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My Carry On | Updated

You may have seen from instagram but I recently traveled to Berlin for work. I had shared my previous carry on necessities from a few years ago, but as I have traveled more my carry on has gotten more refined.  I thought this trip was a great time to do an updated carry on post.


Yes… I have a strategy for how I fly, especially long haul (aka over an ocean). As you probably know, you are allowed to bring one carry on bag, typically a wheeled one, and one personal item with you. My goal is to not have to open the my actual carry on accept for once the entire flight. Everything I need for the flight is in my personal item. This trip I am just using my Phillip Lim bag which will also be my work bag in Berlin.

In Flight Kit


My personal bag holds all my in-flight necessities which all fit in my clear TSA approved zipper pouch. I like to keep my skin hydrated during the flight so I turn to my go to item Caudalie Beauty Elixir spray and Jo Malone Vitamin E Gel (seriously this stuff is a miracle worker). I pack my full eye cream and love to use the under eye gel masks right before we land to look more awake.
In this kit I also have a travel tooth brush, tooth paste, Advil PM, my Bobbi Brown foundation, and a bunch of perfume samples.

Along with my kit, in my personal bag I always have an iPhone charger, my travel wallet, a book, headphones, eye mask, Wet Wipes (wipe down your tray table people), and a small flashlight. Literally this is everything I need to get through a flight to Europe.

My Rolling Carry On

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This bag has all the extra things I may need or do not want to pack in my suitcase. I keep my laptop, all my chargers and adapters, my jewelry, work items like my hard drive and planner, a back up pair of leggings and panties, and a scarf (because Berlin was cold). The only thing in this bag that I use during the flight is my travel pillow, which I get out at the start of the flight and return to the bag before I land.

What are your carry-on necessities? Let me know in the comments!

I am very excited to continue my travels over the summer to Europe and my beloved Disney World! Stay tuned for more travel and running fun!


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Next week I set off to cold, snowy Berlin for my real life job. At 27 I have spent the last 4 years traveling several times a year to various countries for my job. While all this has sparked a love for travel it has also made me an expert at crossing an ocean for my job, so today I wanted to share my favorite items that get me there stylishly and professionally.

business travel accesories

I am currently coveting this carry on from Mark & Graham. I love the structure, color and fact that this can be considered a personal item. This very well could be my next buisness traveler purchase. Big enough to tote your laptop, in air essentials kit, and a good book! I am currently still using my trusted Lo & Sons OG Bag for my carry-on or a big tote.


A travel wallet is a necessity for business travel. You want to stay organized and look professional. I have had the Aspinal of London classic travel wallet for nearly 3 years and I adore it! It keeps me so organized! Alongside this you always need your business cards in a great card holder – I always turn to Kate Spade for these.

I think the biggest keys to business travel is to make sure you have everything you need to do your job. I need to have my hard drive, laptop, trip information, and chargers with me in my carryon just in case my luggage gets lost. From a personal protection stand point my jewelry always gets packed in my carry-on too. I have an older version of the Henri Bendel jewelry case but love this version as well!

Other Favorite Travel Posts:
24 Hours Tourist in Berlin
My Old Long Haul Carry On Guide
Traveling Long Haul for a Race


Many of my friends will be taking off later in September to fly to France to run the inaugural runDisney Disneyland Paris Half Marathon. My cousin Juliana will be one of these lucky runners!


Flying trans-atlantic or “long haul” for a race is a different kind of challenge from flying across the country or driving to a race. Last year I flew from Berlin, Germany to Orlando for the 2016 Princess Half Marathon so I have a little bit of experience in flying across the pond to get to a race. Beyond my race travel experience I fly to Europe several times a year for work and like to think I know what I am doing!

Beyond the usual race weekend prep of making dining reservations and packing you will want to consider your travel needs in the air. In this post I shared a general idea of what I pack in my long haul carry on. It has changed a bit over the last year but many things are the same! Oh and I totally got that Lo & Sons Bag -> Best carry on ever!!


So you are ready to go and at the airport! If you can splurge for a higher class, like business or premium economy, it will be totally worth if, if not extended leg room is a great option that is also budget conscious. Being able to extend your legs is key! I always wear compression socks on the plane but this is especially helpful for a race flight. Make sure to pick up a big water bottle at the airport as you need to stay and keep hydrated on the flight -a little Nuun never hurt either. You won’t want to risk losing your running shoes if your baggage gets lost, so I always wear mine on the plane for a race.


My plane routine is to get seated/settled and watch a full movie. Eat dinner and take a Tylenol PM with dessert. I normally put on a movie that I have seen a few times to help me relax while the Tylenol/Advil PM kicks in and I fall asleep. I do drink wine on a flight, but that is a personal choice. Remember to keep drinking your water! An eyemask or hoodie will help blackout any light so you can fall asleep. Try the one I use…  the HoodiePillow Travel Pillow is amazing!

Fighting jet lag is actually easier than you think. Once you to Europe you need to stay awake. I like to drink Berocca, which is similar to Emergen-C and available throughout Europe to give me an energy boost and help my immune system. Then my first stop off the plane is straight for an espresso. My second tip is to get the sun in your eyes. Your body will adjust when it starts recognizing the daylight. Try to stay awake until at least 8 or 9pm – scheduling a dinner helps… then off to sleep you go!

What can I say – I am a tad bit jealous of all the amazing adventures you Disneyland Paris runners are going to have, but I wish you all the best time! Someone (cough Juli cough) can bring me back some Marie or Alice in Wonderland trinket not sold at Epcot!

Let me know if you are running or having some serious FOMO in the comments!



Long Haul Carry-On Packing Guide

Packing Your Carry On for A Long Haul Flight
Flying an international flight, or as we frequent travelers call them long hauls, can be a very uncomfortable but necessary situation. You are literally stuck on a plane for 10+ hours and for most of us thats in economy class. One day I will be super cool enough to enjoy a flat lie bed, but today is not that day, and I am going to be thankful that I am off seeing the world and got the extra leg room seat.
Now – your carry-on suitcase for your flight is your life line to surviving the flight and getting to your final destination in one piece. So lets get technical for one second. You get to bring two bags with you on a plane… your carry on and a personal item. Your carry on dimensions should be 22″ long x 14″ wide x 9″ tall or 115cm (56 x 36 x 23 cm). Your personal item can be something like a briefcase or purse.
For my carry-on I use the Kate Spade Saturday Large Weekender Bag (seen above). I like this bag because it has a shoe compartment, outer pocket, and nice pockets on the inside. Since this is a canvas bag I put a good coat of Scotch Guard on it before using. The carry-on bag I have been lusting after is the Lo & Sons Large OMG Travel Bag. Again both these bags have the shoe compartment which is a must! Both can also go under your seats – which is why I go with these bags over a traditional roller bag… No one wants to be getting things out of that mid flight.
Now what you put in your carry-on is the real game changer. Below is everything I put in my carry-on. I know, I know… it looks like a lot. But in the long run it is just the right amount.

I have got all the necessities:

  • Passport & Flight Documents
  • Laptop and iPad (for work and back up entertainment)
  • Chargers and Adapters
  • Guide Book
  • Notebook, planner, and comic book
  • 2x Back Up Outfits (1 dress and leggings and tee)
  • Extra Shoes
  • Foot Duvets & Compression Socks
  • All my inflight necessities
  • Valuables (jewelry)
  • Super Comfy Sweater – Mine is the Nasty Gal Dot Com Fuzzy Cardigan
  • Missing from photo: headphones & eyemask
A few things I recommend. I love the Restoration Hardware Foot Duvets for flying. They have soles so you can wear to the bathroom and are fur lined so they keep my feet extra warm. Plus they are on sale now for $9.99. Since I am totally type A I also applied Scotch Guard to these as well.
My In Flight Necessities
These little guys are the most important because they are your key for surviving the flight, any layover, and not looking like death upon arrival.
These end up in three separate bags. My charger bag, TSA liquids bag, and medicine bag.
Lets break down what I keep in each bag and how I use it…
Medicine & Solids: This bag (Shop Bando Peek Bag) has my All Day Pain Relief, Sleep Aids, and Allergy Pills. Always have some kind of Advil or Aleve on a plane with you… I injured my tailbone in high school and these long flights always have me feeling like a 90 year old. I just cannot sit on my but for that long. Sleep aids are a very sticky subject. Personally I do take an OTC sleep aid (think Unisom) for long flights. My biggest tip: do NOT take any sleep aid or relaxant until you are in the air. The last thing you want is to have to change planes or gates all dopped out. Adjust your sleep aids for how long you will be in the air. Half a pill does work. I bring allergy pills because I am allergic to nature.
In this bag I also have my powder, chapstick and Berroca. Berroca is the European version on Air Born… I swear by plopping on of them with your in flight breakfast for an energy boost and to help evade jet lag.
TSA Liquids: Please note I do not have a cute case for this bag. I have the clear TSA version from The Container Store. Each country is stricter about different rules than others, to play it safe when traveling internationally just follow them all to the letter. In this bag I have some face wash, a small bottle of perfume, anti bacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, dry shampoo, mouth wash, emergency pain reliever, and facial moisturizer. This bag stays packed all year and I check it before a trip to see what needs to be replenished. I love Birchbox for all the samples you get that are perfect for your 3oz bag. This is where I get my trial sized cosmetics like CC cream and small mascaras to keep in my bag for touch-ups or completely re-doing my makeup before my final destination.
My tip for this is to bring Wet Wipes. You can use them to wipe down your tray table, your hands, or your body after a long flight. Hell you can even use them on your face in a pinch. It should be worth noting this is not all my toiletries. I pack a traditional toiletries bag in my checked luggage.
Chargers & Adapters: Most seats now have a USB charger so you will kick yourself if you don’t bring your cords with you in flight. I also have my adapters handy for when you need to charge in your layover. Remember if you are having a layover in London and flying onto France or Germany you will need a UK adapter as well. I have a wonderful 5 port USB charger that comes with all the needed adapters and it goes with me everywhere. I am never without a way to charge in any country.
I also keep an external battery charged in this bag in case of emergencies. I love the Henri Bendle dop bags for this. Yes they are for guys but I won’t tell if you don’t. This canvas bag also got hit with some Scotch Guard – cause apparently I am nuts.
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