Carry-On Essentials

I need the hot weather, the breeze in my hair and sand in my toes.  And the fruity drinks with those cute little umbrellas don’t hurt either lol.  I’m off on a Caribbean cruise, so it’s time to pack my carry-on essentials once again and get ready for take-off.

I always use a backpack as my carry-on. It comes in handy for hiking and other adventures when I’m away.

I always begin with packing my carry-on, as that’s where I keep all of my essential items that I can’t travel (live) without.  Since I am typically an adventure traveler, I use a backpack as my carry-on.  This cuts down on space and I will have my backpack with me for hiking or carrying my towel, book, etc. if I go to the beach.

ALWAYS keep your passport, boarding passes, credit cards and all other legal documents with you.


Essential Documents

Obviously, documents are the most important thing to pack….your Visa, boarding pass, all reservation confirmations and your insurance confirmation.  Did I mention your Visa?  Without this, you will be going nowhere.  Guard these documents with your life!


I always pack a change of clothes, just in case my suitcase gets lost.  This includes a pair of shorts, long pants, a couple of tops, a pair of p.j.’s, a bathing suit and beach coverup, a hat, and a couple of pairs of undies.  And of course, my beloved flip flops.

Always pack a change of clothes and bathing suit in your carry-on, just in case your baggage is lost


My first recommendation would be to leave ALL valuables at home.  If this isn’t possible, keep them in your carry-on so that you have them with you at all times.

Leave all of your valuables at home



Keep all of your electronics with you in your carry-on, as you will need your iPad or laptop to access the movies and your airline’s app.  You will also want your ear buds or headphones close at hand, as most airlines now charge for these.

Pack all of your electronics in your carry-on

I also keep my phone charger with me, and charge my phone prior to boarding. I want to ensure that my phone is completely charged when I arrive at my destination, just in case I run into any problems when arriving at my destination.  If traveling solo, it is essential that you have a portable charger with you as well.


Always, always, always keep all medication with you and clearly identified as to what the medicine is and that it belongs to you.


Miscellaneous Items

Last but not least, pack up all of the smaller, not so obvious items, that you may find essential during your flight.  Pens, books, glasses, etc.  These are the items that I would always forget, or throw in my bag at the last-minute, a when it came time to complete the customs form……me…rummaging through my bag for that last minute pen I threw in my bag.  The poor guy sitting beside me would get at lease one elbow to his ribs (am I the only one this happens to?).  I finally figures out a solution.  I put all of these smaller items into a separate pouch in my bag, and keep them there ready to go for future flights.  Voila, no more elbows to your neighbor!


Take it from someone who loses everything, take the time to separate items into various pouches. This is a life savor and reduces frustration.

Please let me know what some of your life-saving packing tips are so that you don’t forget any of your travel essentials.  I am always looking for ideas that will make travel easier and more relaxing.


Kelly xoxo

If you found this helpful you might also like The Fool Proof Packing Guide For Adventures in Alaska

6 thoughts on “Carry-On Essentials

  1. Janis Garel-Martel

    Great read Kelly. I bring all those things to in my carry on. I have a Lug bag for my carry on. It’s amazing, lots of different pouches, fits under the seat in front of me. I’m a nervous flyer so this helps keep me calm when I know where everything is! Have a wonderful cruise.

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    1. Just One Passport

      Thanks you. I’m always loosing things (especially when it comes to finding a pen for customs form), so I now separate everything into little pouches. I also store my bag under the seat in front of me.


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