I travel quite a bit, and it wasn’t until this past year that I felt like I fell into a carry-on routine that truly worked for me. One of the key elements that I wanted to focus on was creating a smaller bag to hold all of my must-have beauty and wellness items. On a long flight there is nothing worse than dry skin, cracking cuticles, feeling like you are starting to come down with a cold, or forgetting make up wipes. Below is my tiny bag of tricks, a timesaving little do-it-all pouch filled with all of my travel essentials. I pack it in my carry-on and when I get home I refill whatever I have used and leave the whole thing intact so no packing and re-packing is necessary between trips!

carry on travel essentials


A GREAT MASK // I bring Summer Fridays with me whenever I travel. It is light, refreshing, and most importantly, a mask you don’t need to rinse off!

HAND CREAM // My By Terry hand cream is great for keeping my hands moisturized, and also smells heavenly. All the By Terry products have just the right amount of rose scent, enough to make me smell and feel fresh, but not overpower any fellow passengers.

MEGABABE ROSY PITS & A TOOTHBRUSH // Mid flight I typically freshen up by brushing my teeth, washing my face, and reapplying deodorant. While this may not be needed on a cross country flight from NYC to LA, I have taken countless 15+ hour flights from the US to Asia where this feels VERY necessary.

AN EYE MASK // I can’t count the number of overnight flights I have been on where they keep the lights ON. What? I love my slip mask. It is pure silk and a lifesaver when it comes to trying to snooze on a flight. P.S. – they also make a pillowcase that is equally dreamy.

ALL THE MEDS // I typically have Emergen-C, DayQuil, NyQuil, and Advil with me on every flight, because, well you just never know when your body decides it is going to try and ruin your trip.

MAKE UP REMOVING WIPES // Since I am typically wearing make up when I board a flight, but want to remove it before sleeping, I bring these RMS make up removing wipes along. They are easy to travel with and super effective.

SIMPLE LIP GLOSS // My lips tend to dry out quite easily, so a clear, simple lip balm is always with me, like this one or this one.

THE BASICS // Gum, hair ties, a MUJI pen, and band aids, are those basic must-haves for me. I tend to get blisters quite easily and I swear trying to find a band aid inside an airport is near impossible for some reason.

ALL OF THE TECHNOLOGY // When traveling (esp. internationally) I have an external battery charger for my phone, both versions of the Apple EarPods (because my phone uses the updated ones, but many times the in-flight entertainment systems still uses the older jack), and this adorable converter.

All of these items fit perfectly in my nifty little Gray Malin pouch. Also travel related, I am working on a little guide of where I like to stay in Paris, and what to do, see, and eat. If you have any other travel related questions, please ask away!

For a few other recent travel related posts, check out my quick guide to Cartagena here, the most chic travel accessories here, and the most instagram-worthy spots in Paris here!