What I Pack Inside My Carry-On Bag and Backpack.

I only carry a backpack and carry-on wheelie bag through an airport. Bags with wheels are much easier to navigate with as there is often a long walk between terminals. If you find walking difficult you can ask the concierge for a shuttle to take you to your gate. Make sure you can handle the weight of your bags as you will need to lift them up into your overhead compartment. 

I pack a smaller bag (handbag) in my wheeled carry-on or backpack to use at my destination, although the backpack works, too. The smaller bag is good for nights out when I don't want to carry the backpack. I don't carry a handbag in the airport since it would count toward one of my two carry-on items. But if you need to access it on the flight pack it in the carry on going through security and boarding and take it out once on board. If you have a lot of things in your backpack it can be handy to have a smaller bag insert to keep your passport, wallet, etc easy to grab. 

  1. Small makeup purse with chargers, small electronics, and power pack
  2. Laptop or Tablet
  3. Currency, travel documents, insurance documents, cards, contact details
  4. Document wallet with important documents, money, debit, and credit cards.
  5. A copy of all documents and itinerary (backpack)
  6. Water bottle. I Take an empty water bottle (preferably with a built-in filter) and fill from water fountains once through security and when on the plane ( inside pocket)

      7. Essential Oils  -I take a small pack with little bottles of each. 

Tea Tree - soothes insect bites, sores, and sunburn, kills germs, and is an effective insect repellent. Can use as a hand sanitizer alone or mixed with water

Peppermint -Stimulant so gives you a pick me up if you are feeling fatigued, reduces headaches, reduces congestion. Is an anti-inflammatory so reduces pain, soothes sore muscles. Can be used as an inhalant - a couple of drops in your hands or on a tissue, cup over mouth and breath in or mixed with water and put in a spray bottle as a body mist. On a washer in the shower at the hotel and hot water and breath in to reduce congestion.

Lavender -great oil with lots of uses -sunburn or other burns, wounds, and skin irritations. Improves sleep reduces stress and headaches.

Frankincense - mixed with a carrier oil relieves dry skin, alleviates stress, headaches, and fatigue.  Helps discharge toxins  if you have tried the airline bar too

Can add oils to a bath, apply topically or diffuse.

Immunity Boosters: carry some essential oils and immunity-boosting supplements like Echinacea  -a natural antibiotic, reduces the chance of catching a cold and reduces duration if you already have one

Magnesium is a mineral many of us lack,  it contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and ensures normal energy release, and also aids in decreasing cortisol (the stress hormone that keeps you up at night) by helping your muscles to relax, which may just make that upcoming flight a lot more enjoyable.

Easy Sleep or Valerian - natural sleeping tablets. Promotes a restful night's sleep and improved sleep quality.

Beneficial for sleeplessness caused by nervous tension, stress, and mild anxiety. Non-addictive herbal formulation.

8. Snacks:

Dark Chocolate makes travel less stressful. Snacks like muesli bars, nuts and dried fruit, chocolate, and mints. Banana is great but checks with the airline if fresh fruit is allowed (backpack)

9. Toiletries

* I take hotel-sized shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrush, lip balm, body lotion, dry shampoo, deodorant, face wipes, brush & comb, essential oils (in case bag goes missing)

* Pack the liquids in a small zip-lock plastic bag - they must be under 100mls - details should be on your ticket info

* I carry this in my backpack so I don't have to open my carry-on suitcase going through security.

Travel Tissues - handy for sniffles and can double as loo paper which is often missing from public loos  (backpack)

10. & 11. Nails

Nail File and nail clippers -nail scissors will be confiscated along with any sharp objects

12. Entertainment

iPad or Notebook(laptop) or Kindle/book -Great for documenting your trip, keeping in touch with family and friends, listening to audible books or music, can store travel documents on your notebook or iPad and keep in touch with family and record your trip or in place of a book. Helps to amuse yourself on long flights and stopovers (backpack). If expensive add it to your insurance.

13. Notebook and pen 

Great if you think of something you need to remember, to jot down notes or just keep a record. Handy if you meet someone whose details you want to keep. You can also use the notes or pages section on your phone.

14. Clothes 

I take a change of clothes etc in my carry-on just in case my luggage goes missing or I need to freshen up at the airport.

15. Travel pillow

Some airlines provide blow-up neck pillows and small pillows but I find the travel pillows to be much more supportive. Some budget airlines don't provide any. Use a travel strap or clip to tie it to your backpack.

16. Earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones.

Great to block out noise on the plane and if you have a roomie that snores. 

17. Valuables 

Always take any valuables in your carry on just to be sure although I don't recommend travelling with expensive jewellery etc

18. A Scarf or Sarong

Depending on what climate I'm going to, can be used as a blanket or for warmth on the plane, and when you arrive, can cover messy hair and dress up an outfit.

19. Medications

Of course, you should always bring any medication you require in your carry-on. Keep in mind that you may be required to show proof of prescription for some medications.

I usually bring a small pill case for general ailments such as headache, nausea, and allergies. If you carry really strong medication or have a medical condition it's a good idea to have a letter from your Doctor.

20. Camera, lenses, batteries and memory cards etc