We’ve all been there. Long flight. Middle seat. Very few snacks.
By the time your plane finally lands and that seatbelt sign turns off, you’re itching to get out of there, get in a cab, and get the heck home. And if you’re traveling by carry-on, you’re the one making everyone at the back of the plane jealous as you breeze off that plane, right to the front of the taxi line.
But not everyone is a gifted minimal packer, so we want to help. Here are our essential items for traveling only with a carry-on bag, so you’ll be sailing through security (and saving on those awful baggage fees).
A great suitcase
If you’re a frequent flyer, you know how valuable a great carry-on bag can be. Investing in high-quality, durable luggage (with many pockets to keep your intimates organized) is always worth it. Suitcases from Away are hard-sided, so nothing gets squished or damaged. Even better, they come with a built in phone charger so you’re never scrambling for an outlet!
A day-to-night purse
A great purse is key for traveling, and you’ll want something that can take you from sightseeing by day to bar-hopping by night. The Sam crossbody bag from Matt & Nat is big enough to carry the essentials during the day but small enough to look chic at night, and the zippered closure will keep you safe from pickpockets.
Our poor feet can get so cold, swollen, and tingly on long flights. Try wearing compression socks to help make your tootsies feel snug and supported no matter how long the flight. Once you reach your destination, you can wear them on long walks through a new city or for a hike in the woods.
A reusable water bottle
Traveling by plane can cause some serious dehydration (ugh, recycled air, right?), and if you’re exploring a new city or trekking through the wilderness, you never know when you’ll have access to fresh water next. Pack a reusable water bottle with you so you will always have water on hand. Try S’well bottles for a stylish, versatile, and practical pick.
Unless you’re traveling to Antarctica, weather can be unpredictable at any season. Packing a lightweight and foldable raincoat, like this one from Rains, will keep you safe from wet conditions, from springtime in Paris to autumn in New York City.
Airport-friendly hygiene products
When traveling by air, save yourself some time and some stress by keeping liquids and gels to a bare minimum. Lush makes solid shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste products, which means you won’t be subject to search at the airport.
Multi-purpose items that fold up small are key for carry-on travel. For more products that roll up into next-to-nothing, can be worn in various ways, and dry quickly for easy hotel washing, browse our collection.