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Must-Have Carry-On Essentials That Make Travel a Breeze

A flat lay picture of a personal messenger bag with the inside components spread out: a passport holder/wallet, sunglasses, Skullcandy Ear Buds, phone, chargers, lip balm, and a sleeping mask.

Must-Have Carry-On Essentials

Travel is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. When it comes to travel though, it requires a bit of planning before you get to your destination. I am a light packer. For most trips, I pack a checked bag with all my clothes, shoes, and larger products that cannot be brought onto the plane on a carry-on. Then I take on a carry-on bag and a personal item. Read on to see what my must-have carry-on essentials are and to help you pack for your next trip!

If you are going on a longer trip, you can pack all your clothes into a checked bag. This is great for families, especially if you have a lot of items that you don’t want to purchase at your destination.

For example, sunscreen is quite expensive at resorts and to get it at a good price, you’d have to go to a department store or not risk leaving the resort.

We usually reserve one checked bag for hair straighteners, shoes, clothes, toiletries and more. But, when it comes to packing a carry-on and personal item, you can get smart and make sure your trip gets off to a good start, even if your checked bag gets lost.

What to Pack On Your Carry-On

To me, the carry-on is the absolute most important piece of luggage on your journey. Alongside your personal item, it doesn’t leave your side from the beginning to the end.

I always, always, always, make sure to pack an outfit (undies and all), and one bathing suit. I bring light shoes like flip flops, flats, or foldable ballet slippers to change into if I’m travelling from cold to warm weather.

That way, if my luggage is delayed, I have a change of clothes and a bathing suit to get started on the fun while they locate my luggage.

Not to mention, I’d have packed all the extra essentials to keep me afloat until then. I always pack a small sunscreen (just in case) and some essential meds. In the event, anything unexpected arises.

Carry-on Essentials:

  • water bottle
  • travel pillow
  • flats/ballet slippers/flip flops
  • deodorant
  • makeup
  • mini-mirror
  • moisturizer
  • toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash)
  • eyedrops
  • shaving kit/razors
  • hairbrush, combs, bobby pins
  • travel size sunscreen
  • bathing suit
  • one outfit
  • skin mist to hydrate skin
  • facial cleansing towelettes
  • feminine hygiene products
  • stain remover pen
  • pain relievers
  • anti-diarrheal medication
  • antacids
  • antihistamine medication
  • anti-nausea medication
  • prescription meds
  • disinfecting wipes
  • travel adapter
  • mini umbrella

A close up of a flat lay picture of a personal messenger bag with the inside components spread out: a passport holder/wallet, sunglasses, SkullCandy Ear Buds, phone, chargers, lip balm, and a sleeping mask.

What to Pack in Your Personal Item Bag

When it comes to having everything you need that is important, the only place for it is your carry-on personal item.

For example, you will need to have your ID and Passport with you at all times. As well as your phone, charging wires, and battery bank.

Personal Item Must-Haves:

  • passports/ID’s (I use a hybrid, a wallet and passport holder, RFID blocking)
  • wallet for cash
  • journal and pen
  • health insurance/travel insurance info
  • hotel information
  • ICE contacts
  • copies of ID
  • Skullcandy Push Ear Buds
  • eye mask
  • wallet/passport holder
  • phone
  • laptop/iPad/E-Reader
  • camera
  • cords
  • lip balm
  • sunglasses
  • glasses/contacts
  • tissues

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In-Flight Entertainment

When it comes to flying, you don’t get to choose what type of plane you will be on. Sometimes, there are no screens at all for you to enjoy a free movie, TV or music. For in-flight entertainment on your phone, you’re going to need earphones. The ones that I love to have in my personal item are the Skullcandy Push ear buds.


First off, they are Truly Wireless earbuds. The color is so unique and pretty, I love how they change in the light. Plus, the secure FitFin gel ear tips make the fit far superior to others I’ve tried.

I love that when you put them away, the charging case keeps them charged. the Skullcandy Push ear buds are lightweight and easy to pack.

Birds eye view of the Skullcandy Push ear buds in their charging station.

Close up view of the Skullcandy Push ear bud and the charging station is in the background.

Reliable and Amazing Sound

You can listen up to 12 hours of music on one SINGLE charge. How amazing is that for traveling?

You can use it all through your flight and then when you get poolside. Since they’re IPX4 Water Resistant too.

Plus, if you happen to have the aisle seat and need to move frequently, having no earbuds with Bluetooth connectivity offers freedom without wires.

Plus, you can control your music with the touch of a button with single-button volume, track, and call control.

A charging case with the Skullcandy Push earbuds, one is plugged in, the other is showing the camera.

What I love the most is the sound. You can really hear the bass from the Skullcandy Push ear buds and with some of the tracks I listen to, I’m really bumping to it.

Not to mention, the sound is really crisp and clear. For the price, they’re really a great travel companion worth every penny!

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Now that you have a list of the must-have carry-on essentials and personal item musts, you are all set to go.

Believe me, these are the essentials and they make every trip so much easier.

It is not a good look when you’re left without something that you need.

Is there anything that I missed?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!

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  1. The Skullcandy Push ear buds sound fantastic! I take my music with me and an eye mask always comes in handy as well.

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