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 once again.

Carry-On Essentials

I always begin with packing my carry-on, as that’s where I keep all of my necessities.  Given that I’m typically an adventure traveller, I use a backpack as my carry-on.  This cuts down on space and I have my backpack with me for hiking or carrying my towel, book,etc. If I go to a beach.

Travel Documents Required


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!

Clothing packed in carry-on


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.


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.



keep all of your electronics with you, as you will need your iPad or laptop to access the movies on some flights.  You will also want your ear buds close at hand, as most airlines now charge for these.

I also keep my phone charger with me, and charge my phone prior to boarding. I always 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.


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 the smaller, not so obvious items, that you may need 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.  And then that time to complete the customs form.  Me…rummaging through my bag for that last minute pen I threw in my bag.  The guy beside me would get an elbow to his ribs.  So frustrating right?  Well, I have a solution!  Put all of these smaller items into a separate pouch in your bag.  Voila, no more elbows to your neighbor!


So there you have it.  An easy organized way to pack your carry-on.  Take it from someone who loses everything, take the time to separate items into various pouches. This is a life savor and reduces frustration.

I hope that I was able to provide you with some helpful packing tips.  Please let me know what your life-saving packing tips are.  I am always looking for ideas that will make travel easier and more relaxing.


Kelly xoxo

5 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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