things to pack for a flight


It seems every time I hop on a flight and settle in, I always say to myself “Man, I should have packed _____ in my carry on!”

I hate that feeling, so I’ve learned to make a list and always pack these 5 things. The best part is they all easily fit in my purse or carry on!

Eye Drops

Eye drops serve so many purposes. Especially as a traveler. The 2 most important come from flying:

1.  Waaake up, world traveler! If you’ve just spent hours in the airport and even more time on the plane, you’re aware that your eyes look tired, red, and swollen. Eye drops = instant fix.

2. Airplanes are essentially germ tubes. Or at least that’s what I see when I board. After a long flight or a day of traveling, feel refreshed with a few drops of the good stuff. Bonus points: it clears out germs you’re exposed to in the air 😉

Fresh Socks

We’ve all been there. After walking around the airport all day, or going from Point A to Point B, you want to take off your shoes and relax. Do your seat neighbor a favor and bring a clean pair of socks to change into once you board. Pack a ziplock bag or two to put your old pair in and any loose trash like gum or q-tips.

Mineral Water Mist


I am about as low maintenance as it gets, and sometimes don’t even take my makeup before bed, but one of my most treasured routines to looking and feeling great, even when I’m exhausted or otherwise feel like crud, is spritzing mineral water on my face.

I got this Avène Thermal Spring Water in my Ipsy bag a few months ago and have been hooked every since!

Colgate Wisp Mini Toothbrush

When I fly, I always choose the aisle seats – this has both its pro’s and con’s. One of the cons is how awkward it is asking 2 sleeping neighbors to scootch over so I can go to the bathroom to freshen up. Avoid that all together by packing a Colgate Wisp! Minty breath has never been so convenient.

Portable Phone Charger

In-flight entertainment has seriously stepped its game up in recent years, but you still don’t want to completely forget your smart phone or tablet/iPad while traveling. Not only are they excellent options to listen to music or stream TV shows or movies, but when you land, you’re going to need your devices to call cabs, confirm hotel reservations, contact shuttles, and any other issues. It’s so small (the size of a lipstick!) and charges my phone for hours!

Next time you board a flight, you’ll be glad you packed these 5 items! Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!


Hi, I'm Chelse! I am a Digital Nomad obsessed with traveling the world and seeking adventure beyond the 9-5 office life. When I turned 25 I decided that I was going to stop making excuses and do what I've always dreamed. I went from having 0 stamps in my passport to 15+ countries in one year. I encourage anyone who wants to live a Digital Nomad lifestyle to buy the ticket first, and figure out the rest later!

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