19 fashionable and practical essentials to take in your carry-on luggage | Curated (2022)

Delayed and cancelled flights plus understaffed airports are abound this summer, seemingly leading to every traveller’s worst nightmare: a missing bag(cue the dramatic music).

Viral TikTok and Instagram videos of strewn, missing luggage completely unattended have led many to be done with the “checking of the bag conversation” — yes, that is a Meet the Parents reference and a direct quote from Ben Stiller’s character Greg.

Opting to pack light with a carry-on only is definitely the move these days — but even if that’s not doable, you’ll still want to have all your essentials should your checked bag end up in a different city, country or even continent.

We’ve rounded up the best fashion, lifestyle and other essentials to take on board with you right here.

The luggage itself

The Monos Carry-On Proand Pro Plusare absolute game changers, allowing access to the luggage without having to open up the entire bag. Give your (likely already sore) shoulder a break and put your laptop in the brilliantly designed built-in front compartment, leaving your “personal item” (airline language for a purse or backpack) on the lighter side.

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The Carry-On Pro by Monos.

Best of all, your computer will be protected under the sameaerospace-grade polycarbonate as the rest of the case. Perfectly designed to fit in the overhead bin of almost any flight, anywhere in the world.

The personal item

Don’t forget you’re also entitled to a personal item, in addition to your actual carry-on. The BEIS Mini Weekender is still a goodie and fits right on top of your carry-on thanks to the Trolly Pass-Through back pocket that allows it to slide over a suitcase handle.

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The BEIS Mini Weekender.

We suggest keeping your laptop in here if you’re going to be using it during the flight, AirPods, chargers and some essential toiletries in this one, which slides right under your seat. Passport and wallet too, in case that wasn’t obvious.

Battery pack & power converters

Airport plugs can sometimes be scarce (or sketchy), depending on what one you’re at — and we’ve all been on a plane with a non-functioning USB. A portable battery pack for your electronic devices is an absolute must(trust us!) even on a short jaunt. We’re absolutely obsessed with Skross’ Reload 10 PD, which includes two USBs and a USB C port, should you need it for a laptop.

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The Skross Power Bank.

If you’re going overseas, you also need a power converter, which Swiss-based Skross also makes.While we’re at it, don’t forget your iPhone cord.

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AirTag

The point of carry-on only is to avoid losing your bag —butsometimes space issues force the issue anyway. In the unfortunate event that airline staff announce that the rest of the carry-on bags “must” be checked, an Apple AirTag will keep tabs on yours with a trusty app.

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Apple AirTags.

We’ve already seen several stories of people effectively tracking their checked bags with AirTags, so clearly they work — and for $39, it’s worth the peace of mind (but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that).

Sneakers

No matter where you’re going in the world, you need a comfortable pair of shoes. We’re loving the light and airy New Balance Fresh Foam Roav v2 women’s sneaker made out of a soft knit material for summer (or any season) adventures.

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The New Balance Fresh Foam Roav v2.

Your feet will feel supported thanks to the plush base, ideal for walking around and hiking. Bonus: they come in 9 colours, so there are plenty of options depending on your wardrobe.

Versatile dresses

An easy summer dress is essential for a throw-on-and-go look. Even better when said dress can go with sneakers for a daytime look, flip-flops for the pool/beach and even out for dinner. Packing light means multi-functional!

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CATARINA DRESS

The short-and-sweet Catarina from Reformationis on our summer wish list, particularly with its flattering front bodice ruching. Aritiza’s Only Slip Midi Dress by Wilfred is another staple that can do it all. The versatile essential comes in a maxi or mini length and in an array of colours from neutrals to bold jewel tones.

A swimsuit

It’s summer, so that means you’reprobablygoing somewhere with a beach or pool. Whether you’re just taking a carry-on OR your checked bag goes missing, one thing’s for sure: you’ll need a swimsuit. Toronto’s own 437 makes a slew of figure-flattering fits for all body types, but they’re best known for their bikinis.

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Babaton’s new Scoop Neck One Piece Swimsuit from Aritzia.

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For a one-piece, Babaton’s newly dropped Scoopneck style from Aritzia is a great carry-on essential that can double as a bodysuit for daytime exploring or dinner.

A linen blouse

Another item that goes with literally everything. Wear it to the pool or beach, over a bodysuit or buttoned up with jeans.

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The Linen Relaxed Shirt by Everlane.

The Everlane Linen Relaxed shirt fits the bill and comes in all the classic neutrals like white, baby blue and black, as well as the on-trend green “Leek” shade.

T-shirts

Does this one even need an explanation? Airplanes can get sweaty, so, you’ll want a fresh shirt. Trust us. There are plenty of great T-shirts out there, but we’re still partial to the Kit & Ace ones.

The Vancouver-born brand offers their classic crew-necks in a pack of three, with various colour options for one that best suits whatever else you’re bringing.

Jeans

Once again, denim is a staple. Depending on how hot your destination is, jeans or jean shorts (or even both) are non-negotiable. Social media can’t stop raving about Everlane’s relaxed fitor ’90s Cheeky Jean, which we can personally speak to.

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Everlane’s Cheeky ’90s jeans.

For various denim short lengths, Aritzia’s Denim Forum has plenty of options from daisy dukes to longer bike short-inspired cuts.

Pajamas

You’ll want to be cozy after a travel day, so some jammies are definitely on the list. Nothing is more breathable than linen, putting Sleeper’s Linen Lounge Suit at the top of our list. This chic two-piece set features a button-down and matching shorts, both adorned with sweet ruffles. Dare we say you could alsorock this one out: throw on some sneakers for a day of exploring, or swap out with some heels for dinner.

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The Linen Lounge Suit by Sleeper.

This social media-friendly brand is also known for its iconic Party Pajama Set with ostrich feather details. Depending on where you’re going, this could also be a chic dinnertime House Of Gucci-inspiredlook.

Toothpaste & toothbrush

No one wants to be stuck without their toothbrush after a long flight — or any flight, for that matter. Elevate these bathroom basics with Twice’s Oral Wellness Toothpaste and a matching yellow toothbrush.

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Oral health essentials by Twice.

Don’t forget the dental floss, too. No matter where you’re staying, these well-designed items are meant to sit out on the counter for some love on the ‘gram.

Skincare

You don’t want to be without basic skincare essentials in your carry-on because those can be expensive to replace. Also, airplanes are extremely drying so your face will absolutely need some TLC after being in the sky.

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Sunscreen by Dennis Gross.

Nothing is more compact than RoC’s Multi Correxion Hydrate + Plump Night Serum Capsules(available at Shoppers) as you can take just the exact amount you need based on the length of your trip. The same goes for the individually packedAlpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peels by Dr. Dennis Gross, whose All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 is also essential.

Wrinkles are no fun, and this one keeps them at bay with a lightweight, oil-free SPF that blends into all skin tones without a white cast. Round out the line-up with Beauty Counter’s travel-ready items, including their mini Cleansing Oil and mini Supreme Cream.

Makeup

You don’t need to bring your whole vanity on vacation (this is a carry-on guide, after all) but the basics are key: a foundation or tinted moisturizer, liner, blush, highlighter, lipstick, mascara and, if you’re into it, a mini eyeshadow palette will suffice.

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Ilia Beauty.

Vancouver-born Ilia‘s easy-to-use formulas mean you can basically use your hands, saving room on packing brushes. We love the Super Serum Skintint SPF 40 and True Skin Serum Foundations. The cult Limitless Lash Mascara is beloved for a reason, and their multi-stick doubles as both a lippie and blush (once again saving space). The compact Necessary Eyeshadow Palette and Liquid Light Serum Highlighter also pack well.

A hair tool

This one really depends on you, your style and your hair. Love your natural locks? Awesome, save the space (and, if you’re going on a beach vacation, salty hair is the vibe). For those of us not in that category, we suggest just one hair tool: the Dyson Corrale straightener, which can alsocurl.

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The Dyson Corrale.

Cool feature alert: you can put it into ‘flight ready mode’ with a tab that disarms the battery, and it comes in a heat-resistant travel pouch for on-the-go styling. While we’re on the topic of hair, we usually go with the in-hotel mini shampoo and conditioner bottles to save space on product backing — but if you love your own (or your doesn’t do well with different products), definitely pack a travel-sized amount.

Underwear & socks

Another obvious one. Go Canadian with undergarments from Knix, known for their ultra comfy styles that are flattering on all body types in all different shapes. Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS — now at Holt Renfrew — is also still having a moment thanks to their varied styles in an array of fabrics.

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Underwear by SKIMS.

Even if you’re going somewhere hot, socks with your sneakers are a must. Otherwise, those shoes are going to get stinky — fast. Also, there are potential blisters to think about. Sure, socks are socks but trust us when we say Aritzia’s just hit different — especially the TNA ones.

COVID-essentials

Face masks are still required in most airports and planes. Many prefer an N95 in the air, but if you want to go to the regular route, Aritzia’s got plenty of options. A sanitizer is also good to keep handy: we’ve been using the travel-sized version of Aesop’s alcohol-based mist with rosemary leaf and mandarin rind.

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Aesop’s Hand Resurrection Hand Mist.

Finally, keep your hands hydrated with their Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm.

Essential oils

Okay, so not really a necessity but they’re just really nice to have (trust us). ThePocket Farmacy Mindful Edition by Saje Wellness is so compact that you won’t even notice it.

The Peppermint Halo is great to have on standby if you feel a headache coming on; otherwise, the Stress Release is nice to apply before a mid-air nap. Airplane seats aren’t all that comfy back in economy, so the Pain Release blend may come in handy too.

FAQs

How do I pack the most in my carry on? ›

Adopt the right internal organization

Sort out your items by weight and size and start from the bottom. Place the heavy and bulky items such as your shoes and additional bag first. Don't waste any space: fill them with lighter and smaller items such as socks and underwear (preferably protected by a zip log bag).

How do you dress on a plane? ›

Maintain in-flight comfort and cleanliness by wearing breathable fabrics—materials like cotton, silk, or linen. Fabrics that don't allow air to circulate will hold in sweat, likely making you feel dirtier faster and probably necessitating a good spin in the washing machine upon landing.

How do I pack 10 outfits in my carry-on? ›

10 OUTFITS IN A CARRY ON | How to Pack Like a Pro - YouTube

How do you pack light and fashionable? ›

Minimalist Packing Step 1: Create a Capsule Travel Wardrobe
  1. Think separate pieces, not outfits.
  2. If you're only going to wear it once, don't bring it.
  3. Bring neutrals, but throw in some color.
  4. Add textured pieces to make your capsule wardrobe more exciting.
  5. Don't be afraid of prints!
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How many days of clothes can you fit in a carry-on? ›

You can pack 10 days of clothes in one carry-on bag. The key is to pack clothes that all work together, and of course, to use clothing organizers that maximize the space in your bag.

How do I pack my carry-on bag like a pro? ›

How to Pack a Carry-On Like a Pro
  1. Pack Your Personal Item Wisely.
  2. Resist the Call of Your Shoes.
  3. Follow the 1-2-3-4-5-6 Rule.
  4. Invest in Some Compression Bags.
  5. Roll Your Clothes.
  6. Pack Pieces That Go Together.
  7. Go Digital Wherever You Can.
  8. Don't Stress if You Forget Anything.

How do you pack 5 days of clothes in a carry-on? ›

How to Pack a Carry-On Bag for a 5-Day Trip - YouTube

What liquid is allowed on a plane? ›

You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.

How do I pack Makeup for a flight? ›

According to the TSA: “Makeup in a solid or powder form is allowed in carry-on and checked bags with no quantity or size limitations. However, when packed in carry-on bags, makeup in a liquid, lotion, gel, paste or creamy form, must be in containers that are 3.4 ounces or less.

How do you fold clothes for carry-on? ›

Bundle Packing For Wrinkle Free Clothes | Carry-On | NBC News

What can you not take on a plane 2022? ›

any and all firearms, replica weapons, toy guns & BB guns are NOT allowed in your carry-on bag. Guns must be unloaded and transported only in checked bags. The weapon must be inside of a hard-sided, locked TSA Gun case Approved, and declared to your airline at check in.

Can I take deodorant on a plane? ›

Stick deodorant is fine in any size. Well, almost any size… Powders and crystals are good to go as well. Spray, Gel, Liquid, Cream, Pastes, and Roll-On deodorants need to be in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces and placed in a clear quart-sized baggie.

Can I take perfume on a plane? ›

The FAA limits the total amount of restricted medicinal and toiletry articles, including aerosols, in checked baggage. The total aggregate quantity per person cannot exceed 2 kg (70 ounces) or 2 L (68 fluid ounces). The capacity of each container must not exceed 0.5 kg (18 ounces) or 500 ml (17 fluid ounces).

What should you not wear to the airport? ›

9 Things You Should NEVER Wear to the Airport | Travel Outfit Tips

Should I wear leggings on a plane? ›

Although a pair of comfy leggings is the go-to choice for many travellers when flying, aviation expert Christine Negroni advises against it, just in case there's an emergency onboard the flight.

Can I put clothes in my carry-on bag? ›

Can you put clothes in your personal items? Certainly, you can pack clothes in your personal items or carry-on bag. But for a better experience, we recommend packing most of your clothes in your carry on and leaving extra space in your personal items.

How do I fit a week's worth of clothes in my carry-on? ›

Pack A Week's Worth of Clothes in a Carry-on! - Pickler & Ben - YouTube

How do you pack a 7 day carry-on? ›

Minimalist PACK WITH ME | 7 Days In A Carry-On - YouTube

How do you not overpack? ›

Here are nine tips to help you finally stop overpacking.
  1. Pack Anti-Stink Clothes.
  2. Plan an Outfit for Every Day.
  3. Pack Multipurpose Shoes.
  4. Coordinate Items with Your Travel Companion.
  5. Only Pack for Definite Plans.
  6. Pack Items That Go Together.
  7. Pack Your Favorite Things.
  8. Do Laundry.
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How do you travel with lights on toiletries? ›

Light Packing: How to pack Toiletries for 2 months (in a carry-on) - YouTube

How do you prepare clothes for traveling? ›

12 Travel Packing Tips: Howdini Hacks - YouTube

Is it better to roll or fold clothes when packing? ›

Folding clothes is the quickest way to pack and is preferred over rolling for items that easily wrinkle such as a cotton button-down shirt or linen. Fold items along their existing creases.

How do you pack a suitcase smartly? ›

How To: Pack Like a Pro - YouTube

Can I put all my toiletries in my checked luggage? ›

Liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces, with all containers fitting into a single 1-quart plastic bag. Those limits don't apply to checked bags, so pack full-size containers of shampoo, lotion, toothpaste and other restricted items in this bag.

What is a personal item on a plane? ›

CARRY-ON VS. PERSONAL ITEM. A personal item is a type of hand luggage that you carry on to the plane with you and is smaller than a carry-on. What is considered a personal item bag varies from airline to airline, but a small purse, briefcase and laptop bag are always considered personal items.

How many carry-on bags allowed? ›

Per TSA regulations, carryon items are limited to one bag plus one small, personal item.

How can I make my luggage lighter? ›

Keep reading for our top tips for packing lighter.
  1. Pack for a week (or less) and plan to do laundry.
  2. Pack around one basic color.
  3. Don't pack any more than three pairs of shoes.
  4. Use a wardrobe planner.
  5. Pack visually.
  6. Know what to roll and what to fold.
  7. Use compression cubes and bags.
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What is the 54321 packing rule? ›

For a long weekend, Jen Rubio of Away Travel goes by the “54321” rule: “You can always get at least five great outfits from four tops, three bottoms, two pairs of shoes, and [if you're a woman] one dress.” For a longer trip (one to two weeks), add a few tops and maybe another dress or pair of shoes if there's a fancier ...

Can I bring medicine on a plane? ›

You can bring your medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts as long as it is screened. You can travel with your medication in both carry-on and checked baggage. It's highly recommended you place these items in your carry-on in the event that you need immediate access.

Does toothpaste count as liquid? ›

Is toothpaste considered a liquid by the TSA? Yes, toothpaste must adhere to the 3-1-1 rule for liquids and gels. Toothpaste can be brought through TSA security in your carry-on as long as it is 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less and placed in a 1-quart bag.

Can I take makeup on a plane in my purse? ›

Personal Care Products. Just about any type of makeup or personal-care product is allowed in a purse, as long as it meets TSA regulations. Any quantities of dry makeup such as eye shadow and face powder are allowed in purses and carry-on bags.

Should you wear makeup to the airport? ›

If you're too exhausted to cleanse, Dr. Kluk suggests avoiding spot eruptions and irritation by choosing mineral or non-comedogenic makeup, as it won't occlude the skin. Dermatologist Dr. Sam Bunting agrees: “If it's a short-haul flight, it's fine to leave your makeup in place, but make smart choices.

What makeup should I pack for travel? ›

You need the basics—mascara, black liner, blush, and a base (foundation or concealer, or both—whatever you use at home). Then pack two shadows—one for day (shimmering beige is nice) and one for night (charcoal or deep purple, perhaps)—or just go with bronze: It works both day and night.

Does your toiletry bag have to be clear? ›

Do Toiletry Bags Need to Be Clear? TSA does not specify that toiletry bags need to be clear. However, when traveling with liquids, using a clear bag will help expedite the TSA process so agents can see everything easily without further inspection.

How do you pack clothes for travel without wrinkles? ›

How to Pack Clothes to Minimize Wrinkles | Travel Channel - YouTube

How do you pack dress clothes in a suitcase? ›

The Best Way to Pack a Suit or a Dress So It Won't Wrinkle - YouTube

Can I bring deodorant on a plane? ›

Stick deodorant is fine in any size. Well, almost any size… Powders and crystals are good to go as well. Spray, Gel, Liquid, Cream, Pastes, and Roll-On deodorants need to be in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces and placed in a clear quart-sized baggie.

Does a purse count as a carry-on? ›

Technically, any piece of luggage that you “carry on” to an airplane is a carry-on bag. Most airlines allow one piece of carry-on luggage or “hand baggage” that can fit in the overhead bin, plus a “personal item” (a smaller purse, computer bag, diaper bag, small backpack, etc.

Can I pack clothes in my carry-on bag? ›

Clothing. At least one set of clothing is a wise choice for your carry-on bag so you have at least one change of clothes in case your checked luggage doesn't make it to your destination with you. If you plan to use only a carry-on for your trip, you'll need to fit all of your clothing into the bag.

Can I bring perfume on a plane? ›

The FAA limits the total amount of restricted medicinal and toiletry articles, including aerosols, in checked baggage. The total aggregate quantity per person cannot exceed 2 kg (70 ounces) or 2 L (68 fluid ounces). The capacity of each container must not exceed 0.5 kg (18 ounces) or 500 ml (17 fluid ounces).

What can you not take on an airline 2022? ›

any and all firearms, replica weapons, toy guns & BB guns are NOT allowed in your carry-on bag. Guns must be unloaded and transported only in checked bags. The weapon must be inside of a hard-sided, locked TSA Gun case Approved, and declared to your airline at check in.

How do you bring makeup on a plane? ›

According to the TSA: “Makeup in a solid or powder form is allowed in carry-on and checked bags with no quantity or size limitations. However, when packed in carry-on bags, makeup in a liquid, lotion, gel, paste or creamy form, must be in containers that are 3.4 ounces or less.

Does mascara count as a liquid when flying? ›

According to TSA guidelines, any substance that is free-flowing or viscous is considered a liquid, including liquids, aerosols, pastes, creams, and gels. When it comes to makeup, the following items are considered liquid cosmetics: nail polish, perfume, moisturizers, eyeliner, foundation, and mascara.

Do you still have to take your shoes off at the airport during Covid? ›

Boots and high heeled shoes will normally need removing. US airports require everyone to take their shoes off unless you are in a TSA Pre line.

Can you bring a water bottle on a plane? ›

Can you bring an empty water bottle on a plane? Yes, you can bring an empty water bottle on a plane. According to TSA, you can bring an empty water bottle on a plane by packing it in your checked bag or by stowing it in your carry-on.

Can I bring 2 personal items on a plane? ›

Can You Bring Two Personal Items on a Plane? Airlines don't allow passengers to bring two or more personal items. The general rule of thumb when it comes to hand luggage is that you are only allowed to bring one small carry-on suitcase and one personal item, such as a tote, backpack, purse, or something similar.

Is it better to roll clothes or fold? ›

In general, casual clothes should be rolled to avoid the hard edges that come with folding, and dressier items that would typically hang in your wardrobe should be folded into a garment folder or laid out at the top of your luggage, above your collection of packing cubes.

What liquids are allowed in a carry-on? ›

You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.

What is the 311 rule? ›

Each passenger may carry liquids, gels and aerosols in travel-size containers that are 3.4 ounces or100 milliliters. Each passenger is limited to one quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols.

Why umbrella is not allowed in airport? ›

The prohibition was made as some umbrellas have sharp and pointed components and may be considered dangerous for carry-on baggage, the OTS said.

Can I bring shampoo on my carry-on? ›

Each item must be 3.4 ounces or less and must be able to fit inside a one-quart size clear zip-top bag. The limit is one bag per person. Typically, travelers put their toiletries in the bag such as shampoo, hair products, make-up and toothpaste.

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