Carry-On Essentials

Written by on May 14, 2013 in Lifestyle, Travel - 5 Comments
Carry On Essentials

Summer is on its way, and since the season is basically synonymous with travel, we wanted to share with you some carry-on essentials that we keep with us whenever we fly. Here are some products — both obvious and not-so-obvious — to make your summer travels smoother than ever before.

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 Written by Natalie Lynn Borton of Thoughts By Natalie.

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  • Apple iPad Mini ($329): Whether you’re a reader, a movie-watcher or a game-player (or a mix of all three), the iPad Mini is a must-have when it comes to in-flight entertainment.


  • Bobble Water Bottle ($8.99): Since it’s easy to get dehydrated when traveling, it’s smart to carry an empty water bottle to fill up once you’ve gotten through security. This one from Bobble is ideal for travel thanks to its filter, which removes contaminants from tap water (or the airport drinking fountain). Even better, it’s free of BPA, phthalates and PVC and comes in a wide variety of colors.

  • Clean Well Citrus Herb Hand Sanitizer ($3.39): This alcohol-free sanitizer naturally kills germs on the go, keeping you healthy in your travels.

  • Colgate Wisp Portable Whitening Mini Brushes ($2.99): Ideal for redeye flights, these single-use mini brushes require no water or rinsing!

  • J.Crew Printed Backup Battery For iPhone ($29.50): A chic way to recharge your phone on the go!

  • J.Crew Liberty Zip Pouch ($34.50): Perfect for carrying makeup essentials to apply once you arrive at your destination!

  • Kate Spade Saturday Fill-It-Up Travel Case And Bottles ($25):Depending on how long your stay is, bring your favorite toiletries with you in properly measured amounts.

  • Kate Spade Saturday Zipper Slippers ($35): Keep your toes warm on chilly flights with these cotton jersey slippers from Kate Spade Saturday. They even come in a little zipper pouch, making them easy to toss into your bag.

  •  Madewell Capri Stripe Scarf ($36.50): This stylish accessory can double as a light blanket on chilly flights!

  • T-TECH by TUMI Memory Foam Neck Pillow ($35): If you plan to sleep on your flight, a neck pillow is just what you need. Especially helpful for long flights and redeyes, this T-TECH by TUMI pillow is made of memory foam for ultimate in-flight comfort.

  • Yes To Cucumbers Face Cleanser Towelettes ($5.99): To avoid that wilted, fresh-off-the-plane look, keep these cleansing towelettes — which are made with cucumbers, green tea, broccoli and spinach — in your bag to refresh your face on the go.

  • Alyssa Gapske

    I can not say enough good things about the Yes to Cucumber wipes. I took them with me on a long (Michigan to Colorado) road trip and they helped me feel clean and woke my sleepy face up!

  • Rachel Phipps

    Such a great guide, thanks for the tips! I actually did a similar post about this last year:

  • Jackellyn Carcamo

    The sandals on the bottom right are so cute & colorful, wonder where they are from.

  • Jackellyn Carcamo

    Good guide. Love the sandals in the bottom right corner, wonder where they are from!


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