I don't need my laptop for all trips, but if I'm going for more than a few days and need to get some work done, it's a must. On the plane, I'll often put together product collages (because they don't require wifi #blessed) or clear up some storage by deleting old photos.
+ Reading Material
I try to stick to only one thing to read, usually a new book or magazine. This adds a lot of bulk to my bag so I always get a paperback book if possible. I rarely have time to read, so starting a new book on the flight is perfect!
+ Cosmetic Bag
I always bring my favorite "I'm Only Pretending to Be Organized" pouch with me that holds all the essentials from lip balm to mascara to lotion to spare hair ties. This is probably the most important part of my carry on and takes up the least amount of room.
+ Electronics Pouch
Aside from my electronics, I bring along a zippered pouch to store chargers for my laptop and phone. This also holds my portable charger and ear buds. It's convenient to have it all in one spot so I can easily access it!
For obvious reasons, I always have to have my wallet with my drivers license and debit card in the front so I can grab them quickly.
9 times out of 10 the place I'm going to is much sunnier than Wisconsin, so I always make sure to bring my sunglasses in my carry on tote. I had a bad experience getting my favorite pair of sunnies smashed in my checked suitcase, so needless to say, they now come with me on the plane!
That's really it! I never check my big DSLR camera so in addition to my carry on tote I bring along my small camera bag, which can be kind of a hassle but I like knowing it's safe. Below are a few totes I would recommend to use as carry ons - size and durability are the two most important things I look at. I use the Longchamp Large Le Pilage tote and highly recommend it!
What do you pack in your carry on bag?