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Essentials to Pack in Your Carry-on Bag

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

The average allotted dimensions for carry-on bags are 22 x 14 x 9 inches. With limited space, it's important to be intentional when packing your carry-on and ensure you’re filling it with items that will come in handy during the flight and help make it a more pleasant experience.

Start by choosing a bag that meets the size guidelines required by airlines. With the Brown Skin Brunchin’ Signature Logo Travel Bag, you can travel in style and have room for all your necessities. Made of high-grade fabric with microfiber leather, it is durable, water-resistant, and comes with a convenient portable belt and adjustable shoulder strap. Fill your carry-on bag with these essentials to be ready for every flight.

Personal Care Items

Airplane cabins are known for their low humidity levels. The extremely dry air can leave you with parched skin and chapped lips. For this reason, facial moisturizer, lip balm, and hand lotion are all great to bring along. (Also be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.) You may want to bring deodorant, body spray, and a toothbrush and toothpaste, too. Just make sure all products are 3.4 ounces or less and placed inside of a clear Zip-loc bag.


While some airlines offer tasty meals and snacks, others leave much to be desired. Pack some of your favorites to make sure you have something good to munch on while you travel. Bring along tasty snacks from black-owned Partake Foods. Created in 2016 by Founder and CEO Denise Woodard when her daughter was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, Partake exists to offer a selection of delicious, allergy-friendly foods that those with and without food restrictions can enjoy and share with confidence. All offerings are certified gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, and are free of the top 9 allergens (wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs, soy, fish, sesame, and shellfish).

Travel Pillow

If you plan on snoozing on the flight, you’ll definitely want to have a comfortable travel pillow to rest your head on. Most can be attached to your bag handle if you’re running low on interior space. And if you’re someone who can’t sleep without complete darkness, don’t forget to pack an eye mask, too.

Compression Socks

Compression socks are important to remember for long flights of four hours or more. They increase blood circulation, which can decrease during long periods of sitting, and help prevent swelling and blood clots in your legs. (Getting up and walking around every two to three hours is another good practice to promote circulation.)

Extra Set of Clothes

These days, lost baggage is, unfortunately, becoming a more common occurrence. Don’t get caught in a situation where yours is lost or delayed and you have nothing but the clothes on your back. Pack an extra set of clothes (or two) complete with socks and undergarments, that can hold you over while your luggage is located, or until you purchase new items. Not only do extra clothes come in clutch if your checked bag is lost; it’s nice to have them just in case you just feel like putting on a fresh set.


Your airline will likely offer in-flight entertainment, but you may also want to bring some of your own. A good book can help the time pass quickly. Movies, shows, and music can be downloaded onto a tablet, laptop, or even your phone. Some people even like to use handheld electronic games. Whatever way you like to keep yourself busy. Just be sure to bring a charger for electronics and a portable power bank if the airplane isn’t equipped with outlets.

What are some travel essentials you keep in your carry-on bag? Share them in the comments!

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