What's In Your Carry-On?

7 October 2016
Read Time: 1.9 mins

Words by Carlie Tucker

Any travel-savvy professional will tell you that carry-on is the only way to go when you travel for work. While it's true that seasoned pros can pack for up to two weeks in their carry-on, this is an acquired skill that could take some time to truly master. So, before you go rolling your business suit into a ball of wrinkles in the name of efficiency, we're here to tell you that it's ok to check a bag every now and again. In fact, some long term business travel demands it.

Mind you this is not an excuse to pack any and everything for your next stint on the road. Quite the opposite. Smart packing is always the goal whether it's for one night or one month. And, of course, your carry-on still plays a vital role. Perhaps even more so since it's all you'll have with you while you fly. And, in the rare cases of lost luggage, it could be the only thing to see you through the day/night. So, it poses the question: what's in your carry-on?

Here's a look at some of the must-haves you should definitely pop into your carry-on when you have to check your luggage:



  • Wallet
  • Photo Identification/Passport
  • Cash
  • Visa
  • Phone
  • Itinerary and boarding pass(es)
  • Charger
  • Emergency contacts
  • Medications (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Glasses and sunglasses

Pro Tip: Go paperless and scan or take photos of all your travel docs to keep on your phone. Make sure you include your passport. Email a copy of all documents to yourself and a contact at home just in case of emergency.

Looking for more carry-on tips and tricks?

How To Pack A Carry-On Like A Pro

How To Decide On The Best Carry-On Luggage For You



Change of Clothes

  • Laptop or tablet
  • Underwear
  • Headphones
  • Socks
  • Book, magazine or Kindle
  • T-shirt
  • Pants/shorts/skirt
  • Slippers/slip-on shoes
  • Scarf, cardigan or jacket

Pro Tip: Make sure you download any entertainment apps that may be available for your airline carrier before you leave your house.

Cosmetics & Toiletries

Little Extras

  • Moisturiser  (face and hands)
  • Chewing gum or hard candy
  • Face wipes
  • Lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Deodorant


  • Hand sanitiser


  • Tissues


  • Comb


Pro tip: Check your local grocery or department store for your favourite creams, gels and liquids in carry-on appropriate travel sizes. Or, invest in some airline approved reusable tubes that you can fill at home before every trip. 


Images created by Carlie Tucker via polyvore.com


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