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Carry On Essentials + GIVEAWAY

July 22, 2016
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This summer has been flying by!  My summer bucket list includes traveling, and this month there has been a lot of it.  Colton and I got back from our anniversary trip in Greece last week. I spent this week in Mexico with one of my best friends.  With all of this traveling back and forth, I have become an expert at packing.  A carry on is important to keep all of your necessities with you in case your flight gets delayed, canceled, or redirected.  I have had a few bad airport and airline experiences, so I make sure I have all of these things with me when I board.  This is why everyone should have a list of carry on essentials.

Bag

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First and foremost, it is important to find a bag that you love that will hol everything you need.  I love this C12 bag from Bartaile.  It can be worn as a backpack, messenger bag , or even carried as a tote.  The C12 is cute, versatile and holds everything.  There are sleeves and pockets to hold all of your valuables and favorite things (even a microsuede glasses sleeve).

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Makeup

I found the perfect makeup kit to take on vacation.  Stowaway Cosmetics are the “right-sized” travel companions.  The eye, lip, and cheek colors are stunning.  Honestly, the muted plum lip color is the best color I have worn.  They are not only adorably sized, but they are affordably priced.  It’s everything I need without over-packing.

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Hydrating spray

Flying is dehydrating.  I try to drink a ton of water while in the air, but my skin still feels dry after a long flight.  This juice beauty spray is a great refresher.

Electronics

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Portable phone charger

My iPhone battery doesn’t seem to last as long as it used to.  This charger is a lifesaver for me.  It can charge up to two devices at once or juice up your iPhone several on one charge.

iPad

Although there is space in my bag, I don’t carry my laptop with me when I travel.  Usually Colton has his that I can borrow, or I choose to “unplug.”  However, I do bring my iPad loaded up with a new book with me.  If I do need to get work done, I can use it for that too.

Earbuds

One of my favorite things to do on vacation is run.  Not only do I wear my earbuds when I run, but they are perfect for airplane movies or listening to music.  The best part of earbuds are that don’t take up a bunch of space.

Change of clothes

If you have ever been stuck at an airport overnight, you know the importance of having an extra set of clothes.  Yoga pants, tank top, sports bra, and underwear are my go to because they are easily packed, comfortable and take up little space.  This has come in handy on more than one trip so far.

Necessities

Passport

Pack your passport the night before and know where it is at all times.  Speaking from experience, it is not fun getting to the airport to leave the country and realize you don’t have your passport with you.  (That is a story for another day).

Toothbrush & toothpaste

As mentioned before, you never know when you will be stuck in an airport.  Plus, on overnight flights I can’t go to sleep without brushing my teeth.

Misc.

Sleep mask

Perfect for long flights to grab a quick nap.

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Don’t forget to put your liquids in a bag.  My favorite travel bags are the ones with the strong seal that slides across.  Just a tip: go ahead and separate it all out before you leave the house and put the bag at the top of my suitcase so it is easy to pull out for the security check.

Giveaway

Updated 7/21/16: Giveaway is closed.  Congratulations to Katie Arnold for winning!

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Stowaway and Bartaile have teamed up with me to give away a Stowaway Basic Kit and Bartaile C12 bag to one of my readers to ensure you have your carry on essentials for your next trip.  Seriously, you will love this bag and Stowaway makeup will become your new favorite colors.

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Enter here to win because one lucky Love You More Too reader will win! There are also discount codes for everyone at the “enter here” link above.

Stowaway: free lipstick with your purchase of a kit and Bartaile: $10 off your purchase.

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I’ve partnered with Stowaway + Bartaile to bring you this post, but all opinions remain my own. 
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  • Penny Struebig July 22, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Great tips! I’m headed to Hong Kong in September and will need to be more mindful of what I carry on. Love the back pack!

    • Jessica July 22, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Hog Kong will be awesome.

      It’s so cute and practical!! I hope you entered. Good luck!

  • Mai Lyn July 22, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I NEED THAT BAG!! I’m all about back packs as carry ones because of the comfy straps and convenience. I love that this bag is convertible. For long trips, I have yet to pull the trigger and buy a neck pillow but I might. Great list!

    • Jessica July 22, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      I can rarely sleep on planes so neck pillows don’t work for me. The bag is SO CUTE. I hope you entered. Good luck!

  • Brittany Giles July 22, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    This was such a great post and I love all of your suggestions! I can not wait to try some of these things out!

    • Jessica July 22, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks, girlie!! 🙂

  • Neely (@Neelykins) July 22, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    That bag is really cool! I love that book by the way. it was great!

    • Jessica July 22, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      It was SO good. I got it on your recommendation. The bag is seriously my new favorite. I will probably carry it to work this school year.

  • Katie July 22, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Oh my gosh, I need this! I’m going on a trip in September for work and the bag would be perfect!

    • Jessica July 22, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      It’s SO great for traveling. 🙂 Good luck!

  • Brandi July 22, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    That bag is life. And I’m also obsessing over the hydrating spray from Juice!

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Right? So cute. Yes. The hydrating spray is a must for my face after a flight.

  • Jessica July 22, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Loving this bag! It looks amazing for traveling!

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      It’s great for day to day too, but it is the perfect travel companion.

  • candy July 23, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Finding make up in the smaller sizes I like can be frustrating. Love the sleep mask and that bag is awesome.

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      You should try Stowaway for sure! It’s great!

  • Chelsea July 23, 2016 at 10:01 am

    What a great post!! We are going to be traveling in August so this post is SO useful. LOVE your picks and your ideas.

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks, girl! Where are you traveling to?

  • chanel van reenen July 23, 2016 at 10:22 am

    this is such a great bag! I always love reading what people pack in their carry-ons. I’m nosey like that 🙂 but for real, toothpaste and toothbrush!!!

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      I have too many horror stories about getting stuck in airports. They are a must. 😉

  • Lisa @ Fun Money Mom July 23, 2016 at 10:30 am

    This is a great list and you’ve got it all covered! That bag is perfect for traveling too!

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      It is the best travel bag. 🙂

  • Kirsten July 23, 2016 at 11:48 am

    wow I love that bag! perfect for the traveling and working woman!

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Exactly, Kirsten!! 🙂

  • Ashley July 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Great bag! I love all the pockets 🙂

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Me too!! I love the color of the inside too. It makes me smile.

  • Erica@ Everyday Erica July 23, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    That bag looks amazing!! Love it – I’m getting my packing list together this weekend 🙂

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Hope this one helped you with your list!

  • Ivana J July 23, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Great tips, i always forget something and i regret all my trip, so now i will need to put all of this tips on my paper so i can remind myself all the time xoxo

    https://theninebyivana.blogspot.com/

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks, girl!! Glad it could help you.

  • Bre | Maintaining Me July 23, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I need to get some hydrating spray! My skin always feels so dry while traveling.

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Yes!! It’s annoying! This spray is great.

  • Jess July 23, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Love your essentials! That bag is the best!

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks, Jess. It really is a great bag! 🙂

  • Samantha July 24, 2016 at 7:42 am

    That bag is awesome! It looks like you packed great stuff! I love the idea of packing a change of clothes. You never know what’s going to happen, and I love being prepared for everything. 🙂

    • Jessica July 25, 2016 at 11:31 am

      It is a great bag! I have needed the extra clothes on more than one occasion. haha.

  • Lauren July 24, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Great list and great giveaway! I love that bag!

    • Jessica July 25, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Thanks, girl! Good luck!

  • Eloquent Obi July 24, 2016 at 9:40 am

    You got me at giveaway! Great items. I will have to enter. Good luck to everyone!

    • Jessica July 25, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Haha. 😉 I love Giveaways too. I rarely get lucky though. 🙂 Good luck!

  • Bobbi | Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen July 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Great tips!! I am jealous of all of your travel 🙂

    • Jessica July 25, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Awh, thanks! It’s been a fun summer.

  • Courtney July 24, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I can’t fly without a super hydrating face mask, my music, my iPad for books and a cushion!

    La Belle Sirene

    • Jessica July 25, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Yes! We have very similar traveling styles. 😉

  • Susannah July 24, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    This is a great list! It’s important to pack the right things when you travel!

    • Jessica July 25, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Thanks, girl. It’s so true!!

  • Julie M July 25, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    What a neat bag.

    • Jessica July 25, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks! It is really pretty in person. 🙂

  • Tamara Goyette July 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Perfect timing for this post. I am just starting to figure out what I need to pack for a trip.

    • Jessica July 25, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Yay! Hope this helps you! 🙂

  • Suzette July 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I love all the travel prep tips, especially the Passport one — I too have a story for another post 🙁

    • Jessica July 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Oh no! I hate it because I can probably guess it wasn’t a fun one.

  • Kari July 25, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Very practical. Great give away.