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Every month for the past 12 months I’ve been lucky enough to travel. Through lost luggage, broken zippers, and lots of tears, I’ve learned to carry-on only and I’ve gotten good at bringing only the essentials. Since most of what I carry-on is stowed away in the overhead compartment, I make sure what I keep with me at my seat helps cover these basic demands:
- Stay comfy.
- Stay hydrated.
- Stay busy.
Here are some of my carry-on essentials. What do you keep in your carry-on?
Oversized bag A must to carry all my essentials…plus anything I buy during my travels.
Scarf & Socks Airplane temperatures can be unpredictable so a large scarf keeps me warm and serves as a pillow when it’s time for a quick nap. Comfy socks make it okay to kick off my shoes and always help me feel more relaxed.
Water Bottle / Evian Facial Mist / Vaseline Lip Therapy I make it a priority to stay hydrated during travel so that I don’t start to feel tired and sluggish. A reusable water bottle doesn’t take up much room and is a lifesaver when I’m stuck on the tarmac or in a cab line, Evian Facial Mist freshens my makeup and perks me right up, and Vaseline Lip Therapy keeps lips moisturized with a nice rosy tint.
Playlist & Headphones I’m a nervous flyer, so I like to have my favorite tunes at the ready to take my mind off of being 30,000 feet in the air.
Good Book You can only people-watch for so long before it gets creepy, so I always travel with a good book to keep me busy during long flights and delays.
Mints The perfect travel companion, Tic Tac® mints are small and shareable and keep your breath fresh. Wherever you travel, Tic Tac® mints mints can go with you.
Not pictured: Snacks I usually travel with a stash of KIND bars so I don’t have to rely on miniscule bags of peanuts and fast food.