What’s in my Carry-on? Summer 2016

While some people find packing stressful – I LOVE it! With 6 days to go until our Florida trip, I’d be all packed and ready if it wasn’t for my boyfriend telling me to chill the hell out about it until the weekend. I’m just too excited and impatient to wait any longer, so we’ve compromised and I’ve almost finished packing my carry-on, and I just have to share it with you. Also, be sure to check out my itinerary for the trip which I wrote as a guest post here.

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My carry-on suitcase is new this year, and just look how adorable it is! My Skinnydip luggage tag and passport holder match with it beautifully! I got it from B&M of all places for £12.99, and they had a range of sizes available too.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t travel light, and this suitcase is probably big enough for someone to live out of for a week, but as Virgin Atlantic allow 10kg of carry-on luggage, a girl’s gotta take advantage, right?


And the picture above isn’t even everything that can fit in there, I’ll also be squeezing some clothes and shoes in, because I’m clearing going to have a shit load of huge shopping trips in the US, so my main luggage needs to have some breathing space to accommodate that. I’m terrible aren’t I?

Reading material:

National Geographic Traveller – an obvious choice
Lonely Planet Discover Florida (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Pocket Orlando & Walt Disney World® Resort (Travel Guide) – to glance over once more incase there’s something I’ve missed (I doubt it, I’ve gone pretty overboard with the planning)
Florida Marco Polo Holiday Map (Marco Polo Holiday Maps) – I love reading maps, I take pride in being able to use one and try to resist using Google Maps as much as possible! But we have got 4G just in case, haha!
The Quiet American – A fascinating read so far, especially for a history buff like me.



A lot of bloggers recommend taking snacks on board, and they usually suggest nuts and fruit. That’s cool and everything, but I really wanted to try these vegetarian sweets out! You can buy them here:



I talked about some of these in my Travel Beauty Favourites post last month as well, so check that out for some extra tips. We’re taking hand sanitiser, travel toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as:

Lacura Travel Wipes
Polaar Nuit Polaire face cream
Anew Eye Lift Duo – I URGE YOU to get this for your plane journey! It contains a gel and cream to apply to your eyelid and under eye to prevent them from drying! When I use it in the morning, it literally wakes me up – I love it!
Avon Ideal Flawless face powder (with compact mirror inside)
Avon Perfectly Matte sample lipstick in shade Vibrant Melon
Benefit Bad Girl Lash mini mascara
Suave Deodorant Tropical Paradise
(the BEST smelling deodorant in the world!) The highlight of my US trip is going to be stocking up on like 20 of these!



Nintendo 3DS with Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon Black 2 (yes I’m a nerd)
Tesco Hudl tablet
Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone and headphones
Primark power bank
Poundland UK to US travel adapter plugs
Various chargers for phone, tablet etc.



UK Passport
Paperchase travel journal
Animal handbag
Ear plugs
Pocket tissues


And I had to show off my new PJ’s from Aldi at £4.99. The day they went on sale, I had to go to three different stores to find my size, it was ridiculous! I can’t blame anybody though, they are some of the cutest PJ’s I’ve ever seen!

And last but not least (I just forgot to take a picture of it), you all NEED a collapsible water bottle!

What do you guys think of my carry-on? Have I got everything? What would you take? Let me know!


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  1. Flamingos are so popular this year. I got luggage tag and a matching suitcase strap with flamingos. I’m not sure if is is all you are packing in your carry-on on the way to Florida but I would definitely take a hairbrush (I have long hair and even if I have them tied up, they get messy if I fall asleep during flight), hand cream (my hands skin gets really dry), a pen (lots of people forget about it but it’s really handy. You are flying to USA so you will have to fill some forms on the plane), camera (always in carry-on as I like to take pictures even on the plane if I get a window seat) and one set of clothes (in case my checked in luggage goes missing).

    • I know and I absolutely love it. My bedroom is flamingo themed so all of this new stuff is making my year haha!

      It’s not quite everything, I didn’t want to bore people with the little things but you’re so right! Taking a pen and hair brush is something that could be so easily forgotten and there are forms to fill out so it’s a must have!

      We bought a GoPro and my phone has a great camera so I’m all good on that front, but I rinsed the battery of my old DSLR on my last flight taking pictures of outside the window.

      Oh that does remind me, I’ve got some coconut hand cream from The Body Shop that I must pack, thank you!! 😚

  2. I never know what to pack for my carry on, and before I just used to pack in things that also didn’t fit into my checked-in luggage. I have become smarter now, no rookie mistakes. It’s always good to read about how else you can pack in for your flight. This is exciting. Thank you for your share:)

  3. I’m so terrible as well and really don’t have the skills to pack light! I think you are set for the flight and have everything you need, I’ll even be using some of those tips next time I travel. Thanks for sharing. Ps I adore the flamingo journal and bag!

  4. This post gives me such good ideas! I also love packing, but I actually need to start a week early because it takes me hours upon hours and usually included me laying all my clothes out.

  5. You are so organized! I need to find a collapsable water bottle – I’ve never heard of that before. And I love your carryon suitcase, so bright and cute and something you can’t miss at the airport!

    • Oh really? Yeah they’re great to have and fill up with water for free before you go on the plane. I’m gonna buy a couple more or perhaps an even bigger one for next time! 🙂

  6. Love the flamingos! And the gummy candies look so good, but it seems like the US site sells them for triple the price. Pens are the one thing I would add. I seem to forget one every single time, so now I put like 7 into my carry on in hopes that I always have one!

    • Ah that’s annoying! I hope there are other brands that are cheaper in the US, I’m sure there are and I’ll have a look out of curiosity. I did actually take a pen, but I forgot to add it haha, but you’re right it can be that easy to forget one!

  7. I have never brought travel journal with me on my trip. I need to have a habit of bringing one. I also love the slippers next to your luggage in the first picture. It is so colorful and absolutely fit on your FL trip.

  8. Your backpack looks fine. Mine looks similar when i travel even i always must forgot something and buy it again. But this i not so bad, i am trying new things>)

  9. I always pack a spare change of clothes in my carry-on. Just in case my suitcase gets delayed. There’s nothing worse than wearing the same undies for an ungodly amount of hours haha

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