What's in my carry-on bag? (long-haul flight)


I'm very nosy and love the "What's in my bag" features that bloggers do (coming soon perhaps??), and I'm even more nosy when it comes to what essentials people bring on flights with them. My favourite articles in those in-flight magazines are where they feature a frequent flyer (seriously, how do some of these people rack up so many miles?!?) and what their carry-on essentials are. I got back from Amsterdam last week, so keep reading for a round-up of my long-haul flight essentials.

First off, let's talk about the bag. I've used this bag non-stop ever since I got it: overnight trips, weekend getaways, the cottage, and, of course, overseas flights. It's a Kate Spade Saturday Small Weekender bag, and it's perfect. They come in a multitude of prints, have loads of interior pockets, and pretty much fit everything you would need. For long haul flights, I prefer to use this bag over a standard wheelie because it's easier to access and more organized.

Inside the bag are everything I need to get me through the trip. 

01: A change of clothes. I travel in comfort (and style, mind you), but the first thing I want to do when I land, other than shower, is change. I knew we would be jumping right into sightseeing, so jeans and a simple tee it was. I also stuffed clean underwear, socks and a bra into one of the pockets, but who wants to see that.

02: Entertainment. I threw in some magazines, a book, and my Frends headphones to listen to music. Also, I must say that the in-flight etnertainment options on KLM were fab.

03: Eye mask. Isn't it cute! I love using an eye mask when I travel because I have a hard time sleeping when it isn't pitch black. Bonus: you look adorable.

04: Hairbrush. Pretty self-explanatory. This one is from Sephora, it's a great size for travel and has a mix of plastic and boar bristles that really make hair look great.

05: Camera (not pictured...cause I'm using it. duh). I never, ever, pack my camera in checked luggage. No matter how well you protect it, I just don't want to take that risk. 

06: Travel makeup bag. I always remove my makeup when I fly for more than a couple hours, and so I like to touch up before I land. My travel makeup is so streamlined at this point that this small bag is really all I bring with me.

07: Comfy socks. I always bring a pair of these scented and moisturizing socks from Bath & Body Works with me when I travel. They make all the difference.

08: Shoes. I tend to wear boat shoes or ballet flats around the airport that are easy to slip in and out of. Since I knew we'd be sightseeing right away when we landed, I packed my comfy Converse Shorelines in my carry-on. The bottom shoe compartment of this bag is great for this. Had I been jumping straight into business meetings, I would have packed heels.

09: Sunglasses. The best way to hide the fact that you have no idea what time zone you're in.

10: Toiletries. The rest of my skincare and liquids got packed in my checked luggage (hey, I was flying first class. Might as well take advantage of the free checked luggage!), which left more room in my carry-on allowance for an in-flight facial. The dry, recycled air of airplanes is the absolute worst for your skin, so you really need to take care of it when you travel.

First, I remove my makeup with some wipes, then treat any spots with the Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Gel. I then apply a generous amount of a clear face mask, my favourite being Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque. Eye cream and lip balm are also musts. Every so often, a good spritz with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir keeps everything fresh, and some hand cream and dry oil on my elbows just about rounds out the hydration. I'm lucky and typically fall asleep easily, but some Origins Peace of Mind doesn't hurt either.

Just before landing, I'll use some Bioderma to remove any remaining residue from the face mask. Another spritz of Beauty Elixir preps skin for some minimal makeup (gotta hide those dark circles ya know). A quick run to the bathroom for some mouthwash, deodorant, perfume and teeth cleaning. The mini Colgate Wisps are a lifesaver for flights! Finally, a dab of Living Proof Amp2 through my hair livens it up and helps cut down on any oil somewhat. Phew! It may seem excessive, but when you're working on minimal sleep and want to get the most out of your trip, feeling and looking great really help.

11: Briefcase. This was, after all, a business trip. I didn't want to pack my Kate Spade New York briefcase, so I took it as my second carry-on in lieu of a purse. Inside, I stashed my phone charger and emergency phone booster, pencil case, glasses, work-related reading material (zzz.....), and my business card holder (it's shaped like a mini briefcase!!). I also had my travel wallet in the outside pocket, for easy access throughout the airport and the trip.

I travel quite frequently, so having a good system and essentials is key. I'd love to see your carry-on essentials too!



  1. Love these posts as well! I don't know why I've never thought of taking those colgate wisps on with me - such a good idea! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    1. Snooping around in other people's bags (on the internet only of course), is a guilty pleasure. The Colgate Wisps are fantastic! I even keep some in my desk :)

  2. The only thing I love more than a good 'whats is my bag' post is a travel essential post! Love this, I got a lot of good ideas - definitely picking up some of that Kiehl's Overnight Masque for my next long-haul flight. Looking forward to that 'whats in my bag' post!

    1. The Kiehl's masque is so great! The fact that it's clear makes it perfect for a flight (because who wants to look like a mud monster on a plane?). If you use anything from Kiehl's, next time you purchase, say you're going on a flight and want a sample size of the masque. Usually they either give me the single use foil packets (great for trips), and last time I got this mini tub that I just refill from my standard size.


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