HOW TO … Packing Your Ultimate Carry-On!

Upon returning from our latest vacation in Morocco, I feel like I have packing the ultimate carry-on pretty down pat! So whether it’s a short flight or a long flight, I wanted to share my tips with you!

1) The Carry-On

  • Pick a carry-on that suits your needs! My go-to is my Osprey Manta 25 L backpack – this bag has served me in 12 different countries over the past seven years. I brought this bag to the top of Kilimanjaro, to the Sahara desert, to the city of Paris, and many other exciting destinations! Why do I love this bag? It has convenient pockets, an optional hydration system, it’s narrow build allows it to wear and store easily, the waist belt has pockets, and lastly, it has a breathable mesh backing. I enjoy bringing a backpack as my carry-on because it allows me to have two free hands while navigating the airport (one for my coffee and one for my suitcase!).

2) Entertainment

  • Headphones
    • For watching in-flight movies or listening to music.
  • Phone Charger
    • Don’t forget this!!
  • Book
  • Notebook
    • I use a Midori travel book with changeable inserts to doodle, make notes, and journal during my trips. It is also great for storing mementoes that you pick up along the way, as well as exchanging contact information.
  • Pen
    • Never be caught without a pen! This is essential not only for your notebook but also for filling out custom forms. Never be that person waiting in line for a pen!

3) Sleeping Items

  • Eye Mask
  • Neck Pillow
  • Ear plugs
  • Melatonin
    • Optional if you have trouble sleeping during longer flights.

4) Comfort Items

  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet Naps
    • Always great for sticky hands or to freshen up.
  • Empty Water bottle
    • You can fill this up in the airport once you through security – a great way to avoid paying ridiculous airport prices for a bottle of water.
  • Snacks
    • Granola bars, nuts, etc. – again, airport prices for these items are quite excessive.
  • Gum
  • Lip balm & eye drops
    • The air is very dry in airplanes.
  • Deodorant
  • Ibuprofen / Gravol
    • Incase of headaches or nausea.

5) Documentation

  • Passport
    • I always make a photocopy to leave it in a separate bag.
  • Flight information, hotel information, itinerary, etc.
  • Wallet

6) Optional Items

  • Irreplaceable or fragile items
    • Lap top, camera, jewelry, prescription medications etc.
  • External battery pack
    • For charging items on the go.
  • Change of clothes
    • Either incase of lost luggage or when travelling from somewhere cold to hot – it’s nice to have a quick change of clothes.
  • Sunglasses
  • Make-Up

Is there any items that you would like to add from YOUR ultimate carry-on? Feel free to add it in the comments below! Also, stay tuned as I will eventually be expanding into Vlogging and will be able to show you how I pack my carry-on.

Hope this was helpful!
Thanks for Reading 🙂

Author: wanderingmandy2018

I am a travel blogger from New Brunswick, Canada and am very passionate about travelling and adventure! I absolutely love going to new places, trying new foods, meeting new people, and having a lot of fun! My adventures range from catching a wave on the North Shore in Hawaii and being breathless on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, to living in a Westfalia van on Vancouver Island and being awestruck by the starry nights in the Sahara desert! I look forward to blogging my adventures and hearing your comments, feedback, and own personal stories! Cheers 🤙

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