want to be stuck in the same clothes (and underwear) for another day. Plus, if you want to look cute getting off the plane, you can change in the bathroom and come out looking refreshed. I like to include a pair of sunglasses to disguise under eye bags.

Skin Care

It’s no secret that airplane (and car) air is not good on your skin. I’ve been packing a travel size of the origins over night moisture mask to lather on so I don’t feel like a mummy when I land. I’ve also been bringing makeup wipes and a good cleanser so I can wash my face and feel clean when I land.


Personal hygiene is extra important when you are in close proximity with a lot of people, and you want to feel fresh and ready to go when you land in a new place. I usually pack my skincare (as seen above), deodorant, tooth brush, tooth paste, mouth wash, hand sanitizer, dry shampoo, and lotion. I typically also pack all of my “not liquid” makeup like powders, palettes, and lipsticks.

This how I cut down my carry on luggage so I don’t end up lugging around 30+ lbs of nonsense around numerous airports. Remember: just because it fits, doesn’t mean you should bring it. Let me know what you guys think, or let me know if I forgot to mention something! Happy travels!





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