Travel Essentials

What’s In My Carry-on Bag

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

I have a serious case of wanderlust.  I want to have an easy peasy travel experience and I found traveling light is the best way to stay stress free. I’ve noticed the people who look the most frazzled at the airport are the ones overwhelmed by piles of luggage or the ones who did not come prepared for long haul flights. I also have absolutely no desire to fight for overhead bin space during my travels so I tend to only bring a small backpack of essentials into the cabin with me. Here’s how I have simple, comfortable flights.


I always check my large luggage, but I bring a hands-free carry-on bag as well. My current favorite is the Rhea leather backpack by Michael Kors. On my last trip to Seattle, I could easily roam the airport with all of my belongings and help catch some Pokemon for Team Instinct.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

The best tip I can give for in-flight beautification is to use the time in the air to go sans make-up. The cabin’s recycled air and wonky air pressure will dry out your skin and make your make-up look flaky and just feel gross, especially if its a long flight. So, instead of agitating your skin with cosmetics during the flight, just bring a cushion compact and apply in the bathroom once you arrive at your destination. Laneige BB cushion is a good one to bring along on your travels.

Furthermore, if you want to look your best when you land you should focus on your hydration levels during the flight. I like applying a lightweight, non-greasy serum such as Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II to my skin during the flight so I can have nourished and luminous skin when I land.

I always bring two lip balms with me. Dr Bronner’s Peppermint Organic Lip Balm makes me feel instantly refreshed and Sally B Lip Yummies are my heavy duty defense against dehydration.

For long flights I apply Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches to reduce puffiness and make my undereyes look brighter and smoother.

Skin Food Brown Rice Oil Cleansing Tissue

I also think the best way to make your skin feel soft and refreshed is to bring along cleansing wipes. My favorite is Skinfood Brown Rice Cleansing Tissues. The towelettes whisk away all the dirt and grime that wants to vacation with me, and, unlike Western brands, they do not contain harsh alcohol or witch hazel which will further dehydrate the skin. Also, the packaging has a snap-on lid which reduces the chances of these puppies drying out before my return flight home.

EO Sanitizing Hand Wipes– Always apply these disinfectant wipes to your hands before applying any cream or skin treatments to your face. I also like that these are organic, bio-degradable, and cruelty-free.

Flossups– Super travel friendly way to remove peanut debris and helps your mouth feel clean and fresh.


Headphones and Music

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones

Bose QuietComfort® 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones are amazing! I fall asleep within 15 minutes of take-off now that I can mute the world around me and drift away to the piano version of Disney songs. Music really helps me pass the time on domestic flights when there’s no other in flight entertainment. I just started an Apple Music membership and love having all my music available even when my phone’s on airplane mode. If you are traveling out of the country I’d strongly recommend trying Apple Music for offline listening.


Portable Charger
Anker Mini

Anker PowerCore+ Mini is the cutest charger ever. It’s very small, but can charge my Android phone pretty quickly. I have this in the gold version, and it has enough juice to fully restore my phone battery.

What are your must-haves when you fly?

One thought on “What’s In My Carry-on Bag

  1. I wish that I’d had these suggestions before my last trip. But they will be used before my next vacation. Great reminder to make sure your hands are clean before applying anything to your face. Thanks for the great travel tips.


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