6 Must Have Items in Your Carry-On Bag

6 Must Have Items in Your Carry-On Bag

Packing light, a common word in every traveler’s dictionary. But not everyone can pack light, and it is a near-impossible task for most of us. I was also an over-packer before I became a minimalist, that helped me to pack light and only have carry-on bag wherever I go.

READ: My Ultimate Packing List as a Long-Term Traveler

While traveling and experiencing new things is exciting, getting to and from a new destination can be taxing on your body. Packing these essential items on your next trip will make those long travel days so much easier!

Aside from the very obvious items that you should always have when you’re traveling, like passport, cards (debit or credit cards), gadgets and chargers, here are the six items that I never leave home without. It helped me to be more comfortable while waiting or on my flight.

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6 Must Have Items in Your Carry-On Bag


Antibacterial wet wipes.

Odds are, you don’t sanitize your hands and everything in your home on a daily basis — and that’s fine! I believe a little exposure to germs builds a stronger immune system.

However, planes can be breeding for illness-causing bacteria. Your suitcase can even come in contact with roughly 80 million bacteria while traveling. It’s a good idea to keep these on hand whenever you want to wipe anything down or to wash your hands when there’s no soap and water available. I highly recommend buying these biodegradable antibacterial wipes because they are better for the environment!


Hydrating lotion and lip balm.

The lack of humidity in the recycled plane air can leave you and your skin more dehydrated than you might expect. Keep moisturizing body lotion on hand, as well as lip balm.
Looking to save space? I use contact cases for storing small amounts of lotion or using a 2-in-1 product like organic coconut oil as both a lip balm and skin moisturizer.


Warm and comfortable clothes.

Always have warm and comfortable clothes with you regardless of where you’re heading. It will help you to be more comfortable on your airplane rides. A warm cardigan is practical in-flight clothes that can withstand cool temperatures, and it’s also a space saver in your luggage. If you’re not into cardigans, a light scarf is also a great addition to your bag for added style, warmth and comfort. You can even tie it your bag handle for ease of access.


Noise-canceling headphones.

Did you know that noise-canceling headphones can reduce stress and adrenaline produced by low-frequency jet noise? After a flight, you may experience the feeling of exhaustion or headaches. But it can be prevented with a high-quality pair of noise-canceling headphones.



Light, healthy snacks — sans liquids or sauces — are always one of the last things I pack on my carry-on. Pre-made or packaged snacks from the airport are pricey and most often of poor quality ingredients, and the in-flight food is even worse. Packing protein bars, almonds, and dried fruit will likely be able to hold you over until you arrive at your destination.
I’d also suggest bringing along an empty collapsible water bottle that can fill after you pass through security; not only will it save money, but it takes up minimal space in your bag.


Book or kindle.

Long waiting can be tiring, so, always have a book or kindle. It will keep you company while waiting for your flight.




6 Must-Have Items in Your Carry-On Bag



What is/are your must have item(s) when packing for a trip? What do you usually have in your carry-on bag? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. I’d love to hear about it!


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