WHAT’S IN YOUR CARRY ON?…..and why it’s important.

Carry on

I was flying home from Vegas the other night with a short layover in Toronto.  There is always a chance your flight may be delayed or cancelled, especially in the winter.  Sure enough, I received an email the day of my flight.  My flight from Toronto to Ottawa was delayed seven hours because of a snowstorm.  I immediately repacked my carry on.   If I was going to be delayed that long I wanted to make sure I was prepared.  Good thing I did because that flight was later cancelled.  I spent 12 hours camping out in the airport.  Just me and my carry on.

What to pack in your carry on to make your life easier for any delay or long layover.

Change of clothes.   Make sure to pack a fresh pair of socks and underwear.   I also like to have an extra sweater, or a comfy hoodie tucked away.   Some airports are so cold as well as the planes themselves.  Comfortable and clean clothes are a game changer to have in your carry on.


Skin care.   The air inside the cabin feels like it sucks the life out of your skin.   I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep your skin hydrated.  Make sure you have lip balm, serum, moisturizer and eye drops with you.   I prefer to use a moisturizer stick because it is not a liquid.   I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand traveling with a zip lock bag packed to the brim with liquids.  The less liquids the better.  I am obsessed with my Acure moisturizing stick and my Ulta Beauty eye brightening stick.  I bought these at Ulta but they have sticks similar at Whole Foods and Shopper’s for us Canadians.  Your skin will thank you for this.



Drinking lots of water is a must.  I must have spent close to $20 in water alone the 12 hours I was stuck in the airport.  I suggest having an empty water container with you so you can fill it up at the water stations.   No sense paying for overpriced water.

Toiletries!   I was silly and didn’t think to add my toothbrush to my carry on.  I had to buy a very overpriced toothbrush and toothpaste because there was no way I was going to walk around with funky breath for 12 hours.   Deodorant is also mandatory.  Having these toiletries in your carry on can save you from buying them in the airport and of course from smelling.


Make up. If you are like me and you like to look your best at all times, then make up is always a good idea.  I added my concealer and mascara to my liquid zip lock bag.   Concealer can work magic when it comes to hiding the bags under your eyes.  Also,  who doesn’t look better in a fresh coat of mascara?  I took it a step further and added my highlighter stick.   A highlighter is one of my must haves to give my skin a dewy fresh glow.

Now that your carry on is packed and ready to go, make sure you are comfy!

Comfy shoes

Comfortable shoes and clothes! Nothing worse than getting blisters on your feet from uncomfortable shoes.   Comfy shoes are key while flying.  Some airports are so big and there is usually a lot of walking between terminals and gates so make sure your shoes are comfy and light.

Hope everyone is feeling more prepared for their next flight.  At least I know you will be comfy, warm, clean and fabulous next time you are in the airport!

Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M

Stay fabulous!







  2 comments for “WHAT’S IN YOUR CARRY ON?…..and why it’s important.

  1. March 18, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    I’m a nightmare when I travel – going for 3 nights (pack for 10) 🙈 thanks for sharing 😄

    Liked by 1 person

    • styledbymfashion
      March 23, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      Lol Packing is definitely my thing! Glad you enjoyed it.

      Liked by 1 person

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