Last week I shared how I pack for a week-long trip in a carry-on sized suitcase. Today is all about the personal carry-on, and my travel uniform.
In order to keep things simple, and adhere to airline restrictions, I use a large tote as my personal carry-on (as opposed to a carry-on tote and my purse). I tuck the contents of my purse (wallet, phone, gum, sunglasses, etc) in the pockets of the large bag, then once I arrive, I transfer them to the small crossbody bag I packed in my suitcase.
I love the extra compartment on the bottom of this weekender bag…perfect for tucking magazines and my reader, or even an extra pair of shoes. Other items I always have handy when traveling are hand sanitizer, hand cream, chapstick, cozy socks, ear plugs, headphones, charger, and comb. I usually tuck a scarf and light jacket or sweater in, as well.
Now let’s talk about my travel uniform. As you saw in the packing post, often times I pack the tall boots, using them as extra storage. But if it’s a fairly short flight (one where I won’t need or want to take my shoes off), then I wear them to free up space in my bag. Comfort goes hand-in-hand with style for me when traveling, so I choose a flat boot like these from Sole Society. These would be a great option, as well.
I almost always bring a hat, regardless of season, and wear it, to avoid being squashed in my bag. The goal is to have two bags total…the rolling suitcase, and a personal carry-on. It makes check-in, security lines, and deplaning so much simpler.
My travel uniform for long-haul flights is a little different, and you can read about it here. Do you have a travel uniform? What’s in your carry-on bag?
P.S….Indiana Jones called….
** This post is written in collaboration with Sole Society, but all opinions, clothing choices, travel tips and Indiana Jones impersonating are my own. **