What's In My Carry On Bag!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Hello Everyone!

It's that time of year again where I get to hop on a plane and go on a new adventure. I realized the other day that I haven't had a full week off from work since this time last year. It's safe to say that I'm feeling a little exhausted mentally and it's time I had a little break. I'll still be blogging, but I might just be a little slower uploading than usual.

I'm going to be flying to LA with my family, staying for a week then moving on to Seattle and Hawaii. I thought it would be cool to show you what I'm bringing with me for the flight, especially since I always get so curious as to what other people bring. These are my go-to essentials for long flights:


A New Book

This is a little holiday tradition that I started years ago, where I always have a new novel to start at the beginning of a vacation. I'm a massive bookworm, so this just adds to my excitement. It's also great to have a book ready in case you get sick of staring at your entertainment screen and you need something quieter to do. I usually whip it out when I'm waiting to board too. This year I chose Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.


This one is half because I don't want it getting damaged in my luggage, and the other half because there's always blog work to do! You never know when a great idea might hit you and the need to start typing immediately. There's also going to be some waiting time at airports, so I might as well get some editing done. Or just use the free wifi to scroll Twitter...

Ipod + Headphones

Because I can't go far without my music! I struggle to sleep on planes, but a good playlist always helps me chill out and send me off snoozing. I always use my big over-ear headphones for the entertainment screen, since the sound quality is so much better if you bring your own. I'm gonna be loading up my Spotify with some good music for my flight!


You all know what a journal hoarder I am, so I wouldn't get on a twelve hour flight without taking one with me, would I? In this case, I'm going to be keeping my Bullet Journal with me since it's going to be used for quite a few different things on this trip. You never know when you need to write down a few notes or ideas that you don't want to forget. Or you get bored and want to doodle on the page to keep entertained.

Camera Bag


The main reason I always carry these on board with me is to avoid any damage or theft at the airport. I've seen how rough they handle bags and the thought of my SLR getting broken makes me want to cry! That thing is in my hand constantly when we're traveling, so I like to keep it with me always. The same goes for my Instax camera, I just like keeping it in my backpack, which is pretty well padded anyway, and stowing it in the over-head locker where I know it won't move much. It's all about peace of mind knowing that my cameras are safe.

Beauty Bag

I have a little clear pouch that's perfect for flying with and I whenever I need to freshen up on the plane, I can just grab it and go. My night-time moisturizer is the first thing I pack, because if there's one thing I've learned from beauty YouTuber's, it's to moisturize well when flying. I good lip-balm is equally as important for the same reason. I'm also bringing: facial wipes, hand cream, throat lollies, deodorant, hand sanitizer, and BB cream for when we land and I want to look a bit fresher.

And that's it! I usually watch a lot of movies and try getting some sleep on long night-flights, but I still feel better bringing these things with me.

What are some of your flight essentials?
Steph x.


  1. I can't go anywhere without my headphones!
    Kathy x

    1. Agreed! They are definitely a must for surviving :)
      Steph x.