07 August 2018

Travel Carry On Essentials

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Recently I took a trip down to Miami for one of my best friend's weddings and made it into a mini vacation / holiday. What I realized when I got home was that I was super grateful for what I packed in my carry on and decided that it would be my official carry on essentials for when I travel from now on. I hope this list will help you get some ideas on what could be helpful essentials for your next trip!

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My phone is something I can't forgot. Not only does it help me communicate, it's also where I can save my life long memories of photos. I think it's a must have for everyone, even if you brought a separate camera with you to take photos.

Earphones / Earbuds
I have an iPhone so the earphones I have can only connect to iPhones. I brought those along with me to be able to listen to music whilst I'm away. Here's a hard lesson I learned on the flight to Florida, if you have the earphones that plug in only to your phone, make sure to buy cheap earbuds that can plug into anything else. The flight never provided us with the earbuds for the mini screens and all I had were the ones that connected to my phone, so I spend the plane ride trying to lip read Monsters Inc.

Make sure you don't forget your phone charger, laptop charger, tablet charger, etc. Mine comes along with me daily so I made sure it was packed into my carry on for my journey. Also, a great tip that I learned on my trip to England is to always bring a portable charger. I don't know about you but being out and about all day sight seeing and taking photos on your phone can definitely drain your battery. I get anxiety if I don't have a form of communication just in case so if I wasted the battery taking photos then I won't end up enjoying the rest of my day knowing I can't get in contact with someone if I needed. I brought a fully charged portable charger with me and my phone never ran low on battery while I was out. I would also recommend one of those international plugs if you're traveling somewhere that doesn't have the same outlets and plugs as your own country. I bought a UK one to plug into the wall as a mediator so I can plug my electronics in.

Money / Passport
Definitely an essential in anyone's travels is money and a passport. Make sure you have at least some cash with you just in case places don't take cards. If you're renting a car, a hard lesson we learned was the person who's name the reservation is under, needs to have a credit card day of picking up - at least the car rental place we used was like that. I didn't have to take my passport with me because we were traveling within the United States but obviously if you're traveling internationally it is something that you'll need to obtain a head of time and pack it away so you know you'll have it on your travels.

Disinfecting Wipes / Wet Wipes
I, for some reason, started taking disinfecting wipes with me on travels and I'm so glad I did. If you need to take a train, or subway, or if you're not at a place you can easily go wash your hands for some reason, disinfecting wipes are ready in your bag. When I was in London last year and I finally got to meet Katie (from KF Pestell) I somehow ended up cutting my finger and wasn't in an area to wash it before placing the band aid - so I used the wipes to try and help as much as it could.
Also, getting a little TMI here but a small pack of wet wipes can do a world of good. Just sayin'.

Motion Sickness Tablets
I've never been the type of person to get sick on a plane and neither have anyone I've taken a journey with until last. My friend got super sick on the plane and I felt really bad for her that she spent two and a half hours of being sick instead of being able to relax. When we landed she bought herself some motion sickness tablets for our journey home. Good thing she did because for the first time ever, I got nauseous on our way back. They definitely came in handy.

Face / Under Eye Masks
Lastly, this is something I never thought about until my last trip, my friend told me she bought us face and under eye masks for our flight. I don't know about you but I do not like wearing makeup on flights so this was a nice skincare routine that helped us refresh our skin while on our journey.

Those are my seven top carry on essentials that I will be bringing with me on every flight I take. I hope this as helped you if you're wondering on what to bring on your carry on with you and if you have must take carry on items that are different to mine, I'd love to hear about what they are in the comments!

Thanks for reading,



  1. Hey Jay! I love travel posts especially when it comes to packing!! I recently realized the power of Wet Ones/Wipes!! I've actually wished I had some handy on beach trips etc. cause your hands get so sticky and sanitizer alone doesn't get rid of that. Very practical ideas here! Chargers are crucial, I get anxiety if I can't communicate with others, too many scary things out there these days! keep em coming Jay!! XX Jen

    1. You're the best! Thanks for all your support always Jen! xoxox!!

  2. Great list! I travel all the time between Norway and Finland and I couldn't do it without listening to music. I also have my laptop with me so I can write my blog if I get inspired :).

    1. I've been loving to travel lately! I always want to bring my laptop but it's just so unreliable at the moment. But music is definitely a must as well! Thanks for the comment xx


  3. This is an excellent list Jay! Reading travelling essential posts always make me want to go on holiday! I agree, earphones are definitely a must, the flight would be so long without music! The wet wipes are a great idea too, you never know when they may come in handy! Thank you for sharing <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

    1. Thank you for your lovely reply, Bexa! I'm glad you enjoyed it! xx

  4. I would agree on all expect the chargers. I can't be bothered to carry more wires in my bag, it all goes to my handed luggage since my phone can still last for 2 days with non-stop usage :D (I'll enjoy it till it lasts)
    also, I've never traveled by plane or had any long trips so face masks weren't needed, but I guess one sheet mask would be great to have :)

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  5. This is such a lovely post - loving all the products and they're perfect for pampering skin! Here is the masks that works for me https://www.amazon.com/Under-Eye-Gold-Mask-Moisturising/dp/B07B2H9KKW