travels abroad:: packing my carry on bag

Travel Carry-On

Tomorrow night, I’m officially hopping on the red eye and heading across the pond. It’s super surreal, and not an ounce of it has actually sunk in yet.

I’m rarely great at packing-it typically involves throwing possible outfit combination in my entire closet into a duffle bag. This time, however, I had huge FOOP (fear of over packing-duh). To say I was well prepared for packing is putting it lightly. I have 10 days worth of suitcase packed and ready to go WITH EXTRA ROOM. It’s very strange and I keep reviewing my packing list with anyone who will listen to figure out what on earth I am forgetting. (seriously-what am I forgetting??)

I’m a bit more confident with my carry on. The only other thing I wish I could squeeze in there would be a down comforter (8.5 hour flights are not a thing of comfort).

Travel Carry-On 2

My carry-on flight essentials (aka survival of across the pond travel):::

Compact Umbrella // Target :: Because I’m flying to Lon-don where we know rain is a guarantee. Zero chance I plan to dig through my suitcase for this puppy.

Sunglasses // Target :: What if it’s sunny? Ok, really this is to hide my face after I inevitably sleep zero hours on my red-eye flight

Magazines Galore // Self & Real Simple :: I rarely buy magazines anymore, but love them on flights.

Lip Balm // EOS :: I’m an EOS addict, although any lip balm would suffice after a long flight.

Mini Perfume // Daisy by Marc Jacobs :: Okay, I’m partly bringing this because that mini bottle is so stinking cute. But also, I’m hoping on a plane at 9:45 PM on a Thursday, arriving around noon on Friday, and then, spending the day running through London in attempts to catch a train to Paris. Let’s be real-I’ll need this.

Mini Toothbrush // Colgate Wisp :: See above.

Gum // Trident :: Ya know, basics. Ears pop. Gum helps. Also with the whole sleepy breath thing.

Headphones :: I’ve been listening to Cutting for Stone on tape after failing to physically read it for January book club. In anticipation of plane insomnia, I’m hoping I can finish it at last. (I’m really making it sound like it’s a terrible book, but it’s amazing beyond words. My mind has just been racing lately, and I’ve been too distracted to look at words. Pathetic, I know)

Charger :: I’m still a little unsure about whether or not my phone will stay alive during the plane ride. With the help of the converter, I want to be fully prepared to charge this puppy once we land.

iPad :: Can you tell I’m a child that needs to be entertained? In case I get bored listening to books on tape, I’ll be prepared with a few iBooks and TV shows. Seriously, I’m a kid.

Passport // Case by J.Crew :: Well, hoping this one is obvious for you folks. I also printed copies in color in case (insert terrible travel scenario here).

Eye Mask // Fabulous Furs :: Praying that this + Melatonin will knock me out. I need darkness.

Fruit and KIND bar :: I’m always, always hungry, and I guarantee that on-board vegetarian meal will not suffice.

Touch-Up Make-up //Case from Target dollar section :: I don’t plan on putting a full face of make up on when I land, but ideally, I can throw some lipstick and mascara on my face for my first day in Europe. Or our flight will be delayed, and I’ll be running around like a crazy person trying to catch the train to Paris without a lick of make-up. Probably the latter.

Travel Notebooks // Rifle Paper Co :: I touched on these two weeks ago, but I plan to take these with me everywhere for my 10 days in Europe. Doubtful they’ll be so pretty for my flight back ;)

So tell me, am I missing anything else (other than a giant blanket)? Or maybe don’t tell me.

PS: If you notice above, I went for the Forever 21 carry-on bag I talked about here. I chose it for budgetary reasons, but I really couldn’t be more happy with it. It’s perfect size for both my carry-on and weekend trip to Paris. I’ll be sure to report how it holds up!

You can catch up on my Travels Abroad series as I prepare for London here, here, here, and here. 

5 thoughts on “travels abroad:: packing my carry on bag

  1. 1) been meaning to reach out to you – I love your blog. Creepy? Maybe. But I check it hm like once a day…Anyways love love all the fun stuff you post – especially travel supplies (from one wanderlust to another)

    2) As someone who took four different 13+ hour plane trips last year, I highly recommend bringing comfy socks. I chose some slipper socks from target. I don’t know about you, but I can’t sleep if my feet are cold, so these were super helpful for me!

    3) LOVE that passport cover. Will definitely be looking that up :0

    4) Have a blast! Can’t wait to read your posts when you get back!!

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