I’ve never considered myself a skillful packer. Typically, I’ll wait until mere hours before departure to cram as much of my closet into a small suitcase and jet to the airport. One of my resolutions for the New Year was to train myself to be a blue-ribbon traveler: more organized, more intentional, more adventurous. I’ve whittled down my bad habits over the past few months and figured out the difference between essential items and those I should leave at home.
When it comes to my carry-on items, I’ve paired down to the essentials. Along with my laptop, iPad Mini and Nikon D600, I can’t travel without:
– Bally ‘Manly’ Dopp Kit … Exquisite leather and a compact shape make it the perfect hold-all for my essentials.
– Urbanears Heaphones … Comfortable and noise-cancelling, these are an absolute must for the plane.
– Mandarin Hand Lotion … I see people I know in the airport quite often. You don’t want to shake with hard, cracked hands.
– Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Altoid Smalls … you never know when you’ll need fresh breath
– St. Ives Apricot Scrub … Before I arrive, I wash off the plane funk so I can arrive fresh and – well – alive!
– Various Muji Travel Containers (housing facial lotion, cologne and hair gel)
What do you pack when you travel? What are your carry-on essentials?
Scout Sixteen is a lifestyle blog from Justin Livingston. Justin grew up in Mississippi but relocated to New York City in 2008. On Scout Sixteen, Justin shares his passion in fashion, travel, food and drink, and mental wellness.