The holiday season means many different things for different people — it could be a time for vacation, a time for visiting family, or just one huge headache. From Thanksgiving to the beginning of January, holiday travel can be incredibly stressful, especially if you have the bad luck of traveling on or even the day before a major holiday. That's why we've compiled a checklist of carry-on essentials, so that you can focus less on what to pack, and more on getting to your destination.
Hell is a car/bus/train/plane ride without earphones. Leave your bulky headphones at home, and stash these super cute buds in your travel bag.
Earphones, $16, shopbando.com
Leather Weekender Bag
A sturdy bag is necessary for even a short trip. Stand out from the crowd with an eye-catching yet classic weekender.
Red and white leather weekender bag, $49.99, Marshalls
Plastic Stacking Travel Cases
Even if you have an extensive skincare routine, chances are you don’t want to pack all of your moisturizers and creams in your small carry-on. To save space, add just a little bit of each product to its own tiny container.
Plastic stacking travel cases, $3.25, muji.us
A simple folder notebook organizes your passport, tickets, and other important papers in one safe spot.
Moleskine accordion folder, $14.95, amazon.com
Portable Phone Charger
Whether you spend your trip listening to that cool educational podcast or playing Candy Crush, you’re bound to need a recharge at some point. With a lipstick-sized charger, you’ll always have power at your fingertips.
Portable phone charger, $19.99, amazon.com
Leather Laptop Case
Our laptops are precious cargo — protect yours with a sturdy case that still feels luxe.
Green leather laptop case, $29.99, T.J.Maxx
2-in-1 Travel Pillow
2-in-1 travel pillow, $14.99, amazon.com
Ear plug 3-pack, $5.69, amazon.com
It’s advice that your mom would want you to follow: always carry an extra pair of socks. These will keep you nice and toasty.
Heattech socks, $12.90, uniqlo.com
Just because you’re sleeping in public doesn’t mean you can’t look cute.
Cat sleep mask, $15, etsy.com
Long hours on a plane and frustrating public transit experiences can dry out your skin. Skip the sink, and get an instant refresher with travel-friendly face wipes.
Burts Bees Face Towelettes, $5.45, amazon.com