9 unique travel items to pack in your carry on

Have you ever gone on a holiday and thought “oh I should have brought that from home!” I’m sure we all have!

Here is a list of essential items that you may not have thought of before you pack your bag for your next adventure 🙂

1. Portable charger

In the age of technology, I feel this is important because the last thing you want is your phone running out of battery when you’re in the middle of the Borneo jungle and you can’t follow your Maps.me map anymore!


2. A pen

It’s so simple, but I remember on one of my early solo adventures I forgot to pack a pen in my carry on. This is really important as you’ll most likely need it to fill out immigration forms on the plane before you arrive in your destination country. I had to ask a random person on the plane if I could please borrow their pen to fill out the form and of course they said yes, but having one of your own would be better AND you may be able to help out another fellow passenger too 🙂


3. A laundry bag

If you’re a backpacker like me, I really think it’s a necessity to pack a bag that you can dedicate as your laundry bag. Who knows when you’ll be able to do your washing next?! So putting all your dirty laundry in this bag will help keep it separate from your clean clothes.

4. Credit card blocker

Nowadays, our credit cards are implanted with chips in them that send out electronic details (that’s how we can use our PayPass and just do a “tap and go” purchase). Scammers now have hand held machines that they swipe the outside of a bag to grab your credit card details so putting your card into a small little pouch that blocks this is a lifesaver when you’re travelling. This lessens the hassle of you having to call your bank from overseas to see why hundreds of dollars has been charged to your card!

5. A plug converter

Before you get on that plane, do some online research about what plug and voltage that country uses. Is it different? Do you need a voltage converter too? They are quite cheap and you’ll be able to find them at your local travel shop and even $2 shops have them nowadays! Hot tip: label the plugs or get a universal one!

6. Waterproof phone/passport case

I learnt the hard way with this when I was travelling in Borneo on a boat and it started pouring with rain and I only had my small backpack which wasn’t waterproof. My passport got water damage and then I had to pay hundreds of dollars for a new one before my next trip. So please learn from my mistakes and buy a waterproof phone and/or passport case to protect your important possessions!

7. Hard folder

We all have paper printouts that we need to keep in good order. For the plane, hotel, tours and photocopies of your passport and other important documents. Making sure they don’t get damaged can be tricky so getting yourself a sturdy folder to hold them in is the key.

8. A small daypack that folds into itself

I travel with carry on only so always take a 30Litre backpack onboard and put it under the seat in front. But you can’t take a large heavy duty backpack with you on day trips so that’s why I bring a Kathmandu “pack&go” 15Litre daypack that folds into its own front pocket! It’s one of the handiest things to bring!

9. A collapsible water bottle

The last thing you want is to keep contributing to the plastic that is suffocating our planet. A collapsible water bottle is fantastic. Before you travel, do some research first about where you can fill it up. In Chiang Mai for example, they have water stations on every street to fill up bottles. In Ubud Bali, there are certain cafes you can fill up your bottle with fresh water.

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10 thoughts on “9 unique travel items to pack in your carry on

  1. A pen is so important to remember. I desperately needed one when I had to fill out customs and immigration forms on the flight. I had to borrow one from the person sitting next to me. That’s something that most people don’t think about so I’m glad you listed it.

  2. The collapsible water bottle is a great idea! It doesn’t take space when it’s empty and can be refilled multiple times! Great tip! I’ll get mine! 😉

  3. This is a great list of essential items to put in your carry on bag. I haven’t done any traveling for a while, but when I do, I will have this list for future reference. I had never thought about people being able scan your credit cards. Having a way to block them is a really good idea. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Grace! Cotton On actually have a collapsible water bottle and so do Kmart in their camping section 🙂

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