What's in My Carry On? | A Girl of Many Passports

Travelling Light – What’s in my carry on for a weekend trip?

When I travel on the weekends, or even for a week long trip, I only carry a carry on bag. Most of the time this includes a small purse that can be put into the carry on when I fly with airlines like EasyJet, who won’t let you on the air plane with a second item.

I’ve also backpacked in Europe twice for 3 weeks with just a carry on. Why? To easily pick up and leave from the office and be able to take public transportation wherever I go. Saving the 30+ pounds on the extra bag also gives me the chance to try a few more foods or have dinner at a nicer restaurant when I’m exploring.

Here is my list of what to bring if I’m travelling for the weekend (leaving Friday and coming back on Sunday or Monday):

  • Essentials
    • Phone & Charger
    • Noise Cancelling Headphones
    • Extra Battery & Charger
    • Travel Converter
    • Notebook & Pen
    • Passport
    • Wallet
    • Keys
    • Scarf
    • Sunglasses
    • Anti-bacterial Wipes
    • Optional – iPad
    • Optional – Umbrella
    • Optional – Tampons
  • Clothes
    • 4 Pairs of Underwear (always good to have extra!)
    • 1 Bra
    • PJs
    • 1 Set of Workout Clothes (shorts, shirt & sports bra)
    • 1 Pair of Jeans (2 for winter)
    • 3 T-shirts/Tops
    • 1 Sweater (2 for the winter)
    • 1 Dress (2 for the summer)
    • 3 Pairs of Socks
    • 1 Pair of Sneakers
      • I always bring my Nike Free Runs
    • 1 Pair of Flats/Loafers/Sandals
    • 1 Jacket (if Winter)
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
    • Hairbrush & Hair-tie
    • Clinique 3 Step Travel Set
    • Argan Oil
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-Itch Cream
    • Antiseptic Cream
    • Tums/Imodium
    • Ibuprofen
    • Band aids
    • Optional – Makeup
      • Foundation
      • Blush & Eye Shadow Set
      • Mascara
      • Chapstick

As I travel frequently for work, I actually never unpack my toiletries bag. This makes packing much faster and I know immediately when I need to re-stock on essentials. I have one see-through Clinique Toiletries Bag that I keep all of my liquids in all the time, and another one for makeup. If I need to pack extra light, I tend to go for less liquids. I’ll switch out my regular foundation for BareMinerals and use a stick deodorant.

Pro-Tip: I always carry a few plastic bags and a Longchamp travel duffel in my carry on bag in case I need to bring back a wet swimsuit, shoes get dirty, or sweaty gym clothes. The extra duffel is in case I find something nice to bring back home, or go to Sweden and want to stock up on candy and other Swedish foods.

Weekend Trip: What's in my carry on? | A Girl of Many Passports


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