Sunday, May 3, 2015

Carry-on Bag Packing

So, I've been meaning to do this blog post all weekend but I keep starting projects - I just finished washing and vacuuming my car and now I'm exhausted!  My mom and I had a yard sale yesterday and I had to get up really early to get over there before the early birds. We had a fair amount of traffic but I was hoping to sell a lot more stuff for spending money for my upcoming trip.  I ended up donating a lot of what was left so that's good I guess.  I always have donater's remorse like what if I change my mind and really want something back :(  Such a collector at heart... I mentioned I was going to show how I normally pack my carry-on for a long trip.  I probably bring way too much stuff but I will say that I see some people bringing their whole house with them so I'm not that bad.  

I usually bring my Epiphanie camera bag with me as my carry-on but the straps are starting to break and I didn't need that kind of stress in my life. 

I looked at a bunch of other carry-on/camera bags but they were super expensive, made of man made materials (that I find seem to chip on flights) and they were huge...I'm 5'9" I need some space under the seat in front of me.

So, I decided to go with the LeSportsac Medium Travel Tote Bag in Magnificent.  It's fairly roomy without being too big to fit under the seat in front of me.  It also has three outside pockets for extra storage.

Here's what I fit in mine:

It's a little blurry because I was trying to stand on a stool to get everything in...
  • Snacks
  • Tissue
  • Advil
  • Lipgloss
  • Chapstick
  • Gum
  • Compression socks - I'm worried they'll be too hot so I'm bringing them with me to try but wearing my ankle socks to the airport just in case
  • Purell wipes
  • iPod and charger
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Kindle and charger
  • Under my cell phone I have a little plastic pouch (I used the case my pillow shams came in in case something spills) filled with a little map of each island and the places I want to go on each one organized by city (yes I'm crazy)
  • Wallet, plus extra zip pouch that came with my new bag
  • 2 lenses + camera body (not in shot because it's taking this photo)
  • Sunglasses and case - I'm terrible about actually using cases (they're always on top of my head) so this is a major improvement for me
  • Little pouch for organizing chargers
  • FIVE magazines...I'm an home decor mag addict and it's a long flight
  • My camera and lens holder insert - I bought mine on Etsy
Here's how it looks with everything in is super heavy but I think I can manage

Do you have any must-haves or carry-on packing tips?  I'd love to hear them :)


  1. When is your trip? Also, how many of the islands are you hitting? We are hoping to go in another 3 years and want to island hop this time. I have only ever been to Oahu so looking forward to seeing the others. All I know is I took way too much stuff in my carry on last time... it weighed a ton!

    1. I'll be visiting three islands on this trip. I'm going to Maui, the Big Island and Oahu this time. I've only been to Oahu for a day before so I'm excited to explore this island. You should definitely visit a few of the other islands on your next trip, they're all pretty awesome in their own ways :)

      I bet you were prepared for just about anything though with all of the stuff in your carry on:)