Travel Guide: Carry On Essentials

Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time to start traveling for Spring Break. There are so many things you may feel you need to go on your new adventure, but there are just some items you can’t leave home without. It’s a given for what to pack in your main suitcase, but what should you bring with you in your carry on?

When I’m traveling, there are a few essentials I must bring no matter what. I want to share those items with you today, so maybe you’ll get some ideas on what you can bring.


Wireless headphones are a godsend. They are so easy to store and use that it makes listening to music, videos, and audiobooks more convenient than ever. My favorite is Apple Airpods. They come in a white case that also acts as a charging dock and two earbuds.

I take them with me everywhere even when I’m not traveling. These would be good to have on the plane or even with you in the hotel’s gym. I love the fact that there aren’t any wires to get tangled up in so it is hassle-free to take them out of the case and into your ears every time. The charge lasts a long time too, so I do not constantly have to plug them into a wall.

Portable Charger

A portable charger is a must! We all like to be connected to the internet and social media regularly. The thing is, is that if you don’t have your smartphone, laptop or tablet charged there is no way to use them and capture epic moments on your trip.

It’s easy for your battery to get drained as you take videos and snapshots of what’s going on around you. Let’s not forget using the GPS to get around town so you’ll want to have something small and powered with electricity to get you through the day and resuscitate your devices.


Having my MacBook Pro is a necessity for me majority of the time, and when traveling, it’s no different. I’m not going to rant and rave about how great MacBook Pros are today, but I will stick to why I have to have it with me practically at all times. Don’t get me wrong it was a great purchase, but even if you don’t have a MacBook, it is crucial to have some sort of laptop on deck.

I love having a laptop because it is great to get business done on a larger screen while I’m away from home. It stores more and usually has certain capabilities that your smartphone can’t always provide. I don’t know about you, but I get tired of trying to navigate through apps that only allow you certain abilities because it is a mobile version.

If you’re a writer like me, then you know how much of a struggle it is to write on a tiny screen, and all you can use is your thumbs. It’s doable, but not convenient. I enjoy the space and ease it gives me to come up with content and communicate with clients no matter where I am.

It is also a great way to kill time while waiting on your flight. You can surf the web, look at videos, edit photos you name it! Most airports and hotels have free wifi so getting use out of your laptop shouldn’t be a problem while on your trip.

Makeup Travel Bag

If you like to get glammed or wear makeup regularly then packing a makeup bag with brushes and products you love is a must. I like to keep things simple and pack the following:

  • Foundation
  • Contour kit
  • Eyeshadow Palette
  • Liquid Eyeliner
  • Powder
  • Brushes
  • Setting Spray
  • Highlighter
  • Primers
  • Mascara
  • Eyebrow Pencil

It sounds like a lot, but I keep everything compact by getting mini versions in things like mascara and setting spray, palettes, and kits. Having a palette or kit helps you fit multiple shades and product in one item. That will make it easier to carry around and give you various looks. My favorite eyeshadow palettes to bring with me are the Huda Beauty Obsessions and the Morphe Palettes. There’s nothing wrong with looking as good as you feel on your vacation.


I probably should have just labeled this E-book, but I have more experience with Kindles. I’ve had the Kindle Paperwhite for about five years now and have loved every second of it.

This is great for avid book readers who have a variety of books they want to read while on the go but don’t want to lug a ton of books around to do it. I mean some books are as thick as an encyclopedia. Who wants to carry that around if you don’t have to?

I love how I can purchase or read any book with only a click of a button. It is compact enough to fit in a purse or backpack and big enough to see the text with ease. All you have to do is charge it with your portable charger, and you’ll be good to go.

Neck Pillow

The neck pillow is definitely a travel essential. It will make sleeping on the plane much more comfortable. You can find them at a Target or Bed Bath and Beyond near you to give you an idea of where to look.

Neck pillows can help you avoid straining your neck because of sleeping while sitting up and being in one spot for possibly hours. The same thing applies to those who choose to drive to their destination. The support and comfort are a win-win for all.

Essential Oils

Essential oils may have not been on your mind when you thought about packing, but let me tell you why they should be.

When you’re on your trip of a lifetime, you don’t want to worry about getting sick. Essential oils are great for boosting the immune system and fighting off infections.

It also supports digestion that way if your stomach is upset or if you’re having indigestion you can get relief naturally.

Not to mention vacations can be draining and make you super tired. If you have the right essential oil on hand, then you can get a quick energy boost without caffeine.

Travel Size Toiletries

Please, please, please don’t forget to pack travel size toiletries. You don’t want to get stuck using the hotel’s cheap shampoos and conditioners that dry your hair out.

It’s so easy to go to a store like Target and get empty travel bottles. Not only will you not have to worry about if the liquid matches the airport’s regulations, but you will also be able to keep up your skin and hair routine without any problems.

So there you have it my travel essentials for 2019. These items are what get me through any trip and some I use regularly. Either way, they’ll be a great addition to your carry on while you travel for Spring Break or any other vacay.



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