Carry-On Essentials for an International Flight

Happy FriYAY everyone!  As this post goes live, I am on a flight to LAX in California!  I am so excited to be heading to California courtesy of Victoria’s Secret PINK, and I cannot wait to spend the weekend with the other Sponsored Stylists and Campus Reps at the PINK Nation Motel!!  Sunny skies and 80 degree weather awaits!!

As some of you may know, I am hopping on a red-eye flight to Europe as soon as my weekend in California is over!  I’m meeting Doug and one of our best friends in Barcelona, Spain, and we will be exploring as many places as possible until June 2nd!  Check out my Life Update; Victoria’s Secret PINK Motel & 2 Weeks in Europe post for all of the details!

Since this month will be filled with travels, I wanted to share some of my carry-on/travel essentials with you all!  I’ve flown quite a lot throughout my life, so I narrowed it down to some must-haves that I won’t be able to live without on my flights!

Travel Essentials

A cute passport holder, a neck pillow, and a sleep mask are definite must-haves for an international flight!  This will make any flight more comfortable, and you’ll look adorable at the same time!  Check out this passport holder, and this DesignLoveFest neck pillow & eye mask set

Empty beverage containers are essential, because they are reusable and you can fill them up as much as you need!  Just make sure they’re empty when you’re going through customs/TSA so they won’t be confiscated!  My favorites are my marble S’well bottle, and my travel mug from Target (only $3 in store)!

I cannot live without my electronics, especially being a blogger/Instagram enthusiast!  I love bringing my Canon with me on trips, and I can’t live without my Macbook Pro!  I also travel with two portable chargers (check out this pink charger from Anker), my polaroid camera, and extra film!  Don’t forget all of the necessary charging equipment for each electronic as well!

Keeping up with your skincare regime is one of the most important things to do during a flight, and while you’re traveling!  This adorable cosmetic bag from DesignLoveFest holds all of my essentials, and fits easily into my bag!  Packing your favorite skincare items will leave your skin feeling healthy and happy, especially since long flights (and travel in general) may affect your skin!

You all know I can’t live without reading material, and long flights are the perfect time to catch up on reading!  Reading something enjoyable will make the time fly by, and will leave you feeling inspired from the moment you land!  Right now I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love, Cereal magazine, Darling magazine, The Magnolia Journal, Paris Street Style, Suitcase magazine, and How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are!  All quite fitting for our trip to Europe, if you ask me!

I couldn’t resist packing my journals on my trip, because I absolutely love journaling and I look forward to it every day!  I packed my Erin Condren Life Planner which is my health/fitness journal, my Lilly Pulitzer agenda which is my blogging/daily to-do journal, my Keep It Simple travel journal, my Our Q&A 3-Year Journal for Doug and I, and my MayDesigns bullet journal!  Yes, this may seem overboard, but I fully intend on documenting each moment!

My final travel essential is to travel in your letters!  People from across the globe are members of the Greek community, and you never know who you might meet!  Plus, wearing your letters makes for a super cute photo op!



What are some of your travel must-haves?!  I am so excited to be exploring new places around the world, and I cannot even wait to share each moment with you!  Bon Voyage!

Love & Good Vibes


Today’s Inspiration


  1. May 19, 2017 / 10:30 am

    We definitely think alike! Lots of great picks in there, especially the skincare – gotta keep your skin feeling great so you’re ready to go as soon as you land!

    Dee |

    • Tessa
      May 19, 2017 / 11:33 pm

      Thank you so much Dee, I completely agree!! Happy Friday!!
      xo, Tessa

    • Tessa
      May 19, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      Thank you so much Linda!! I am obsessed with the polaroid camera, a definite must-have for sure!! <3
      xo, Tessa

    • Tessa
      May 19, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      Thank you so much, I am so excited to start it!! Happy Friday!! <3
      xo, Tessa

    • Tessa
      May 19, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      Thank you so much Jana, I really appreciate it!! Happy Monday! <3
      xo, Tessa

  2. May 19, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Hope you had a great flight and even better time in L.A. I would love to go there myself some day. Thanks for sharing your travel essentials!

    Brigita #scsister

    • Tessa
      May 20, 2017 / 12:04 am

      Thank you so much Brigita, I really appreciate it!! I hope you can visit someday, it’s amazing! <3
      xo, Tessa

  3. May 20, 2017 / 7:53 am

    I take also my Instax mini everywhere I go, had a lot of fun with it in Paris. Eat,part, love is a classic!👌🏻✨



    • Tessa
      May 20, 2017 / 9:58 am

      I plan on doing that as well, I love the polaroid pictures! I can’t wait to start the book either! Happy Saturday! <3
      xo, Tessa

    • Tessa
      May 22, 2017 / 2:42 am

      Thank you so much!! Happy Monday! <3
      xo, Tessa