Carry On – the essentials

I have done my time as that person that took a 25kg suitcase where ever she went – to be honest I never used most of the stuff, and it was difficult to carry a suitcase (or even two…) and get around independently and not feeling like a nuff-nuff.carryon-fluids

I think it was the India trip where I managed to settle on the right balance – and actually managed to pack for a two week trip in just my carry on.  However I learnt a rather important rule, which is that some of the more obvious items you may pack require check in, and it was this flight that I found out that because I had packed my fold up umbrella that my bag needed to be checked in.  Lesson learnt!

In the next week, I have two different flights for two different locations and reasons – however while my clothing may change, essential aspects of my carryon do not – so for your reading pleasure, here is what I have packed for going to NZ for a week, and then on to Europe for two months.

Liquid carry on

I think we are all pretty aware of the “clear sealable plastic bag” and “no more than 100mls” requirements of check in these days.  What I have found is that there are a number of items that traditionally I have carried in liquid form that I no longer carry as a liquid, specifically Shampoo, Conditioner, body wash and deodorant – which saves room for other items.  If it doesn’t become evident pretty quickly, you will note that I try to source organic ethically sourced products, with my preference always to New Zealand based companies in the first instance, with Antipodes being my absolute go too when I can.


  1. Antipodes Grapeseed Butter cleanser 
  2. Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream
  3. Antipodes Hosanna H2O Intensive Plumping Serum
  4. Antipodes Divine Face Oil Avocado Oil & Rosehip
  5. Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream (I normally only use the oil as a moisturiser, however given the cold Northern Winter, I am preparing for extra protection)
  6. Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Lip Conditioner
  7. Suikin Hydrating Mist Toner (NB: The original bottle is over 100mls, so has been decanted into 100ml spray bottle – the empty bottle will not be traveling with me)
  8. Dr. Hauschka Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil (using as a all over body moisturiser)
  9. Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm (for those extra dry spots, chapped lips, wind burn and inflight moisture requirements)
  10. Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Lengthening Mascara 
  11. Unknown brand neutral lip gloss
  12. L’Oreal pink lip gloss
  13. Zovirax (for those pesky coldsores that come when you lest expect them)
  14. Betadine Throat Gargle
  15. Dr. Bronners Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer
  16. Fess Frequent Flyer Saline Spray
  17. Decongestant Nasal Spray (Problem with not being a mouth breather, can’t handle it when I get a blocked nose…)
  18. Nasonex hay fever spray
  19. Paloma Picasso perfume
  20. Red Seal Baking Soda toothpaste

“Dry” carry on

I have two small bags for the rest of my carry on essentials, one being a makeup bag, with the other being predominantly toiletries, vitamins and medication.  The photo below shows all but my medication that I may need to take during my travels away.


  1. Lush Big Solid Conditioner bar
  2. Lush Buffy Body Butter bar
  3. Lush Godiva Shampoo bar
  4. Wet Ones
  5. Generic brand Ibuprofen
  6. Berocca 
  7. Natio pressed powder bronzer
  8. Fashion Fair eyeshadow palette
  9. No.7 pencil sharpener
  10. Various eye related pencils, including eyeliner and eye brow pencil
  11. Mac Powder/blush brush
  12. Graduation gift of a Pounamu (Green stone/Jade) carved by Jayme Anderson
  13. Hair ties
  14. Pair of earrings
  15. Drop necklace with velvet patch for essential oil wearing
  16. Metal container for items 12,13,14 & 15 to be contained in (old tampon container :-P)
  17. Crystal Body Deodorant Stick (made from natural mineral salts, not liquid)

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