**Updated to include pinnable checklist below**
Looking back at my travel posts thus far (one suitcase series and how to pack for work travel) they give a lot of inspiration and information but they don't quite have the easy, no brainer now how do I actually do this myself type help.
So I thought it might be useful going forward to summarize, item by item in checklist form (and I looooovvve checklists so this makes me really happy), what I actually pack. That way it'd be easy just to follow the list to confirm you're on the right track (maybe not 'right' but at least what works for me) when you try to pack yourself.
And of course a checklist will answer the very important question that I get after every. single. One Suitcase post... Do you pack UNDERWEAR?? I don't see them in the picture!! OMG where are your BRAS!!?
To start off my first checklist type post, I think I'll do a shorter list to help me get the format right. I've had quite a few questions around what I bring in my carry-on tote for a long flight. (I'll do another post with end-to-end list of what's in my suitcase.) This is the list of things that I pack to use while on the plane. Below is what I bring that works for me - of course you may need more or less.
Hope you like this format & find this list useful! :)
|ESSENTIALS - This group of items are the absolute essential things to bring list. Without this stuff the trip isn't happening. If you forget items from the rest of the list you can just buy another version in transit or at your destination.
|SLEEP/COMFORT - Sleeping on overnight/long flights isn't the easiest thing to do. Noise, temperature and being stuck upright all make it difficult to get shut eye. But I find the following items help as much as can be helped to get me comfortable as possible.
|ENTERTAINMENT - Long flights mean lots of time to kill when not sleeping. Also delays and getting stuck in airports for hours on end isn't uncommon. Nice to have something to keep you occupied while you wait.
|TOILETRIES - This is my list of toiletries that I find make my flight most comfortable. You may need more or less.
|FOOD/DRINKS - For long flights it's nice to not be at the mercy of the beverage/meal service of the airlines. If it's not a super long flight you have to pay like $9 for a little snack box.
|TRAVEL BAGS - Now you've got all of your stuff laid out you need to be able to easily carry it, find it and access it while traveling. Here is a list of bags that I use in my carry-on tote. (For my full suitcase packing - I have a few more.) Other then the tote itself and the wallet - ziplock bags work pretty great for organizing liquids, makeup and cords. So while I happen to have bags for the other stuff - a few plastic baggies will get you pretty far.
Here's an image with everything pointing to the bag it blogs in. And click here or the graphic below to access a printable list of all the info in this post.
And here is my stuff freshly unpacked from my trip to Argentina and about to be repacked to head to Paris.
My stuff all laid out.
Into smaller travel bags.
Smaller bags into the tote.
Sweater, scarf and tote ready to go!