How To | Packing Carry On Luggage

How To | Packing Carry On Luggage

My second short haul trip of the year is only a week away. Its definitely time for me to learn from the mistakes of my previous trip and get myself prepared. One of the biggest downers to travel can be lost luggage, I know this because BA decided not to bother packing mine on the same flight as me homebound from Rome. Luckily it was the return journey so it was a slight inconvenience (we weren’t reunited with our belongings for more than a week) rather than a total mess up. Regardless, I’ve learnt from my mistakes and am getting prepared with my carry on luggage this time around. I’m a huge fan of list making and I’ve created five categories of things that I need to pack in my carry on.


I thanked my lucky stars that I was wearing my expensive jewellery on the way back from Rome, rather than having put it in my luggage to be lost for over a week. If its valuable to you at all, or especially for sentimental reasons (that can’t be covered by insurance) then wear it on the plane, pack it safely in your carry on, or just don’t even take it.

Your best pair of sunglasses are definitely a must have for your carry on. I’m loving my new pair from Reveuse online, if you like them too, then head over and use promo code ‘sophie10’ at the checkout for 10% off (this applies to all items not just my sunglasses).

Carry On Luggage


Yes I’m talking about food. This is blatantly the most important of it all, no matter how long the flight is I always have a bag full of treats. I hate aeroplane food. Every single time I’ve tried it, no matter what airline, it makes me feel sick. I now pop into Boots and purchase a meal deal for myself, if its a long enough journey. If its only short haul like my flight next week, then I’ll grab myself a drink and stock up on sweets for the flight.

Make up bag

Aside from the usual mascara and lippy etc. I like to pack a few extras for the carry on edition of my make up bag; face wipes, a mirrored powder compact, hand sanitiser, plasters and tablets. Plus don’t forget your toothbrush and a mini toothpaste, your bag going missing is no excuse for bad breath!

Carry On Luggage

Back Ups

I don’t mean to bore you with this whole fear of missing luggage thing, but spare underwear is essential. Can you imagine the horror of missing luggage and no spare socks or knickers? Just don’t risk it. I’ll also be packing a spare t-shirt and my phone charger just in case.

On Flight Entertainment

I usually go overboard on this as I get fed up so easily when on a plane. On the way back when you haven’t got anything to look forward to, or any holiday plans to make it’s particularly hard. If you ever see me on a plane I can guarantee you I’ll have my phone, iPad, earphones, a book and a magazine. This list is completely unaffected by how long my flight is. As short haul flights don’t usually play movies, I think its almost even more important to pack your own entertainment. My phone will have a playlist and my iPad will have a Disney movie or two loaded on to it in preparation.


I have exactly a week to get myself completely prepared for holiday. If I’ve missed any handy pointers then you’d be doing me a huge favour if you could let me know!



  1. kindcultureuk
    November 4, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    I always pack food too, you can never be sure what you’re going to get on a flight so I’d rather have some snacks that I can stomach lol.

    Sometimes I take a book with me on a flight ☺️

    • November 4, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      I totally agree! I can usually only eat whatever they give you for dessert so definitely pack other stuff too!x

  2. November 4, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Agree with all of this – I also always go way overboard on the entertainment side but I really don’t want to be bored haha!!xx

  3. November 4, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Having backups is a great idea. I spend so much time making sure that I have everything I need packed away in my suitcase that I’ve never thought what may happen if I lose it. Great post!

  4. November 5, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Love this post!! I’m off on my next holiday soon 😍

    • November 5, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Oh how exciting! I hope you have the best time x

  5. November 5, 2017 / 9:31 am

    This is a very helpful guide! I can’t wait to follow it when I travel xx

  6. November 6, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    I agree! I never eat plane food so I always buy it at the airport! Great post x

  7. November 6, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    As long as I have my iPad I’m all good lmao

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