My Go-To Carry On Travel Gear List

Prepping for my next big voyage: Toronto, Amsterdam, and London. Is it in bad taste if I thank the tragic Ebola outbreak for saving my Labor Day weekend and cancelling my leg in Pretoria?

Figured I’d share my packing lists:

Travel Items

After a luggage-check mishap in the UK earlier this year I am now firmly committed to the carry on only approach. So, I use my smaller carry-on for toiletries and make-up kit, and put my hair items inside my larger rolling bag (which I also carry on). I then tuck my purse inside its protective bag inside the smaller carry-on, and keep my baggage light and easy, and out of the cargo hold.

Clear Plastic Sample Containers for Makeup and Skincare

I also re-pot my foundations into these clever little clear plastic makeup sample containers I found on Amazon: Click Here to buy.

Travel Makeup

The trick to ensure I can go carry on only? Editing my wardrobe down to basic, easy, color story mix-and-match items that can make a variety of looks without a lot of weight.

Packing List

Shoe Sachets

Shoe Fresh Sachets

Shoe Sachets keep your shoes, bags, and luggage smelling fresh and clean. When I’m not travelling I store them in my handbags in my closet (and they make my closet smell divine).  They take only a few minutes and have a bjillion uses.

Instructions

1. Collect all your old panty hose with runs in them.

2. Pour one heaping tablespoon of Downy Unstopables inside the foot of the panty hose, tie off, and cut.

3. Make a knot in the bottom of the panty hose and repeat. A knee sock will make 3-4 sachets, a full pair of panty hose (legs only) will use up an entire container of the Unstopables.

I like to choose Unstopables with a coordinating dryer sheet scent which I’ll tuck throughout my luggage. It creates great scent layers and you can put them in the hotel drawers which can be dusty and unpleasant smelling.  When I pack, I put a sachet inside each shoe (shown in the image below) it makes my shoes fresh and clean smelling enough that I can use them for storage of socks and lingerie.

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Tip: Do you have candle warmers?  The unstoppable pellets are also a perfect filler for the candle warmer to make your whole house smell good.

Candle Warmers