Lean Packing: Toiletries & Carry-On

We’re almost at the end of our twelve days in Europe. I’ve moved around a lot and it’s making me glad that I packed so lightly!

It’s important for me to feel comfortable as I travel (I’m much easier to be around) but I also try to be realistic about the space limitations. I’ve been reducing my toiletries and carry-on components over the last few years and now, using my Asana checklist, I have my list down to the essentials (for me ;).

Purse: wallet (with the fewest cards necessary, minimal US cash, and my passport!), phone (loaded with books, meditations and travel logistics), lip gloss, medication and a handkerchief

Purse: wallet (with the fewest cards necessary, minimal US cash, and my passport!), phone (loaded with books, meditations and travel logistics), lip gloss, medication and a handkerchief

For Comfort: noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses, snacks, socks and my scarf/blanket

For Comfort: noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses, snacks, socks and my scarf/blanket

For Work: laptop with charger, converter, phone charger and a notebook with pen

For Work: laptop with charger, converter, phone charger and a notebook with pen

Liquids and niceties for the flight: deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, rose spray (my toner but also nice for dry plane rides!), another medication, face oil (for cleansing and moisturizing), and ginger flight spray (I still get pretty sick when I fly :/)

Liquids and niceties for the flight: deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, rose spray (my toner but also nice for dry plane rides!), another medication, face oil (for cleansing and moisturizing), and ginger flight spray (I still get pretty sick when I fly :/)

Makeup: "un" cover-up, lip/cheek stain, brow pencil, a cc cream (I use it as sunscreen some days), and an eyelash curler with mascara

Makeup: "un" cover-up, lip/cheek stain, brow pencil, a cc cream (I use it as sunscreen some days), and an eyelash curler with mascara

And I pack it all together in my carry-on!

Some notes:
+ I also sometimes take items for a habit or experiment. I am stretching this month and didn’t need anything for it. I am still oil-pulling so I packed a small container of coconut oil.
+ I use hotel soaps and shampoos (and conditioner as shaving cream). Dr. Bronner's magic soaps can be a multi-use cleanser if you want to take something instead.
+ This post is for a trip with a long flight to another country. If the trip is shorter or more local, my needs obviously go down ;)
+ When I travel with Greg, we also take an iPad for show-watching and crosswords together. It’s nicer to travel with if I don’t need my laptop for work. I may also use his razor or comb which I usually don’t pack for solo trips ;)