Top Essential Carry-on Items

We just got back from our 17 day adventure in Israel + Europe! It was wonderful, and I hope to write more posts for you about the trip! I had started this post before we left, but I also wanted to make sure that I wanted to stick with everything after our 7 flights. Whenever I pack a carry-on, it’s a big planning sesh. Because this trip had so many flights, I planned to pack my carry-on as if I were planning to lose my luggage. If we were to lose a bag for a day or two, I could get by with what I had on hand. Not to mention, it had to have the right items for a long flight and still had to be small enough to fit under a seat (the goal since most of the flights have a free “personal item” and 1 checked bag). Thankfully, we didn’t lose any of our luggage + I can attest, I used and was glad to have everything on this list!


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I rounded up my top 10 must-have items for a long trip across the pond.

1 // medicine

Dramamine + Advil are so important for nausea from the flight or headaches from the screaming kid or strong perfume, but I always make sure that I pack my prescription medications + daily vitamins in my carry-on. This would be the worst thing for me to lose if my luggage went missing!

MLVOC Travel Pillow 100% Pure Memory Foam Neck Pillow, Comfortable & Breathable Cover - Machine Washable, Airplane Travel Kit with 3D Sleep Mask, Earplugs, and Luxury Bag (Grey)

2 // neck pillow

Now, I am typically terrible about forgetting a neck pillow, but on overseas trips, this is a huge must-have! There is not much worse than getting off of a long flight with jet lag, minimal sleep, AND neck pain! Protect yo neck!

Travel Bottles Containers TSA Approved, Silicone Travel Size Toiletries Bottles Refillable Containers,Leakproof Travel Accessories And Shampoo And Conditioner Sets with Cream Jars and Sprayer Bottles

3 // toiletries

I don’t typically pack toiletries on a regular flight, but international, heck yes! Contacts are also always a must in my carry on because I wear Dailies. I have found that if I plan to pack toiletries in my carry-on, I will always find travel size items so it really helps with my checked bag space! Also, these silicone bottles are a game-changer. I got these and filled them up for our trip, and I am obsessed!

Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger, One of The Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh External Battery, Ultra-Compact High-Speed-Charging-Technology Power Bank for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and More (Black)

4 // portable charger

Yes, yes, yes. International flights? For sure. Your iPad dying halfway through a flight + movie just might be worse than leaving your medication… okay, close. 🙂

5 // headphones

The main reason I add this part so specifically is because you don’t want to be the person who forgot your headphones and did one of two things: 1) play your show anyways without headphones (don’t be that guy), or 2) you get suckered into spending $20 on terrible earbuds at the airport. Been there, done that.

6 // busy work

Whether it’s a book, crossword puzzle, iPad, or journal, bring something to entertain yourself on those long-haul flights. And in most cases, bring a variety so you don’t get bored!

7 // chapstick

Because there’s almost nothing worse than having chapped lips + another 5 hours on your flight.


Happy Packing!

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