In-Flight Essentials | How I Pack My Carry-On

January 16, 2017 , In: Travel , With: 6 Comments

So as I mentioned in my last post this week is a very very VERY exciting week for me because I am moving to London!  I am so  excited to start this next chapter in my life, and there will definitely be a blog post (or two) in the near future all about the move, but in the meantime, I wanted to make a post about all of my travel essentials and how I like to pack my carry-on suitcase.  I have spent the last couple of weeks packing all my stuff, trying to figure out what I am going to need so I thought I would share with you guys what I like to pack in my carry on when I fly!

So obviously what I carry onto the plane with me depends largely on what I am traveling for.  Last fall I took a longer vacation to the UK, and for that trip I checked one suitcase where I had most of my things, and then I just carried on a backpack with things that I would need/want for my flight.

If I am going on a shorter trip then I will usually not check any bags and just bring a carry-on size suitcase with a backpack or duffel bag as my personal item.  For This trip I needed as much room as I could possibly get, since I am going to be in London for a year and a half, So I have my checked bags, along with a carry-on suitcase and backpack.  So here is what I packed in my carry-on suitcase:

The first thing in my carry-on suitcase is some clothing.  If I were going on a short trip and not checking any bags, then I would put all of my clothing into my rolling suitcase, but since I had checked bags for this trip, I just put a couple of days worth of clothing in my carry-on suitcase, just in case my luggage got lost (let’s hope that never happens!).

Next I pack my travel adapters and chargers. Usually my phone charger is in my backpack, just incase I want to charge my phone on the plane.  But my laptop and any other charger will be in this suitcase because I probably wont need these while on the plane, but would probably need these shortly after arriving, and once again if my luggage is lost, I will still be able to use all of my electronic devices.  

Next is my backpack.  I use this as my personal item on the plane, and keep it underneath the seat while on the plane.

The first thing that I have in my bag are all the things I will need while traveling, like my passport, travel documents, wallet, and my phone.  Sometimes I will carry a small crossbody bag with me  to keep all of this stuff handy while I am in the airport, then stick the purse into my backpack before I get onto the plane.  

The next thing I bring is my laptop, I always carry this on with me because I don’t like putting anything valuable in my checked luggage.  I put this in my backpack so that I can easily take it out when I go through security.

I also have my travel liquids in my backpack, so I can get them out easily for security.  I put most of my liquids into my checked luggage, but I will bring a few liquids that I might want with me on  the plane or in the airport, like hand sanitizer and lotion.  

The next thing in my backpack is a sweatshirt.  Even if I have another jacket on, I will always pack an extra sweater to wear on the plane, because I just find that to be more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time.   

I also will pack anything that I might want for entertainment in my backpack.  I always bring a book with me just because I know that is a good way to entertain myself while on a flight, and if I don’t want to watch any of the movies they have or listen to music, then I can just read!

And lastly, I like to bring a pillow with me on the plane because it makes sleeping so much easier.  I like to bring a pillow that has a Velcro or some way I can attach it to my suitcase that way I don’t have to worry about carrying it around the airport.

What are your travel essentials?


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  1. Reply

    Oooh I know this is really girly, but I love the mint green of your back pack! x

      • Rachel
      • January 17, 2017

      Thanks! I love it too, it’s one of my favorite colors! 🙂

  2. Reply

    Congratulations on moving girl! Great post, I need to start bringing a pillow to flights too, I always leave the plane with a sore neck

      • Rachel
      • January 19, 2017

      Thanks so much! Yeah, I find a pillow really helps with that! 🙂

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    Hi there!

    I absolutely love this post! I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I featured your blog on my latest blog post! I have been a follower of your blog for a while now, and I am a big fan. Have a great week!

      • Rachel
      • March 3, 2017

      Thanks so much for featuring me!! I really appreciate it 🙂

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