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-Jun 9, 2016

What To Pack In Your Carry-On

By Teresa Caruso


Since I have been traveling more often, and going on a bunch of blog-related trips, I was inspired to start creating travel content for Money Can Buy Lipstick. Money Can Buy Lipstick started as a way for me to share my favorite make-up products, but after nearly four years, it has evolved into a platform that allows me to share everything I love. While make-up is still number one on that list, I also love to travel, decorate my home, score great shopping deals, and plan parties. The list goes on, but I think you catch my drift? I am excited to start sharing one of my greatest passions, planning and taking trips.


My entire life my mom has been extremely organized when it comes to planning vacations and trips. My aunt lives in Florida, so I visited Disney World often as a child, and my mom would start planning and packing months in advance. She would make lists, plan outfits, and make sure we had the exact number of pajamas, daytime outfits, and evening outfits needed for the trip! Yes, we had daytime and evening outfits! If you have ever traveled to Disney World with children, you know why. The point that I’m trying to make is that I know a thing or two about packing. And I know how important it is to be prepared for whatever trip it is that you are going on.


When traveling on a plane, I typically have two carry-ons. One that I keep with me during the flight, like a tote or backpack, and one that I keep stored in the overhead bin. I keep the tote bag filled with essentials that I may need throughout the flight, and I pack the carry-on luggage with items I may need immediately after landing.

Prior to my most recent trip, I didn’t have a great luggage set. I had pieces that were pretty, but not practical, and I had other pieces that I was borderline embarrassed to leave the house with. It was safe to say I was on the market for a new set. I knew I would be traveling more often, and I knew the luggage I had just wasn’t going to work. I was so excited the day I discovered Calpak. Calpak is a travel goods company that creates modern, top-quality luggage sets and other travel accessories. I have been using their Winton 2-Piece Set in Champagne* for nearly two months, and I don’t know how I ever traveled without it. The pieces are simply beautiful. They’re durable yet lightweight, have amazing interior pockets and dividers, and just look so sleek. I love how each piece has 8 spinner wheels, which allows me to effortlessly glide my luggage through the airport. They have been a lifesaver. My boyfriend and I recently went on a weekend trip to Philadelphia, and we were able to fit everything we needed for the weekend in the carry-on size. So, not only does it work as a carry-on, but as a weekender for local trips.


Now, let’s breakdown what I keep in each carry-on. In the tote or backpack, I usually keep:

– Cell phone, laptop, and other small electronics
ID, boarding pass, and any other important documents
– A small mirror, and a pouch with a few basic make-up items
An eye mask
– Magazines or a book
– A face mask


I have to mention the mask I have been traveling with, and using at home lately. The iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask* is an eye mask designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while you wear it. I’m a light sleeper, and I’m also sensitive to light, so this mask has been an absolute lifesaver. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s taking care of my skin while I wear it. Other eye masks I’ve used in the past have been bulky and uncomfortable, but the lightweight, silky texture of the iluminage mask makes it feel like it’s barely there.


Now, let’s move onto what I keep in my carry-on luggage. As I said, I like to pack items that I may not necessarily need on the plane, but want to have when I land at my destination. I’m always worried my checked luggage is going to get lost, so I like to be prepared. I typically like to pack a change of clothes. My checked luggage is usually overweight and filled to the brim, so I like to have access to clothes quickly and easily. In my carry-on luggage I also pack:

– Jewelry
– Any valuable shoes or handbags that I don’t want to check
– A small blanket for the plane
– A pouch of my more delicate make-up
– Hair Dryer and other beauty tools

The T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Dryer* has been my go-to travel hair dryer, and I will be discussing it in more detail in my next travel post dedicated to travel beauty tools.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope it serves as a helpful guide the next time you are packing your carry-on!

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  1. A blanket for the plane – yes! I am always cold on flights for some reason, I don’t know why though because I am normally going somewhere warm. I love the eye mask, what a great idea!

  2. What a lovely guide, and such beautiful photos! The products you take with you are so chic, I’d love to have your carry-on for a weekender 🙂

  3. Your carryon is beautiful and those sunglasses are perfect!
    Visits to Disney World often while visiting grandma and grandpa as a kid sounds AWESOME! 🙂
    I’m a list maker too.

  4. I travel a lot and totally agree with these! I don’t carry my own hairdryer, though, because hotels all have them now and my carry-on is usually so full already!

  5. Your luggage is so cute! I just got a new set myself for my birthday this month. I usually pack my jewelry and electronics with me but I love the idea of packing toiletries and an outfit just in case. My luggage did get lost one time for about 5 days. Luckily I was visiting home from college!

  6. I don’t really walk with carryons and I do need to. I’ve been saying that I should but I take my laptop in my laptop bag and I just stuff a few items in there.

  7. What a great idea! Can you come pack for me before I leave for Boston? I need all the help I can get.

  8. I adore those sunglasses and headphones. That’s what I need for my carry on. My passport stays close to my side, though. I have to keep a close on that one.

  9. Your carry on looks like something I have in my dreams. Including the passport taking me to a beautiful foreign place. I honestly never have everything I need, so this is helpful.

  10. I am a mom, so my carry on is completely different. Mine is filled with snacks, the kids iPods, extra clothes (for the kids of course) and basically nothing for me. Le sigh.

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