One Travel Expert's Carry-On Essentials for the Holidays, Honeymoon and Beyond

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
What to Pack in Your Carry-On

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Weddings often require a ton of travelling—be it to your dream destination wedding or honeymoon of a lifetime. As editor in chief of, Kate Maxwell has logged countless hours at 35,000 feet. Here's her carry-on survival kit for your long-haul flight to Oz.

Fresh Sugar Plum Lip Treatment SPF 15

I give my lips a swipe of this before I get off the plane. Fresh is amazing. I have just about everything they make, from shower gel to mascara.

Cashmere wrap, socks, gloves

I pack for the North Pole on planes—it gets cold up there.

Pickled Onion Monster Munch

My snack of choice if I'm flying from London.

Sour Cream and Onion Popchips

My last resort if I'm flying from New York. If you haven't tried Monster Munch crisps yet, well, my condolences. Popchips aren't really in the same league, but they are the best substitute I've found.

Altoids (see above)

Refresh eyedrops

A couple of squirts help me wake up after a long flight.

Glasses and contact lenses

Unless I'm sitting next to someone particularly appealing, I switch to glasses when I get on the plane and pop my contacts back in when I land.

Hearos earplugs


In case of an emergency ocean landing or lost luggage. I've been stung by the latter many times. Bikini-shopping in the developing world is not really recommended.

Nike Free sneakers (see above)

Wad of magazines and newspapers

New York Times, New York Post, Condé Nast Traveler, Monocle, Vogue. Plus, whatever book I'm reading.

iPad loaded with movies and shows

This includes: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and seasons four and five of The Wire.

iPhone full of music

Mark Ronson and Beastie Boys for takeoff; Daft Punk and the Stone Roses for 35,000 feet.

L'Occitane Shea Butter hand cream

My hands tend to get dry. This makes them super-soft and smells divine.


If I could take only one thing on a red-eye, this would be it. One pill, one glass of red wine—see you when I land.

My grandmother's lucky gold necklace

It has a clasp in the shape of a hand with a tiny emerald, and is way too precious to pack.

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