Packing the Perfect Carry-On

It’s here, you guys… My four-week trip to Asia! In fact, as you read this, it’s very likely that I’m blissfully Xanax’ed out somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean.


Juuust kidding.

Although packing up a month of my life was exceptionally challenging (I hate playing shoe favorites), you’re going to be proud of me: I am not checking a bag.

Yes, you read that right.

I recently touched on how I packed for my trip to Southeast Asia — but today, it’s all about the perfect carry-on. Before I get into the details, though, here’s a bit more on my travel itinerary, as some of you have requested: 

For the first leg of our journey, we’re in Japan, where it’s winter. After a week, it’s off to Hong Kong, which is supposed to be in the mid-50’s. The bulk of our trip is spent in Thailand (and on a boat), where it’s hot and h-u-m-i-d.

My carry-on suitcase is a seasonal mess of separates, but it works. It will work.


Anyway, packing the perfect carry-on to get through that 13-hour flight.

I was recently introduce to Lo & Sons by my frequent flier friend, Hitha. The brand was kind enough to let me try out a bag for my trip, and I can tell you right now: The verdict is in and I’m obsessed.

Here’s what I’m bringing with me on my 18-hour flight (in addition to #Xanax):


For organization:

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For comfort:

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For sustenance:

  • Trail mix (portion controlled in ziplock bags, as I have no self-control)
  • Vitamin C packets, B12 and fish oil supplements
  • Larabars (they’re just fruit and nuts)
  • Baby carrots, string cheese, an apple (things that don’t squish or spoil easily)

For entertainment:

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For societal decency (kept in my BaubleBar ‘Hello Gorgeous’ pouch):

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 My Lo & Sons bag will function as my day-bag once we reach our destinations, too. Perfect for exploring!

I can’t wait to share more updates from my trip, my travels and how I packed for the next four weeks. You can join me for the journey through my travel posts, here.

*Wearing: J.Crew linen tee (on sale), Big Star USA jeans, Alice + Olivia heels (similar), BaubleBar necklace // *In this post: O.M.G. bag c/o Lo & Sons,  BaubleBar cosmetic case, Happiness Project daily journal, Tieks flats, IT by Alexa Chung

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  1. I LOVE my Lo & Sons bag. I have abused the heck out of it and it still looks awesome! Have a fantastic trip. I’ll definitely be Insta-stalking and following your recaps!

  2. I am getting hives just thinking about being on a plane that long, but it sounds like you’re more than prepared. Can’t wait to keep up with your trip lady! xo

  3. Have an AWESOME time on your trip, and maybe I’ll see you in Koh Samui!! 🙂

    PS – I just started following you on Instagram. Follow me back if you want to see pics from my trip too! @erelmartin

  4. Wow, super impressed that you aren’t checking a bag for a 4 week trip! sounds like some exciting travels. Also, totally agree with your travel essentials! i’m personally always freezing on planes so i’ve been loving my packable down jacket that also doubles as a pillow 🙂

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  7. Haha for social decency. I really need to start packing an eye mask for flights. I think it would help me sleep better! Travel safe and have a great rest of your trip!

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  10. Love the layout of this post and how you have organized your packing list into sub categories. All of your products are so cute and colourful. You should consider a mobile charger that you could personalize with a photo, cool graphic or the corals + cognacs logo. After all, Power can be Pretty 🙂

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  19. So you are like my new blogger best friend in my head. Loving your posts and all your recommendations. Making a list of all the things I need to purchase before my next trip. I’ve been eyeing an OMG bag by Lo & Sons for a while and now that my business trips are starting to increase, I think its a must-invest item.

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