Especially when you have special dietary or lifestyle needs and/or preferences. I won’t say that I’m an expert packer, but when it comes to my carryon, I’ve curated a list of essentials that I always have on hand while traveling. Especially if I’m traveling international. Yes it adds some weight to my bag, but it makes sitting in economy on a 10 hour international flight…in a window seat a little less painful.

Hand Lotion

This is one of those things that you don’t think you need, but is a total game changer. The airplane soap is super drying so I like to travel with something that is rich and creamy like Weleda’s Skin Food.

Weleda Skin Food hand moisturizer

Hand Sanitizer

If you think about how many places your hands touch that someone else hands touched it’s kind of gross. No body wants someone else yuckier while traveling. I usually pick up a travel size of Everyone’s Hand Sanitizer at New Seasons.

Everyone Hand Sanitizer

Deep Face Moisturizer

If I’m traveling international I usually do a full skin cleanse and moisturize before or when I board. At minimum, I apply a deep moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated while flying. {I was reminded of this when my husband pointed out my dry skin when we landed in San Francisco this morning….}.

My personal favorites are Aurelia’s Face Cream {day or night}, Idie Lee’s Squalane Face Cream, and Summer Friday’s Jet Lag mask.

Aurelia face moisturizer
Indie Lee Squalane face moisturizer
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

Face Mist

Love giving myself a quick mist during the flight and when I land. It instantly makes me feel refreshed and less grungy. I love Marie Veronique’s Probiotic Mist. Simple rose water {much cheaper} works too!

Rose Water face mist

Neck Pillow

I got a rave recommendation for this neck pillow and bought it for our trip to Europe. TBD if it’s a winner, but I’m optimistic.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

WORTH. EVERY. PENNY. Seriously though, anything that gives you a little oasis of peace and quiet is so necessary while flying {even if it’s just ear plugs!}. I have Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones and love them. Most of the time I’m wearing them, I’m not even listening to them.

Bose QuietComfort wireless noise canceling headphones

Sleep Mask

Unless I’m exhausted, I’m one of those people that needs complete darkness to sleep. I recently tried BluBlox new sleep mask and slept like a baby. Silk eye masks like Slip or Lunya are also a great option and are gentle on the eye skin.

blue light blocking travel sleep mask


When I have kids, I’m totally going to be the snack Mom. I always have them. Below are the items that I always keep in a Stasher in my carryon.

*If my flight is more than 3 hours and I’m flying in the morning, I usually pack an oatmeal cup {I like Purely Elizabeth because it comes with granola}, a nut butter packet and some fresh fruit and make yourself an oatmeal bowl in flight. {All you need is hot water!}. If I’m flying in the afternoon, I usually do a veggie bowl with quinoa and avocado.

Something To Read

For when you need a break from watching movies. I do my best to read physical books as I spent most of my days on a screen. I bought Elizabeth Gilberts City of Girls for this trip.

best travel essentials City of Girls



P.S. Always pack a toothbrush! You never know when you’ll need it or want to freshen up on the go.

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