7 Items I Always Pack in my Carry-On
Updated: Aug 9, 2019
I own the Kenneth Cole Reaction carry-on in rose gold (pictured above) and I love it. It's light-weight, the perfect size and holds everything I need when traveling. Plus it's a super cute color.
I have traveled on a plane hundreds of times so I think it's easy to say I know very well the must-haves to pack in your carry-on. Below is a list of the top 7 things I never travel without in my carry-on.
1) Laptop + Charger
Not only do I bring my laptop with me in my carry-on to be sure it doesn't get damaged in transit, it is instrumental in passing the time. Sometimes I like to use it to watch movies or tv shows, as well as writing down notes or blog post ideas.
2) Neutrogena Facial Wipes
Even if you're not wearing makeup, these facial wipes are a must when traveling. Who knows whats in the air, on the in-flight pillow, on the seats, on your hands; these wipes can help wipe all that grime away from you face. I always feel refreshed after using these face wipes while traveling. You can find these Neutrogena makeup remover wipes at many locations. I normally purchase mine at my local drug store, grocery store, Target or Walmart, or on Amazon.
3) Clinique Moisturizer
The air in airports and airplanes can be very drying and can literally suck all the moisture out of your skin. I usually just put a little sample of my favorite moisturizer in a carry-on approved container and apply some to my face after cleaning it with the face wipes. You can purchase Clinique products at your local drug store or makeup store like Ulta. They also have a website, and are usually located in an airport duty free store.
4) Hydroflask Water Bottle
Not only do you want to make sure your face is hydrated during travel, you want to make sure you, yourself are hydrated. Many airports have water fountains and water bottle refill stations to allow you to bring your own water bottle and decrease the amount of plastic being used. I love my Hydroflask with the straw lid. I purchased my Hydroflask and straw lid at a sporting goods store. You can also purchase them on the Hydroflask website or on Amazon.
5) Anker PowerCore
I don't know about you but I hate trying to find a free outlet to charge my phone. Most are already being used, don't work, or they're in a terribly inconvenient spot. The Anker PowerCore is compact and takes up very little room in your carry-on. It has two USP slots so you can charge two items at once if necessary. Anker has their own website you can purchase the PowerCore at, or you can also buy it on Amazon.
6) Power Adapter
Just in case my PowerCore doesn't have enough battery life, I also pack my universal converter. Before going to a new country, always double check what type of outlets they have. You also want to make sure how much voltage your power adapter can handle. I have blown out my fair share of power converters by plugging in an appliance that had a higher voltage than the converter could handle. This one you can buy on Amazon. You can also go to your local Target or Walmart.
7) Noise Canceling Headphones
Plane noise, coughing humans, crying babies; everything you're going to be hearing on your flight can easily be combated by noise canceling headphones. I always travel with mine to help drown out unwanted noise during my flight while I'm trying to pass the time by watching a movie or to help me take a nap. These really cute rose gold ones you can find on Amazon.