The Best Carry-On Packing List!

Today I have the best carry-on packing list for your next trip.

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Washing up my Summer wears + getting checking everything off my packing list. I’m chaperoning Thing 2 on his class “field trip”.

Why the quotes around “field trip”?

Think back to your school trips. Did you need to pack a carry-on bag? Did you board an airplane to go to said “field trip”? I sure didn’t!

IF we had field trips they included squeezing into parent’s cars and driving 15-20 minutes to tour a museum or fire station, or singing at a nursing home. Scratch that – we walked to the nursing home because it was close enough to the school.

Now, don’t curse me as some ungrateful middle school student.

I’m not saying they were awful “field trips” I’m just saying my definition of said “trip” is VASTLY DIFFERENT from my son’s upcoming “trip”. And I’ve done my fair share of chaperoning to the fire station so you can bet your Aunt Betty I’m chaperoning this trip to get four days in the sun!

And yes, the teacher in me loves all the science, water life study, + gardens they’ll be studying, but WARM SUN people.

They had me at WARM!

I know, you could care less about the “field trip” but a little back story never hurt before diving into the packing list right?

And yes, I’ll stop putting parenthesis around “field trip” – Okay, now I’ll stop.

Packing a carry-on bag for the plane can be tricky sometimes with the constant changes in airport security. I dread when I have to make everything fit into the 9 X 14 X 22 carry-on bag.

Not gonna lie, with our Winter travel, and all the bulky clothes, I sneak some of my clothes in Thing 2’s carry-on luggage {shhhhhh}.

He’s a teen boy, as long as he has his phone + charger he’s good for a few days.

TIP #1:: Mix-n-Match

Make full outfits before packing. Lay out all your clothes to see which ones will mix-n-match & get multiple uses.

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TIP #2:: Role it up!

Roll up your clothes. You can fit more in your carry-on bag when you roll your clothes instead of folding.

TIP #3:: Accessorize

Accessories can change up your look. Add a scarf, jacket, necklaces, cardigan to go over the same shirt or bathing suit.

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TIP #4:: Toiletries

They must be in 3.4oz or smaller-sized container to go in your carry-on bag. Any larger and you’ll get a nice little delay by your friendly TSA. Don’t forget all things moisture! Airplanes drain the moisture out of our body, inside & out. I always try to drink extra water before I fly + pack essentials for hydrating back up. The Skyn Iceland Cool Eye Gels are my fav for my under eyes after I fly.

Here are a few other must haves linked {just remember the size limit}.

SIDE TIP:: Summer Fridays makes a “Jet Leg” mask that is AWESOME! It’s not your typical mask either…You can lather it on for night time hydration + I also use it under my foundation when I travel 😉

TIP #5:: Solid Snacks or Food

Don’t pack any liquid snacks. And if you bring a water bottle, fill it once you’re through security. A lot of airports have water bottle filling stations. Alleluia!

No more wiggling my water bottle under the water fountain without touching the faucet. {yes, I might be a slight germophobe.}

TIP #6:: TSA restrictions

In case you’re wondering about a specific item you’re packing in your carry-on the TSA link up there has it all.

There is EVERYTHING on that list::

  • Blender – yes,
  • Bear Spray – no.
  • Seriously the list goes on for paaaggggessss.


There are fun memories to capture! If you have to take out a pair of jeans or shoes it’s WELL WORTH IT! 😆

Okay, time to finish the laundry + my own packing.

Cheers & Sparkle to your travels

💖-Andrea | Your Traveling Photographer

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