What’s In My Carry On

Deciding what to take in your carry on is one of the hardest parts about travelling. You don’t want it to be too heavy, but you also want to ensure you have everything you need.

Working with the 100ml liquid limit can also be tricky, and you need to be sure you’re taking only the essentials.

I feel like I’ve pretty much nailed packing a carry on now, and the things I include rarely changes from year to year. Since it’s vacation season, I figured I’d give my tips and tricks of getting the most from your carry on by showing you what’s in mine!

I take a decent-sized backpack with me as my carry on – the straps mean it’s easy to divide the weight between both shoulders, but the faux-leather still makes it cute and fashionable. It also can fit a lot inside of it, and has plenty of pockets so things won’t get lost too easily.


Your passport is obviously one of the most essential parts of travelling, and this cute little passport holder I got free as a gift from BECCA makes it hard to forget. The holographic patches also makes this very easy to find without having to rifle through your whole bag.

My purse is obviously another essential; I need to have all my money/cards available with me so I can do a little shopping in duty free! I like to use a smaller purse when I’m travelling because it doesn’t take up as much room. This one is perfect because, although it can fit a lot inside of it, it’s still super compact.


A phone pretty much comes into the basics of a carry on, but it’s also a great form of entertainment. It means I can take endless amounts of photos, play games, listen to music – pretty much anything I want to keep myself from getting bored whilst waiting to board (ha). I also typically bring headphones with me, but I couldn’t find mine to photograph!

A good book is essential to keep in your carry on – and I usually have two or three. Not only does it keep you entertained both at the airport and on the flight, it also means that you don’t have to add that extra weight to your luggage – which means you can pack more clothes!

I generally like murder mysteries/thrillers when travelling (and just in general), they keep me completely absorbed and I can pretty much finish one on the flight.


Testers or travel-sized products are total essentials for me in my carry on – it means I can keep up my skincare routine whilst still passing security regulations. A hydrating mask is perfect for on the plane, and I prefer to use the Glam Glow ThirstyMud over a sheet mask as it soaks right into the skin and looks less terrifying to other passengers. It’s also a lot more hydrating, which is incredibly important when in a dry aeroplane cabin.

I also love bringing a facial spray – it’s super refreshing and adds extra hydration to my skin. The sample size of the Liz Earle Tonic Spritzer is perfect for this – it’s cooling and keeps my skin looking healthy and glowing.

Although it’s not really a skincare item, the ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray is great for long-haul flights. I have a tester that I received which is perfect for travelling with, and I’ll just spray this on my neck pillow to have a perfect sleep. If you don’t have the tester size, you can always decant the product into a regulation-sized bottle.

Moisturisers are another thing that I always have to keep in my carry on, and it means one less thing to pack in my luggage! I always use this at the end of the flight to lock in the hydration the mask gave me, and it makes such a difference to my skin. This one from Garnier also includes SPF, so I’m already slightly protected when I get to my destination!

We often forget about our hands drying out, but they’re one of the first things I notice getting dry on a flight. Most hand creams fit security regulations, so it’s a really easy thing to keep in your carry on.

My lips are constantly chapped, so I need to keep my lip balm with me at all times. I especially like the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm – it keeps my lips soft and moisturised but adds a little colour to make me feel slightly more put together.


I will never not take comfy socks with me on a flight – they’re a total staple for me. My feet are always cold, especially on a plane, so I love taking a pair of socks with me to keep me warm and cosy. It’s also great for going through security, because there’s nothing grosser than stepping on that floor barefoot.

I always keep my sunglasses in my hand luggage because most of my flights land during the daytime, meaning it’ll be bright and sunny as I arrive. Having my sunglasses on hand also means I can hide any serious bags from having to get up at a crazy hour – something that not even caffeine can fix.

My final necessity is hair bands – and quite a few of them. You never know when you’re going to need one, and I always end up getting annoyed with my hair and tying it up on a flight. Having a few in my carry on also means I have backups if one breaks or gets lost.


So those are the things in my carry on! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and got a little inspiration for what to pack in your own carry on. Let me know in the comments what you can’t travel without! See you next time,

A x

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