Last week I showed you what’s inside my travel makeup bag, so this week I thought I’d show you what’s inside my carry on bag.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to show you what’s inside my suitcase: that post would be too long even by MY standards. (If you really want to know, though, first of all picture every item of clothing you’ve ever seen me wear. Now picture it all inside a suitcase. Voila! Now you know what I’m packing!)
When we travel, we almost always fly with British Airways, and one of the reasons I like this airline is because they’re really generous with their hand luggage allowance. With BA, you get to take two bags on board: one can weigh up to 23 kilos (which allows you to almost double your luggage allowance: hello shopping!), and the other is a standard large handbag-size of up to 40cm x 3ocm. I, naturally, make the most of this situation: I have a wheeled carry on bag which is the maximum size allowed into the cabin, and I basically just use it to max out my luggage allowance. As I’ve said, I don’t travel light, so I use this bag to carry any overflow from my suitcase, and also a few pieces which are too precious/valuable for me to want to risk losing them if the suitcase gets lost. So mostly shoes, then.
(Because of this, I call this bag “Shoebagga”, which is pronounced like “Chewbacca”, but which is a shoe… bagga. Geddit? I’m here all week, folks…)
Because I have the large carry on bag to hold anything, er, large, I then use my regular handbag to carry the items I’ll need for the flight itself. And here they are!
INSIDE MY CARRY ON BAG
I actually haven’t made up my mind which handbag I’ll be taking with me this year, so the carry on bag is being represented by my beloved Philip Lim ‘Pashli’ satchel for now. Which bag to take is an important decision, so you don’t want to rush it, you know?
Inside it you’ll find (working anti-clockwise from the bottom of the image…):
(The black and white polka dot case is by Kate Spade, and seems to be sold out online.)
This is actually a pencil case, but I use it for the bits of makeup I normally carry in my handbag. Annoyingly, I can’t seem to find the clear pouch I got in a Birchbox a few weeks ago, which is why this is here instead: if I find the clear bag, I’ll take it, and if not, well, it looks like I’ll be decanting the products inside (more on those later) into one of these plastic “baggies” before I go through security.
Because my eyes are so light-sensitive I never go anywhere without sunglasses, and I’ll be needing these when we land.
NOTEBOOK + PEN
(Totally forgot to add the pen to the photo: let’s just hope I don’t forget it in real life, too, or how will I record my words of wisdom, HOW?) Well, you never know when inspiration will strike, do you?
(With case, once I find it.) I know I could just use the Kindle app on the iPad, but I prefer the glare-free screen on the Kindle itself. I also like to have them both in my carry on bag, in case of in-flight battery emergencies.
Because airplanes are noisy.
You don’t need me to explain why I need a hairbrush, do you? I thought not.
PHONE AND EARBUDS
I forgot to add the back-up battery pack for my phone to this photo, but it comes with me too – assuming that the photo isn’t the ONLY thing I forget to add it to.
Again, not going to insult you by inferring that you don’t know what a wallet is. Mine is this one.
PASSPORT AND TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
The travel documents aren’t in the photo because I don’t actually have them yet, but I’m hoping to remember to bring them…
I realise this will sound totally bizarre to those of you who are, well, normal, but I’m terrified of flying, and clutching this little guy in my sweaty hand helps calm me down, so he’s now become a kind of stress toy / good luck charm. (Which is weird because I’m not remotely superstitious. And just because it’s weird, I guess.) His name is Pinky. Well, YOU try coming up with an original name when your life is flashing before your eyes during bad turbulence…
(Ironically, I now spend most flights stressing over where I put Pinky and worrying that I might lose him. Trust me to make a stress toy stressful…)
It, er, dispenses pills, if you haven’t guessed.
OH, AND ALSO…
I didn’t take a photo, because no one needs to see my knickers (except that guy at security who’ll get the job of pawing through my bag, obviously), but you never know when you’ll be delayed, or how long for, do you?
AND INSIDE THE MAKEUP BAG…
I don’t normally take too much makeup etc on-board the plane, because I’ve long-since realised I’m far too lazy to that whole “remove all your makeup, put on moisturiser, then replace makeup before you land!” thing everyone seems to swear by. I wear minimal makeup to fly anyway, so my skin doesn’t get too damaged by my failure to apply a face-pack on board, or whatever it is I should be doing. What I do take with me is…
ANTI-BAC HAND GEL
I don’t really consider myself too much of a germophobe, really, but I start to turn into one when I travel: airplane bathrooms are often filthy by the end of the flight (and sometimes at the start, too, if you’re really unlucky…), and all that recycled air makes them great places to catch whatever bug is doing the rounds, so I always take a hand sanitizer, and use it liberally during the flight.
TINY LITTLE TRAVEL SUNSCREEN/MOISTURISER
(I don’t wear my lenses when I’m flying, because my eyes get really dry on the plane, but I’ll normally put them in just before we land, so I can see where I’m going…)
There won’t be a dry eye in the house with these! Boom boom!
Because if I only take one piece of makeup, lipstick is going to be it.
TOOTHBRUSH (and travel toothpaste, which I don’t have yet.)
This is probably unnecessary, because airlines normally hand out packs with travel toothbrushes and paste, but I take it just in case, because nothing makes me feel grottier faster than not cleaning my teeth on a regular basis…
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I THINK that’s it, but if it isn’t, at least I still have time to try and remember whatever it is I’ve forgotten. So! That’s what’s in my carry on bag: what’s in yours?