What To Pack in Your Hand Luggage

Whether you call it hand luggage or carry on luggage, it’s essential that you pack it with everything you need for travelling, and I sometimes find it can be so difficult to remember what to take and there’s nothing worse than forgetting to put something in.

As I mentioned in my last post, it’s ‘Holiday Week’ on the blog this week as I am finally off on my summer holiday this weekend, so I’m currently in the process of packing, so I thought I’d share with you what I am packing in my hand luggage.

The Bag

Before I let you in what is inside the bag, I thought I’d show you the actual bag. I decided to get a new bag this year but didn’t want to spend too much. I love a designer bag and always feel really good carrying one, but when it comes to travelling, I hate how damaged luggage gets, and I even find my hand luggage bag ends up getting scuffed and misshaped, so I decided to go for a bag that was perfect for the job, but not too expensive.

I chose this grey tote bag with chain detailing on the front from Topshop, it’s a perfect size, a really flexible but durable material, and I still think it looks really stylish. It was £26 and you can shop it here!

Carry On Bag
image from http://www.topshop.com

The Essentials 

Everyones carry on essentials will vary, but for me, this is what I always pack:

The Basics:

  • phone
  • purse with both English money and foreign currency
  • passport/boarding pass
  • a bottle of water (I buy this once I’m through security due to liquid limits)
  • snacks (gluten free for me)
  • magazine/book
  • iPad
  • headphones
  • warm socks
  • spare jumper/hoodie
  • reading glasses
  • sunglasses
  • pen/paper


Depending on the length of your flight, you may wish to take skin care and makeup etc, but these are the beauty bits I always have, no matter where I’m travelling to. I always pack these in a clear makeup bag, have no aerosols and ensure everything is within the liquid limits:

  • roll on deodorant
  • small body spray/perfume
  • lip balm/Vaseline
  • small hand cream
  • small sun cream/SPF
  • sanitary products
  • sample size mascara
  • concealer


I’m a really nervous flyer and a bit of a hypochondriac, so having some of my little medical supplies with me makes me a lot calmer:

  • paracetamol/ibuprofen
  • rennies
  • plasters
  • rescue remedy pastilles
  • antibacterial hand gel

That is everything I have thought of so far and put in my carry on bag. If you can think of anything else that you think I need to have with me, please do let me know and I’ll be sure to put it in.

I hope this has been useful.



Author: Life With Ellie

18, full time Content and Social Strategist, beauty enthusiast.

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