What’s in my Carry On? 2015

For this week I wanted to do a theme and it’s all about luggage! I have no idea how interesting/helpful these posts will be but I think people just like a good snoop. This one is all about what I take in my carry on bag and then on Sunday I’ll be posting a tip/tricks on how I pack my checked bag. Going on a trip should be relaxing and enjoyable, so if you can get over these horrible time constraints of packing and organising your bags it makes it that much easier.

Ok so first off is the bag itself. I tend to switch it up between two – the Herschel Nelson Backpack or the Ben Sherman Double-Zip Commuter Bag depending on my mood. Sometimes I want to just fling it on my back and not worry about the weight and other times I want to look like a business man haha. Both of them have lots of space and neat little pockets to hold small items. I think just find a bag you’re comfortable with (and it also helps if it can fit under the seat infront of you for easy access during the flight). You will sense a slight theme that I do like the colour black by the way haha.

Next let’s go with the boring essentials like my phone, wallet, passport, camera and iPod. The first two I tend to actually keep in my pockets with the latter in a front pocket of the bag/somewhere I can grab them quick. Before I go I normally separate my currencies (if I’m going somewhere abroad) so when I land I’ll be able to easily pay for anything right away. That’s why I tend to have two wallets, the brown one is bigger and holds coins where as my black one is just a card wallet from Topman. I normally have a passport case but my current one is all sticky and gross so I’m looking for a new one. I’ll probably end up buying it from Etsy so I’ll keep you posted. I also always have a hat in my bag as after a several hour flight I might feel gross and just want to hide under a cap (most of the time this is the case).

This next item might seem a little weird but it has a good story – it’s a tekoteko statue. I was on a Maori tour in New Zealand in like 2011 and just as we were leaving this lady pulled me aside and told me that I needed luck in my future. It honestly felt like something out of a scary movie except it was in the middle of the day and I was surrounded by tourists with bum bags. She gave me this statue and told me to keep it with me always. Now it sits by my bed each night and whenever I travel it comes with me. I’m certain it’s all superstition but there’s nothing wrong with giving in to that sometimes right?

Not for the keeping me busy items. Obviously it depends on the airline as some have seatback TVs wahey but I always bring this stuff along to work. My journal is important so that I know where I’m going/what I’m doing haha and it’s a Moleskine. I know most people carry around notebooks to jot things down but I like to use post its, there’s something more flexible about them for me at least. That weird cardboard thing is my iPad. I made these cardboard stands so that it can sit up easy on desks/tray tables when I’m watching a movie or typing. And although I do have an iPad I hate reading books on it so I always have some kind of physical book for when I get tired of doing work – right now Harry Potter oh yeah.

I try not to be ‘that guy’ with so much crap in his bag but I do take a few toiletries with me. I get dry on airplanes really fast and I find moisturising and eye drops help me feel more awake when I’m about to land. In there is the Simple moisturiser, some eye drops, Aleve painkillers, wipes and One Direction tissues (because who doesn’t want to use those?). Sometimes I’ll also pack my toothbrush if it’s a super long flight. Gum is a necessity for me for take off and landing as my ears will explode otherwise. My plastic bag thing is from Muji and was super cheap and it’s just nicer to handle than those sandwich bag things they supply you at the airport.

The last part really depends on who I am flying with. Some airlines don’t have as great an entertainment system or supply food. Therefore at the airport I’ll tend to buy some sort of snack and maybe an additional magazine. I think I’m pretty basic when it comes to what I bring on the plane with me. I know some people take on pillows and xyz lotions and every electronic they own. For me it’s just about keeping myself busy and staring out the window thinking ‘holy crap I’m flying in the air’ haha. A great tip is to also make some sort of playlist, music in the best when staring out windows!


Nicosia - Borders & Mosques

Day Out - Aphrodite's Rock

Paphos - Castle & Sights

Day Out - Cinque Terre

Florence - Duomo & David

Day Out - Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day Out - Mayfield Lavender Farm

Taipei - Jiufen and Yehliu GeoPark

Taipei - 101

Yangshou - Li River

Day Out - Longji Rice Terraces

Guilin - Sun & Moon Pagodas

Shanghai - Bund and Temples

Xi'an - Terracotta Army

Day Out - Great Wall of China

Beijing - Temple of Heaven

Beijing - Tiananmen and Forbidden City

Helsinki - Seurasaari

Helsinki - Cathedral & Suomenlinna

Day Out - Lantern Festival London

Vatican City - Peter and the Pope

Day Out - Pompeii

Rome 2 - Colosseum and Forum

Rome - Food, Trevi and Pantheon

Madrid - Bear and Tree

Hotel One Shot Prado 23 Review

AVE Renfe Train Review

Day Out - La Tomatina

Valencia - Aquarium & Gulliver

Air Europa Review

Adventure - Scandinavia 2016

Bergen - Boats and Fish

FlΓ₯m - Hikes and Views

Oslo - Vikings and Ships

Oslo - Vigeland and Ski Jump

Stockholm - Abba & Meatballs

Copenhagen - Land

Copenhagen - Water

Day Out - Frederiksborg Castle

Adventure - Israel 2016

Jerusalem - Places to eat and drink!

Jerusalem - Old City

Jerusalem - Museums and Markets

Day Out - Makhtesh Ramon

Tel Aviv - Places to eat and drink!

Tel Aviv - Outside the city

Tel Aviv - In the city

Day Out - Caesarea

Haifa - Places to eat and drink!

Haifa - Wadi Nisnas & Mount Carmel

Haifa - Bahai Gardens

Day in the Life - Tel Aviv

Day Out - Horashim Forest

#13 - Israel

Barcelona #2 - Montjuic & Barri Gotic

Barcelona #1 - Gaudi

Bristol - Things to eat and drink!

Bristol - Things to do and see!

Day Out - Sherwood Forest

#12 - Xmas

Day Out - Winterville London

Zurich - Outside the city

Zurich - In the city

Day Out - Harry Potter Studio Tour

Adventure - Japan 2015

Tokyo 2

Nara & Hiroshima



Kyoto 2


Tokyo & DisneySea


Boston Islands - What to see and do!

Boston - What to eat and drink!

Boston - What to see and do!

Seattle - What to see and do!

Adventure - British Columbia 2015

British Columbia 3 - Victoria

British Columbia 2 - Vancouver

British Columbia 1 - Whistler

Adventure - Alaska 2015

Juneau - Outside the city

Juneau - In the city

Whittier - Glaciers, Bears & Whales

Anchorage - Outside the city

Anchorage - In the city

Denali - ATVs, Huskies and a Moose

Louisville - What to see and do!

Little Rock - What to see and do!

Oklahoma City - What to see and do!

Kansas City - What to see and do!

St. Louis - What to see and do!

Memphis - What to see and do!

Great Smoky Mountains #2 - Hike and Fog

Great Smoky Mountains #1 - Bears & Dixie Stampede

Lake Erie Roadtrip #2 - Cleveland, Xmas and Rock & Roll

Lake Erie Roadtrip #1 - Toronto to Detroit

Fargo - What to see and do!

Reykjavik - Outside the city

Reykjavik - In the city

NYC Winter #2 - Markets, Lights and Trees

NYC Winter #1 - The Christmas Cluster

Day Out - The First Thanksgiving

New Orleans - What to see and do!

Montreal - Food Walking Tour

Montreal - Dos and Don'ts

Austin - What to eat and drink!

Austin - What to see and do!

Ghent in a day

Bruges in a day

Brussels in a day

Lisbon Day #3 - Tiles and Trams

Lisbon Day #2 - We Hate Tourism and Sintra

Lisbon Day #1 - Parque das Naçáes

Mountain Roadtrip #6 - Potatoes, Temple and Pride

Mountain Roadtrip #5 - Deer, Lakes and Cowboys

Mountain Roadtrip #4 - Yellowstone

Mountain Roadtrip #3 - Dudes, Spirits and Towers

Mountain Roadtrip #2 - Storms, Bison and Mount Rushmore

Mountain Roadtrip #1 - Denver, Snow and Red Rocks

Baltimore - Crabs, Old Bay and Beer

Las Vegas #2 - The Strip

Las Vegas #1 - Neon Museum, Hoover Dam & Fremont St

Day Out - Santacon NYC 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #4 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #3 - Albuquerque

Balloon Roadtrip #2 - Flagstaff to Farmington

Balloon Roadtrip #1 - LA to Flagstaff