Or, the art of packing your hand luggage.
One of the coolest things about being an online business owner is that you can meet up in real life with the cool peeps you interact with online on a daily or regular basis, at industry conferences around the world.
Today, I came back from Orlando, Florida, where I attended the Funnel Hacking Live Conference #fhl2018 .
Most people actually don’t know this about me but I’m very systematic and organized when it comes to preparing for a trip. I’m a PRO at packing and made an art out of it.
It probably started when I was just eighteen years old and decided to attend university in Hawaii. I needed to move my ENTIRE life from Austria to the U.S. at that time.
Ever since then, I’ve flown SO many times internationally as well as domestically that I’ve really perfected my packing.
Today, I wanted to share my carry-on list with you and hope you’ll find it helpful.
NOTE: The things I carry with me vary a little bit depending on the purpose of the trip. However, the things I'm listing here will ensure you have a nice and relaxing flight while being prepared for all sorts of events during a flight.
One of the most important things is what you bring with you into the cabin.
& Depending on the things you carry with you, it can make or break your flight experience. Trust me.
I’ve flown about 18 times alone last year, so here’s my secret to packing my carry-on and that will ensure you an enjoyable flight experience.
I currently use the Samsung Galaxy s8. On my phone, I have downloaded my favorite podcasts, a couple of audiobooks as well as several music playlists.
Depending on what you like to listen to or watch, just do you ;).
Of course, as an online business owner and entrepreneur I can never forget my laptop. Having access to my laptop is my livelihood.
A book for entertainment
You never know when the board computer of an aircraft won’t work or if your computer decides to stop working suddenly.
Yes, all of those things have happened before to me.
As a result and as to not go crazy out of boredom on a long-distance flight, I always bring a good book with me.
For fiction, I recommend A Nightingale by Kristin Hannah in case you haven’t read it thus far.
For non-fiction, I recommend The E-Myth by Michael Gerber.
I never liked the fairly cheap airline headphones that the stewardesses usually provide you with. Instead, I love bringing my BOSE headphones on short-distance flights as well as my larger BOSE noise-cancellation headphones on long-distance flights.
I love finding unique and purposeful notebooks such as the one in the video (which is sold out I just saw) or this one on Etsy:
Something to write with
Altoids are great (or any other sugar-free mints) or plain old simple chewing gum works too ;).
And in case you didn’t know, here is an interesting read on relieving air pressure when traveling in combination with chewing gum.
Due to the air pressure on a long-distance flight I sometimes (if rarely) get headaches. Ibuprofen is my go-to pain killer for that or, for whatever unplanned occurrence.
Organic lib balm is awesome and helps to keep your lips moist and shiny. My favorite one is the one from H for Love.
Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouth wash are something that never miss from my carry-on luggage. Ever since getting Invisalign, I’ve totally gotten into the habit of brushing my teeth after each meal that I consume. And, it helps to keep my teeth nice and white as well ;).
Lavender oil calms you down if you simply rub a tiny bit right underneath your nose and in the middle of the forehead. It also helps to fall asleep. In case you don’t like the smell of Lavender Oil but rather prefer a different smell, go ahead and take that one with you.
For some odd reason, I personally love the earthy smells that men’s deodorants have. As a result, I use any of the Old Spice deodorants.
Moisturizing Facial Spray
This is SO refreshing if you do that. A little tip of mine ;). I love the beauty elixir spray by Caudalie. I use it a lot throughout the flight and it immediately makes me feel as if I was sitting in a fresh-smelling forest, rather than in an often times stuffy plane.
In case you don’t do Gel Nails when getting ready for a conference or before leaving for vacation, I’d highly recommend brining a nail file. My favorites are the ones by MAKARTT.
Even if you don’t have your period during the time that you’re traveling, bring a few extra pads regardless. Once, when I was flying, my seat neighbor desperately needed some and I was able to provide her with some.
So, if you carry them with you, you’re always prepared to not only help yourself but a fellow lady out as well ;). The Menstrual pads that I recommend are the ones by RAEL. They are great and I’m happy to see that lady products are actually being made of better, non-toxic materials now.
In case little leftover crumbs from the airplane food get stuck in your teeth, floss will be the solution.
Eye drops are particularly helpful during a long-distance flight. I always get irritation in my eyes after long-distance flights. So, in order to not look like a red-eyed demon or something like that, I always make sure to carry eye drops with me.
You cut yourself sometimes or get blisters from your shoes. It happens. That’s why I always have one emergency tube of Neosporin with me.
If you’re a woman and have hair that’s longer than past your shoulder, carrying a couple of extra hair bands with you can help a lot. I like these ones because they are super cute.
I’m pretty European when it comes to certain things and so, I always carry some form of perfume with me. When I travel I usually like perfume roller balls or small travel sizes. In case you can’t get some samples from your local Sephora, I recommend the Pre De Provence Rollerball.
As a gal, you never know when you see a little hair somewhere along your brow lines (or in between your nose) that’s not exactly where it should be. A tweezer is here to help. My favorites are certainly the tweezers by Revlon.
Hair brush or comb
My hair can get pretty knotted up after a flight if I don’t brush it out right after we arrive at my destination airport. It’s probably because I like to leave it open since it is more comfortable.
In order to look all neat and tidy when I arrive at my destination, I like to comb through my hair with a comb or hair brush I carry with me. It can make such a difference.
I particularly love this Boar bristle hair brush and comb set here.
Ideally, I only put on Mascara when I get off the plane (unless I’m coming from the conference or a business meeting).
The Mascara of my choice is DIOR’s Diorshow Iconic. It’s the sexiest mascara ever by far.
Once we land, I’ll stop by the restroom real quick and apply a layer of lipstick. The European in me feels totally put together and ready to take on the world as long as I wear lipstick.
Finally, having a concealer in your purse always proves to be helpful. Especially, during busy business trips, I tend to sometimes break out because of the lack of sleep and excitement.
So, guess which brand of concealer I use? That’s right. It’s by DIOR again and is the Diorskin Forever Undercover Waterproof Concealer in Light Beige. I’m currently a huge fan of their products.
And that was it! This was my list. I hope that you found it helpful. If so, be sure to share this blog post and let me know in the comments down below which products in your carry-on you can’t travel without.
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