What’s In My Carry-On: Semester Abroad


What do I use my allotted 45 inches (22 x 14 x 9 in) or 115 centimeters (23 x 36 x 56 cm) for?


My main reasoning behind having my electronics in my carry-on is to ensure they’re safe and guaranteed to arrive at my destination.

  • Laptop & charger
  • DSLR camera & charger
  • Instax Mini (polaroid camera)
  • Phone charger
  • Headphones


• A change of clothes in case you spill something or lose your main luggage
— I opted for some dark wash jeans, a white tank, and a flannel

• Gloves
— This is mostly for when I land because it’s winter and hands get cold

• Jewelry pouch
— I don’t bring much jewelry with me when I travel (also because I’m not a huge jewelry person), but the little that I do, I keep in my carry-on for safe keeping


• Toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant
–On a plane, your personal hygiene is as much for yourself as it is for the people around you; especially in confined spaces, you don’t want to be the smelly one

• Face wash, moisturizer, extra contacts, and contacts case
–When you’re feeling gross from the hours of recycled air, washing your face is so refreshing

• Makeup bag (concealer, mascara, etc.)
–I don’t normally wear makeup for long flights, and if I do, I take it off at that point where I wash my face like I mentioned above. It’s nice to have your makeup with you if you have somewhere to be directly after your flight, or you’re neurotic like me and are nervous your main luggage will get lost

Odds & Ends

• Travel journal
— Highly recommend documenting your time abroad in some form or another!

• Planner

• Pencil pouch (markers, pens, etc for my journal and planner)

• London travel guide

• Passport, wallet, and all the typical stuff you absolutely need to have with you

What’s in my carry-on tends to vary depending on the time frame of the flight, season, and destination, but this is everything that will be keeping me company on the 7 hour journey to England!

With love,


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