Not going to lie, I am most definitely an overpacker. I can never commit to a succinct enough bag to carry on. I do, however, carry on my essentials just in case my bag is lost in transit. So here are the top five things you will always find in my carry-on.
AirFly Pro – This handy little gadget makes it possible for you to use your bluetooth earphones (AirPods in my case) with the inflight entertainment system that typically requires a plug-in cord. You just charge the AirFly Pro, then link it to your AirPods and voila – all the movies with no pesky cords.
Lip Mask – The super dry air on a plane does my already dry skin absolutely no favors, so I always carry a really thick lip masque to protect them. My current favorite is the Soleil Toujours Lip Masque in the shade Cinquante Cinq. Not only does it keep my lips hydrated, it also has SPF for those sunny beach destinations.
Sunglasses – Regardless of destination, sunglasses are one of those items you can easily overlook until you need them and then you find yourself buying cheap glasses at the Seven Eleven as you exit London Heathrow… not that I’ve done that or anything cough. But never again will I make that mistake – sunglasses will always be found in my carry-on. If you’re looking for some chic options, I highly recommend the Epos Milano Sunglasses which are handmade in Italy. Several fun styles and not outrageously priced.
Toiletries – To try to give myself the best opportunity to feel refreshed after those long flight woes, I like to wash my face before lights go down and then freshen my make-up before landing. Keeping a semblance of my routine makes me feel like I’ve had more rest than I actually get.
Change of Clothes – Since I have openly admitted to my overpacking, I will always through an easy change of clothes into my bag so that I am protected from the lost luggage saga that happens more often than I like. Plus, it happens that things get spilled in flight and you need access to a quick change before you land. So a change of clothes will always be in my carry-on.
None of these items are revolutionary, but they’ve saved me many times. What do you have in your carry on?