The best carry-on items to make you look and feel pretty fly

The right carry-on items turn a long flight from miserable to manageable. Here’s what to pack.

By Compiled by Salon staff

Published August 30, 2019 10:15AM (EDT)

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If life is more about the journey than the destination, you’re going to want to pay extra attention to what you pack in your carry-on the next time you (finally!) use up those vacation days. From wireless electronics to skincare essentials, these travel essentials will help make that long flight fly right by.

Bose On-Ear Wireless Headphones

You never know who you’ll be seated next to, so a pair of trusted noise-cancelling headphones are a life-saver on a long flight. With up to 15 hours of playtime, you don’t need to rely on your airline’s often spotty charging ports to listen to your favorite playlist on repeat.


SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

It’s no secret that cabin pressure can make your skin drier than the Sahara Desert. Iconic Japanese skincare brand SK-II packs ultra-hydrating Pitera™ essence in this cult-favorite sheet mask. Delivering loads of moisture, minerals, and amino acids, rocking this sheet mask mid-flight is the easiest way to make a great first impression when you land.

Oasis 20 oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is always important, but that rings especially true at high altitudes. Keeping drinks cold for up to 24 hours, and beverages hot for up to eight, you’ll be ever thankful for this reusable water bottle during your flight no matter what you’re sipping. 

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Organic Hand Sanitizing Spray in Lavender

It’d be a shame to have to stay cooped up in your hotel room for the duration of your trip because you caught a bug on the flight. Stay protected with this powerful antiseptic soap that actually doesn’t smell like a hospital (the scent of lavender has been proven to promote relaxation—and we can all use a bit more of that). 

Prana Machu Pichu Exotic Nuts and Fruit Mix

Most airlines guarantee a meal or two on transatlantic flights, but you can never be sure they’ll taste, well, palatable. What can you can guarantee is Prana’s delectable and shelf-stable range of trail mixes to keep hunger and cravings at bay.

Tripillow Travel Pillow Neck Support

We’ve all lugged around a U-shaped neck pillow that took up far too much room in our carry-on bags. Instead, inflate and deflate this super-soft travel cushion at your convenience, positioning it wherever you need a bit of extra love most.

Pinch Provisions Out of Office Travel Kit

Packing your own toiletries can be pretty overwhelming when it seems like that checklist never ends. This handy travel-sized kit contains everything you’d never think to pack but always wish you had, like an eye mask, pill container, and single-use deodorant. Seriously, the passenger sitting next to you will thank you.

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