7 Wellness Carry-On Essentials You Need to Pack for Your Next Trip

7 Wellness Carry-On Essentials You Need to Pack for Your Next Trip

When traveling, being prepared with the right carry-on essentials can make all the difference for staying healthy, comfortable, and keeping your trip running smoothly. The key is packing light while bringing versatile items that serve multiple needs. Focus on the bare necessities that support your health and wellness when you may be out of your element, without going overboard.
  • Packing light is key - focus on versatile, multi-purpose items.
  • Bring bare essentials like medications, supplements, mini toiletries, and earplugs.
  • Don't forget healthy snacks, water bottle, neck pillow, eye mask, and comfortable shoes.
  • Choose items like compression socks, moisturizer, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.
  • Consider bringing relief remedies like Travel-eeze for constipation issues.


Medications and Supplements

  • Pack prescriptions and OTC medications you normally take, for the whole trip duration.
  • Include supplements like probiotics, vitamins, melatonin for sleep, Dramamine if prone to motion sickness.
  • Bring pain relievers, antacids, antihistamine for allergies, antibiotics for travelers' diarrhea.
Be prepared health-wise by packing any medications, prescriptions, and supplements you normally take at home. Having the right medications on hand provides comfort and contingency planning in case issues pop up during travel. Double check you have enough for the entire trip duration. Standard carry-on items in this category include probiotics to support digestive health, vitamins to maintain immunity, melatonin to help with jet lag, and Dramamine if you tend to get motion sickness.

Mini Toiletries

  • Bring small travel sizes of toothpaste, moisturizer, hand sanitizer.
  • Pack eye drops, lip balm, sunscreen, contact lens supplies.
  • Include menstrual products, razor, brush/comb, earplugs.
To avoid checking bags unnecessarily, pare toiletries down to bare essentials. Find portable mini sizes for toothpaste, face wash, moisturizer, hand sanitizer. Other common mini must-haves are eye drops, lip balm with SPF, sunscreen, menstrual products, and contact lens supplies if needed. For comfort, pack a small brush/comb, razor, earplugs for noisy flights, and any other personal care basics you use daily.

Healthy Snacks

  • Bring nutritious snacks like protein bars, nuts, dried fruit.
  • Pack preservative-free treats like RxBARs, KIND bars, trail mix.
  • Include electrolyte mixes for hydration like Liquid I.V. or Nuun tablets.
Airport and flight food is often expensive with limited healthy options. Packing your own nutritious snacks ensures you stay nourished and avoids overpriced convenience food. It also saves money. Ideal snacks are non-perishable, travel friendly options like protein bars, nuts, healthy dried fruit, RxBARs, KIND bars. Stay hydrated by packing electrolyte drink mixes that can be added to your water bottle when flying. Popular hydration supplement brands include Liquid I.V. and Nuun tablets with electrolytes.

Reusable Water Bottle

  • Bring an empty reusable water bottle you can refill post-security.
  • Choose one with flip/push-button top to prevent spills while moving.
  • Look for BPA-free, leak-proof models made of glass, stainless steel, or plastic.
Staying hydrated is hugely important when traveling to maintain energy levels and prevent headaches, fatigue, and jet lag. Bring a reusable water bottle you can fill up once through airport security to avoid paying for overpriced bottled water on the plane or at the airport. Ideal options are flip/push button tops that prevent spills, BPA-free, leak-proof, made of glass, stainless steel or safe plastic.

Neck Pillow and Eye Mask

  • Pack an ergonomic neck pillow for supporting your head/neck when trying to rest or sleep.
  • Bring a contoured sleep mask to block out light.
  • Choose soft, plush fabrics like velour or microfleece for extra comfort.
Neck pillows support proper head and neck alignment for resting more comfortably in your seat during long flights. Pack one made of memory foam or with ergonomic contoured design that fits the natural neck curve. Combine with a sleep mask for blocking out light so you can actually catch some zzz's. When shopping, look for soft, plush fabrics like velour or microfleece.

Compression Socks

  • Pack compression socks to stimulate blood flow on long flights, preventing swelling/discomfort.
  • Choose light or moderate compression levels, 8-15 mmHg calf pressure.
  • Ideal fabrics like nylon/spandex are breathable, moisture-wicking and stretchy.
Sitting immobile for hours leads to poor circulation and blood flow, causing ankle/leg swelling, pain and fatigue. Wearing compression socks stimulates circulation to prevent this. Moderate 8-15 mmHg calf pressure works well for flights up to 4+ hours. Pick breathable performance fabrics like nylon/spandex that won't make your feet hot. Well-fitting compression socks add comfort for the whole body.

Travel Relief Remedies

  • Natural constipation relief like "Travel-eeze" helps digestion on the go.
  • Pack motion sickness remedies, upset stomach/indigestion relief.
  • Have anti-inflammatory meds on hand for occasional aches and pains.
Even seasoned travelers can have digestion issues being out of routine. Packing natural relief remedies like "Travel-eeze" for constipation helps get things moving smoothly. Other solutions to have on hand are motion sickness tablets, antacids for upset stomach, anti-inflammatory meds for occasional aches/pains when active and on your feet sightseeing all day.

Other Recommended Items

  • Hand moisturizer, sanitizer
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Extra battery pack, charging cords
  • Comfortable shoes like slip-on sneakers
Other handy travel wellness essentials are a mini hand moisturizer and antibacterial hand gel to use after going through security or before eating. Pack disinfecting wipes to sanitize your seat area and hands. Bring an extra battery pack and charging cords for devices. Having comfortable shoes that slip on and off easily saves time through airport security, so choose a pair of supportive slip-on sneakers.

Travel in Comfort and Style

Focusing your carry on essentials around comfort, health and practical conveniences removes the stress from traveling. By packingproper medications, remedies, healthy snacks and supportive ergonomic accessories, you give your body what it needs to stay balanced and powered on long flights. Travel-friendly choices allow breezing through security and endless airport walking. Purposeful, versatile packing keeps your carry-on items multi-functional. Most importantly, prepare your mindset by expecting the best. Safe travels!

Five Facts About Carry-On Essentials

  • Carry-on luggage is restricted to 45 linear inches total dimensions.
  • Liquid toiletries must be under 3.4 ounces container size.
  • Medical liquids (medication) and baby formula/milk are exempt from the liquids rule.
  • TSA requires all electronics bigger than a cell phone removed from carry-on bags to be screened separately.
  • Food items and drinks purchased after passing through security can be taken on board.

Frequently Asked Questions About Carry-On Essentials

What common medicines can you bring in carry-on luggage? Most liquid and solid medicines like pills, inhalers, creams are allowed if medically necessary. This includes liquids like syrups and droppers above the 3.4 ounce limit. Pack medications in original containers with labels if possible.

Can you bring coconut oil or essential oils in a carry-on? Yes, any creams or oils below 3.4 fluid ounces are permitted. For larger sizes, these can typically go in checked bags. Essential oils are also allowed.

What food can you take in carry-on baggage? You can pack most solid foods like protein bars, granola, candy, sandwiches, dried fruit, nuts. Liquids like water, juice and nut butters must adhere to the 3.4 ounce container limit. Exceptions are made for special needs.

Is hand sanitizer allowed in carry-on luggage? Yes, for containers up to 3.4 ounces you can pack hand gel sanitizer in carry-on. This falls under the liquid medications exemption if medically necessary for your health.

Can you take a reusable water bottle through airport security? Yes, empty reusable water bottles made of plastic, metal, or glass are allowed. They may require additional screening. You can fill them post-security.

What things should you never put in carry-on luggage? Banned items not permitted include flammable liquids, gels or aerosols over 3.4 ounces, sharp objects like knives or box cutters, pepper spray or self defense sprays, firearms, sports equipment that could be used as a weapon.

Can you bring vape pens and e-cigarettes in a carry on bag? E-cigarettes and vape pens cannot go in checked luggage but are generally permitted in carry-on bags. Their lithium-ion batteries must be removed if checked. All vaping devices will undergo additional screening. Know policies before traveling.

Back to blog