Carry-on Packing Checklist

Carry-on Packing Checklist
Photo by Erol Ahmed / Unsplash

The following is a packing checklist for your carry-on bag. Remember the items may not be necessary or needed depending upon your destination.


  • Tops or shirts
  • Sweaters or jackets (depending on the weather)
  • Pants or shorts
  • Dresses or skirts
  • Shoes
  • Dress shoes (optional)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Swimsuit/s (depending on your destination)

I would recommend including the number items per clothing item, i.e. two pairs of shoes or four shirts.


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Shampoo and conditioner (in travel-sized bottles)
  • Body wash or soap (in travel-sized bottles)
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving device
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Makeup (optional)


  • Phone and charger
  • Laptop or tablet and charger
  • Headphones
  • Camera (optional)
  • Travel adapter (if traveling internationally)


  • Passport and/or ID
  • Travel itinerary and reservations
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Book or e-reader
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle (ensure to empty the water bottle before going through security)

Remember to check with your airline for any specific carry-on size and weight restrictions before packing, and adjust your list accordingly. Safe travels!