What’s in my Carry On? 2016

I can’t believe a year has passed since I last did one of these. To see the 2015 version click here. Welcome to what’s in my carry on 2016! To start the bag is a Fjallraven Kanken in brown (or dark green I’m not sure honestly). I’ve had it for half a year and am still loving it! I love that it has two big pockets on the sides for water and an umbrella. The fact that I can hold it like a shopping bag but also wear it on my back is a big plus. If I was going to buy a new one though I’d go for the ‘laptop’ specific one as it comes with thicker, more comfortable straps.

The first things in my carry on are the essentials. I have my phone, wallet, camera, passport and headphones. I do own over the ear headphones but when I’m travelling I like to use simple earbuds as they take up less space. I’ll also make sure I have a phone charger handy as nowadays most planes/trains have outlets to charge on. I’ll also take note of where I’m travelling and bring the adapter just in case I need it immediately when I land.


Something a little stranger is that I carry a bag within my carry on bag. It’s a basic pouch/sack and then attached to the drawstring is a carabiner. When I’m sitting for a long time I like to take out all the junk from my pockets or my coat and dump it in here. Then I clip it in my bag or on the seat in front and have easy access to it all. It’s also handy to put loose change, pens, plasters etc. instead of rummaging and making a mess.

A new addition since last year is this eye mask. I found out that when I ‘turn off’ my senses I sleep really good on transport haha. So I now always carry an eye mask and ear plugs to switch myself off. Naturally I went for black as I’m a very boring person (although the pouch bag above is bright blue, crazy). Then here’s also my wooden fellow from New Zealand. I talked more about him last year so I won’t repeat myself but yup he still travels with me everywhere I go!

Snacks and water are obviously super duper important! You never know what options there will be at airports or train stations. Sometimes there are great, healthy places but the most likely scenario will be a Burger King or a news agent. I like to carry energy bars or dried fruit as something to munch until I can buy something more substantial or get my free meal on the plane. You’re allowed to carry empty bottles through security so I always do that and then fill them up from the water fountain on the other side (handy tip there). Toiletries wise I have deodorant, moisturiser and eye drops – the essentials to make myself seem like a normal human being after travelling. Tissues are always great (last year I had One Direction ones and this year funky geometric from Tiger), and then chewing gum to avoid my ears popping and chapstick!


Books on books on books. I have two notebooks I use pretty much everyday, one’s a journal/planner and the other is my list/organiser. I should go digital but there’s something satisfying about physically writing down a task and crossing it off for me. Reading wise I always have a travel guide of where I’m going and I can’t highly enough recommend Wallpaper City Guides (I’ll be doing a post about them soon actually). Then entertainment wise apart from my iPad, I am currently reading Trainspotting and boy it’s juicy.

Last thing to mention that isn’t technically in my carry on but I always wear them now when I’m travelling are my Blundstones. They are so god damn comfortable and easy to slip on/off for security. I also realised that they take up a lot of space in my luggage so to wear them makes the most sense.

And that’s that! Some new members to the club and a lot of loyal patrons. I guess other things to mention would be a jumper as planes tend to get cold and also my computer if I’m going away for a while. Basic stuff right? I hope you are having a wonderful hump day and see you this weekend!


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