These are all my favorite carry on essentials for everything from backpacking Europe, cruising the Caribbean or even a road trip to the mountains.
Every day is one step closer to summer and summer = vacation time! This is the time of year that I go on most of my adventures since the weather in Utah is pretty bipolar during every other season. I have a ton of friends going on trips and we are still trying to solidify our plans. I always forget to pack something so I put together a list of my carry on essentials. When you get to your destination, this will allow you to hit the ground running!
I’m not sure why, but my lips get incredibly chapped on planes! I always have a chapstick with SPF in my bag or a lipstick so I can apply before I land.
No matter where I’m going, I take cash out beforehand. Sometimes you can find yourself in a pinch. Also, some vendors only take cash depending on where you’re going. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
I went on a study abroad to Europe three years ago. I made sure to buy a journal beforehand so I could document all about my travels. This is one of my most treasured possessions, because I can relive those moments and read about that part of my life. If you can, it is my #1 favorite carry on essentials.
I can’t document my journey without a good pen! In every bag, I have this same type of pen. It’s my absolute favorite and I never go anywhere without one.
I don’t know about you, but I can sleep just about anywhere. Keep an eye mask handy to block out the light and get the rest you need before reaching your destination.
Packing a scarf into a bag can help in case of any cold chills. I know I am freezing all the time on planes or on the beach at night. This can double as a blanket and as an accessory!
Set of Clothes
I never did this until Taz told me about it. In case our luggage gets lost, there’s nothing better than having a spare pair of underwear. It sounds funny, but you’ll thank me later!
I always have a pair of sunglasses in my bag. On road trips, I wear them constantly or I take them out as soon as I hop off a plane because I’ve been in the dark for hours.
I recognize that I don’t necessarily need a passport for a road trip, but I guess it depends where you’re driving to. It can work as an additional form of ID so it never hurts to have on hand.
I don’t have to tell you this, but these headphones are a lifesaver! Drown out sound, watch a movie or jam out. I usually have two sets just in case.
This battery pack has changed my life for the better! It helps charge my phone in a pinch since outlets at airports are few and far between. AND cars usually don’t have a plug.
This is definitely one of my go to carry on essentials. I love to read, but I hate lugging around a bunch of books since I read quickly. I’ve talked about this kindle before, but these are super lightweight and a great way to read no matter the time of day.
I am a snacker! In my carry on, there’s a ton of snacks for the trip and if I’m ever in a pinch. I pack enough to share with Taz too.
Regular Glasses/Pair of Contacts
I forget these a lot since I don’t wear glasses all the time. If you need glasses or wear contacts, I pack my glasses and case or an extra set of contacts. I’m not a contact wearer myself, but if I was I know I would definitely need an extra set while on vacation.
These are a given. A stick of deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, and makeup wipes help me freshen up no matter where I am.
These are my 15 must-have carry on essentials! These are the things I grab no matter where I’m going. What are your favorite things to bring on vacation? I have my full packing list in this post. Leave your suggestions in the comments and I’ll add some to the list.