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Carry-On Essentials
October 16, 2016


With my current job needing me to travel out to different cities, this gives me the perfect opportunity to share my personal travel essentials. Of course, this list is always changing on a per need basis.

I decided to ditch the traditional checked-in route for the carry-on instead. This included having to buy a bag big enough to carry a week’s worth of clothes and goodies without exceeding the TSA carry-on maximum dimensions. I rather save time by carrying my luggage with me (and not worry about the possibility of a misplaced luggage). So far, this worked out pretty well on two trips.

I bought a striped Merona carry-on bag from Target for around $30 because I’m not balling enough for a Louis Vuitton luggage. I can pretty much fit a good amount of stuff inside with room to spare. The bag feels sturdy and looks stylish! I’m also bringing my white Hershel Little America backpack for my laptop and other goods.

Here are the main essentials in my carry-on bags this time around (by group):

  • Clothes: enough business casual / casual / lounging clothes for the week.
  • Liquids Bag: travel size shampoo / conditioner / body wash / mouthwash / toothpaste / clinique facial cleanser / clinique moisturizer / gold bond cream / dove deodorant
  • Clinique Cupcake Pouch: portable toothbrush / floss / other oral+orthro care products / clinique eyebrow pencil / hair bands / brush / tide stain remover wipes / gum+mint
  • Blue Pouch: charging cables / earphones / outlet adapter / portable battery
  • Tech Backpack: umbrella / brainstorm notebook / tech notebook / ipad mini / nikon d5500 dslr / gopro hero session work laptop / laptop cables / wallet
  • Snacks: cheetos / salted pumpkin seeds / beef jerky / empty water bottle (per tsa)

Of course, there are a handful of other things I excluded from this list that falls under personal care. My packing list is pretty standard considering how this is for a business trip. I learned that bagging things together helps a lot so you don’t need to scramble through everything just to find something.

My work is sending me out to Portland, Oregon this week. I’m not sure if I will have time to actually tour the town (work comes first) but I’m pretty excited to see what’s up there!

12 Responses

  1. Holly ☆ October 17, 2016 at 5:33 am

    I am yet to master the art of packing a carry on, but that’s because most of the time the trips I go on include hold luggage in the cost, so I’ve never needed to fly with just a carry on.

    I like how you’ve got all your miniature products in a little bag. That must be such a space/weight saver

  2. Tara ☆ October 17, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Niiiice! That makes sense to have a bag big enough to carry everything as a carry-on, but I am pants at travelling light enough for that! LOL Heck, even with my upcoming Japan trip, I am thinking about buying two luggages — one huge and one small XD;;;

    Your Merona bag is pretty stylish and $30 isn’t a bad price at all! 😀 I love the stripe pattern — it fits you well!

    Bagging things do help. I have a separate cosmetic bag I use to stuff all my toiletries and skincare stuff. I like the way you organised everything 🙂

    I hope you’ll get a chance to sightsee Portland! Hope you’ll get some free time to do that!

  3. Cassidy ☆ October 17, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I think it’s a great idea to ditch checked baggage for carry-on bags. I was surprised when I flew for the first time that my main luggage was small enough to fit the carry-on standards, despite the amount of stuff I had it.

  4. Thao ☆ October 18, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Cute bag! And that list looks pretty well polish, especially if you find yourself traveling frequently. Having a standard set of items that you regularly pack makes repacking so much easier to remember what you need to bring each week.

    Having only carry-on definitely saves you time from having to wait for baggage claim or any possibilities for losing your luggage. I sometimes still check-in my suitcase when I have a connecting flight and I’m feeling lazy, and if it’s a southwest flight…because laziness… But definitely look to see if your work will reimburse you for the TSA pre-check!

  5. Cat ☆ October 18, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    When I’m traveling by myself or am on a short trip, I usually do carry-on too. It’s especially nice now that I have TSA Precheck through Global Entry and going through security with a carry-on is easy. I have one of the roller ones that fits in the overhead. I really like your striped Merona bag!

    My essentials are almost the same, and I also like grouping things with different bags. As for liquids, I now use travel-sized containers that I can fill up, instead of buying the travel-sized versions of things. They’re very handy! I tend to not bring my laptop unless it’s a business trip, and I’ll bring my iPad Mini instead.

    I’d love to visit Portland some time! I hope you have a good trip!

  6. Elisa ☆ October 21, 2016 at 5:38 am

    lol if i were to poop money, i wouldn’t mind spending cash on a luxurious luggage (considering that if i poop money, i’d travel a lot too) but yeah, why buy a louis vuitton when you can have a budget friendly one from target 😛

    it’s really cool to know you’re going on a business trip. i don’t know why but… WHY ARE YOU SUCH A COOL PERSON???? YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS IN LIFE, MAN. seriously.

    p.s: we use the same mouthwash and deodorant #NotImportantButWhatever

  7. Becca ☆ October 21, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Oh my goodness! I just bought a blue and white striped tote bag that looks almost identical to yours! It has brown handles and brown corners to protect those areas and keep them from getting dirty. I found it at Aldi and got it for $10 – pretty proud of that steal and pretty proud that something so cute came from Aldi haha. I can totally see that bag at Target though because they always have the cutest bags. I intentionally skip that section because I can’t resist haha.

    Also, I think that it’s awesome that you are getting to travel so much with your job. Even if you don’t have a ton of time in Portland, it will still be neat to experience some of the city. Portland is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit! I hope you get to spend a little time exploring!

  8. Lucy ☆ October 22, 2016 at 4:07 am

    That looks very well thought out and organised – well done on finding something that works for you. I hope you have a good trip to Portland and are able to see even a little of the city

  9. Pauline ☆ October 22, 2016 at 4:49 am

    I love the carry-on bag – it’s not Louis Vitton but expect one to show up on your blog one of these days hehe 😉

    You organise things so well in your bag, I recently bought a smaller purse/bag to put all my little things like gum, keys, wires for every day, it’s so much more handy than just throwing it in my bag like whatever. 😛

    Have fun in Portland, that’s so cool that work has got you travelling to different places! 🙂 It’s a nice experience and a good chance to explore even just a little bit 😉

  10. Georgie ☆ October 22, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I loved this post! Also since I am going to Perth for the weekend this week, so I am channelling the same carry-on-only bag situation. I only took a carry-on when I visited San Diego. I think it was still too big for my liking because it was basically a small suitcase. For Perth, I think I will be taking a big bag like yours. Basically my gym bag. 😛

    I think it’s a smart idea to bag things within the bag – even with my gym bag, I am rummaging like crazy for stuff in there sometimes! I need to keep that in mind when I pack my bag this week.

    Packing light is awesome ? And I am so happy for you that you get to travel for work! Even if work comes first and you may not have time to experience the town, I am sure you will get a little time to look around and experience something new. ?

  11. Jan ☆ October 23, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Oh, I always thought that we are only allowed to carry a total of 100ml liquid. O.O I could never be so wrong. T.T That Liquid Bag is really practical. And I really hate how we have to pay for check-in bags, and they are not cheap too.

    Love the carry-on Bag. ♥

    • Nancy ☆ October 24, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      TSA allows 3.4oz/100mL per bottle maximum (can be smaller), as long as it fits into a 1 quart-sized bag. I take advantage and fill up the bag as much as I can XD. Yeah, and they like to throw checked bags left and right! I avoid the hassle so I can get in and out of the airport quickly.

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