The Ultimate Carry On Bag Packing List

For today’s outfit post I’m bringing you must have items you don’t want to forget when packing your carry on bag. A few months ago when I received this Weekender Bag from My Purse Connection I knew it was going to be my go to carry on bag, and I’m finally going to have the chance to use it as a carry on bag when I leave for Mexico in a few weeks!

It’s of sturdy quality that can hold up to the stresses of travelling, and it’s the perfect size. It also has lot’s of great pockets both inside and out. You may have noticed my favourite pocket at the bottom which is also perfect for wet clothes after hot yoga or the gym!

With a vacation creeping up soon I’ve been thinking about what I need to pack and have compiled this fully loaded carry on bag packing list with a free printable download below. When packing your carry on bag it’s important to consider the chance of your luggage being lost. You want to keep all of your important documents, toiletries, and medication with you, as well as some spare clothes and things to keep you warm. You also want to make sure you have all of your entertainment and comfort needs covered.

What you need to pack in your carry on bag for a worry free flight.


  1. Passport
  2. Flight Ticket
  3. Copy of Flight Itinerary
  4. Hotel Confirmation
  5. Copy of Visa Confirmation

You’re going to want to keep your important documents secured in your carry on. It’s good to keep copies of confirmations just in case something comes up and your confirmation gets lost. I recommend keeping these together in a front zippered pocket like the one above so it’s easy to access and nothing falls out when you go to grab something.

What you need to pack in your carry on bag for a worry free flight.

Beauty/Health Items

  1. Chapstick
  2. Hand Cream
  3. Face Wipes
  4. Deoderant
  5. Tooth Brush & Tooth Paste
  6. Tissues
  7. Sanitizer
  8. Medication
  9. Essential Oils

You’re going to want to keep all of your basic health and beauty essentials with you. If you’re on a long flight you may use them while you’re in the air, but they’re also good to keep with you just in case your luggage is lost – especially any medications. Essential oils can be good to bring to help you calm flight anxiety, help you sleep, etc.

Make sure to keep all of your liquids to under 3.4 oz and keep them together within a clear plastic bag.

What you need to pack in your carry on bag for a worry free flight.

Shop the Look


  1. Colouring Books & Pencil Crayons
  2. Deck of Cards
  3. Paper & Pen
  4. Magazines/Books/Kindle
  5. Tablet/Portable DVD Player
  6. Phone/MP3 Player/iPod
  7. Portable Charger & Cord
  8. Headphones

Everyone needs some form of entertainment on a flight. I personally like to take advantage of time spent on the flight by journalling. It’s something I struggle to do in my day to day life so I love to squeeze it in when I can.

Colouring books are also a great way to be creative and keep yourself in a calm meditative state. Make sure to remember a back up charger/charging bank and your headphones.

What you need to pack in your carry on bag for a worry free flight.

Other Essentials

  1. Water Bottle
  2. Snack
  3. Hat
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Pillow

I always bring an empty water bottle so I can fill it once I clear customs without having to buy an overpriced bottle of water. Pillows aren’t neccessarily needed for shorter flights, but a hat and sunglasses can help you keep to yourself so you can catch some z’s.

What you need to pack in your carry on bag for a worry free flight.


  1. Underwear
  2. Warm Socks
  3. Large Scarf
  4. 1 – 2 Changes of Clothes
  5. Special Occasion Outfit
  6. Bathing Suit

It’s always important to keep in mind that your luggage may be lost, and you don’t want to get stuck at your location with only the clothes on your back. You’re going to want a few changes of clothes for when you get there, and a few items (warm socks and large scarf) to keep you warm while on your flight.

What you need to pack in your carry on bag for a worry free flight.

Outfit Details

| Similar Black Leggins – Ricki’s | Similar Baseball Cap – Ardene |

Similar Black Tshirt | Chambray Shirt – Forever 21 |

Similar Purple Scarf – Le Chateau | Weekender Bag – My Purse Connection |

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There ya have it, a full list of all your carry on bag must haves. If you’re interested in seeing more of My Purse Connection’s bags visit their website or check out this this post, or this post. If there’s anything I’ve missed that you always pack please let me know below, I need tips before I leave in a few weeks!

xo Jannine

What you need to pack in your carry on bag for a worry free flight.

What you need to pack in your carry on bag for a worry free flight.

By |2017-10-27T10:30:12+00:00March 8th, 2017|Collaboration, Fashion, Happy, Lifestyle, Travel|22 Comments


  1. Christianne March 9, 2017 at 4:05 am - Reply

    That is a very nice rant carry on bag. I will need that.

    • Jannine March 15, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      Thanks Christianne <3 xo Jannine

  2. Julie March 9, 2017 at 5:28 am - Reply

    I’m getting ready to go on 2 trips this post was sooooo helpful! Love that you included essential oils!

    Julie |

    • Jannine March 15, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad you found it helpful Julie <3 Have fun on your trips! xo Jannine

  3. Gisel March 9, 2017 at 5:43 am - Reply

    The print on your bag is so much fun! I like the carry-able size of it.

    Gisel |

    • Jannine March 15, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks Gisel <3 xo Jannine

  4. Emily Soto March 9, 2017 at 5:51 am - Reply

    That is such a great bag! I love the colors so much!

    • Jannine March 15, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks Emily, I love it too! xo Jannine

  5. A Graceful Life Blog March 9, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

    First of all I LOVE that bag!! And thanks so much for this!! I am so going to use this for my trips coming up! xo
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    • Jannine March 15, 2017 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Anca! I’m so glad you find it helpful <3 xo Jannine

  6. Nathalie March 9, 2017 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Love the bag and I love the tips you included! So helpful!

    • Jannine March 15, 2017 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks Nathalie <3 xo Jannine

  7. Laura Mitbrodt March 9, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    That is awesome you are going to Mexico! I need a Vacation! That is the perfect bag to take with you!

    • Jannine March 15, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks Laura! I’m really excited! xo Jannine

  8. Victoria March 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Love the carry on bag so much. I have a similar one from Po campo that I just love. Great list too!

    • Jannine March 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Victoria <3 xo Jannine

  9. Azanique Rawl March 9, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    This bag is so cute! I love the colors

    -xoxo, Azanique

    • Jannine March 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Azanique. I was immediately drawn to the colours! xo Jannine

  10. Rachel March 10, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Love this bag! Also, this packing list is EVERYTHING. I’m so terrible at it!

    xo Rachel |

    • Jannine March 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      I’m so happy you find the packing list helpful <3 xo Jannine

  11. Brandi Kimberly April 23, 2017 at 7:43 am - Reply

    Love your packing list and how you broke it down. Cool batman hat and I think coloring is an awesome idea to keep you busy during the flight! Thanks for sharing

    -Brandi Kimberly

    • Jannine April 24, 2017 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks Brandi! I absolutely love colouring for flights! You can only read so much.
      xo Jannine

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