Confession: I used to think that people who had small suitcases as hand luggage were doing too much, until I became that person! When travelling overseas I used to carry a back pack filled with all my in-flight essentials but now I carry a suitcase and it’s been the best decision I made.
If know me you know that comfort is key in everything in my life, so even when flying I like ensuring that I have everything that I might need. These are essentials that I always carry when I travel for work (these are the trips I take more frequently). Here’s what is in my carry on luggage when I’m flying out of South Africa:
Laptop I only carry my laptop when going on work trips.
Headphones I fell in love with bluetooth headphones, they’re a game changer.
Book and magazine I like carrying a variety of reading materials just so I’m able to change things up.
Skincare I always have a bag for skincare because I really love taking care of my skin and nourishing it while I’m flying.
Socks and scarf I hate being cold so I always carry an extra pair of very warm socks and a scarf. The socks that are given in the vanity kit that we get during the flight are never sufficient for me.
Journal and pencil case I carry my writing materials again as another way of being able to change things up. And now that I’ve started bullet journalling – I plan to do that while I’m flying.
Documents wallet This wallet has all my important documents for my trip like copies of my accommodation details and visa letter. I love having these as a hard copy in case I run into any questions at passport control.
The grey sling bag is what I carry at the airport just for my essentials, I pack my normal (read: big) handbag in my suitcase to carry at my destination. Here’s what is in there:
Small wallet, toiletries,passport, phone (not pictured)