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10 Things You Need in Your Carry-On Bag

10 Things You Need in Your Carry-On Bag

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Nick and I are headed off to NASHVILLE this weekend! We are taking a quick trip to music city to tour reception venues and visit the church that we will get married in next year! We had to buy tickets at the last minute (I know! I actually bought a ticket!) we are flying the red eye because it was the cheapest. Our flight leaves PHX in the evening and will arrive in Nashville at 12:21 PM. It’s not horrible but definitely not ideal. On flights like these, I really depend on my carry-on to get me through. Here is what I have packed in my carry-on to get me through a long flight!

1. iPad

fully charged and loaded with downloaded Netflix. Did you know that you can download Netflix offline through the Netflix app on tablets and smartphones? It is life changing when you are flying or going on long road trips. You can’t download everything on the flix but there is a great variety and I have found some of my favorite shows this way!

2. Headphones and a splitter

Speaking of watching Netflix-- Nick and I love watching together but airplanes are so loud, you can just deal with one earbud. We got a splitter from Amazon and it has been a game changer. We can both listen with BOTH earbuds in. We are looking at getting wireless headphones in the next few months... I wonder if two people can be linked on Bluetooth?? (If you know the answer, let me know below!!)


What plane ride is complete without snacks? Try to pack fewer salty snacks and more healthy eats especially because airplanes are so drying and dehydrating. My favorite airplane snack are grapes, granola bars, and dry Cheerios! 

4. Reusable Water Bottle

... and on the note of dehydrating… I always pack my water bottle. I bring it empty through security and fill it up at a refillable water station on the other side. By bringing a reusable water bottle, you also save dat money by not spending upwards of $5 on a small bottle of water at a newsstand. My Hydroflask has a flip- mouthpiece- thing and I always try to swap it out for a regular twist top because the mouth is exposed to all the nastiness that is the airport and planes.

5. Small toiletries and change of clothes

Nothing in the whole wide world feels better than freshen up after sitting on an airplane for hours. I always pack a toothbrush and paste, hairbrush and dry shampoo, rose face spray, foundation, and deodorant. Outfit wise, I bring a pair of leggings, a shirt, socks, and undies. If you’re traveling overseas, I would bring two outfits just to be on the safe side. (One of them being a set of pjs!)

6. Chargers!

How much does it suck when your phone is on 10% halfway through your flight? Hint: A LOT. I always make sure I have all of my chargers accessible and that I have fully charged portable chargers just in case I am not near a plug.

7. Something to keep you warm

Is it just me or are planes always freezing? Blankets can be a little cumbersome when it comes to packing in a carry-on so I always make sure to bring a sweater, sweatshirt, blanket scarf, just SOMETHING to help keep me warm and help me get a little shut-eye on long flights.

8. A good book

I am still on the hunt for a good book for this trip-- probably something on the more romantic side ;) I love having the time to sit down and read a book. I tend to download books onto my phone rather than reading a good ole’ paper copy because it is easy and takes up less space. Oddly enough, my favorite book I have read was the Davinci Code (which I read when I was on my way to Rome from Paris!)

9. A notebook

Why is it that your best ideas always strike on an airplane? I swear, every time I am flying, I come up with a groundbreaking idea. I love having a notebook on hand to sketch out a new design idea or to jot some notes down for a later date. 

10. The essentials 

This list wouldn't be complete without mention of your passport, travel documents, ID, money, and itinerary! Don't forget these guys at home and keep them in a safe place when you get to your destination. 

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