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I can take all the help I can get when it comes to not forgetting something when I pack and this Holiday Travel Guide: Carry-On Bag Packing Checklist makes it easy!

Holiday Travel Guide Checklist


Many people travel to visit family or friends over the holidays. It’s a busy time of year to be traveling, but packing doesn’t have to be stressful. Here’s what I always include in my carry-on bag to make sure the trip goes as smoothly as possible.

Holiday Travel Guide Carry-On Bag Packing Checklist

The Basic Necessities: ID, Travel Documents, and Currency

  • Driver’s license or passport (and visa if necessary)
  • Boarding pass or smart phone with access to boarding pass
  • Travel itinerary
  • Cash (I usually bring just enough for a meal and taxi ride in case of emergency, not more than about $150, unless I’m traveling internationally and want to convert USD into the local currency)
  • Credit cards and/or travelers checks
International Tips:
  • Don’t forget your passport (and visa if necessary)
  • You can convert cash through your local bank to the local currency before you leave or convert it at the airport
  • Notify your credit card company before you travel so they don’t think your purchases are suspicious
  • Travelers checks can also be a good option

Smart Phone, Etc.

  • Smart phone and charger
  • Earbuds
International Tips:
  • Travel adapter (if necessary for your destination)
  • Bring an unlocked smart phone and get a local SIM card when you reach your destination


  • Notepad and pen
  • Tablet and charger
  • Laptop and charger
International Tip:
  • Travel adapter (if necessary for your destination)


  • Wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Travel-size deodorant*
  • Toothbrush and travel-sized toothpaste*
  • Clean underwear and socks (in case your checked luggage is delayed, it’s nice to at least have a pair of clean socks and undies!)

*From the Transportation Security Administration: You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag separate from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage. (Read more on their website.)

Comfort (mostly for longer or international flights)

  • Scarf or small blanket
  • Eye mask
  • Ear plugs
  • Thick socks or lightweight slippers


  • Books or Kindle e-Reader
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Magazines
  • Knitting or crocheting


Healthy Ideas:
  • Fresh fruit, such as an apple or banana
  • Dried fruit
  • Chopped veggies, like carrot or celery sticks
  • Beef or turkey jerky
  • Nuts
  • Bars, such as Sahale Snacks® Layered Nut Bars. The Salted Caramel Apple Pecan Layered Nut bar is particularly delicious and perfect if you want a little something sweet. These bars feature a top layer of crunchy, dry-roasted nuts on top of creamy cashew butter, and then a drizzle of real chocolate. I like that Sahale Snacks® goes Beyond Ordinary™ to seek out top-quality ingredients and has a big range of delicious products available.

Safe travels, everyone!

Sahale Snacks Layered Nut Bar

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. so many good ideas here of things i always forget to pack! like wet wipes, ear plugs, and the small blanket. it is always freezing in airports and yet i forget to pack something warm.

    also, i didn’t know sahale snacks made bars now – I’m going to have to try them! xo

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