What to Pack in your Honeymoon Carry-On

Happy Friday, Friends!

This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for the past month, and I’m so happy to finally post it.

Some of you may have seen my honeymoon post from early January and read the part about where United Airlines lost our luggage for 10 days. Unbelievable, right? At the time of this posting, we have still not gotten any type of restitution or compensation from them—even though I wrote a letter to the CEO (something I’ve never done in my life, but felt compelled to do after our terrible experience with the airline), filed a formal complaint, and sent in a claim form to be reimbursed for interim expenses. Anyway, that’s besides the point.

I had to learn the hard way that it is essential to strategically pack your carry-on in the event that something like this should happen. I always thought lost luggage was something that wouldn’t happen to me, and I was very wrong. Oh and another piece of advice: if you think travel insurance isn’t a necessity, think again. You absolutely need to purchase this! Anyway, lessons definitely learned.

The point is, I hope that nothing like this ever happens to you; but if it does, I want you to know how you can pack your carry-on to be best prepared to handle the situation. Based on my experience, I’ve put together the below packing recommendations. I hope it helps you!

Honeymoon Carry-On Essentials

xo(eco) weekender bag

  • Any medication you need (unless it’s a liquid over 3.5 ounces). And don’t forget to pack your birth control, ladies!
  • Your passport, itinerary, all documents from your travel agent (and their contact info), traveler’s insurance
  • Travel size toiletries including:
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, comb/brush, basic cosmetics (these are the absolute bare necessities – if you have the room, include face wash, shampoo/conditioner, etc).
    • And don’t forget a travel size container with sunscreen (you can’t bring the larger size, but if you’re going somewhere tropical you’ll pay an arm and a leg to buy it if your luggage is delayed or lost).
    • I personally use the below reusable TSA-compliant travel bag from xo(eco) and really like it. Plus, it uses FDA-grade peva film, is PVC free, and 1% of profits are donated to ocean research and conservation. I also use the weekender bag above from the same company.



  • 1 pair of sandals
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Flat Iron (tropical places are especially notorious for promoting frizz)
  • At least 1 full change of clothes
  • A nice pair of dressy shoes
  • Ear plugs
  • At least 1 bikini
  • Phone charger
  • Camera and charger
  • Ear plugs
  • A few pairs of underwear
  • Money/credit cards (if you have 100’s or 50’s make sure to break them into smaller bills)
  • Jewelry roll with a few pairs of earrings, necklaces, etc
  • A small clutch

The list above assumes that your carry-on bag is quite small and that you checked additional luggage. If room permits, pack these other nice to have, but not absolutely necessary, items:

  • Workout clothes
  • Pen/notepad/reading material
  • Cute lingerie–imagine being on an entire honeymoon without the lingerie you specifically bought for the occasion; yup, that was me.
  • Pair of PJs
  • A light dress
  • Umbrella

And there you have it–these are your essentials. As far as what to wear on your flight over, I would recommend a pair of walking shoes (so you don’t have to worry about taking up room in your carry-on), a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, cardigan, and scarf. Planes are notoriously known for being cold, so layer up! And if you haven’t read my post about travel essentials, I would definitely recommend checking that out too!

For more complete information about what is and is not acceptable to put in you carry-on, take a look at TSA’s guidelines. And remember TSA’s 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Rebecca Cretella