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Packing Tips for a Carry-on



I don’t know about you guys but packing for a trip, whether it’s a weekend getaway or a long vacation— is something I struggle with. I generally will start out with a list, but somehow always feel as if I am forgetting something. And generally, I always am!

Since I have a few really exciting trips coming up and as I’m going through my list, I thought about all the people who probably feel the same way that I do. So I thought I’d share my secret with you all.
Today on the blog, I’ll be sharing a checklist for the necessities for a carry-on. Such as travel size makeup and other toiletries. I’ll also be sharing where you can purchase these travel size items.
Because that TSA really gets ya! And if your carry-on isn’t up to their standards, it could lead to a delay. Either you’ll have to check your bag in (which is a bummer), and who knows how long that line will be. Or you will have to throw things away (double bummer!) So I am here to share these few Steps you can take in order to ensure you don’t miss your flight.
First off your carry-on bag cannot be super big. Although most carry-ons are around the size of 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches, it’s always best to check with your airline, as some require certain sizes to be considered a carry-on.


  • Shampoo/Conditioner- travel size shampoo and conditioner will generally be located in the travel section of most drugstores. I got mine at Target and I went with the TRESemme Shampoo and the TRESemme Conditioner.


  • Travel size dry shampoo- I really love dry shampoo. I hate washing my hair every single day and I think it’s healthy to just give your hair a break and allow those natural oils to come through. Batiste is my favorite brand, and at TJMaxx they have a three pack of the mini travel size dry shampoos. I also know that ULTA and Target sell the travel sizes for individual sale.



  • Toothbrush– Hint: in the travel section of Target and other drugstores you can find a combination kit of Toothpaste & a toothbrush. However, I generally keep multiple toothbrushes on hand at home and whenever I go on a trip, I’ll just grab one. Super convenient, and I don’t open it until I get to my destination.


  • Razor- I prefer to bring a razor that is accessible and I really love the Schick Intuition Pure Nourishment. I love this razor because there is no need for shaving cream. You attach the razor fill to the handle; so when I go on trips, I make sure that I have a fresh pack (unopened) razors and just the handle. I do not bring the handle with a razor already on it–for safety purposes.


  • Shaving cream– if you do prefer to bring a disposable razor, make sure the pack isn’t open and your shaving cream has to be less than 3.4 OZ. This can be purchased in the travel section at Target.


  • Deodorant- this can be found in the travel sections of Target, Sephora, and Ulta, as well as any drugstore. (if you use an aerosol it cannot be any bigger than 3.4 OZ).


Most makeup you can bring— it’s mainly if it’s an aerosol then it has to be 3.4 OZ but I like to be on the safe side of things. You can always go to the TSA website for more information on what’s appropriate to bring in a carry-on and what’s not. Just click the link here for more information,
I also don’t open any of these products until I reach my destination but if you already have these travel sizes at home then you’ll be fine.


  • it cosmetics CC Cream – I pretty much wear this on the daily. However, I know that Sephora and ULTA carry other travel size CC creams.


  • Clinique sample -This is the foundation I use. However, since you can only bring a 3.4 OZ foundation in a carry-on, I went to Sephora and asked for a sample size of this. Depending on how many days your trip is, the sample size should last about 4-8 days. You can get any foundation as a sample.



broner and blush



  • Chapstick- you can find this at any local drug store. I really love the Palmer’s Swivel Stick Lip Moisturizer Cocoa Butter formula (I found this gem at the Dollar Tree, but Target sells it as well) a little trick with Chapstick: bring chapstick and put it around your lips and even around your nostrils. It catches the germs before they get in your nose or mouth and will help prevent you from getting sick from all the people on the plane.

lip balm

  • Eye drops- you can find this at any drugstore, as well. Airports can make your eyes really dry so if you wear contacts, a suggestion to wear your glasses and bring eye drops just in case. Although I don’t wear contacts or glasses, my eyes do get dry from time to time, so I like to keep in handy the Visine All Day Comfort Dry-eye relief Lubricant eye drops from Target.



  • Hand sanitizer– GERMS are everywhere! Better to be safe than sorry, or more like sick from the germs, you could catch. They have travel size hand sanitizers located in the travel section of Target.

hand sanitizer

  • Pain killers- you never know when a headache or joint pain might occur. They have travel size Advil, Tylenol, and any other pain killers you may need. You can find these at pretty much any drugstore. A clever trick is using an everyday pill container and labeling it each pain reliever you would be needing.

advilpain killers travel size

  • Tissues– always good to have these handy. These are easily found at any drugstore. Target sells the travel size Tissues located in the travel section.



Below is a checklist for you guys! Feel free to print it out or put your own little spin on it. (I left it blank in the areas, in case there are other things you would prefer to write down).
carry on checklist
For a Carry-on Checklist what I’d put under each category for example:
Travel Essentials– Passport, Boarding pass, wallet, cash, credit cards, etc.
Entertainment– Books/magazines, cell phone, Ipad/Ipod, Headphones, Chargers, etc.
Health– Prescription medicines, Pain relievers, Tissues, Wet-ones, Visine, etc.
Toiletries– Makeup, Chapstick, Hand Sanitizer, Deodorant, Hairbrush, lotion, etc.
Snacks/Comfort– Reusable (unopened) water bottle, snacks, Mints, Gum, scarf, socks, blanket, neck pillow, Flats, eye mask, change of clothes, etc.

Next packing your carry-on:

It always depends on where you are going-
For warmer weather: Such as the beach or somewhere super sunny & warm. Suggestion to bring at least ONE pair of jeans. Summer dresses, tanks, two pairs of shorts, one or two pairs of sandals.
For colder weather: One or Two pairs of jeans, one pair of leggings, sweaters, t-shirts, a jacket, and a sweatshirt.
A little hack: wear your heavier items before getting on the plane. Once you get past TSA you can always go into the restroom and strip down to more comfortable layers
In between weather: and yes that is a thing. You know when the weather changes and you’re unsure of what to wear. I think it’s important to bring clothes that are versatile. That you can throw on a jacket if it’s cold but if it suddenly warms up, you’re safe to take that jacket off.
There ya’ll have it– just a few tips and tricks in order to ensure your Carry-on meets TSA’s requirements. I hope this helps and feel free to message me if you have any questions or comments.
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