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Must Have Carry On Items

One of my favorite things to do is to travel. I love going to new places. I love revisiting some old favorites. I love seeing new things, discovering new adventures and seeing old friends. However, with that being said, I do not like to pack for traveling! I always seem to forget something, my stuff gets all wrinkled, I take way too much or even worse, I leave something behind.

carry on

One thing I’ve seemed to master over the years is my carry on bag. (Small steps right?) I admit, it’s gotten easier to pack my carry on (or my ‘grab bag’ as we call it for car rides!) the older Joshua has become. But I was curious, what are your must have carry on items? So, we asked the Moms from Moms Check In!

What’s in your carry on bag?


I do a fair amount of traveling, so over the years, I have perfected my carry on must haves. These are the items that I never leave home without when traveling and I always keep with me.

wallet + all id/credit/debit



earbuds (for their tvs)

water + healthy snack (because airlines have restricted what they serve)

jacket or lightweight blanket (it can get cold)

1 change of clothes

Stephanie is the mom to Sam and the author of Spaceships and Laser Beams. If you ever need party ideas her site is the place to visit! Specializing in all things boy, it’s full of inspiration!Follow her on Twitter here!


I haven’t traveled a ton, but I have traveled enough to know what are must have items in my carry on.

I always have…

a small cross body bag with wallet, cash, debit card and ID

iPad with earbuds

allergy/sinus medication/sudafed (for my ears)

extra set of clothing

gum/mints/cough drops

phone charger or backup battery


pack small pack of wet wipes

pocket size anti-bac gel

travel sized deodorant

– Jenni is the mom of one and the author of Sweet Pennies From Heaven. A hearth and home website, Sweet Pennies From Heaven focuses on recipes, crafts and creating a comfortable home. Follow her on Twitter here!


My carry on bag has changed a bit over the years from when I would travel with an infant and then a toddler. Now that my son is older, I get to pack a little lighter.

My must haves include:

A book to read


A snack (my son is in the won’t-ever-stop-eating-because-he’s-a-bottomless-pit phase)

Portable charger for my phone (and one that will fit the iPad or his DS)

Noise canceling headphones (perfect to listen to music or just to wear if you have a noisy flight and want to nap!)

Amanda is the mom to Joshua and owns It’s a Fabulous Life. If you are looking for a one stop place for all things mom, It’s a Fabulous Life is it! Full of recipes, fashion, DIY projects, recipes and parenting articles it’s the place for all of Mom’s favorites to come together! Follow her on Twitter here!


While all of our carry on bags differ a little bit, we all have one thing in common – we all pack a travel size bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. This stuff is amazing at getting rid of any static cling, smoothing out wrinkles (so you don’t look like you have been traveling all day!) and it has a fresh clean scent. Whether you are driving to Grandma’s for a long holiday weekend or hopping on the plane for a week in the Caribbean (I’m so jealous…), this little bottle is an absolute must! (Trust me and almost 1,000 people who have submitted their reviews online. Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is amazing!)

Join us next Thursday, December 17 from 1-2 PM (Eastern) for the #DontPackWrinkles Twitter Party! We will be talking travel and giving away travel packs + Target gift cards! Be sure to RSVP here!

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See you at the party!

This post was sponsored by Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. All thoughts and ideas are 100% my own.




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