A while back, my jet-setting friend Amanda shared her carry on essentials. You can check out her awesome post here. I picked up tons of tips from her, like using a little jewelry pouch for headphones. While there’s certainly some repetition here, I still wanted to share my favorite things to fly with.
The bag itself: I LOVE my black Longchamp tote. Jason gave it to me for my birthday last year and I use it almost everyday. It’s sturdy and fits my work or gym essentials perfectly. You can find these bags at most department stores, and this size runs about $150. That’s only a dollar a day if you use this bag a few times a week for a year. But you will probably use it more than that (I do) and it will definitely hold up for longer. Ergo, it’s a really good investment.
Staying moisturized can be a challenge after a few hours in recycled air. Eos lip balm comes in tons of fruity flavors and goes on in a nice, even coat. I used to use regular old Chapstick but it would go on too thick and I’d have to spit out the extra in little chunks- gross! The hand cream is a miracle-worker. I regularly see a 50-75% improvement in my cuticles overnight when I put it on before bed. And B.B. Cream- well, I think Amanda fully covered its merits in her post but suffice to say, I’m a believer.
My camera is by far the bulkiest thing in my bag, but it’s also one of the most important to me. You don’t need a fancy camera to take great pictures, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t help. It just gives you more control over things than a point-and-shoot. And if I’m going somewhere gorgeous, then I want to leave with the best photos possible.
I know I could replace my book and notebook with my iPad, and I do download books to it occasionally, but I still love an old-fashioned paperback. And although I (obviously) blog, I don’t think I’ll ever abandon my journal. I’ve kept one for as long as I can remember and I have about a dozen of them full of my thoughts and memories by now. I’ve started relying on Moleskines because they are high-quality and have a great little pouch in the back for ticket stubs and other little keepsakes.
It’s pretty obvious that my iPhone goes with me everywhere (as does my wallet, omitted from collage). I won this fabulous case from Gelskins a while back and I’m still obsessed with it.
A couple of other things not pictured: gum, fresh panties (in case of lost luggage), and a bottle of water.
What do you pack in your carry on?