The Ultimate Carry On Packing List

The Ultimate Carry On Packing List

Let's face it, for those few hours you're in the air, your entire world consists of what you carry on in the bag you stuff under the seat in front of you.

Let's first talk about the best bag to carry on, so you can maximize every inch and get the most out of your space. Then we'll share our carry on packing list! Travel accessories for women have come a long way.


Duffels have been around for a long time, and there's a reason. You can pack them to the gills and they just seem to love you all the more for it. You have a 3 week vacation packing list? At least half of your wardrobe checklist is going to fit in that bag.

Our lightweight duffel bags are crafted of the same durable fabric used for parachutes, so not only do they tick the "light travel luggage" box, they also will hold everything you need in your carry on.


Also winning high marks on our carry-on bag list are our Super Totes. These feature a top-locking zipper (with a key), so they're super secure in crowded places. They're made of the same fabric as our featherweight duffel bags, so not only are these totes as light as a feather, they're also durable.


It goes without saying that backpacks have graduated from their schoolgirl roots and have earned a master's degree in fashionable ease. They are travel must haves. For air travel, we love the Kirby Backpack. Quilted, lightweight and comfy, it's great for airport sprints. It's got an ample number of pockets, and snag-proof zippers.


Now, inside, you're going to want everything to need to make your flight as comfortable as possible. Here are a few of the items we carry on long flights. It's the carry on packing list we find ourselves using over and over again.

  • Lip balm
  • Gum
  • Ear plugs
  • Noise-canceling earphones or earbuds
  • Tablet and/or phone, with chargers (loaded with movies & books)
  • Passport
  • Wallet
  • Medication
  • Pillow
  • Wrap or pashmina
  • Eye mask
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyeglasses and a flip top eyeglass case

One of the things we love best about all of the above-mentioned bags is that they all come with a separate pouch, which just happens to be perfect for holding the smaller items on this list.

We also love the Pack-It Pouch (sold separately), particularly for cords or makeup. It has mesh pockets inside, so it makes it super convenient for organizing.