8 (Adult) Carry-On Travel Essentials

After a recent trip to Spain, and a strong love of traveling that has me searching for flights on a daily basis, I thought it was a good time to show you what I always bring along on trips. Although my travel wish-list continues to grow and there are new accessories out every few weeks, I do have a few tried and true go-tos. The only thing I hate about traveling is, well, being uncomfortable. But, lets be honest – you’re always going to be a little uncomfortable on planes, in airports, waiting for trains, or wherever you find yourself on your next great adventure. I know it is inevitable that you will never feel completely fresh after flying, I still like to do my best to try. And, I think, these things help me feel a little fresher, a little more clear-headed, and definitely more comfortable.

  1. A copy of your passport: I know, I know, this a v. boring first bullet. But, when traveling internationally, it is essential that you have a photo of your passport saved on your phone. Pick-pocketing can be rampant in certain areas, and being trapped in a foreign country without a passport can be terrifying.
  2. A portable charger: I received this one for Christmas (Thanks, Mom!) and am so happy I did. There is nothing worse than a dead phone, computer, or iPad when flying. I also find the peace of mind wonderful – no matter if you get stuck, forget to charge your phone before leaving, or even lose part of your charger…you’re covered, at least for a few hours.
  3. Universal adapter: Although this is more relevant for international travel, I would recommend packing this in your carry-on as some hotels and Airbnbs do not provide them.
  4. Snacks: While this is always #1 in my mind, you can never have too many snacks when traveling. If taking off early, or landing late, especially in an unfamiliar city or state, it can be hard to find food. My go-to is cheez-its and a HUGE bottle of water as I get especially dehydrated on planes.
  5. Pain reliever: The older I get, the more I see the importance of having some type of pain reliever handy. Sometimes you have a headache, sometimes the seat is uncomfortable or your back hurts, and sometimes you just need to be a little numb.
  6. Toothbrush & Toothpaste: I like to de-plane feeling like I can assimilate with civilization or at least, like I can interact with other humans. Having clean teeth just helps.
  7. Baby wipes: I once read that the tray table is the dirtiest thing on the entire plane (ew). I prefer baby wipes (over hand wipes) because they are gentler and multi-use. I’ve found that they are great at removing makeup, cleaning your hands, and wiping off any icky surfaces.
  8. Chapstick & Lotion: As a notoriously dry person, especially when traveling, I like to have chapstick accessible at all times. Since I typically wash my hands an excessive amount while traveling as well, having lotion (my favorite) near by can be really helpful.