What’s in My International Carry On Bag

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As you’re reading this post, we’ve already hit up Salzburg, Munich, and Rome. Now we’re in London! Be sue to follow along on Snapchat, because I have been snapping our whole trip. I’ve gotten lots of great comments and y’all seem to be loving it.

I love “what’s in my bag” type posts, so naturally I had to give you guys a peek inside my carry on bag. By the end of this European vacation, we will have gone on 6 flights and 3 train rides. I guess the term “jet setter” really applies here.

What to Pack in your International Carry on Bag

My Carry On Bag

Fawn Design sent me this amazing navy leather bag. I can’t believe it’s original purpose is a diaper bag. It’s so chic, but it’s so functional. Lots of pockets and space for my stuff, and it can stay organized. I also love how I can either wear it as a backpack or crossbody. This thing has been such a lifesaver for travel, especially for airports and trains. Just check out how awesome this bag looks in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

Fawn Design bags are such great travel bags!

In-Flight Entertainment

I got an iPad Mini 4 for Mother’s Day / my birthday, and I absolutely love the size, especially after having a larger iPad for years. There aren’t a lot of cases out for the iPad Mini 4s yet (it’s a slightly different size, womp womp), so I snagged this one on Amazon Prime.

My MacBook Pro has been with me on the flights. I will use it to edit photos and videos to pass the time, but stuck to my iPad for the most part.

My new mirrorless Canon EOS M10 came with me instead of my big ol’ DLSR. I am slightly obsessed with this camera. It’s got all of the fancy technology of a DSLR, it shoots HD video, it can send photos straight to my phone via wifi and an iPhone app, and has interchangable lenses. The kit lens is pretty darn good! I also love how I can easily shoot in manual, it has a tilting screen for selfies, and it’s as light as a feather. Best travel purchase I’ve made. I am also going to be using the heck out of this for blogging purposes after the trip, too! All of my travel photos on Instagram right now were shot with it (along with that pic of me in Rome), and I’m blown away at how good these photos are.

I’ve never owned a pair of fancy headphones ever! I think it’s due time, right? Especially for a 9 hour flight. Sudio Sweden sent me these oh so pretty earphones that are not only gorgeous but are wireless/Bluetooth headphones with impeccable sound quality. I’ve been using these if I want to watch a videos on my iPad at night, or listen to music. I also brought my other headphones with a plug to watch movies, so I brought that, too.


Stuff to Keep Me Cozy

Hoodie. I picked up a lightweight hoodie in the Target clearance. It’s hot as you-know-what down here in Houston, so the thought of wearing this at home makes me sweat, but it was a must-have on the plane.

Neck Pillow. I do not care one bit if I look ridiculous, but a neck pillow is the only way I am able to rest on an international flight in coach. I have tried others in the past, and I think the inflatable ones are the best, because not only are they compact, but they are the most supportive.

Stress Away. Stress Away is one of my favorite essential oil roller balls. It smells amazing and is very calming! My friend Ashlie sells these, so hit her up if you want some for yourself!

Toiletry Items

I did get tired of having makeup on my face, and my mascara pretty much crumbled away. I’ve packed these facial wipes for that, and then some travel size Tula moisturizer (one of my faves ever) to keep my skin hydrated in that dry, recirculated air.

I’ve also got:

I think that about covers it! What is a must have for you in your carry on? I’d love to hear to make sure it’s in my bag on the way back!

best travel bag ever!

What to pack in your international carry on bag - everything to get you through a long flight!


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    July 12, 2016 at 9:13 am

    oh i loved seeing this! also, can I have that bag??

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    jackie ♥♥♥ (@jackieonl)
    July 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I always keep an extra pair of clothes (in case luggage is lost for a day or two) and a battery backup charger.

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    July 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I’m so in love with that bag! I always take a tote bag with me as a carry on but this looks so much better. Thinking I need to add it to my birthday wish list…

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    Amanda @ Anchored to Sunshine
    July 12, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Yes to hoodies! Especially when on sale 🙂 I get freezing cold on planes and never have enough layers on.

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    September 5, 2016 at 9:07 am

    The earbuds are beautiful. Have been looking wireless ones that wrap around. Are they comfortable sitting on the back of your neck. Is the clip provided used to clip the cord in place?

    p.s. the bag looks cuter on you than in the Images on the web.

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