Whenever I travel, whether for leisure or business, my packing routing for carry-on luggage stays the same. I ensure I have all the essentials and whatever I need to stay comfortable.
Check out my carry-on packing tips for women!
Depending on your trip, you can take a small carry-on suitcase or a large purse.
My favorite bag is the Po Campo Midway Weekender. It’s light, converts from handheld tote to shoulder bag and has several departments for easy organizing your items. It even has a separate bottom shoe compartment and front elastic straps to hold your jacket. If packed lightly, it fits under the seat in front of you.
In addition I always take a plasticized shopper tote bag. They fold up to about the size of a wide wallet bag and give you extra room in case you do some shopping in your destination.
I barely take a carry-on suitcase with me. If so, I opt in for one with nylon exterior rather than a hard shell.
You will need one if you take liquids with you on board. I use the Keokee Clear Carry On Bag.
The bag is TSA compliant and comes with a smaller bag which you can use to organize smaller items such as your jewelry, ear plugs and charger.
Often airlines don’t hand out eye masks anymore, so it’s recommended to bring your own. There are plenty of affordable products in the market. As long as the head band is adjustable, go for it!
Never underestimate the joy of having a good set of ear plugs. They will not only make your flight more enjoyable, but could be handy for your travel overall.
I am not a big fan of foam earplugs as they often don’t block out noise completely. I’ve been using Ohropax for years and will always stick to them. The wax adjusts perfectly to the shape of your ear.
I’ve tried many different types of travel pillow and the MLVOC Neck Pillow is by far the best. It inflates in a couple of breaths, has an easy air release button so you can customize the firmness and comes with a small pouch for storage. It prevents side-to-side swaying, supports your head in a more vertical position and provides extra cushioning on the sides to help you nod off without straining your neck, even if you’re flying economy.
Nowadays, many airlines no longer offer blankets to economy passengers. It’s always best to bring a light weight blanket to keep you warm if temperatures on board drop. The Microfleece Travel Blanket only weights about 200 g and can be easily folded and stored in your bag.
A great product is the Silicone Collapsible Water Bottle which rolls up small enough to fit in your pocket when empty and it holds an entire liter of water. You can simply ask for some water from the flight attendant and keep refilling it.
It goes without saying that comfortable clothes are a must, especially on long haul flights.
I usually take a thick cardigan with me to layer up if it gets cold. Cardigans are more practical than sweater because it’s easier to get in and out.
Avoid jeans or anything that sits too tide and that reduces your blood flow. I prefer leggings as they are stretchy and keep you warm enough.
Wear comfy shoes. Foldable Ballet Flats are always good to have, so that you can quickly get in if you need to go to the washroom.
I’ll typically bring a piece of fruit and some nutrition bars. It fills you up and it’s healthy.
You never know what kind of headphones you get on board, so I’ll always bring my own. I have been using Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones for a while now and wouldn’t want to miss them. I take them everywhere with me. They come in a small case and completely block out noise.
One of the worst effects of travel is tired skin. I always take a moisturizer with me. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream absorbs quickly and helps quench dry skin to leave it looking smooth, supple, and hydrated. Instead of taking the full jar, I fill it in small travel size container. You can get them from Daiso or Muji.
I also always take a small container of coconut oil along. It serves a variety of uses; lip balm, eye cream and hand moisturizer.
Other cosmetics items I typically bring:
- 2 deodorant wipes
- Toothbrush and travel size toothpaste
- Small hair brush
- Pocket size hand sanitizer (I love “Bath & Body Works PocketBac because of its amazing smell)