I love to travel, but I also have slight airport anxiety. I like to carefully pack my carry-on bag (in advance) to ward off worries about forgetting important things. Here’s what I always have in my travel bag!
#1. Lip balm. I always have this on me so of course it’s included here. I love the Nivea A Kiss of Cherry lip balm because it adds some color while keeping my lips super hydrated.
#2. Notebook/agenda. I like to have a physical space to jot down blog ideas, upcoming events, or things to generally remember.
#3. Pens/pencils. For writing in my notebook, of course! I use these multicolored ones for color coding.
#4. A couple of books. The amount of books I bring completely depends on the length of the flight, but I always bring at least one. For my upcoming trip I’ll be bringing The Long Tail and The Lords of Strategy — I start my new job in a couple weeks so I’m prepping with these recommended reads.
#5. Reusable water bottle. You can’t bring liquids past security, so it’s smart to bring an empty reusable water bottle to refill on the other side. I like S’well water bottles because they keep liquid ice cold for hours. They’re also stainless steel, so you don’t have to clean them as often (if you’re only putting water in them).
#6. Headphones. Uh, duh! I’ve been using the headphones that came with my iPhone but I want to get some new ones eventually, maybe some that are wireless. Are there any that y’all recommend? I like to download a few playlists off Spotify before my flight.
#7. Portable charger. This thing is life changing! I got this Sonix ‘Evil Eye’ portable charger for Christmas and am loving its convenience. And evil eyes are supposed to be good luck, right?
#8. Blanket scarf. Airplanes and airports always get a little chilly, so it’s nice to have a chunky scarf to use as a blanket or folded up as a pillow. Here’s the link to the exact scarf in the photo above!
#9. Sunglasses. 99% of the time I have my sunglasses on — my sisters joke that I even wear them when it’s dark or rainy. Sorry I just love my shades…! I recently got these matte black ones (they’re literally $24) and I’m obsessed.
#10. Magazine. Buying magazines at the airport is my secret guilty pleasure. Vogue, InStyle, Cosmo… I’ll read anything.
#11. Wallet/keys. Obviously have to have this at the airport. I keep my driver’s license in the back clear pocket of my wallet for easy access and some cash for emergencies.
#12. Mini makeup bag. I don’t bring all of my makeup when I travel, so I fill this little zip-up with what I know I’ll need for the trip (primer, foundation, powder, blush, mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick). I stow my makeup in my carry-on for touch-ups.
#13. Cross-body purse. I don’t want to waste one of my two carry-on options with a teeny purse, so I stick my Rebecca Minkoff inside my bigger bag.
This is pretty much what I bring on a regular basis, plus or minus a few items depending on the weather and the trip. I’ve tried a lot of entertainment things on planes — coloring books, movies, knitting — but I always go back to reading. It’s just so relaxing to me. What do y’all pack in your carry-on? Hope I’m not forgetting anything! 😉
Carry-on bags I love: