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What’s In My Carry ON

2 Mar

Besides knowing how to pack your suitcase, you need to know how to pack a smart carry on for a flight. You’ve all been there, trying to fit your entire life into a seemingly shrinking carry on, and you know just how daunting this task can become.  Some of us give up and opt for what I call “the bag lady” solution – if you can’t fit it in your bag, you just get a smaller bag, and another one, and another one.. Until you are surrounded by bags! Its a mission to keep track of all your little packages and you’ll probably forget one along the way, so that doesn’t really work for me. I’ve also seen girls who keep stuffing their carry on until the zipper barely closes, resulting in one bulky bag that is guaranteed to bump into everything and everyone you pass (you know who you are ladies!). It looks terrible, it hurts, and there is the slight concern that it might actually explode! So I came up with a solution – The Minimalist.

How to pack a carry on bag

I pack the bare minimum – only the necessities – for everything else, there is a suitcase. Tickets/passport are in my travel  wallet, purchased from Barney’s a few years ago. That way you don’t need to fish for your passport every time, and its easily accessible and organized. Michael Kors wallet. Gucci sunnies (with the case to avoid scratches and damage) to cover up those tired eyes after a long flight (why do you think all the celebs do it?!).  L’Occitane hand cream, which is perfect because its package meets the security standards, and because its so rich that it is guaranteed to keep your hands  moisturised even with the dry air during flights. A pen – to fill out any forms or write down my ideas. Pavlyn notebook, that’s always with me! Canon point and shoot camera. Rosebud Strawberry lip balm, which smells amazing and keeps your lips so soft! Ipod and Blackberry. GOSH lipgloss for a quick touch up when I land. For a long flight, I will add a magazine or a paperback book. And there you have it – the minimalist travel bag!

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2 Responses to “What’s In My Carry ON”

  1. Diane March 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    What would you recommend for a long-haul flight (i.e. 20 hr flight!). I’ve been told that one should always pack a backup overnight (i.e. one change of clothing) in case your luggage gets lost.

    • PAVLYN March 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

      Hi Diane, long flights are little more tricky and require some additional packing…so you’re totally right- its good to pack overnight! Last year we went to Italy and both of our luggages got ‘delayed’ for like 3 days- IT WAS ACTUALLY OUR WORST NIGHTMARE! LITERALLY!
      We had to go shopping in Rome [which isn't so bad ;) ], but it would have been so much better if we both packed a backup outfit in our carry=ons. Of course, you can be strategic about your pack-up outfit – you don’t need an entirely new outfit, but only a few pieces and make sure they are tiny and easy to pack! We always have a little make-up bag to touch up during those long flights and a light change of clothes. Also, we recommend bringing a neck pillow and an eye mask so you can sleep…Its a lot of stuff.. but that’s why having an oversize travel bag is SO key! We hope this helps xoxo A&M

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