What’s In My Carry-On Luggae

If you read last weeks post here I talked about how I packed my checked baggage and how I prepare to travel. I thought it would be fun this week to show you what I pack in my carry on luggage. I know different airlines are a little bit different they all have different guidelines so make sure you do your own research on the different airlines you are flying on.

For me I am all about the comfort and convenience- especially when I travel. What better way than have the things that bring you that the closes to you. I know this sounds rather contradictory- but I also try to be not so high maintenance either.

I don’t know about you- but I always have this idea in my head “what if?” I know you can’t be prepared for everything but sometimes you just need a little bit of reassurance.


  1.  The Bag: I have seen online so many people have different opinions on what a “perfect” carry on bag is. Some like carry on’s that have wheels and just wheeling them along with you in the airport. Me I love having my hands “free” I guess you can say. I’m a fan of just having a medium sized backpack as my carry on. I bought this black backpack specifically for this trip. And I will tell you- I’m already loving it! Big enough to fit everything and enough space and feels secure on my back.
  2. Hand Sanitizer:  I always think this is a must! Especially if you are using the laboratory. Still always a good idea to have one on you especially in flight. Before you eat or after you slept. I always think clean hands are always a good idea. 😉
  3.  Gum:  Maybe it’s just me- but anytime I travel in a plane or in a car I always have to have gum. Maybe it’s because I have sensitive ears and they always have to pop when going through different elevations. I’ve recently started really liking this kind simply because then I don’t have a huge gum wrapper mess in my carry- on after.
  4. Car Keys:  For this particular trip we are actually taking my car to the airport. That means I will have to have my car keys on me. After parking my car and locking it up. I always put it in the pocket so I don’t have a freak out when I come back!
  5. Phone: This one seems kind of self explanatory. Always able to have it in your hand or tucked in the front pocket in my backpack. Pull it out to show boarding passes or tickets and better yet to listen to music.
  6. Headphones:  Once again one that doesn’t really need a definition. I always think headphones are a good idea. To help shut out the noise to help sleep to pass the time. Besides not everyone wants to listen to whatever you are listening to you.
  7. Eye Glasses:  I only need glasses to read or do work on my phone. Since I always plan on putting my nose into a book I need these little guys to help me see. Ha!
  8. Book:  As I’ve already mentioned I love reading especially when I’m traveling. This trip I decided to read a biography. I love reading biographies of people I look up to and admire. This trip I grabbed this one: Jane Austen a Life. A book that has been on my reading list for years! And why not start it?
  9. Notebook:  If you read last week you would know I don’t really go anywhere without my notebook. In this notebook I also have my list of to pack so I would always know what I brought so I can make sure I bring home the same stuff.
  10. Clothes:  I always like to bring a spare set of clothes just in case the inevitable happens and the airline looses my luggage (knocks on wood). I think packing an extra set in your carry on so you have that comfort that if that happens you are covered for a day.
  11. Spare PJ bottom: Going back to that comfort side of me I always think pajama bottoms are some of my favorite things ever and they give me so much comfort and happiness. I make sure I have one in my carry on so if that thing happens of lost luggage I can still feel comfortable.
  12. Bed Bag


I don’t know if it’s because of my compulsively need to have things organized and “in” it’s place I always like to have things in that order. This is what I call my “bed bag” things I have by my bedside at home.

Phone Charger

Chap Stick

Lip Scrub


Salon Pas

Sleepy Time Lotion

13. Makeup Brushes IMG_3908

14. Makeup Bag


L’Oreal Paris True Match Mineral Makeup in light ivory

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer in all is calm

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer in just bright

E.L.F eye primer

Neutrogena Skin Clearing blemish Concealer

Cover Girl Loose Powder in translucent

Benefit Dandelion

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi in rose

Revolution The Matte Blush Powder in beloved

Maybelline Brow Drama in soft brown

Cover Girl brow and eye makers in honey brown

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner in ultra black

L’Oreal Infalliable Eyeliner in black

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in black

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in black

Rimmel London Kate Lipstick in 45

Rimmel London Kate Lipstick in 17

Real Her Lip Liner in nude

Real Her Lip Gloss in nude

There you have it. All what I have in my carry on! Happy trails friends!


How I Pack My Suitcase

‘Tis the season. The weather is getting warmer and schools are coming to a close that means summer vacations are upon us! Although traveling can be stressful for everyone and nerve wrecking. I wouldn’t say I am an anxious traveler but, I like my comfort to help ease any anxious feelings or any unexpected fear. I love traveling, I love seeing new places, I love meeting new people, and traveling with people I love. That doesn’t mean that sometimes I feel anxious being away from my comfort zone. I’ve found if I take my time and be prepared I feel comfortable and confident in what I pack without a fear of thinking I forgot something or stepping too much out of my comfort zone.


I’m probably an over analyst. I love schedules, and planners, and calendars. I always think my brain runs so crazy most days that I just can’t catch up. Most days I keep a notebook on me at all times. To write down- all my ideas, all the things I need to do, or even my grocery list!

When it comes to traveling that isn’t an exception. A couple weeks before departure date I write out all the things I need to finish before take off and then I write beside it a deadline or when I can finish that task. I feel actually writing it all out helps me get out of my mind and can actually visually see what I have to do. I always try to make sure I get everything taken care of before take off. You don’t want to be driving or sitting in a plane thinking of everything you have to do when you arrive back home or dreading your return. And then to help me stay organized I write out a list in different categories to pack. To help give myself a peace of mind.


Tips and Tricks

While writing my list I write out the different categories or bags I’m bringing and where I’m going to pack them for an example: if I’m flying I would write out Checked Bag. As the main point and then I will work with the sub-point. So under the main point I would write out:

-Checked Bag- 

Travel outfit (x3) 

8 Outfits 





Curling Iron/Straightner 

Blow Dryer 

– Bathroom Bag- 



Hair Oil

Leave in Conditioner 

Eye Makeup Remover 

Face Wash 


Morning Cleanser 

Zit Cream 






Cotton pads/Q-tips


Dry Shampoo 



Once I finish that I move on to the other bags I have such as: makeup bag, bed bag (which is a small makeup bag that I put in stuff I use before bed) and then carry on bag. Which I will speak more in detail about next week! 😉

Once I’m to the point of actually packing my bag I like to pack outfits that I feel like I am:

1. Comfortable 2. Confident

I think its a common thing for a girl to have certain things in her closet that makes her feel- beautiful, confident, comfortable that she feels like she can take on the world! And I don’t know about you- but packing clothes for a trip is always one of the most stressful parts for me. Maybe because I’m indecisive or never know exactly what I want. However; the last couple times I’ve packed to go somewhere. I always ask myself- how do I feel while wearing this? Do I feel confident? Do I love this? Maybe it’s the tendency to always pull something out of my closest that I know I love wearing that helps ease the packing progress. However; I think it’s the best place to start.


While I’m packing I like to lay out what I want to wear. And then after that I put out the undergarments I’m going to wear with them, and then any jewelry, then any shoes. Once I’m finished with all that I pull out my suitcase and take all the underwear, bras, and socks off the outfit and put it in the zip pocket in the suitcase. And then I take the jewelry from the outfits and place them in a small make up bag. Following that I take the shoes and place them in the empty suitcase. And then finally I put in the clothes.

Then I place the bathroom bag and hot utensils on top of that. All done! I find using this method helps me in so many ways! I can be done packing and feel good with what I brought and I’m not stressing about what I’ve packed or when I arrive looking at my clothes and asking myself- “what to wear” I can grab an outfit and already know how I will feel. The best part too is that if you make a list in a notebook you can always go back and see what you needed before and rewrite what you need this trip. Staying organized and prepared leads to having a stress free and fun vacation that you deserve!

Okay girls! Enjoy your vacation! We all need a little getaway every now and then! 😉



Current Favorites

When did this year go by so fast? Wasn’t it just April 1st? Some of my favorite things to watch and read are people’s favorite things from the previous months or likewise. I always find it so interesting hearing or reading what other people are enjoying. I am always into trying something new or finding something exciting. And what better way to start a new month showing what I’ve been loving.





  1. Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($29): Truthfully this one is an older favorite. I have been loving this bronzer for years. However; this past month I’ve been obsessed with using it for a new purpose. For using it on my eyes- paired with a little pit of eyeliner and mascara- something quick and easy to still get the definition of the eye and still keeping it simple and with a tanned and glowy look.
  2. Benefit Dandelion Powder ($15): This is a very new favorite. I’m already obsessed- and I haven’t even had it very long (only a couple hours) however; the reason this is in my list already. Is that I love the effect this powder gives. It gives that little effort to your checks that make you look a little rosy and healthy.
  3. Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealers ($8.99):  It’s at this time of year where in school you are getting minimum hours of sleep and the stress of finals are making you break out a lot more than normal. These concealers are meant to help conceal the extra redness in my face and to help brighten up my under eyes. I put this on after I moisturize my face and before I use my primer. And then after I use my regular concealer and instantly I feel my face looks so much more unified and more refreshed.


  1.  OGX Coconut Milk ($5.75):   Around this time last year I was noticing my hair was drying out and very brittle and taking forever to blow dry. I went to this hair dresser in Spearfish where I was living at the time- who recommend I use an oil like this to help with the split ends and the dryness in-between cuts. After using I can confirm- my hair feels so much healthier.  I squirt a dime size into the palm of my hands after showering and rub it into the ends of my hair.
  2. Rosarco Milk Leave in Conditioner ($20):  I finally decided to splurge a little on myself and signed up for the Fab Fit Fun box. And the first box I got was the Spring box- and let me tell you it’s awesome. This is one thing I got in the box. And I love it! I have never really used leave in conditioners before this one. I squirt this in after my shower and it helps with heat protection and leaving my hair feel nourished all day long.


  1. Lush Tea Tree Water ($22.95): Once again an oldie but a goodie. By nature I have combination skin. In the mornings it tends to be more dry and I’m always a little sleepy and out of sorts so to speak. I’ve been using this for years. However; I would always use it morning and night. Recently I switched to only using it in the morning. And it has been doing wonders for my skin. Before I do my makeup in the morning I feel like my skin is more awake and refreshed- even if I don’t get my six hours of sleep. Bonus- my foundation goes on a little bit better!
  2. Lush D’Fluff Shaving Cream ($12.95):  Ever since I started shaving my legs- I have had sensitive skin (ironically only on my legs?) If I use any razor or shaving cream I find myself breaking out and my legs are covered in red blotchy (painful) rashes and burns. Which makes wearing anything other than jeans out of the question! And who wants to spend their spring/summer in blue jeans!? Other than knowing this shaving cream is made out of natural materials and isn’t irritating my skin it is very gentle and smells like a strawberry patch- BONUS!
  3. Bath and Beauty Works French Lavender Hand Soap ($6.50):  I know I know this seems pretty weird huh- but I love hand soaps! I love knowing that once I leave the bathroom my hands are clean and smelling good too- HECK YEA. I don’t know why I love these soaps so much- but  knowing my hands are clean and that they smell good. Win win?
  4. Lush Reusable Bunch of Carrots ($12.99) *Last Chance!:  I have said it before and I will say it again- Lush just gets it right. Different seasons- the scents go hand in hand. I’m a huge believer in bubble baths- even in the heat of summer. I think sometimes I just need to escape reality and there’s nothing more refreshing to jump into a bubble bath to help ease away the worries of yesterday. I’ve seen other beauty bloggers and Lush creators talk about this for months and I knew I HAD to pick myself up a “bunch” can we just talk about how ridiculously adorable they are!? I almost don’t want to use it- almost!


I know this is kind of an interesting category- but bear with me. For as long as I can remember I have always had problems sleeping. My problem is the whole getting to sleep part- once I’m asleep I stay asleep. I always have blamed my insomnia problems on the fact that I have an over active imagination and that my brain is always going hundred miles per hour! However; I’ve made a vow to myself to help make sleep time important!

  1. Mystic Antidotes Calming Pillow Spray ($19.99):  While in Denver this past month I was walking around TJ Maxx and spotted this little gem! I had heard so many positive remarks on pillow sprays before. As I’ve read up on them and heard from others about it. I always thought yea that is nice for them but I highly doubt it would do anything for me. Oh boy was I wrong! I haven’t slept this hard and well for months! It doesn’t take me long to fall asleep anymore. I shake the bottle after pulling down my sheets and spray all over my bed and within the hour I’m fast asleep!
  2. Tranquil Essential Oil ($4.99): For Christmas my sister bought me an oil diffuser and I love it that I almost got a little sad that the sample Relaxation oil that came with it  ran out. In a effort to find another one similar to the one I loved so much I hit my local Walmart. And I found one probably just as good! Follow the instructions when purchased of putting in the water and then I normally squeeze four to five drops into the diffuser and allow it to do it’s magic!


  1.  Sunflower Hat ($12.00): I love hats. There I said it- yes sometimes it’s just easier to throw on a hat and walk out the door some mornings. I especially love them if I’m going to run some errands, go on a hike, camping, the list is endless. I found this one on a spur of a moment trip to Target and I just had to get it. Sunflower patterns just have that hold on me.
  2. Sunglasses ($12.00):  ‘Tis the season of sunshine! I love sunglasses! However; I’m horrible with sunglasses- I either break them, loose them, or misplace them. I try to buy the cheaper ones. I always pick- kind of the same ones- boring and mundane. Before I left to go to Denver I decided to pick up more unique ones. When I saw these at Walmart I knew I loved them! The dusty pink/rose gold accents- were different enough to pop any outfit I wear. And let’s be honest- I pretty much live in black anyway. 🙂


Any favorites aren’t completed without a random category!

  1. White Barn Lily of the Valley Candle ($24.50):  Just like  bubble baths- I think candles are good anytime of the year! I love candles I always think they make a room complete making the atmosphere whole. Switching out the cozy and “Christmas” ones and hello Spring! White Barn has some amazing ones in right now! I always think Spring floral scents always bring me back to my Grandma’s flower garden growing up. This one is hands down my favorite! Smells of my grandma and some of my favorite flowers. Perfect- not too overwhelming but just strong enough to make my whole room smell if I just had some cut flowers in the room.
  2. The Happiness Journal ($38.00): I’m a planner. Always have been probably always will be. I love journals and I love planning. I have a random obsession with planners and calendars lately. I bought this in January and I liked it but I thought somethings about it were a little far fetched and dare I say silly. I mean I know it’s good to reflect on the week and having weekly goals. The coming up with the weekly goals were the easiest! The problem was going back and reflecting and grading my week. But what I love is planning out my weeks and writing down goals and ideas for that week and accomplishing that. And besides it’s beautiful!

What about you- what are some of the things you have been loving lately?

And hello Spring. I’ve missed you- you are pretty awesome.