What’s In My Carry-On Tote

Tote bag. Well, this is probably the most important part of a carry-on, right? I can’t get enough of this Juicy Couture bag that I picked up from TJMaxx a few months back. It’s big and durable so I can cram stuff in there without it getting too bulky. I tend to stick to black carry-on bags so in the event Ryan has to hold it, it doesn’t diminish his masculinity. (ha!)

Magazines. Just like a majority of travelers, I like to catch up on my reading during flights. I’m typically too distracted to read a book, so I stick to magazines that have been piling up at home. I usually pick up a couple at the airport, too – I’m talking about you, Us Weekly with Lauren Conrad’s wedding album!

Notebook and pen. In most cases, my planner is with me wherever I go; however, I made a promise to Ryan that for this vacation, I’ll really be on vacation – no thinking ahead a week or two or planning out everything that needs to get done when we get back. Therefore, I’m traveling sans planner. That doesn’t mean I can’t have a small notebook and pen with me just in case inspiration strikes, or I need to make a few lists.

Electronics. I’m obviously not going anywhere without my iPhone and headphones. I use it for everything from playing games to listening to music and so on – seriously, how did we ever survive before these silly things? Ryan and I also opted to bring one of our iPads so we can watch live-streaming and on-demand TV for free on the flight since we are flying Southwest.

Beauty Essentials. I always have a small cosmetic case with me that carries my in-flight beauty essentials, medications, a spare pair of contacts and gum.

Be sure to check back tomorrow and Friday for guest posts from Biana at B Loved Boston and Becky at Made in the Shade Blog. They have some great style-related content lined up for all of you.

And, on that note – I’m signing off! I hope you all have a great rest of your week, and I’ll talk to you next week!

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  1. 10.9.14

    I'm in need of a new tote for traveling- I always have to use my backpack (and it's not a cute one, haha)! I hope you guys have a great trip!

  2. 10.1.14
    Emily Sadlow said:

    Oh I love these what's in my bag posts! Just noticed you haven't done a Vegas recap yet but I'll be sure to check back to see! πŸ™‚

  3. 9.24.14

    Have so much fun!!! Can't wait to follow along on Instagram! Take lots of pictures! πŸ™‚

  4. 9.24.14
    Mia- MakeMeUpMia said:

    Have the best time! And I think it's great you left the planner at home πŸ™‚

  5. 9.24.14
    Lisa C said:

    Have a fun trip!

  6. 9.24.14

    Have a great vacation lady!!

  7. 9.24.14
    Tif Fannin said:

    My husband makes fun of my obsession with writing down lists and having a paper planner. He's all about technology…why write when you can type kinda guy. Love that you do this as well:)

  8. 9.24.14
    Kristy Simon said:

    Please take a pic of Ryan holding the Juicy bag LOL!

  9. 9.24.14

    Flying is definitely the time to catch up on all those magazines that have been piling up! Have the best time, can't wait to hear all about it!

  10. 9.24.14
    Ashley Angle said:

    I like that you use a black bag in case your hubs has to hold it. You're such a a sweet wife!
    [email protected] A Cute Angle

  11. 9.24.14
    Biana Perez said:

    Girl you travel so light with your carry on tote!! I love your black bag!! Hope you have a wonderful time and can't wait to see pictures!!

  12. 9.24.14
    Pamela said:

    I totally rock the black bag while flying too! I just always feel like planes are so dirty and black will hide the dirt LOL!. Hope you have an AMAZING trip!

    <3, Pamela