Carry On Must Haves (& Win one of 60 $25 Sephora gift cards, ends 10/2)

This Carry On Must Haves post is sponsored by Grande Cosmetics and brought to you through ShopShare Network. All thoughts and opinions belong to Drugstore Divas.

Flying somewhere this summer? Be sure to check out this Carry On Must Haves post from before packing your bags.

I had a long distance relationship for a really long time, and that meant quite a few trips flying back and forth. I sort of got really good at changing from comfy shorts into a cute dress in an airport bathroom. Because when you’re on the flight, you want to be comfortable. And when you’re off it, you want to be cute. Doing so involves quite a bit of planning and making sure you have the right items in your carry on. Even now, I make sure to pack everything I could possibly need in a carry on because, well, that bag stays with you at all times and your luggage sometimes it gets lost along the way.

Carry On Must Haves

There are a few items you must have in your carry on, even if you’re checking luggage too.

Sweatshirt: It’s always cold on a plane. No matter what season you’re flying in, it seems like the air conditioning is always on full blast. Unless you’re on the tarmac. When you’re sitting there, the plane gets so hot. So having a light sweatshirt in your bag for when you’re actually flying — and being able to take it off when you’re waiting — is a necessity.

Book or tablet: I used to pack magazines when I flew until I started working for myself and needed to work as often as possible. If you can actually take time off, pack a book to read on the plane. If you’re like me and need to work all the time, pack your tablet so you can get some work done. (Last flight I was on, I got five blog posts done! It’s amazing how much you can accomplish when you don’t have WiFi to distract you!).

Headphones: If you’re using your tablet for your playlist or an audiobook instead of work, bring headphones with you and plug them into your device. You don’t want to play DJ for the plane, and your fellow passengers might not want to hear your novel.

Contacts and solution: I often wear glasses to fly, especially on international flights. Going to Japan is a 14 hour flight, and that means I’m going to sleep at some point. If you wear contacts, you know that sleeping in them is just awful. It’s not great for your eyes, but sleeping in them also dries them out. And when you wake up, it’s not a good experience. So wear your glasses, pack your contacts and solution in your carry on (making sure it’s a travel-sized contact solution) and pop them in your eyes in the airport bathroom.

Makeup: When you’re in the bathroom putting in your contacts, you’ll probably also want to freshen up your makeup … especially if you’re meeting someone exciting when you exit the airport. You want to look your best, and that often means a little makeup. I’m not saying you need to go overboard. Plus, your favorite BB Cream is probably not carry on friendly (mine isn’t). So pack the minimum: face wipes, a travel-sized mascara, and GrandeLIPS.

The GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper comes in 12 colors, plus a clear gloss, and is available at What’s fun about it is the paraben-free lip plumper is clinically proven to increase overall lip hydration, volume, softness, and firmness in 30 days of usage (when applied twice daily). So if you’re meeting someone special when you get off the plane, start using this a month before your trip and your lips will be plumper and kissably soft by the time you get there.

Empty water bottle: You’re not allowed to bring full water bottles through security, but you are able to bring empty ones. So, pack an empty water bottle (with the cap) in your carry on. Once you get through security, find the closest water fountain and fill it up. If you fill it up before security, you’ll be asked to toss it, so wait until you’re through.

Snacks: Airport snacks are really expensive. I’m always so surprised at how much they charge for things like granola bars and single serve bags of chips. These are the things I like to eat when I’m waiting at the gate, though. So I make sure to pack them in my carry on bag. They’re a lot cheaper to buy at the grocery store when your have a coupon than the airport’s convenience store.

What other carry on must haves do you have? Be sure to comment below!

Thinking about trying GrandeLIPS? Check out this post.

And be sure to find GrandeLIPS at Sephora! Shop now here. Small aside: I’m actually wearing the clear coat as I type this. It’s only been a few days, so my lips look the same, but I’m loving the fact that it’s vanilla-flavored (since vanilla is my fave!). It does give my lips a little temporary heat as it’s being put on, but none of the tingling I’ve felt from previous lip plumper products.

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The giveaway starts now and ends on October 2, 2017. Drugstore Divas is not hosting this giveaway, just helping to promote it, so we are not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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  1. Cherryl

    June 27, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Thank you for sharing! We are taking a trip later this summer and will be flying and riding the train. So this will help me be prepared!

  2. mallory

    June 28, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    wait until you become a parent… your carry on bag turns into a crazy mess. diapers, wipes, lots of snacks, toys, books, (we are using an iPad for our upcoming flight), a change of clothes not only for the baby but for yourself.

    things change so much when you have kids

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