What to Pack In Your Carry On - Travel Tips

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Summer is the one of the peak seasons to travel, and with the airports getting busier and busier it's important to be as prepared as you can. 

Since leaving my 9-5 last year, I have had a lot more opportunity to jump on an airplane when the time is right and the price is good, which has given me a lot of experience in packing. 

Since you are only allowed two carry on items for most flights, it's important to be smart about what you are bringing. 

Today, I am sharing some things I always have in my "fun bag" (as my husband calls it) whenever I travel. 

Reusable Water Bottle 

This is a staple for me. I bring it empty so I can get it through security, and fill up at a station near whatever food options are available at the airport. While yes, you can get water on the plane, I like to have it before food service begins and to make sure I am hydrated prior to my flight. If you bring one that is big enough, depending on how long the flight is, you can avoid using a plastic bottle all together. Win win!

Healthy Snacks

Healthy snacks when traveling are SO important. I like to bring fruit (both dried and fresh), protein (almonds, protein bar, etc). I usually pack a big ziplock bag with things I know I can't get on the plane. There's nothing quite like an orange or an apple or other fresh produce when your options are mostly chips, pretzels, or other junk food. 

Journal and Watercolor Pallette

Something that I find really enjoyable and relaxing is journaling with water color. I have a small travel pallete that I carry with me, and a leather journal I made at Spirit Weavers Gathering. This allows me some creative time on the plane, and passes the time in a way that feels good and productive. 


Obviously headphones are a must. One of the things I splurged on last year was a nice pair of noise cancelling headphones. It was a big expense but it was worth every penny. Drowning out the noise of the plane ride keeps my anxiety at bay, and listening to music keeps my mind at bay when I start to feel drained. You can read about what is on my travel playlist here. 

Mints or Gum

This is a no brainer. If I am traveling internationally, I will have a travel tooth brush and toothpaste with me (many airlines actually provide this for you!) but regardless, I always pack mints and gum. It's an easy way to refresh when you aren't ready for a full tooth brushing session. 

Rose Water Spray

Another way I keep myself fresh while flying is to travel with a small bottle of rose water spray. It feels SO nice to spritz my face mid flight, or when I first arrive at my destination. The smell is wonderful, it's super hydrating for the skin, and it just elevates my mood. 

Those are the basics and keep me happy and healthy when I am on the road. 

What are your "fun bag" must haves? Let me know in the comments below. 

Much love, as always!

Your friend,