Travel Essentials You Must Include in Your Carry-on Bag


By Manuela Domingos

My flight is scheduled for Friday, and I’m absolutely excited to be headed to Europe for the summer. There’s been a lot of packing, last minute shopping, and boy, oh boy, way too many laundry cycles. I’m 24 hours from checking in for my flight which leaves at 11:58 a.m. I’ll be traveling to North Carolina for a connecting flight before I arrive in Paris. Since the duration of the flight is going to be about 9-10 hours in total, I’m going to have to keep myself busy on the flight somehow. Here’s what’s going to be in my carry-on luggage.

I’ll be reading Ann Beattie’s The New Yorker Stories. This book is a collection of short stories published in The New Yorker during the mid-seventies. An excerpt on Beattie’s work reads,            

            “…she emerged with a voice so original, and so uncannily precise and prescient in its assessment of her characters’ drift and narcissism, that she was celebrated as a voice of her generation…”

Any woman who is a lover of fiction and good prose should check it out. I purchased the book at Half Price Books for six bucks. Definitely worth it.


Any woman who is a lover of fiction and good prose should check it out.


I’ll also have my cannon EOS T3i camera, which comes in a 18-55mm lens. This camera is great for travel photography. I recommend any travel blogger to own a camera, as we are in the age of multimedia. Photography simply adds an aesthetic to the written word. A good reference book to check out for technicality purposes or for just pure inspiration would be “Camera & Craft: Learning the Technical Art of Digital Photography” by Andy Batt, Candace Dobro and Jodie Steen. I’ve used this book for quick references along with The Photobook” an alphabetical compilation of well-known photographers through time and their powerful works.

I’ll also carry my Macbook Pro Laptop, which is simply used for video editing and writing purposes, as I plan to do some vlogging and blogging.


I tend to usually wear light make up when I’m traveling, so a make-up bag is in the list of things I’ll carry as well.

I’m a lover for shawls and purchased one at H&M not too long ago. It’s warm, comfy, and chic. I think shawls are good travel must-haves! It’s appropriate for a long plane ride, if you simply rather not wear a blanket. A cotton or wool material shawl usually does the job.

Last but not least, I’ll carry a journal. Besides typing on my laptop, I like to have something to handwrite on for are quick jot downs of ideas and random thoughts that pop into my mind.

Stay tuned for more travel updates! It gets more exciting once I’m actually there.

Talk to you from Europe!


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