Tickets bought. Itinerary written. Luggage almost packed. Camera gear ready. Hello North Carolina!!!!!
My travels have included few international flights to Europe, Mexico, and a couple domestic. So I’ve had the trial and error experience of packing the wrong way a few to many times. And so have many others. I’ve learned that the best way to pack and travel hassle free is with two bags: a carry on suitcase and a large tote. Here’s my two cents and lessons I’ve learned on what to pack in your carry on. This is part one of my Traveling Light Series. Next post will go in-depth about how to pack a carry on suitcase for a five day trip. I’d love to hear from you and how you pack for a flight and what goodies you take with you in your carry ons. And happy travels to everyone out there this spring and summer!
Start with a large tote bag
This bag will be the one you will put under the seat in front of you. This bag is the one that will be easily accessible. So plan smart and fill it with the things you will need within a hands reach. Makeup, lotions, toothbrush, iPad, light sweater, wallet etc… This bag I bought for 29.99$ at TJ MAXX BCBG Paris Convertible Tote
Makeup. But go for minimal amount
Find multiple uses for your bronzer. Use mini size shadow palettes, and double sided brushes. Eye shadows can be used as eyeliner, or even for filling in your brows. Use concealer as a primer for your lids or lipstick as a cream or matte blush. Find a small bag that you can fit your makeup in and also keep in mind you’ll need to shell this bag out at security checkpoints if it contains liquids. This bag will be within your reach for a quick touch up at the airport bathroom or in the airplane.
Skincare items and ziplock bags
These are items of necessity and that you will definitely use at least once during your flight. Lotion, face wash, facial spray, tooth brush/paste, deodorant, and sunblock. Each of these items in the photo is 100 mL or less. That is the standard amount of liquid allowed in bottles to have in your carry on. To pass through security quicker, have all these items in a clear plastic ziplock bag ready to be inspected.
The basic things
Phone, wallet, glasses, iPad, sweater, headphones, phone charger, journal or book. Go easy on the books/magazines. If you prefer, buy a electronic book to read on your flight. It’ll save you space and relieve heavy weight.
Fit all these items into a large tote. Easy access, hassle free, and less straining and digging in the over head bin compartment .
Whether it’s getting ready to fly international or domestic, challenge yourself to simplify your packing needs.