For the last 4 years, I’ve been traveling a lot for work, because of this, I became quite good at packing (even though I hate it).

There are a few items that I cannot travel without, ever! Since Superbalist is having an awesome sale which I think you should check out, I thought this would be the perfect time to share my essential items with you to prepare for the holiday season.

My Carry-On Essentials for Long Flights

1. Hard-shell suitcase

It is extremely important to invest in a good suitcase even for carry-on luggage because people will basically throw their bags in the overhead storage or might mistakenly drop yours down when looking for something. I’m also one of those people that likes cute travel accessories, so I am always shopping around for something when I have a big trip coming up.

carry-on suitcase

2. Backpack/Handbag with all important documents

I always carry a suitcase and another bag (sometimes it may be my laptop bag or a smaller bag) I could keep underneath the seat in front of me. I normally end up using this bag for day trips as well when I am touring a city.


This bag normally has all the important items like:

  • Passports
  • Credit cards/Cash
  • Pen
  • Travel insurance
  • Important documents (also make copies)
  • Medication
  • Any other valuables

3. Passport/Important document Case & Luggage Tag

It doesn’t matter if I’m traveling local or international, I always use luggage tags. It helps identify my bags quicker especially when many people have the same bag plus you can find the important information on the tag which helps if luggage gets lost (let’s hope that doesn’t happen).


4. Comfortable clothing (I love wearing black tights or track pants when traveling)

5. Sweater/Jacket

6. Comfy shoes

7. Socks

8. Scarf/Wrap

The plane can get cold, this helps keep you warm and can be used as a throw if needed.

9. Spare undies

It’s a good idea to always carry spare and a sanitary pad or cup.

10. Pillow

You need this especially if you not traveling business class or with someone else.


11. Sleep mask

Sometimes you might still want to sleep when they turn the lights on, so it is a good idea to carry your own sleep mask.

Travel pouches

12. Makeup bag

  • Lip balm
  • Lipstick
  • Perfume
  • Hand cream
  • Moisturizer for face
  • Hand sanitizer

13. Hairbrush

14. Wet Wipes

15. Face mask/Eye cream

You have all the time in the world on the flight to do a little self-care and get refreshed before you land.

16. Toothbrush and Toothpaste

17. Water bottle to keep hydrated

18. Gum

19. Snacks

20. Power bank

21. Charger/Adapters

22. Headphones

23. Mini first aid kit

24. A good book

Remember there are liquid restrictions for carry-on.

Each liquid you carry must be in its own container of no more than 100ml (3.4 ounces). All liquids should be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of up to 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in) with a total capacity of up to a litre (approximately one quart). Source: British Airways

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My Carry-On Essentials for Long Flights