What’s in my carry on bag?

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As I’ve said before I try my best to only carry on when I fly.  This is what I put in my carry on/personal item which was a tote bag when I went to NYC.  These are pretty much my essentials for any flight.  I carried my luggage on as well but this post/video doesn’t cover what I packed in it.

I always make a list of everything I need to take with me.  I break it down into these categories: Toiletries, Comfort & Convenience, Documentation/Money(ID’s, Confirmation, Tickets, Reservation Info, Credit Cards I will take, etc.), Electronics & Entertainment, Makeup, Accessories, Clothes and finally Shoes.

For my carry on/personal item the only categories I look at are: Toiletries, Comfort & Convenience, Documentation/Money and Electronics & Entertainment.

Here’s my list:

Toiletries

  • 3-1-1 Bag
  • Wet Ones Wipes

 

Comfort & Convenience

  • Sunglasses
  • Lip Balm
  • Tissues
  • Glasses & Case
  • Contact Case (I can actually fit this in my glasses case)
  • Gum
  • Emergency Bag (First Aid Kit, Zyrtec, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, Toothpicks, Tums)

 

Documentation/Money

  • Travel Folder
  • Wallet
  • Passport

 

Electronics & Entertainment

  • Phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 4)
  • Laptop (I took my Samsung Chomebook, 11 inch)
  • Tablet (Nexus 7 with books, movies & television series loaded on it)
  • 2 Chargers, 1 for my Chromebook and 1 for my phone and it also charges my tablet
  • Ear Buds
  • Small Notebook
  • Journal
  • Pens
  • NYC Travel Book

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Tips for Packing a 3-1-1 Bag

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I almost always carry on everything when I fly.  I don’t like waiting at the carousel for my luggage, I don’t like my luggage out of sight, the fees can be ridiculous and I really hate having my luggage delayed for a few days.  Okay, well I guess delayed is better than completely lost but I still hate it.  Anyway, not matter what your reason is to not check a bag, if you carry on, chances are you have to have a 3-1-1 bag.

My 3-1-1 Bag Contents:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Contact Solution
  • Deodorant
  • Face Soap
  • Toner
  • Moisturizer
  • Face Primer
  • Foundation

Use contact lens cases for foundation, primer, moisturizer, face wash, etc.  This has saved a bunch of space for me.  After you’re finished with the product you can wash out the case and then store it somewhere else in your luggage.  I’ve found that I don’t use nearly as much product per day as I thought I did.  Even if you have to use both sides of one case for a particular product that case takes up a lot less room than a traditional travel sized bottle.

If it comes in a wipe then consider using it.  Wipes do not have to go in your 3-1-1 bag.  For example, in the past I would normally bring hand sanitizer.  It isn’t something I use at home a lot but it can be really handy when you are away from home.  Now to save space I pick up a couple of packs of Wet Ones Antibacterial wipes.  They’re more versatile than just the sanitizer because not only can you wipe your hands but you can clean surfaces with them.  I also bring makeup removing wipes instead of eye makeup remover.  I usually buy these in a large pack but when I travel I use zip top snack sized bags and put what I need in there.  I’ve also seen where insect repellent wipes are made and they’re actually good.  They also make sunblock wipes but I have heard that they don’t work very well.

Look for travel or sample/trial sizes of things.  Most products have a travel size of each and a lot of the makeup counters have samples of things that are great for travel.  When I bought my Clinique 3 Step System I received travel size bottle of each.  Also, when I bought my Naked Eye Shadow Pallet it came with sample sizes of their eye primer.

If you can, invest in a TSA approved bag.  Usually they have better shape to them than a zip top bag so it is easier to fit and arrange things in them.  If you do use a zip top bag make sure it is good quality and I personally opt for the freezer type.  They are much more sturdy.

Remember that if you forget something chances are you will be able to pick it up wherever you are going.

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The North Face Women’s Recon Backpack

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After my trip to NYC I felt like I needed a good travel backpack.  I had taken a tote as my personal item on the plane and I had worn a crossbody through the city but I wasn’t really ecstatic about either choice.  With the tote I had my hands free but it pulled my body to one side and that was uncomfortable.  The crossbody was fine for a little while but then it began digging into my shoulder and my neck, especially when I added anything to it.  It rode up and rubbed and it was very uncomfortable by the last day.  It just won’t work for any more trips.

I have a good sized hiking pack by Osprey but it isn’t carryon friendly, not to mention who wants to take a hiking pack to the city?  You would really stand out and not in a good way.

I did some research and I found The North Face Women’s Recon Backpack.  It looked like it had good organization but wasn’t overly huge and I love the orange color.  I love that it has a place for my laptop and tablet as well as a place for water bottles.  I think this will work out well no matter where I want to travel.

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How I Packed to Take Our 7 Month Old on a Cruise

When we started thinking about taking Rylan with us on a cruise I started looking online to see if there were any tips from people that had taken an infant.  I wanted to see what they found useful, how they did it, etc.  I really only found one or two helpful things so I thought I could help someone out by writing about our experience.  I am going to structure this as a little series and I figured the best way to start would be with packing.

The Husband and I love to travel.  We take a few vacations a year and we have gotten to where we can travel very light (we can be gone for 2 weeks using a carry on and a backpack each).  Adding a baby to the mix really killed the idea of “travelling light”!  haha  Anyway, I’m sure as he gets older we’ll have no problem pairing him down to the necessities but as an infant they just require a lot.

So here we go!

Packing List

Gear

 

Diapering

  • Desitin
  • Wipes (2 packs + partial pack in Diaper Changer)
  • Diaper Changer
  • Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bags
  • 52 Diapers + 5 Diaper in Diaper Changer

 

Feeding

  • 4 Playtex Nursers
  • Drop In Liners (75 ish, more than I need but better safe than sorry)
  • Extra Nipples (2)
  • Gerber Baby Food (10 servings)
  • 2 Cans of formula in a zip loc bag
  • 1 container of oatmeal cereal in a zip loc bag
  • 4 spoons ( in individual zip loc baggies)
  • Bibs (seriously about 20…he’s teething)

 

Bath & Toiletries

  • Baby Wash (Travel Size)
  • Lotion (Travel Size)
  • Baby Powder (Travel Size)
  • Hooded Towel
  • Wash Cloth (2)
  • Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes (Travel Size)

 

Sleep

  • 5 Sleepers
  • 2 Receiving Blankets
  • 1 Larger Blanket

 

Clothes

  • 8 Different Outfits
  • Light Jacket
  • Going Home Outfit
  • New Balance Shoes
  • Sandals

 

Swim

  • Trunks
  • Rash Guard
  • SPF
  • Sun Hat
  • Sun Glasses
  • Swim Diapers (I only took 4 because I knew we wouldn’t be in the water much)

 

Toys

  •  Several small toys


How I Packed Everything

Fever Reducer, Desitin, Vaseline, Thermometer, Nasal Saline, Gripe Water, Bulb Syringe, QTips, Nail Clipper, Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes and 2 Pacifiers (He doesn't use a Paci but better safe than sorry!)

Fever Reducer, Desitin, Vaseline, Thermometer, Nasal Saline, Gripe Water, Bulb Syringe, QTips, Nail Clipper, Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes and 2 Pacifiers (He doesn’t use a Paci but better safe than sorry!)

 

 

 

 

Baby food, Playtex Liners, Playtex Nurser Bottles (I brought 2 more), Formula, Spoons, Teething Rings, Oatmeal Cereal

Baby food, Playtex Liners, Playtex Nurser Bottles (I brought 2 more), Formula, Spoons, Teething Rings, Oatmeal Cereal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diaper Changer/Pad that holds wipes and diapers with an Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bag Dispenser

Diaper Changer/Pad that holds wipes and diapers with an Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bag Dispenser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diaper Changer/Pad Open

Diaper Changer/Pad Open – This has been one of the handiest purchases I’ve made.  Many times if I’m running a quick errand this is all I take.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathing Supplies: Travel sized toiletries, hooded towel, washcloths & extra Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bags

Bathing Supplies: Travel sized toiletries, hooded towel, washcloths & extra Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 Bibs

20 Bibs – He’s teething and drooling massive amounts because of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toys

Toys (Packed in the Stroller Organizer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

52 Diapers (Packed in Checked Luggage)

52 Diapers (Packed in Checked Luggage)

Evenflo Baby Carrier and Baby Bag I will be using.  I chose this one to take instead of my usual diaper bag because it isn't structured and I can pack it if I need to.

Evenflo Baby Carrier (Packed in the Checked Luggage) and Baby Bag I will be using. I chose this one to take instead of my usual diaper bag because it isn’t structured and I can pack it if I need to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large Blanket, 2 Receiving Blankets & Laundry Detergent "Pods" (All Free and Clear)

Large Blanket, 2 Receiving Blankets & Laundry Detergent “Pods” (All Free and Clear)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swim stuff: Sun Hat, 4 Swim Diapers, SPF, Rash Guard & Trunks (*Not pictured: sunglasses)

Swim stuff: Sun Hat, 4 Swim Diapers, SPF, Rash Guard & Trunks (*Not pictured: sunglasses)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clothes, shoes and light jacket

Clothes, shoes and light jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleepers, Going Home Outfit & Socks

Sleepers, Going Home Outfit & Socks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started packing with the food: baby food, formula & oatmeal cereal.

I started packing with the food: baby food, formula & oatmeal cereal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I added the bottle liners

Then I added the bottle liners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next came the sleepers

Next came the sleepers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clothes

Clothes

 

More clothes

More clothes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medicines & SPF bag

Medicines/SPF Bag & Towel/Washcloth Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toiletries, spoons, extra nipples & teething rings

Toiletries, spoons, extra nipples & teething rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large blanket on top with straps to secure.  Top mesh panel has all swim stuff.

Large blanket on top with straps to secure. Top mesh panel has all swim stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibs went in the large front pocket

Bibs went in the large front pocket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The small front pocket was reserved for quick access things: pain/fever reducer, pacifiers & wet ones.

The small front pocket was reserved for quick access things: pain/fever reducer, pacifiers & wet ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the bag after it was packed.  It wasn't overly stuffed or bulging.

This is the bag after it was packed. It wasn’t overly stuffed or bulging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the baby bag I put the Diaper Changer/Pad, Receiving Blankets & Desitin

In the baby bag I put the Diaper Changer/Pad, Receiving Blankets & Desitin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Packed and ready to go!

Packed and ready to go!