What’s In My Carry On Bag?


Going on holiday really tests how you feel about certain products. When you only have a 10kg bag to carry on the plane, and when all liquids must be less than 100ml, we really see which products we love the most. When you’re going on a 4 hour flight you want to make sure that you have everything you need to last you in the airport, on the flight and after. So, when I’m hundreds of thousands of miles in the air and depending on the contents of my handbag, which products do I bring with me?

I’m not one to have a total skincare routine on the plane, I think it’s too much fuss and usually leave makeup removal until I get off the plane. Carrying around loads of little bottles, although they’re only 100ml, doesn’t really float my boat. I’m more the kind of person who uses the time on the plane to get things done that I don’t usually have time to fully indulge in when I’m at home –  writing down ideas, catching up on YouTube videos (of course), reading a good book, flicking through magazines… you get my drift.

My bag is a recent purchase from Cari’s Closet, and I’m totally in love with it. All of my handbags are black, so I thought I’d switch it up and go for tan this time. It has a long detachable strap which is great for when things get a bit heavy, and is really roomy so I can fit everything I need inside.

Of course, my phone is a necessity. I make lists, listen to music and will be more than likely taking photos of my boyfriend while he’s asleep – what else is there to do on a phone with no internet, right? Earphones go hand in hand with my phone, for some reason extra cheesy music is my music of choice while flying – Westlife and Taylor Swift all the way. My iPad is my true saviour on long flights, though. I download YouTube videos on iTube in the coming days to the flight, so I usually have at least two hours to catch up on. Watching hauls while 50,000 feet in the air is never a good idea though, by the time I come home I have a list as long as my arm of must-buys. My purse and passport are a given. Cosy socks are necessary for keeping my toes from freezing off with the air-conditioning.

Magazines. Fresh, new magazines on a long flight make me more excited than they should. I picked up a trait from my mam where my magazines need to be straight and can’t get bent in my bag – strange but oddly satisfying. I used to be a total book worm when I was younger, but blogs and magazines have recently taken over. It’s usually only when I go on holidays that I get fully absorbed in a book. I think I’ll buy one in the airport and put two in my suitcase, just in case. Mints, water and every sweet available in duty free take up a huge majority of my carry-on bag. Haribo, soft mints, Werther’s Originals… *drools*

I also bring a notebook, for yet more lists. Tissues, hand sanitiser and painkillers are always on hand. I’m the one person on holiday who brings something for every emergency, including a needle and thread. Sunglasses are thrown in there too for good measure. It’s necessary to wear them on one’s head while stepping off the plane and into a warmer climate.

I’m sure there’s something I’ve forgotten, but fear not as I have written this post one week before we leave, so I’ve time to make sure everything I need is there – typical Gemini.

That reminds me – lipgloss and concealer will be in there too. Oops. As well as a few spur-of-the-moment MAC purchases. Sure, it would be rude not to.



  1. 07/07/2014 / 10:05 pm

    love this post. I actually just came back from a short weekend trip, so I’m going to do a post on my trip essentials soon too.

  2. 08/07/2014 / 2:56 pm

    Hi there, I really loved this post, love your blog! keep up the amazing work 🙂